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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
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LOCAL

September 10, 9-11am ~ Kayaking/canoeing and birding the Little Nestucca River. This is part of the Nestucca NWR. We will see waterfowl, raptors and riparian birds. You will need to provide your own gear - kayak/canoe, personnel flotation device (PFD)/ life vest (mandatory), and whistle (also mandatory). All participants must wear a PFD at all times when you are on the water. You should also be able to swim as you ARE responsible for your own safety. Be sure you 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. Binoculars and field guides lent to those who don't have them. Free to the public.

Saturday, September 17th, 9-11am ~ Open Spaces Bird Walk: Taft Kiosk/Siletz Bay. Bay, ocean and beach views for migrating shorebirds and sea ducks. Easy walk. Sponsored by Lincoln City Open Space Program and ASLC. Binoculars and field guides lent to those who don't have them. Free to the public.

Saturday, September 24th,  9-11am  ~ The Villages at Cascade Head, Lincoln City. Meet at the western end of West Devil's Lake Road and finish at Roads End State Park. Diverse habitat including forest edge, upland forest, wetlands, ocean beach, recent spring arrivals and migrating shore and seabirds. Easy/Moderate walk. Sponsored by Lincoln City Open Space Program and ASLC. Binoculars and field guides lent to those who don't have them. Free to the public.

Check out the Calendar page for additional listing of events.

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Do you love working on picture puzzles? Have fun playing this July 8 ASLC Mystery Bird Puzzle for your birding entertainment. Enjoy!

REGIONAL

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

Click this link to see what ABA (American Birding Assoc) Birding Festivals are happening where and when.

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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

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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 © nagi aboulenein - bald eagle

ASLC and Guest Birders meet at
Bayocean Spit on August 13th

(Photos and text on history excerpted from PDX history.com)

This month's ASLC bird walk is at the Bayocean Spit on the west side of Tillamook Bay. The walk is scheduled for August 13th from 9-11am and led by field guide Jack Hurt.

Bayocean Spit is a unique location for bird watching. You'll see surf birds on the bay side, sea birds on the ocean side, and birds of the brush and bushes in between, as well as raptors perched high on trees as they scan for delicious prey below. As you walk the several trails on the spit imagine the history of that place.

 

bayocean yacht
This photo shows the yacht Bayocean which was the largest yacht on the West Coast at the time and it weighed 148 tons. It was used to speed people from Portland to Bayocean. The Bayocean, was built at Portland, Oregon, in 1911. She was acquired by the Navy in June 1918 and placed in commission in August. Bayocean served at San Diego, California, from mid-September until mid-November 1918, then was sent to the west coast of Mexico, where she operated for the next two months. Soon after returning to the U.S., she moved north to the Mare Island Navy Yard and was decommissioned there in mid-March 1919. USS Bayocean was stricken from the Navy list in October 1919 and sold in August 1921. (Photo courtesy of Sarah KernPotter and Robert Kern Potter, Jr.)

Back in 1906, CA realtor T.B. Potter began building on his dream of developing and promoting Bayocean as the Atlantic City of the west. A post office and grocery store were operating by 1909. Six hundred lots were sold by 1914. A dance pavilion and the Natatorium (housing an indoor swimming pool) were also operational that year.

bayocean natatorium
View of the Natatorium shortly after opening. Cape Meares is located by the hill in the distance.

Bayocean Grand Hotel

There were grand plans for the new coastal resort, it was heralded as “The Playground of the Pacific Northwest”, but most of the plans never came to fruition. Bayocean was built on a sand dune on a spit between the Pacific Ocean and the fresh water of Tillamook Bay.

The "Playground of the Pacific Northwest" never had a chance to be realized. Building on a spit of land is a risky proposition. Erosion began taking its toll with buildings washing into the sea. The dance pavilion burnt to the ground. By 1939 the Natatorium completely disappeared. The spit washed out in 1954. It became known as "the town that fell into the sea." The next several years saw the town close and most buildings were either burned down, removed or torn down. 1960 saw the last house fall into the ocean.

So, in-between the sightings of birds on the spit, imagine what the spit would have looked like if the "Playground of the Northwest" still existed.

For more on the history of Bayocean, visit www.pdxhistory.com. It's a fascinating story.

 

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