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  • Creature Feature ! Macro to Micro
    Have you ever missed an opportunity to learn about some of the cool creatures that inhabit South Slough because you couldn’t make it to the program? Visit the Creature Feature program by clicking on this link: CREATURE FEATURE!  We will be exploring some of the life from upland forests and the waters of the estuary. As a part of the program, we will share how scientists studying the estuary use some special sampling equipment to attract larval crabs so that we can better understand how abundant they are.
  • 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!
    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   
South Slough Reserve Activities The 29th Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival

Trail & Treat Run

Register now!

Join us for the 2015 South Slough Trail-n-Treat Run 
Saturday, October 17th at 10:30 am.
Bonus 10 Minute Trail kids(12 and under) run, 10:00 am. *Optional-Dress as your favorite estuary animal.
The 5k run/walk course is on Reserve property along technical trails, boardwalks, and hills with a 300 foot change in elevation.  Run where the river meets the sea, along vast tidal flats, extensive marshes and meandering channels. Volunteers will be stationed along the trails and courses will be clearly marked to make your experience more enjoyable. Restrooms and water are available at the start/finish area. Please leave pets at home.
Entry Fee: Kids run: free; 5k mile run/walk: $15.00 ($12.00 for SCRC members and students ages 13-17)
Shirts: An adult race t-shirt shirt will be available for an additional $15.00, a children’s for $12.00. T-shirt order must be received by October 6th in order to ensure availability.  Additional shirts will be available on race day but limited to stock on hand.
Proceeds from the event go to the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc., a non-profit organization in support of the Reserve's education fund for internship stipends.
To Register: Register Here (The password is Clancy.)

Interpretive Center


Visit the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center


Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4:30 pm.

Closed on State holidays.

Trails are open from dawn to dusk everyday.





  Nina Rudd

Tens of thousands of shorebirds migrate along the Oregon coast in the fall, using beaches and estuaries as stopover habitat to feed and ready themselves for the journey south. When Peter Matthiessen wrote in The Wind Birds that “[t]he restlessness of shorebirds, their kinship with the distance and swift seasons, the wistful signal of their voices down the long coastlines of the world make them, for me, the most affecting of wild creatures,” we couldn’t agree more. Join us September 4-6, 2015 in Charleston, OR, at the 29th Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival to celebrate their return.
During expertly guided trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, visitors will have an excellent opportunity to see teeming flocks of shorebirds comprising Western and Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Long-billed Dowitcher, Semipalmated Plover, and Black-bellied Plover. Rocky intertidal habitat along Bandon’s South Jetty draws the likes of Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, Surfbird, and Black Oystercatcher, while open stretches of sandy beach harbor Western Snowy Plover. Additionally, a five-hour pelagic trip will provide birders the chance to see a variety of seabirds, from albatrosses and jaegers to shearwaters and phalaropes.
On Friday night, look forward to a talk and exhibit from the Washed Ashore Project, a non-profit, community-based organization with a mission of educating and creating awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution through art. Saturday’s presentation features Dr. Daniel Roby, professor of wildlife ecology at Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, who will speak about Double-crested Cormorant ecology and management in the Columbia River estuary.
Just as last year, the Oregon Shorebird Festival aptly falls on World Shorebirds Day, a national effort aimed at raising global awareness of the need for the protection of shorebird populations, nearly half of which are in decline.  
Pack up your binoculars and join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Oregon Birding Association, the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and more for a weekend of birding fun and adventure.  For a full schedule of events or to register visit the Oregon Shorebird Festival website: www.fws.gov/refuge/Bandon_Marsh/visit/visitor_activities/shorebird_festival.html.



 What's Happening

Farmers Market

Visit our South Slough Education Booth at the downtown Coos Bay Farmer’s Market the following Wednesdays:
Aug. 5: All About Birds!
Aug. 19: Estuary Edibles
Sept. 2: Salmon Life Cycle
Sept. 16: Carnivore Stars


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