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,”...

Nehalem’s Karen Kuntz recognized with Riley Freeman Award for wildlife conservation

Tweet Nehalem’s Karen Kuntz recognized with Riley Freeman Award for wildlife conservation The riparian buffers on Kuntz’s property along Tomlinson Creek keep water temperatures cooler and provide a refuge for juvenile salmonids in the summer. Wednesday, December 13, 2017 SALEM, Ore.—ODFW recognized Nehalem’s Karen Kuntz and her Foley Peak Angus cattle operation with the Riley Freeman award during the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and Oregon Cattlewomen’s Convention and Tradeshow earlier this month in Bend. Foley Peak Angus raises high quality, grass-fed beef on a 304-acre property in the Nehalem River watershed. The ranch uses an active grazing rotation plan, storm water runoff control, buffer strips along waterways and other efforts as part of a Resource Management System developed with the help of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Tillamook Soil and Conservation District. Rotational grazing throughout the property has been very effective at maintaining good field conditions and reducing sediment and manure runoff into Tomlinson Creek, which is a tributary of Foley Creek and the Nehalem River. Both sides of the creek have full vegetation, providing good canopy and habitat for wildlife and keeping water temperatures cooler for fish. Native tree plantings of conifers and diverse shrubs have also improved wildlife habitat and provide escape cover, thermal protection and rearing and roost areas for neo-tropical birds. Kuntz’s efforts have paid off for local native wildlife including Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, raptors, mustelids, and beavers which benefit from the diverse habitat the ranch provides. Juvenile salmonids also benefit from Kuntz’s stewardship. As they seek cooler water during the summer, the riparian buffers along Tomlinson Creek provide refuge from other areas...