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Red Breasted Merganser • Photo by Jack Doyle

The Audubon Society of Lincoln City birders will scour Siletz Bay from the Taft Waterfront to the Salishan Nature Trail during a free birding clinic this Saturday, Feb. 9.

Siletz Bay is a winter resting grounds for thousands of waterfowl, including Northern pintail, green-winged teal, American wigeon and the occasional Eurasian wigeon. The group will also keep their eyes peeled for diving ducks and sea birds such as loons and grebes. Bald eagles often put on a show and great blue herons and great egrets are always present.

The free clinic, organized in partnership with Lincoln City’s Parks & Recreation and Explore Lincoln City, will start at 9 am in the Taft parking lot at the end of SW 51st Street, with a brief on-site introduction followed by a waterfowl and seabird observation from the Taft dock. Time permitting, the group will drive south along the bay, ending at the Salishan Nature Trail.

No prior birding experience is necessary. Binoculars and guidebooks can be provided.

For a list of upcoming excursions, go to http://lincolncityaudubon.org/calendar.html and mark your calendar for the Friday, March 8, field trip to Hostetler Park near Devils Lake.

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