Upcoming Reunions

Spring 2018

Our next regular FWS Retirees Reunion will be on the central Oregon coast in May 2018. We have booked the week of May 6, 2018 at the Chinook Winds Casino and Resort in Lincoln City. The program is yet to be developed but the accommodations are excellent. Negotiated room rates start at $99 per night for this venue which sits right on the ocean with six miles of Oregon beach right out the back door. Most of the rooms have an ocean view. Amenities include a sauna and spa, a heated indoor swimming pool, multiple on-site dining venues, headliner entertainment, and a lush 18-hole golf course just a tee shot from the casino. Free transportation to and from the Portland Airport may be available – a work in progress.

Our agenda is still a work in progress but we are exploring topics on:

  • The status and problems for salmon stocks in the Pacific Northwest
  • Salmon predation problems – Sea lions, orcas, others
  • FWS/Tribal Conflicts associated with Service ESA listings and management actions
  • Gray Wolf issues in Oregon – status, depredation problems, lethal vs non-lethal control, etc.
  • Marine mammal entanglements with fishing gear and other contraptions and debris
  • Presentation on the Oregon Coastal Refuges
  • Inter- and intra-agency partnerships along the Oregon Coast
  • Roundtable on membership and outreach
  • The work of the FWS Forensics Lab at Ashland

Tours under consideration include a guided excursion to Pacific tidal pools and/or visits to the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Newport, the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Yaquina Lighthouse, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, or the Siletz Bay NWR.

Let us know what topics and possible tours would interest you and we will look into them.  We will also keep you fully informed as planning progresses but for now, keep that week open.

Fall 2019

We have not yet begun any serious planning for a Chesapeake Bay Reunion in the fall of 2019 but think that one possibility would be to time it to coincide with the Easton Waterfowl Festival which is usually held in mid fall. However, we also want to avoid any weather problems.