Location: Bandon, OR
Dates: Apr-Jun 2009
Duties: Although we were volunteering for US Fish & Wildlife, the duties were split between marine mammal and shorebird interpretation for the Shoreline Education for Awareness, and Snowy Plover Watch for Oregon State Parks.
Hours Required: 24 each/week
Because Bandon Marsh has no RV sites, we were given a prime full-hookup site at Bullards Beach SP just outside of Bandon. After a week-long training session, we began our duties by providing interpretation at observation points in Bandon and Charleston, along with two four-hour days at China Creek as “snowy plover hosts”. At the overlooks, we set up spotting scopes and explained to people what they were seeing, usually Common Murre and Tufted Puffin in Bandon, and seals and sea lions at Simpson’s Reed in Charleston. While the snowy plover watch was a bit boring, the overlooks were always busy with people and we enjoyed sharing our knowledge. The volunteer coordinator was outgoing and great to get along with, and she hosted a pot luck almost every week.
Bandon is one of the prettier towns on the Southern Oregon Coast, with interesting shops and restaurants. Eighteen miles north is Coos Bay/North Bend, the largest city on the coast, with plenty of shopping and restaurants. There are plenty of places to visit and things to see in the area.
Contact Info: Shoreline Education for Awareness, http://www.sea-edu.org/