Event Descriptions

Friday, April 20, 2018

Three Capes Tour 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

A 60-mile round trip takes birders along the Three Capes Scenic Route from Pacific City to Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge and back again via an inland road. During the five-hour birding trip (plus two driving hours), the group will see views of the Pacific Ocean, bays, headlands, forests, rivers and pastures – each a unique birding habitat. Birders can expect to see more than 50 species, including waterfowl, loons, grebes and raptors. Stops on the northbound leg of the trip include Whalen Island, Cape Lookout State Park, Nehalem Bay and Tillamook Bay. There is a fee to participate in the tour. This trip is limited to 16 people, so register early to secure a spot. Box lunches can be purchased for $10 extra; Choose Vegetarian or Turkey.  John Rakestraw, nationally known birder, author and naturalist, and Dawn Harris from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be our guides. Easy; transportation vehicle is equipped with a lift.

Charter Boat Excursion 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Charter Boat Excursion 3:00 – 5:00 pm Meet at 2:30 pm – Return (approximate) by 5:00 pm. This is a charter boat birding tour of the Nestucca Bay Estuary. Depending upon tide and prevailing conditions, the tour will explore the Big and Little Nestucca Rivers as well as journey to the mouth of Nestucca Bay. Along the way, your guide will assist you in spotting coastal birds in the air, on the water and along the shoreline as well as seals who are often seen casting a watchful eye as you travel through the water. Dress in layers for warmth and don’t forget your raincoat and binoculars. For this excursion, register directly with Pacific City Fishing at www.pacificcityfishing.com and click on the “contact tab” to leave a message, or phone (503) 351-9019 to register or to request further information. Participants are requested to meet at 2:30 pm at the Brooten Road boat launch area just south of Pacific City. Cost is $40 per person. Unfortunately, this outing is not suitable for individuals with limited mobility due to the method of boarding the boat

Children's Art Activity 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Children’s Art Activity is presented by The Community Arts Project. Participants will be learning about Gyotaku (Japanese Fish printing). Gyo means fish and Taku means stone rubbing. We will be using fish replicas (molds made from actual species), block print ink, and rice paper to create authentic Gyotaku artworks. Please pre-register free of charge for this event and plan to retrieve your child’s artwork at end of the evening. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space available.

Live Birds of Prey 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Liz Burton has been devoted to wildlife rehabilitation for over 30 years. At the tender age of 16, while working at a pet store, she was brought an injured mockingbird with a broken wing.  The local veterinarian was not interested in helping wildlife, and there were no wildlife rehab groups in the area.  Learning to bind that wing, care for the injured bird, then watching it fly back into the wild ignited her passion for helping wildlife and shaped the rest of her life. Liz holds a B.S. degree in Animal Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. She uses this to keep the wildlife in Badger Run Wildlife Rehab’s care comfortable and in good health both physically and mentally. As all of Badger Run’s “staff” are volunteers, Liz’s “paying job” is Assistant Manager of a pediatric clinic, which helps pay the day to day expenses.  She is also active in exotic pet rescue and educating exotic owners in the proper care of their animals.

Dine with Tony Starlight 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Dine with Tony Starlight – Proceeds benefit the Nestucca Backpack Program

The Weird and Wonderful Bird World of Tony Starlight – Tony Starlight 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Professional entertainer and amateur ornithologist Tony Starlight presents an evening of birds, music and laughter. Tony will share his photographs and comic commentary on birding and discuss how he got “pecked by the bird bill” and began birding just two years ago. He’ll also reenact some of his sometimes contentious, but always comical “Conversations with Birds”, which are the basis for his 2018 calendar and his forthcoming book.

He’ll close the show with his some sing alongs like, “Band on the Bird”, “I Wish They All Could Be California Gulls” and more.

Saturday April 21, 2018

Presentation - Beginning Birding 8:00 am - 9:00 am

In this beginning birding class, Ram Papish will teach you how to spot the differences among birds through their unique field marks and behavior, as well as where and how to watch birds. Please also attend the Beginning Birding Field Trip at 9am

Presentation - King Tides 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Every year in early winter, high tides in Oregon are higher than usual; we call these extreme high tide events “King Tides.” These tides are being documented by citizens in Oregon and around the world to help visualize and understand the impacts of sea level rise (like flooding and erosion) in the coming decades. These are especially important to document in the winter when storm surge and high winds and waves are more frequent, creating even higher water levels. This talk will focus on the history of the project, how citizens can get involved, and what kinds of interesting photos we’ve seen over time. To find out more about the King Tides Photo Project, visit www.oregonkingtides.net.

Presentation - Feeding Wild Birds In America 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Americans have been feeding wild birds for over 100 years, but very few people have followed the history and development of that popular pastime. It’s a surprise, since over 55 million American engage in some level of backyard bird feeding.

In this presentation, you will learn how bird feeding evolved, from decade to decade, and you will get insights into little-known stories of feeding development. These include the invention of the hopper feeder, the “discovery” and use of such seeds as black oil sunflower and Nyjer, the creation of the well-known tube feeder, and why hemp (popular through the 1920s) is no longer commonly fed to birds.

Most importantly, you will learn to connect the past with current developments in bird feeding, including a description of the “top ten bird foods for bird feeding” and the essential “five steps to double the number of bird species at your feeders.”   

Presentation & Key Note - Birding Without Borders 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

In 2015, Noah set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the planet’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species—by far the biggest birding year on record. This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures deep into a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. By pursuing the freest creatures on the planet, he gains a unique perspective on the world they share with us—and offers a hopeful message that even as many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them.

Biography: Noah Strycker is a 31-year-old writer, photographer, and bird man based near Eugene, Oregon. In 2015, during a quest spanning 41 countries and all seven continents, he set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds (more than half the birds on Earth) in one calendar year. He has written three books: Birding Without Borders (2017), a personal account of his epic quest in 2015 to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single year; The Thing with Feathers (2014), about the relationships between bird and human behavior; and Among Penguins (2011), describing a summer in an Antarctic field camp. Noah is Associate Editor of Birding magazine and regularly writes for Audubon and other publications. He is a popular commentator on birds, having given hundreds of presentations for natural history groups, festivals, universities, and conventions.

Noah graduated on academic scholarship from Oregon State University in 2008 with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, minoring in Fine Arts. He was named the American Birding Association’s “Young Birder of the Year” in 2004.

Presentation - Meet the Avian Ambassadors of Badger Run 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

An up close and personal introduction to several species, including hawks, owls and more.  Come learn about some of their special talents and adaptations that make them so wonderful.

Field Trip - Salty Seabirds 7:30 am - 10:15 am

View a variety of seabirds along the shore, on the water and on Haystack rock from locations around Cape Kiwanda. Bring a spotting scope, or we’ll provide some to share. On this trip, we will take an easy 1/4 mile walk down the beach, then climb up the dune on the short, diagonal sand trail to the “saddle” of the Cape (not to the top!), where our expert birders will help you spot a variety of seabirds such as puffins, many species of gulls, oystercatchers, scoters, etc. from behind the fence line. Moderate-Challenging; Short steep section up to saddle of the Cape

Field Trip - Swamp Stomp 7:30 am - 10:15 am

Expert local birders lead this varied walk in easy terrain. You will walk along Hawk Creek as you traverse ideal habitat for sparrows, vireos, kinglets, warblers, wrens, dippers and snipe and then along the Neskowin marsh golf course to look for a variety of ducks and shorebirds. From there, as time permits, you will take a short trail into wildlife refuge lands and along the beach. Easy; walk may vary in distance from 1-3 miles

Field Trip - Trail of Two Rivers 7:45 am - 10:15 am

Get a look at the newest addition to the Nestucca Bay Refuge. The 192 acres Two Rivers Peninsula culminates at the confluence of the Nestucca and Little Nestucca River including a series of trails winding through dense, mossy-covered forest and along the tidal shores of the bay. We’ll look for woodland songbirds, woodpeckers and shorebirds. Easy-Moderate +/- 3 miles

Field Trip - Beginning Birding 9:00 am - 11:00 am

In this beginning birding class, Ram Papish will teach you how to spot the differences among birds through their unique field marks and behavior, as well as where and how to watch birds

Field Trip - Little River Loop 11:00 am - 1:15 pm

Enjoy a meander with 3 or more stops skirting the little Nestucca River riparian zones, woodlands, pasture and ponds. This backroads loop has a reputation for productive and varied birding. Easy

Field Trip - Nature Printing 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join Artists Marilyn Burkhardt and Wendy Thompson for a class where you will explore the possibilities of printing with natural objects like leaves, feathers, and latex fish. The beauty of a simple leaf, feather, or other natural object on a piece of paper, distinct from its usual context is striking. Details otherwise unobserved stand out clearly. You will be combining colors, inks and various papers; hand printing and printing with a press. Easy Limited to ages 12 and up

Field Trip - Sedge on the Edge 3:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Join one of the first organized walks into the newest Jewel of the Oregon State Parks, Sitka Sedge State Natural area, located on the southwest edge of Sand Lake Estuary. The trail crosses a man made dike which divides wetland and estuary environments with amazing diversity of plant and wildlife. The western side of the dike trails wind through pine forest and dune environments. The route of the walk may vary between walks to allow exploration of this wonderful new Oregon State Parks acquisition. Moderate

Field Trip - Owling 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

During this evening owling adventure, we will search for owls, but we do not guarantee seeing or hearing owls, though hearing one is likely. Our local experts will share fun facts about local owls, owl habitats, nesting, and tips for when to call and best observe owls in their natural habitat. To hear and find owls, there must be no rain and at the most, calm winds, so this field trip is weather dependent. Group size is limited to 10 people who will need to share cars, and no children. Easy

Live Blues Music - Karen Lovely 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

2018 BMA Nominee
“Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist”
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2017 Muddy Award Winner
“Best National Recording”
‘Fish Outta Water’

2016 Muddy Award Winner
“Performance of the Year”

2016 BMA Nominee
“Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist”

2016 Blues Blast Nominee
“Best Female Vocalist”

2015 Blues411 Winner
“Best Contemporary Female Artist”

2014 Muddy Award Winner
“Best Female Vocalist”

2011 BMA Nominee
“Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist”
“Best Contemporary Blues Album”

2011 Blues Blast Nominee
“Best Female Artist”

2010 WINNER
2nd Place Band, International Blues Challenge

Sunday April 22, 2018

Kayak Tour 8:00 am - 10:00 am

On this early morning paddle, get up close with the abundant wildlife of the Nestucca River and estuary with a guided kayak tour led by Nestucca Adventures, located on the marina in Pacific City. The dock allows for easy access to the river where you will travel 4 ½ miles south to the jaws or mouth of the river, or 4 ½ miles upstream where the tidal river turns into slow, shallow rapids. The direction you venture will be determined by weather conditions. The multitude of watchable wildlife along with the thrill of paddling a scenic river makes this an adventure not to miss. For this field trip, register directly with Nestucca Adventures at nestuccaadventures@gmail.com or call 503-965-0060. Kayak rentals are per person, and include ½ hour set up and instruction, 2 hours on the water, and a professional guide and all necessary gear. Space is limited.

Presentation - Return of the Oregon Silverspot Butterflies 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The Oregon Silverspot Butterfly is a federally threatened species in danger of extinction.  Many partners have worked together over the past 20 years to prevent the butterfly’s extinction.  Butterflies are being reared at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon, and at the Woodland Park Zoo, in Seattle, Washington, which are released into declining populations and more recently were used to establish a new population at the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, in Tillamook County, OR.  Additional reintroductions are proposed within suitable habitat to reestablish the species’ historical range along the west coast.

Biography: Anne Walker is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biologist.  Anne has been the species lead for the Oregon silverspot butterfly for 16 years, coordinating efforts to save the butterfly with the 35 or more conservation partners. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, watching birds and butterflies, and walking on the beach with her two dogs.  She studied invertebrate biology in college but had no hands-on experience with butterflies until introduced to them on the job 16 years ago.

Presentation - Rice is Nice 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rice is the most bird-friendly mass crop in the U.S. This talk looks into the potential for rice in ways that view a “green” rice connection with waterbirds of all sorts. Since all rice in the U.S. is grown in flooded fields, the crop is “working habitat” for people and birds, for bird species which range from ducks and geese, to shorebirds, egrets and herons, rails, and a suite of wetland-dependent songbirds. There are real lessons in comparing and contrasting rice with other products perceived as either detrimental or beneficial to birds, leading back to the origins of the American bird protection movement. These lessons have real lessons for bird conservationists and rice producers alike, and may point a way to engage in an energetic appreciation of bird-friendly rice.

Field Trip - Salty Seabirds 7:30 am - 10:15 am

View a variety of seabirds along the shore, on the water and on Haystack rock from locations around Cape Kiwanda. Bring a spotting scope, or we’ll provide some to share. On this trip, we will take an easy 1/4 mile walk down the beach, then climb up the dune on the short, diagonal sand trail to the “saddle” of the Cape (not to the top!), where our expert birders will help you spot a variety of seabirds such as puffins, many species of gulls, oystercatchers, scoters, etc. from behind the fence line. Moderate-Challenging; Short steep section up to saddle of the Cape

Field Trip - Trail of Two Rivers 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Get a look at the newest addition to the Nestucca Bay Refuge. The 192 acres Two Rivers Peninsula culminates at the confluence of the Nestucca and Little Nestucca River including a series of trails winding through dense, mossy-covered forest and along the tidal shores of the bay. We’ll look for woodland songbirds, woodpeckers and shorebirds. Easy-Moderate +/- 3 miles

Field Trip - Swamp Stomp 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Expert local birders lead this varied walk in easy terrain. You will walk along Hawk Creek as you traverse ideal habitat for sparrows, vireos, kinglets, warblers, wrens, dippers and snipe and then along the Neskowin marsh golf course to look for a variety of ducks and shorebirds. From there, as time permits, you will take a short trail into wildlife refuge lands and along the beach. Easy; walk may vary in distance from 1-3 miles

Field Trip - Sedge on the Edge 10:15 am - 1:00 pm

Join one of the first organized walks into the newest Jewel of the Oregon State Parks, Sitka Sedge State Natural area, located on the southwest edge of Sand Lake Estuary. The trail crosses a man made dike which divides wetland and estuary environments with amazing diversity of plant and wildlife. The western side of the dike trails wind through pine forest and dune environments. The route of the walk may vary between walks to allow exploration of this wonderful new Oregon State Parks acquisition. Moderate

Field Trip - Coastal Woodland Walk 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Discover a unique coastal woodland forest surrounded by grasslands, wetlands, dunes, bogs and protected beaches. You will take an easy 1.5 mile walk in a nearby coastal woodland where you will learn how to identify the trees, shrubs and unique plants in the area, and pick up interesting facts about how vegetation grows in a coastal environment. Easy/Moderate

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Brown Pelican Landing

Photo credit Roy W Lowe

Hawk

Photo credit Ram Papish