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  • South Slough Internship Program Sponsors
    Thank you to… 
    • Farr's True Value in Coos Bay for being our $250 “Great Blue Heron” Sponsor!   
    • Coos Bay Honda World for being our $125 “Salty” Sponsor!  
    • Empire Mercantile for being our 75 “Fresh” Sponsor!
    • Umpqua Bank

    Please share your appreciation with them for supporting the South Slough Reserve Internship Program when you shop local.
    Sponsorship funds are collected and managed in support of the South Slough Internship Program by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. a 501 C3 Non-Profit Organization. 
    For more information, contact Deborah Rudd, SSNERR Public Involvement Coordinator  (541)-888-5558 ext. 158   
  • Mystic Naturalists at the South Slough
    This January and February the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve will host the work of two Coos Bay artists: Nan Forsberg-Hammons and Shinan Barclay.  In this exhibit of paintings, collage, clay and poetry, these mystic naturalists give voice to the unseen.



South Slough Reserve Activities Spring Internships

Build a Birdhouse Workshop:  Bluebirds

Saturday, February 27

10AM - 12PM  or  2PM - 4PM
Spring is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to build your own western bluebird house.  
The workshop will begin with a short presentation about bluebird ecology and how to attract bluebirds to
your property and box placement.  This is a perfect activity for children, parents and grandparents to do together. All supplies are provided; however, we always run out of hammers, so if you have an extra hammer, please bring it with you.  Advance registration is required.

[Minimum 5, Maximum 15 participants]  ($10/birdhouse; limit one birdhouse per participant)
Call (541) 888.5558 ext. 121 to reserve your place in this program.


Interpretive Center


Visit the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center


The Interpretive Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am until 4:30 pm. The Center is closed on state holidays.

 Trails and waterways are open from dawn through dusk.







  Nina Rudd

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (SSNERR) is currently recruiting for the following     Spring Internships positions:

           Marketing & Outreach
           Vegetation Monitoring
           Environmental Education
           Fish Seining
           Forestry & Trails       


 What's Happening

‘Crack Up’ Fresh Dungeness Crab at the Charleston Crab Feed, February 13
Join with the Charleston community in celebrating Oregon’s fresh Dungeness crab harvest at the 32nd Annual Charleston Merchant’s Crab Feed on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
The event will be from 11 am to 3 pm at the “Old” Charleston Elementary School Cafeteria, 64065 Seven Devils Road: This is the main fundraiser for the Charleston Visitor Center, but also provides assistance to other needs and events in the Charleston community.
Volunteers will serve whole or half fresh crab dinners with side dishes, dinner roll, and a beverage.  Prices are $20 for a whole and $18 for a half a crab.  Delicious slices of pie will be available for an additional $1.00. There will be crab bibs for all and Charleston merchants will host prize drawings during the festival.
“The returning star of the annual festival is fresh, certifiably delicious Oregon Dungeness crab,” said Wild Woman Ruth Barker.  “Don’t miss it.”


Local community events and activities

South Slough NERR
encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands.  The Reserve supports and coordinates research, education, and stewardship programs which serve to enhance a scientific and public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved estuarine management.  South Slough Reserve is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a network of 28 reserves dedicated to research, education and stewardship.                                                         
 White Egrets on the South Slough - John Bragg