ODFW seeking comment on Jewell Meadows management plan update

Tweet ODFW seeking comment on Jewell Meadows management plan update Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on the newly updated Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Long Range Management Plan, which will guide activities and management decisions at the wildlife area over the coming decade. Wildlife area staff will host an open house to go over the plan and answer questions on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 4-7 p.m. at the Jewell School Library, located at 83874 Hwy. 103, Seaside, Ore. The new plan is an update to the 2007 Long Range Management Plan. No major changes are reflected in the updated plan, according to Bryan Swearingen, wildlife area manager. The new planning document includes a summary of accomplishments over the past 10 years, along with changes to some management strategies based on completed projects. A copy of the updated plan will be available at the open house. In addition, electronic copies are available online at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/management_plans/wildlife_areas/docs/jewel_meadows.pdf Public comments may be submitted in person at the open house, by mail, or by e-mail. To request an electronic copy (pdf) of the draft plan or to submit public comments please email Bryan.D.Swearingen@state.or.us. To submit comments in writing please mail to: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area 79878 Highway 202 Seaside, OR 97138 For additional information please contact wildlife area staff at 503-755-2264 or Rick Swart, public information officer, at 971-673-6070. ### Contact: Bryan Swearingen, 503-755-2264 Rick Swart, 971-673-6038 Read more at...

Razor clamming reopened on part of the Oregon coast

Tweet Razor clamming reopened on part of the Oregon coast Friday, January 5, 2018 The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the reopening of razor clamming from the south jetty of the Umpqua River, south of Reedsport, to the south jetty of Coos Bay as domoic acid levels have dropped below the alert level. The harvesting of razor clams remains closed from Cascade Head, north of Lincoln City, to the south jetty of the Umpqua River and from the south jetty of Coos Bay to the California border. This includes all beaches and bays. Along with the area just reopened, clamming remains open from the Columbia River to Cascade Head. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins every other week, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range. For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at https://oda.direct/ShellfishClosures ### Contact: Judy Dowell, (503) 871-2118 Read more at...

ODFW seeks Chair for Access and Habitat Board – Apply by Jan. 26

Tweet ODFW seeks Chair for Access and Habitat Board – Apply by Jan. 26 Thursday, January 4, 2018 SALEM, Ore. – ODFW is currently seeking a Chair for the statewide board of its Access and Habitat Program, which helps provide hunter access and improve wildlife habitat. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. This is a volunteer position. People with experience leading boards or commissions, as well as experience in forestry, agriculture or ranching, hunting and wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply. Please contact Isaac Sanders at (503) 947-6087 or visit http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/get_involved.asp for more information on the positions and application forms. The A and H program is funded by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses as well as the auction and raffle of special deer and elk tags. Aand H funds are distributed by grants throughout the state to landowners, conservation organizations, and others for wildlife habitat improvement and projects to provide hunter access. ### Contact: Isaac Sanders, Isaac.R.Sanders@state.or.us, (503) 947-6087 Read more at...

Another section of Oregon coast reopened to recreational crabbing

Tweet Another section of Oregon coast reopened to recreational crabbing Wednesday, December 20, 2017 The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that recreational crabbing is now open from Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, to the Columbia River. Crab samples taken from the area indicate that levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have dropped below the alert level. This reopening of the recreational season applies to crab harvested in the ocean and in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. Recreational crab harvesting remains closed along the southern Oregon coast from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. Crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers. It is always recommended to eviscerate the crab and discard the “butter” (viscera or guts) prior to cooking. When whole crab are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach into the cooking liquid. It is recommended to discard the cooking liquid, and do not use it in other dishes, such as sauces, broths, soups, stews, stocks, roux, dressings, etc. The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended. For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at: https://oda.direct/ShellfishClosures ### Contact: Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022 Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us Read more at...

Keep bird feeders clean: Dirty feeders can spread disease to backyard birds

Tweet Keep bird feeders clean: Dirty feeders can spread disease to backyard birds Red-breasted nuthatch at feeder. Keep feeders clean and free from bacteria to help birds stay healthy this time of year.  Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODDFW. Black-capped chickadee at feeder. Keep feeders clean and free from bacteria to help birds stay healthy this time of year. Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW. Monday, December 18, 2017 SALEM, Ore.—ODFW is urging people to keep their bird feeders clean and free of bacteria so wild birds stay healthy this winter. Calls to ODFW from Oregon bird lovers seeing dead birds in their yard and around their feeders are increasing with colder weather. Testing by the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory identified the cause of one recent bird die-off at a feeder in Corvallis as a bacterial infection from salmonella. Salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria along with viruses, parasites and fungal diseases can be passed by congregating birds at feeders that don’t get cleaned regularly. When the weather turns cold, the energy demands on birds and other wildlife increase dramatically so a high energy seed meal at a bird feeder will bring in birds and congregate them, increasing the chance of disease transmission. Pine siskins, nuthatches, chickadees and other seed-eating backyard birds are some of the most common species affected by these diseases. The birds get infected at the feeders and pass the infection on when they come into contact with feeder surfaces, perches or visit multiple feeders. “We ask those Oregonians who enjoy seeing birds and feeding them in winter to provide a clean and healthy environment for their feathered visitors,”...