Coos Bay Chapter

The Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
January 4, 2012

Kalmiopsis Audubon Sponsors Film Festival Jan. 14 at Savoy

DOORS OPEN at 1:30pm
Warm up with a slideshow featuring images of birds and nature by talented local photographers.

2pm -5:15pm
Chetco Adventure– a very short (2 min.) adventure piece by top-notch kayaker and Banff-Mountain-Film-Festival-award winner Andy Maser gives us a rare glimpse at the upper Chetco River as it flows deep in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

FEATURE: A Wild American Forest— Learn what makes the Klamath-Siskyou ecoregion –in our own backyard–so extraordinary. This film aired on OPB last year. Narrated by Susan Sarandon


FEATURE: Vanishing of the Bees (starting around 3pm) – A gripping narrative documentary about Colony Collapse Disorder–a health threat to bees that risks the loss of much more than honey since we depend on honeybees to pollinate 1/3 of the food on our tables.

Grab a quick bite at a local restaurant, at home, or at the Savoy Concession stand.

6:00 to 6:30pm
Festival Reception
Mingle at the stage, refreshments provided by KAS-member volunteers.

6:30 -9:15 pm
Mini-sneak Preview: Ocean Frontiers—promising approaches ocean stewardship, featuring Port Orford! –coming to the Savoy on Feb. 11

Salmon Skin –Go eye to eye with five West-coast salmon species! A short film by Arcata-based underwater videographer Thomas Dunklin, plus additional under-river footage of the robust 2011 Chinook runs on our own Elk and Chetco Rivers. A unique opportunity to enter the world of the salmon.

Wild Oregon–WORLD PREMIERE! Enjoy a stunning tour of Oregon’s wild landscapes in this short film by Emmy-award winning, Port-Orford-based cinematographer David Fortney. Fortney’s eye for beauty, distinctive perspective, and filming techniques set his work apart and give viewers a sense of awe and wonder.


FEATURE: Ghost Bird–(starting around 7:45pm) A smart and humorous documentary that considers the “rediscovery” of the Ivory-billed woodpecker and how it changed a small, rural Arkansas town. The Wall Street Journal has called it “witty and metaphysical” and the New York Times says it’s “a multi-layered story that will fascinate practically everybody.” –WINNER OF THE CINE 2010 GOLD EAGLE AWARD, SOUTHERN SOUL OF INDEPENDENT FILM AWARD, INDIE MEMPHIS AWARD, and many others…

October 18, 2011

Birds of Redfish Rocks: November 2

Please join us at the Port Orford Library at 7pm on November 2 for the Birds of Redfish Rocks and Important Bird Area (IBA) Program! Local photographer Lois Miller and Kalmiopsis Audubon Society’s Ann Vileisis will present on the birds that inhabit or use the area around Redfish Rocks.  Ann and Lois will show big screen pictures and share insights about local shore birds that can be difficult to see close up. Paul Engelmeyer from Audubon Society’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary will explain what IBAs are and how they play into the sea bird conservation efforts from Alaska to Baja California. Paul will provide the bigger picture highlighting the central coast Marbled Murelet IBA and how it plays into the Cape Perpetua marine reserve and Oregon’s network of marine reserves. Come enjoy the discussions, photography and tasty local seafood samples from Port Orford Sustainable Seafood! This event is a collaboration of the Redfish Rocks Community Team, Kalmiopsis Audubon Society, Our Ocean, and Port Orford Ocean Resource Team.
October 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

It’s time to Stand Up, Coos Bay!

Stand Up! For The Bay is a community event designed to bring our Coos bay, and waterways into the focus of citizens in our community.  The event will take place in downtown Coos Bay, and registration and check-in begins at the public dock/boardwalk at 8:00 am. Participants will be paddling via kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board, surfboard (or whatever you like!) and congregate in the Bay waters for an easy to moderate loop. A luau with food and live music will follow, along with an informative meeting of what’s currently happening in the bay area with Surfrider Foundation and the local interest in forming a chapter in Coos Bay. Join Us! For more information email Carmen Matthews. Registration sheets can be filled out the morning of or at Waxer’s Surf Shop. Call (541) 266-9020 for more information…we hope to see you there!

Paddle out: 8:30-11:30am

Luau: 11:30-1:30pm

(boardwalk or Broadway Theater, depending on weather)

September 3, 2011

State Parks or Golf Courses?

Floras Lake State Park and the Blacklock Point area still need usSept. 14 at 5pm, Docia Sweet Hall at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Gold Beach! At a series of recent Town Hall meetings, Curry County Commissioner George Rhodes finally unveiled long-secret plans to develop two golf courses, one on the shores of Floras Lake and another atop bluffs that are now part of Floras Lake State Park. Kalmiopsis Audubon members and friends have been leading the charge presenting impressive, substantive, and inspiring comments at several meetings already, so let’s be sure and give them and the coast we need in this important meeting—which may count the most. There will be a car pool leaving the Langlois Lions Club at 3:30 and from the Port Orford Library at 4:00 pm. And we encourage Brookings members and friends to carpool from the south. If anyone’s up for pizza afterwards, at least a few of us will head for the Panther’s Den, on the east side of 101 toward the center/south end of Gold Beach.

We hope to see you at this very important meeting. At this crucial juncture, the future of our beloved place depends on us. Read more.

July 19, 2011

4H Surfrider Stewardship Surf Camp Gold Beach, Oregon

The Gold Beach 4H Surfrider Stewardship Surf Camp was a great weekend of learning and surf. The weather may not have been all time, but the kids were. All 14 surf campers got waves and learned about tides, swell direction, surf conditions and various conservation issues. The kids also helped to clean up the Rogue River mouth by grabbing trash both days after their surf.

There were many smiling faces and the kids were a pleasure to teach. Special thanks goes out to all of the volunteer surf coaches including Luke Mathison who brought up his rental fleet of stand up paddle boards for the kids to play around on in a little calm area of the river.  Another shout out to Ryan Cruse and A Warm Current for their donation of wetsuits and his excellent surf coaching.

Arik the surfer

The kids left the camp on Sunday with a greater appreciation of our natural resources, a camp t-shirt, a packet of Surfrider Foundation information, stickers and will receive a dvd of their surfing exploits in the mail soon.

There are two more camps coming up in August. One in Crescent City, CA for Brookings kids on August 6th and 7th. Another at Hubbards Creek in Port Orford on August 13th and 14th. Contact Michelle Carillo at the Gold Beach 4H office at 541 247-6672 to sign up. Contact Dave Lacey at 541 373-0487 or at for more information.

GB Surf Campers checking the tide.

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