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  • Meet Megan Joyce
    Welcome to Megan Joyce, our new AmeriCorps member serving at South Slough!

    Megan will be conducting an afterschool education program focusing on habitats and estuary exploration during her service term. She is excited to learn more about the Oregon Coast and the animals that live in the productive estuarine ecosystem of South Slough and Coos Bay.  
    Megan completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011 and a year later started working as an education Specialist at Rookery Bay Reserve in Naples, Florida. She is happy to continue her work within the National Estuarine Research Reserve system (NERRS), networking with individuals who work to protect and educate about our nation’s beautiful estuaries.


  • 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.
  • 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

This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.

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 * Trial & Treat Exit Survey
 

Fall Mushrooms at South Slough Reserve

Saturday, November 1, 2014
8:30 am - 12:30 pm 
 
Discover the world of mushrooms with instructor John Schaefer.  Learn how to identify at least 6 local mushroom species and learn techniques for mushroom hunting.  This workshop takes place indoors at the Interpretive Center and along trails, so please dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes.  Please bring a basket and a knife for collecting.  Call 541-888-5558 ext. 21 to register.
 
[Maximum - 20 participants] ($20/participant includes a 1 year FOSS membership; free to current FOSS members)
 
 
 
 

Creature Feature Live - SHOWDOWN at Ghost Shrimp Burrow

 

Graphics by Gabe
  
 

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! 
 
 

 
 
 


 

 

 
 
 

 



 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
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.
 
 
 

  

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South Coast Striders Healthy Hikes

Hike Schedule for 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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