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  • Champion Women's Team
    The champion women's team with South Slough's Joy Tally at the stern paddle of Chmoosh. Nicely won! 
    South Slough staff participated in the canoe races sponsored by the Mill Casino's Annual Salmon Celebration on September 13, 2014.  The event was well attended and the weather was beautiful. The two day festival is a celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribal Culture and features a traditional salmon bake and native crafts as well as native drummers and dancers.
  • 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 ! 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 Reserve Activities Oregon's Coastal Training Program

South Slough Trail & Treat Run

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
1 mile run, 5k run/walk

*Optional-Wear a costume of your favorite estuary animal
Where: South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Interpretive Center, 4 miles south of Charleston, 61907 Seven Devils Road
Course: Technical trails, boardwalks, hills (300’ change in elevation).
Run where the river meets the sea, along vast tidal flats, extensive marshes and meandering channels.  
Information/Register  * Trail & Treat Flyer

Fall Internships at South Slough Reserve

Application deadline October 10, 2014
7 week internships, October 13, 2014 - Dec. 5, 2014
8 hours/week for 2 credits
12 hours/week for 3 credits
Contact SSNERR Public Involvement Coordinator
541-888-5558 ext. 58

South Slough Creature Feature Live - SHOWDOWN at Ghost Shrimp Burrow

ghost shrimp 
Hangouts on Air - Broadcast for free
Join Host Tom Gaskill and his super team in some Mudflat Magic, and learn about the interesting invertebrates that haunt the tide flats of the estuary!

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

























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.


 What's Happening


A celebration of Coos Culture

Saturday, October 4, 2014
NOON through Night
Charleston Marina
Featuring local music, artistic wares, fabulous food and community resource groups
All proceeds benefit the Charleston Food Bank
South Coast Striders Healthy Hikes

Hike Schedule for 2014