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Fall NEST in the Elliott!

September 19, 2011

This October, join the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team in the Elliott State Forest! We will climb in search of the marbled murrelet, a rare sea bird that nests in the coastal temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.

Currently, timber companies clearcut up to 500 acres of ancient forest in the Elliott each year. In 2012, if Oregon Department of Forestry proposed management plan for the Elliott is passed, they will sell/cut up to 850 acres per year. NEST hopes to slow the destruction of the murrelets’ waning habitat by finding and reporting nest sites that should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Fall is the best time to climb survey—immediately after nesting season, but before the rainy season washes away all of the evidence.

Come join us for our pilot season to save the Elliott. We are especially searching for experienced climbers, though all levels and types of experience are welcome. Can you id birds? Are you an archer, or a mycologist? Do you thrive on a deep and unending love for wilderness? Are you really good at setting up tarps? We would love to hang out in the woods with you!

Interested volunteers should come to our orientation at 10:30 a.m. September 30th at 1648 Alder, Eugene, in front of the Lorax Manor. We will hold basic climb trainings and discuss survey methods. The first caravan departs October 1st. If you would like to come later in the month, or if you will need temporary housing in Eugene, give us a ring.

What to bring:

While we hope for a fairly dry October, the Elliott is a rainforest. Expect rain. All volunteers should come with raingear and layers of wool or synthetic clothing. We will be hiking off road through gnarly terrain, so a good pair of boots is essential. Don’t forget your sleeping bag, and consider bringing your own tarp or tent. Other recommended items include: headlamp, compass, personal climb gear, water bottle, personal dishware, snack food, water filter, and multiple pairs of wool socks. NEST can accommodate volunteers without personal food, gear, or financial resources, but if you can contribute to our daily costs it would certainly be appreciated.

For volunteer or media inquiries, contact Sarah: (860) 367 7641.

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