Activities at the Siuslaw National Forest in western Oregon will enter their second year in 2018. Established in 1908, this is a diverse forest, with habitats ranging from coastal sand dunes to coastal forests. In 2017, interns began exploring locations for shorebird surveys and piloted this effort. In 2018, we will continue these surveys, along with other wildlife and outreach and education efforts.
The Siuslaw National Forest is seeking enthusiastic interns to engage visitors and communities throughout the spectacular Oregon Central Coast on conservation of threatened bird species. Interns will work to cultivate stewardship of coastal seabirds and shorebirds within Oregon by increasing the public’s understanding of their own role in sensitive seabird and shorebird conservation at U.S. Forest Service sites and Oregon State Parks. Interns will work closely with wildlife specialists in the field, while collaborating with a network of interpreters, resource managers, and community partners.
Coastal Bird Stewardship Project
The U.S. Forest Service in partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland, Cape Perpetua Foundation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) received funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to initiate a Coastal Bird Stewardship Outreach Project in 2018. The project is a comprehensive outreach effort to improve conservation of a suite of marine-dependent bird species of conservation concern, including the federal and state-threatened marbled murrelet, federal and state-threatened western snowy plover, state sensitive black oystercatcher, and other seabirds and shorebirds that use the Oregon coast. This project will facilitate stewardship of the coast through education and awareness of the threats that human actions can have on these species, the birds’ unique life histories and habitat needs, as well as encouraging beneficial visitor conservation actions.
Project Goals Include:
Internship Duties: Interns will receive training on the resources, species, and habitats of the Siuslaw National Forest and Oregon Coast, while also receiving Certification as Interpretive Guides through the National Association of Interpreters. Duties will include: