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  • South Slough Celebrates 40th Anniversary
    The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is celebrating its 40th birthday.
    We will begin the celebration on June 21 with the opening reception of Feather and Fern, an exhibit of art by Kimberly Wurster, at the South Slough Interpretive Center on Seven Devils Road.
    From June 28 to Aug. 4 South Slough's Facebook page will feature fun facts about South Slough, including a word scramble that viewers can decode to be eligible for a drawing. There will also be a place on the Facebook page for guests to post their photos from their visit to South Slough.
    The Friends will sponsor a bring-your-own-picnic at the Interpretive Center Aug. 6, from 5-8 p.m., with live music by Che’s Lounge and the Dale Inskeep Band. Bring a blanket, your favorite picnic side dishes, and non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy the music, tour the interpretive center and trails, and listen to stories about the early days of the South Slough Reserve.
    On June 27, 1974, the South Slough Sanctuary was dedicated as the first site in what is now known as the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. South Slough is now one of 28 national estuarine research reserves around the country dedicated to research and education about estuaries—those places where rivers meet the sea and fresh and salty waters are mixed by the tide.
    Today the Reserve is a 5,000 acre natural area centered on the Winchester Creek and South Slough waterway, and part of the larger Coos Bay estuary. It encompasses a mix of tidal and freshwater habitat including marshes, mudflats, streams and forest. The Reserve is co-managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Oregon Department of State Lands.
  • Land Board Presents Annual Awards
    At their April 8 public meeting, the State Land Board recognized two projects for their responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources. The Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration Project was honored with the 2013 Stream Project Award for their efforts to restore native fish habitat in the Sandy River near Welches. The Partnership for Coastal Watersheds received the 2013 Partnership Award for their collaborative work in the Coos Bay area.
  • Creature Feature !
    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? This Saturday visit the Creature Feature program live at 1:00 pm 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 Reserve Activities Oregon's Coastal Training Program
Join us for South Slough Reserve’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Picnic

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

5:30 - 8:30 pm
America’s first national estuarine research reserve is celebrating 40 years of learning and teaching about estuaries.  Join South Slough dignitaries, the Friends of South Slough (FOSS) and others for a picnic celebrating the 40th anniversary of our designation.  FOSS will provide the grilled tuna, strawberry lemonade, ice tea and cupcakes from Crabby Cakes Bakery - bring your own picnic sides.  Take a blanket to sit on the lawn and listen to live music from Che’s Lounge and the Dale Inskeep Band.  Tour the Reserve's Interpretive Center exhibits, and don’t forget to stop by the Unclaimed Property* booth while you visit, you may discover you have something of value headed your way!
We will have a fun filled evening packed with activities that are detailed in the agenda below. 
5:30-6:00: PM: Picnic, tuna grill, FOSS membership drive, unclaimed property booth, explore exhibits, classrooms, trails, etc…
6:00 PM: Welcome, two minute opening comments, award ceremony, guest speakers– Interpretive Center
6:20-7:20 PM: Picnic, tuna grill, music, FOSS membership drive, unclaimed property booth, explore exhibits, classrooms, trails, etc…
7:20-7:30 PM: Closing remarks, door prize drawings
7:30 -8:30 PM: Night Hike
For more information call the Reserve at 541-888-5558 or contact Deborah Rudd
*The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) administers the Unclaimed Property Program and receives millions of dollars each year for current and former Oregon residents. We are currently holding over 500 million dollars due 3 million+ owners. Common items reported includes uncashed payroll checks, stock and bonds, safe-deposit box contents, insurance proceeds, refunds, and bank accounts. We will have someone to assist you to search and claim at the picnic event, but you may always search for your name and file a claim at https://oregonup.us.
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
Birds on the Estuary
August 2
8 - 10 am
Explore the shores of Charleston in search of winged wildlife.  An interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided.  Call 541-888-5558 ext. 21 to register.  ($1/birder)
Explore the Shore
August 1 and August 14
10 - 11 am
Join us on the tideflats near Charleston this summer as we learn about the life between the tides.  We will get a first hand look at a variety of creatures and plants that thrive in the brackish waters where rivers meet the sea, the estuary!  Call 541-888-5558 ext. 21 to register.  ($1/explorer)


What's Happening

28th Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival
September 5, 6 and 7
The Oregon Shorebird Festival is an annual three-day birding event that is headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Charleston. The Festival will include a full weekend of activities planned for birders of all skill levels.  Activities include expertly guided land based field trips to the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, New River, and the Coos Bay area.  There is a pelagic trip on Saturday for those who want to experience birding on the water.
11th Annual Salmon Celebration
September 13 and 14
The Mill Casino


The 11th Annual Salmon Celebration is a celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribe culture.

South Coast Striders Healthy Hikes

Hike Schedule for 2014


























Fish Habitat Partnership to Begin Coast-wide Estuary Assessments

In January 2014 in Seattle, the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (Partnership) will host a meeting of estuarine biologists, ecologists, and other researchers from Washington, Oregon and California to begin three assessments of fish habitat in West Coast estuaries.
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a member of the Partnership.
The work includes an assessment of rearing habitat for juvenile fish in estuaries; an assessment of conditions and key threats to the habitat of fish and shellfish stocks important to commercial and sport-fishing (as required by the National Fish Habitat Plan), and an assessment of changes in the habitat affecting the distribution and abundance of nine species of forage fish that inhabit estuaries and nearshore waters. Forage fish are important as food for larger predatory fish.
The assessments will help West Coast communities and natural resource managers better understand how habitat in estuaries helps in sustaining plentiful native fish and shellfish, including those most important to people and prioritize areas for conservation or restoration, the threats to that habitat, and prioritize efforts for restoration (and demonstrating thereby both the ecologic and economic benefits of conserving and restoring fish habitat).
Funding for the assessments is provided by the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. Much of the work will be done over the next several years by scientists working for NOAA and The Nature Conservancy.
Habitat Restoration a Coastal Training Priority at South Slough

South Slough Reserve is a national leader in techniques for restoring estuarine habitat, and habitat restoration is a priority of South Slough’s Coastal Training Program. We work with restoration scientists, watershed councils, universities and community colleges, Sea Grant, tribal nations, Oregon’s Ocean and Coastal Management Program, and other resource agencies to provide training, education and other information to address specific needs.


Membership Drive

"Invite a Friend, Make a Friend"




Any current member of the Friends of South Slough who invites a new member to join FOSS from June 27 through August 6, 2014 will be entered in a drawing for two reserved spots on their choice of the August 30 or September 20 CHMOOSH Big Canoe trip.

Pick up a membership form at the Interpretive Center front desk or call 541-888-5558 to ask for one to be mailed to you and to your friend!



Summer Science Camp

Mark Your Calendars!

South Slough Summer Science Camps 2014
Registration begins March 1st
July 22 -25 Megalops (grades 2-3)
July 29-August 1 ​Instar (grades 4-5)

Summer Camps offer four days of activities with an estuary theme.