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OUR MISSION: Encouraging residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the birds, wildlife and habitats found along the Central Oregon Coast
IN THE NEWS:

LOCAL

Saturday, September 9, 9-11am ~ Kayaking/canoeing and Birding the Little Nestucca River. Part of the Nestucca NWR, we will see waterfowl, raptors and riparian birds. You will need to provide your own gear: kayak/canoe, personal flotation device (PFD)/ life vest (mandatory), and whistle (also mandatory). Must wear a PFD at all times when you’re on the water.  You should also be able to swim as you ARE responsible for your own safety.  Have an invasive species permit for your vessel if it is 10 feet or longer (mandatory).  Boat ramp is located on the south side of the Little Nestucca River on Meda Loop, a quarter mile off Hwy 101.

REGIONAL

The Oregon Birding Association (OBA) Annual Meeting will be held September 15-17 at Malheur Field Station (MFS) in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (Malheur NWR) in southeastern Oregon. This is its first visit to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since 2008. Click here for more details.

Catch up what's happening at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by clicking here.

Click here to read Klamath Basin Audubon Society's newsletter, The Grebe.

Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports.

NATIONAL

Want to know the status of bird migrations. Check out BirdCast, the realtime migration forecast by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 

JIGSAW PUZZLE ENTHUSIASTS
For those who enjoy playing jigsaw puzzles, tackle our September one this month. Good luck!!

 

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching
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call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320


photo © ernie rose- great horned owl

What’s Happening Along
Oregon’s Scenic Coastline?

Article by Ernie Rose

Don’t you just love walking the beaches along Oregon’s coastline? Especially during this summer’s hot weather? But wait, there’ve been many seabirds of the same species washing up out of the ocean too exhausted to move in or out of water’s edge. Even more of them have died and their carcasses have been littering the beaches for months now. What species of seabirds are they? Some folks believed them to be penguins, but that is not the case. And, what’s happening to them, anyway?!!

common murre

Although penguin-like in appearance, those dark brown and white birds are Common Murres (Uria aalgia). These “pelagic” birds, living mostly on open oceans, are about 15-17 inches in length with a wingspan of about 27 inches. On the west coast of North America, they can be viewed from land as far north as Alaska down to the central coast of California. Locally, you’ll see hundreds, if not thousands, of murres nesting on the rocks just off the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport. OR during breeding season.

So, why is the Common Murre found dead or dying on our beaches? According to many reports and analyses, the seabirds are apparently dying from starvation. The food of choice for murres is fish, cold water fish. Due to the El Niño effect, many cold water fish have disappeared because of the warming of the ocean waters in this northwest region. Even though the murre can dive more than 240 feet, they are finding a scarcity of fish. Without food, the birds die a slow death from starvation. This event is reminiscent of the die-off of Cassin’s Auklets a couple of years ago when thousands of them washed up all along the northwest shoreline.

Can such an extreme of seabird deaths be attributed to climate change/global warming beyond the El Niño Effect? It’s easy to surmise that global warming is the culprit since we’re talking about the seas being much warmer than in the past, resulting in cold water marine life living deeper in the oceans. But, could it instead be a cyclical event? It appears that no one, not even our marine scientists, has a definitive answer! Until there’s a solution to the root of the problem, we’ll just have to be careful where we walk along Oregon’s scenic coastline.

dead common murre