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Learn about birds, crab at South Slough trail hikes

Jan. 13, 2021 — Visitors to the South Slough Estuarine and Research Reserve can bring in the New Year while enjoying nature when they plan a fun, safe trip to the Reserve this January and February.

Guided Nature Hikes are being offered at the South Slough Reserve from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 26.

Come for a walk in the woods and explore the flora and fauna on some of South Slough Reserve’s most popular trails.

The two-mile loop is well maintained and relatively level. Attendees will meet at the South Slough Reserve Visitor Center. Dress for the weather; wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks. Registration is required, and the event is limited to six participants. 

Register at www.southsloughestuary.org

  • Birds on the Estuary will take place this Friday, Jan. 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Explore the shores of Charleston in search of winged wildlife. Interpreter and binoculars provided. Dress for the weather. 

Meet at the Charleston Visitors Center.

Registration is required, and the event is limited to six participants.  Register at www.southsloughestuary.org

  • Millicoma Marsh Bird Walk (10 to 11:30 a.m., Jan. 20 and Feb. 5:

Come enjoy great views of the bay and one of the best birding spots in Coos County. Interpreter and binoculars provided. Dress for the weather. 

Meet in the parking lot directly behind Millicoma Middle School on Fourth Avenue. 

Registration is required, and the event is limited to six participants. Register at www.southsloughestuary.org.

  • All About Crab! will be held 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 and Feb. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Visitors are invited to learn about the amazing life cycle of crabs, their importance to the local economy and discover the various techniques for capturing this delectable Crustacean. Dress for the weather and meet at the Charleston Visitors Center. 

Registration is required, and the event is limited to six participants. Register at www.southsloughestuary.org.

A week or so prior to the event attendees will receive an email containing further information about the Reserve’s new safety guidelines and efforts to help combat the spread of COVID-19. 

Visitors’ health and wellbeing are the Reserve’s top priority. Among other things visitors will need to wear a mask when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.

A temperature check using a no-touch digital forehead thermometer will be performed at the beginning of the program. Any participants with a temperature greater than 100.4 F may not participate.

For more information, contact South Slough Reserve at 541-888-5558 ext. 121.

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