Oregon Coast Events Calendar


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Oregon Shorebird Festival celebrates its 24th year on the Southern Oregon Coast
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Oregon Shorebird FestivalThe Oregon Shorebird Festival, one of the longest running bird festivals in Oregon, will  be celebrating the 24th annual Oregon Shorebird festival on August 27-29, 2010. A full weekend of activities planned for birders of all skill levels.

The festival is headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, OR. Activities include expertly guided land based field trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, New River and the Coos Bay area. And for those who want to experience birding on the water, The Bird Guide, Inc. will offer a pelagic trip on Saturday. Expected seabirds include Black-footed Albatross, Parasitic Jaeger, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Sooty & Pink-footed Shearwater, Pomarine Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, Cassin's Auklets, and more.

The Oregon Shorebird Festival usually attracts between 60 to 100 birders from all over the nation but primarily from the Pacific Northwest. The Festival is small compared to the larger wildlife festivals that have premiered in the past ten years; this keeps the festival intimate so visitors are able to interact more closely with field trip leaders, guest speakers and other festival attendees. So join us for days filled with shorebirds and evenings with good conversation and great presentations.

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 27

5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. - - Registration at OIMB cafeteria

7:30 p.m. - - Evening Program

  • Opening remarks
  • Field Trip Announcements
  • Presentation: Ram Papish "The Great American Bird Quiz"

Saturday, August 28

See Below for Saturday's Field Trips

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- SEA watches for marine mammals and seabird at Simpson Reef Overlook

6:00 p.m. - - Sustainable Seafood Buffet Dinner at OIMB Cafeteria

7:30 p.m. -- Evening Program

  • Review of birds seen
  • Field Trip Announcements
  • Presentation: Peter Moore "Saving the Chatham Island Oystercatcher"

Sunday, August 29

See Below for Sunday Field Trips

Land-based Field Trips

Bandon/New River

Date: August 28 and 29
Time: 7:45am to 3pm
Directions: Meet in parking lot across from OIMB to carpool.

BirdersThis expertly guided trip will hit a few good bird spots throughout Bandon. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge will have an abundance of fall migrating shorebirds including commonly seen Black-bellied plover, Semi-palmated plover, Dunlin, Western and Least sandpiper, Whimbrel, Long-billed dowitcher, and red-necked phalarope. Rare shorebirds have also been seen and include Ruff, Mongolian plover and Hudsonian godwit. At the south jetty expect Surfbirds, Wandering tattler, Black turnstone, and possibly Red knot and Ruddy turnstone. If time permits you will visit estuarine habitat at the New River to get views of sandpipers, Western snowy plover and Baird's sandpiper.

Coos Bay/Pony Slough

Date: August 28 and 29
Time: 7:45am to 3pm
Directions: Meet in parking lot across from OIMB to carpool

Bandon-ShorebirdsThis field trip will visit all of the hot spots around Coos Bay. Stops will include the North Spit where Pacific Loon, Western grebe, and many species of waterfowl can be seen. Next you will visit Pony Slough in North Bend. Marbled godwits, Pacific golden-plover and other birds including Peregrine falcon, Bald eagle, Great egret. The trip will end at Millicoma Marsh. Fresh water marshes, ponds and a tidal marsh all attract plovers, sandpipers, waterfowl, rails and kites.

Water Based Field Trips

Bird South Slough via Canoe

Date: August 28  and 29
Time: TBA

murreFloat with the tide and explore the shores of South Slough by canoe as we search for winged wildlife. Trips are limited to eight participants per day. Trips are free of charge and canoes, pfd's and paddles are provided. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get muddy.

Pelagic Trip

Date: August 28
Time: TBA
Duration: 5 hours
Directions: Meet at the Betty Kay in the Charleston Marina at 6:30 am for a 7:00 am departure
Cost: $65 per person  and You MUST pre-register for this event with: The Bird Guide, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it http://thebirdguide.com/pelagics

Black Footed AlbatrossEspecially for beginners! The Bird Guide, Inc. is proud once again to host the pelagic trip for the Oregon Shorebird Festival. The trip will allow birders to get a taste of a typical pelagic trip, while offering quite a few of the seabirds possible on longer trips. Expected seabirds include Black-footed Albatross, Parasitic Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Sooty & Pink-footed Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Pomarine Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, Cassin's Auklets, and more! As with all our trips, on-board guides will point out birds and other marine life.

Registration for the Oregon Shorebird Festival

To register please complete a registration form and mail completed form to Oregon Shorebird Festival, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR 97365. Registration forms can be downloaded as an adobe pdf document or you can get a hard copy by contacting Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


All festival events are based out of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Campus in Charleston, OR.

Directions to OIMB: Take Highway 101 to Coos Bay or North Bend. Follow signs to "Ocean Beaches" and "Charleston." Charleston is eight miles from Coos Bay. In Charleston, cross the South Slough bridge and turn right on Boat Basin Drive. OIMB is 1/2 miles on the left at 53566 Boat Basin Drive.