31st Oregon Shorebird Festival
Name: 31st Oregon Shorebird Festival
Date: September 1, 2017 - September 3, 2017
Join both advanced and beginning birders alike on the Southern Oregon coast this Labor Day weekend September 1-3rd to meet and hear award winning writers and photographers Noah Strycker and Paul Bannick at the 31st Oregon Shorebird Festival. The festival is a celebration of Oregon shorebirds and an educational experience, with field trips, talks, bird watching, and shared meals. Noah Strycker is a 31-year-old writer, photographer, and bird man from Creswell, Oregon. His third book will be published in October of this year: Birding Without Borders, which accounts his 2015 quest spanning 41 countries and all seven continents as he set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds (more than half the birds on Earth) in one calendar year. Paul Bannick gives bird-lovers a gorgeous photographic feast and an engaging natural history lesson, while making a compelling call to preserve the habitats that sustain these most iconic of birds. In his new latest book, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, Bannick features more than 200 images captured over several years of field work. This year’s field trips will include a pelagic trip off shore, kayak paddle tours up the South Slough, land-based trips to both Bandon and the Bay Area as well as a sea watch. Oregon Pelagic Tours will host a five-hour pelagic trip on Saturday to give participants a sense of what a day-long pelagic trip is like. South Coast Tours will lead South Slough kayak paddle trips on both Saturday and Sunday. South Slough of the Coos River is home to the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve which is a protected area of land and estuary. Field trips to the Bandon Marsh and Bandon Beach, the best bird watching spots in Bandon where participants can see fall migrating shorebirds. The Coos Bay field trips is also available both days where you can visit all the hot birding spots around the Bay Area. Two other highlights of the weekend begin with a walk to the Charleston Marine Life Center. Also happening Saturday and Sunday is the Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) Watch at the Simpson Reef Overlook. The weekend kicks off with registration at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) cafeteria in Charleston. OIMB is located at 63466 Boat Basin Road. Cape Arago Audubon Society is sponsoring the Festival in partnership with OIMB, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Shoreline Education for Awareness, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Oregon Pelagic Tours and South Coast Tours.