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      Interpretive Hike in the Nestucca Bay-"Saving the Silverspot Butterfly" in Cloverdale

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      June 22, 2019

      Saturday   9:00 AM

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      Interpretive Hike in the Nestucca Bay-"Saving the Silverspot Butterfly"

      The decline of the Oregon Silverspot is primarily due to habitat destruction and modification by development, agriculture, invasion of nonnative vegetation, and natural succession of grasslands—that is, grassland giving way to forest. Additionally, excessive use of salt-spray meadows by grazing animals or off-road vehicles has directly eliminated habitat.   The coastal prairie habitat on which the Oregon Silverspot is dependent becomes dominated by shrubs or forest if left unmanaged. Natural processes such as wildfires and wildlife grazing likely functioned to maintain open grasslands in the past. On Cannery Hill at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), in partnership with the USFWS, is leading a habitat restoration effort to actively maintain grassland structure preferred by the butterfly. Introduced grasses were burned and native ones planted in their stead, along with nectar-rich forbs and the all-important Early Blue Violet. Come join the Nestucca, Neskowin and Sand Lake Watersheds Council Saturday, June 22nd from 9:00-11:30am on an interpretive hike through the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge led by Silverspot Butterfly expert Anne Walker of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Participants will meet at the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge Kiosk located at 7000 Christiansen Rd, Cloverdale, 97112. The event is family friendly but we ask that you leave your canine friends at home. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Also, while its getting near summer, be prepared for Oregon coastal weather. If you have additional questions, contact Outreach and Project Development Manager, Caleb Mentzer, by phone 541-513-2604 or email  Looking forward to seeing you there!

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