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August 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Birding on the Bay – Netarts Bay (RSVP required)

When: Sunday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Netarts Bay

Join Bird Alliance of Oregon and Friends of Netarts Bay – Watershed, Estuary, Beach, & Sea (WEBS) to observe coastal birds on and near Netarts Bay. We’ll start by learning about the threatened Western Snowy Plover and Plover Patrol program which engages community scientists to monitor nesting snowy plovers along the north coast, including Netarts Spit. We’ll then travel to various locations around the bay and surrounding headlands in the hopes of seeing soaring brown pelicans, great blue herons, bald eagles, songbirds, and cormorants.

Other Interpretive Snowy Plover walks will occur on: June 22 (Sitka Sedge), July 12 (Clatsop Spit), and July 24 (Netarts Spit)

A photo of a Snowy Plover family, two babies and one adult on the beach.
Western Snowy Plover, photo by Mick Thompson

Why Western Snowy Plovers?

The Pacific coast population of Western Snowy Plovers has been in decline for several decades due to loss of habitat and disturbances from development, recreation, and other human pressures. In Oregon, the population hit a low of about 50 individuals in the early 1990s. Subsequently this species was listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act in 1993. 

Due to targeted recovery efforts in Oregon, mostly focused on the south and central coast, the bird has bounced back to a few hundred individuals and are starting to recolonize traditional north coast nesting sites. 

Plover Patrol engages communities to monitor plovers on the north coast, helping Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Bird Alliance of Oregon track where Plovers are and how they are recovering to inform management. 


August 25
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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You will need to provide your own transportation. Event lasts 3 hours and involves moving on uneven, sandy terrain.


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