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A chance to ’yak about birds

Published on September 5, 2017 3:50PM

Great Egrets on the Little Nestucca River • Photo by Jack Doyle

Great Egrets on the Little Nestucca River • Photo by Jack Doyle

Lincoln City’s Audubon group will head out for its annual kayaking field trip this Sunday, Sept. 10, taking to the waters of the Little Nestucca River and the Nestucca Estuary.

The group will be kayaking through a portion of the Nestucca National Wildlife Refuge, aiming to get a good look at the Nestucca River purple martin colony, waterfowl, raptors, migrating shorebirds and riparian birds.

Everyone is welcome to come along, but participants must bring their own kayaks or canoes, weather-appropriate clothing, safety gear and watercraft permits. The group will launch at 9 am from the Little Nestucca county boat launch, located on the south bank of the river, a quarter-mile east of Highway 101 on Meda Loop.

The group plans to return to the boat ramp by 11 am, but boaters are welcome to stay on and explore other areas of the estuary on their own.

Beginning birders are welcome and binoculars and birding field guides are available to borrow.

In addition to their own kayak or canoe, participants must bring a whistle and a life vest. Participants with vessels 10 feet or longer must also have an invasive species permit.

Meda Loop is a 14-minute drive north from Neskowin or a 39-minute drive south from Tillamook. The launch parking lot provides a vault toilet but no water.

For more information, call 541-992-9720.

Heard about the bird?

Audubon Society of Lincoln City offers free birding field trips with experienced trip leaders on the second Saturday of most months during the year. The group’s next monthly birding field trip is a Saturday, Oct. 14, driving tour from Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint north of Depoe Bay to Devils Punch Bowl on Otter Crest. For a list of upcoming field trip descriptions, go to http://lincolncityaudubon.org/calendar.html.

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