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Published on March 6, 2018 12:03PM

Tundra Bean Goose at Nestucca Wildlife Refuge in 2014 • Photo by Jack Doyle

Tundra Bean Goose at Nestucca Wildlife Refuge in 2014 • Photo by Jack Doyle

The Audubon Society of Lincoln City will be heading north this Saturday, March 10, for a birding field trip at Nestucca Wildlife Refuge near Pacific City.

Mark Elliott will lead the excursion to the refuge, which contains a multitude of habitats including pastures, grasslands, woodlands, tidal marsh and mudflats, as well as freshwater bogs and forest.

The refuge supports 10 percent of the world population of dusky Canada geese and has hosted rare winter visitors from Asia such as the Tundra Bean Goose.

As well as geese, the group be watching for raptors, overwintering songbirds and avian visitors blown off course by winter storms.

No prior birding experience is required and binoculars and guidebooks will be provided.

The group will meet at 9 am in the lower parking lot. Travel north on Highway 101 from Lincoln City and turn left at the refuge entrance on Christensen Road. For more information or directions, call 541-992-0440.

Audubon Society of Lincoln City offers free birding field trips with experienced trip leaders on the second Saturday of most months during the year. Beginning birders are welcome. Binoculars and guidebooks are available for those who don’t have their own, and carpooling is usually an option. For a list of upcoming field trips, go to http://lincolncityaudubon.org/calendar.html, and mark your calendar for the Friday, March 30, bird walk at Devils Lake State Park and the April 14 excursion to Alder Island loop walk at Siletz Bay.

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