For years people have been gathering on the Oregon coast to watch thousands of shorebirds as they migrate from their arctic breeding grounds as far south as the tip of Argentina. Some of these shorebirds will be flying more than 7,000 miles! Oregon’s estuaries are a place they stop over to rest and eat during this long journey. We invite you to be a part of this natural phenomenon at the Oregon Shorebird Festival in Charleston, Oregon.
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. The nearby South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve can provide birders interested in seeing Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher and Spotted Sandpiper. A field trip through Coos Bay will treat visitors to Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, Surfbird, and Black Oystercatcher. A five-hour guided Pelagic Trip offers the opportunity for Black-footed albatross, Parasitic Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, Fork-tailed Stormpetrel, Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Pomarine Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, and Cassin’s Auklet sightings. On Friday and Saturday evenings enjoy presentations by expert birders and naturalists from all over the world.
Pack up your binoculars and join the Cape Arago Audubon Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve for a weekend of birding fun and adventure.
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