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Oregon Shorebird Festival

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When: Aug 24, 2012 12:00 AM to Aug 26, 2012 12:00 AM

Join us on the Oregon coast to watch thousands of shorebirds as they migrate from their arctic breeding grounds to as far south as the tip of Argentina.

The 26th Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival

Least Sandpiper - Jim Cruce
Least Sandpiper - Jim Cruce

For 26 years people have been gathering annually on the Oregon coast to watch thousands of shorebirds as they migrate from their arctic breeding grounds to as far south as the tip of Argentina. Some of these shorebirds will be flying more than 7,000 miles, and Oregon’s estuaries are a place where they stop over to rest and eat during this long journey. We invite you to be a part of this natural phenomenon at the 26th Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival in Charleston, Ore.

During expertly guided trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, visitors will have an excellent opportunity to view the most abundant shorebirds, including Western and Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Long-billed Dowitcher, Semipalmated Plover, and Black-bellied Plover. Ocean-dwelling seabirds will be the highlight for visitors who register for a pelagic trip on Saturday, Aug. 25. Black-footed Albatross, Parasitic Jaeger, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Pink-footed Shearwater, and Pomarine Jaeger are just some of the birds seen during this five hour excursion. A paddle trip along the South Slough on Saturday will accommodate birders interested in seeing Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher and Spotted Sandpiper. A field trip to the rocky shores of Shore Acres State Park will treat visitors to Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, Surfbird, and Black Oystercatcher. These are just some of the trips planned during the event.

On Friday evening Noah Strycker – writer, photographer, researcher and associate editor of "Birding" magazine – will present his latest book, “Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica." Ice, penguins, and the cold comforts of living and working in Antarctica will be featured in this lively slide show. We invite you to pack up your binoculars and join the Cape Arago Audubon Society, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and more friends on the southern coast of Oregon for a weekend of birding fun and adventures. For a full schedule of events or to register, visit the Oregon Shorebird Festival website or call (541) 867-4550.

 

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