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  • South Slough Celebrates 40th Anniversary
    The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve celebrated its 40th birthday on August 6, 2014.
    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 ! 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 Creature Feature Live - SHOWDOWN at Ghost Shrimp Burrow
ghost shrimp 
Sat, Aug 16, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
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
Crabbing Around
August 23
1 - 2 pm
Hear about the amazing life cycle of crabs as we cast a ring from the dock.  Learn proper crab harvesting methods.  Call 541-888-5558 ext. 21 to register.  ($1/person)

























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

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.
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