Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Return of the Osprey

High on a pole just across Depot Slough from Toledo's Public Viewing Platform is an Osprey nest. The pair who inhabit the nest have just returned for the season to hatch and rear this years' offspring. You can watch these beautiful majestic birds as they repair and refurbish their nest, fly over the slough in search of fish, and tend to their young.While you enjoy the platform and its picnic table, you can watch many other water birds, including Great Blue Heron - and see the fish jump, the river otters play and even an occasional Harbor Seal that makes its way into Depot Slough in search of dinner. You can also watch the operations across the slough at the Georgia Pacific mill as they unload and stack logs used in the process of making paper. Public use of the platform is always free, and the project was funded by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and The Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development. It was built in 2004.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sailboat Auction!

The 31' Cheoy Lee Offshore Cutter 'Osprey' will be auctioned off next month with the proceeds going directly to the Youth Boating Club.

The live auction will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 8th, 2011 at the Toledo Boatyard. The boatyard is located at 1000 SW Altree Lane. Starting bid is $6,000.00.

The 'Osprey' was built in 1968 by Cheoy Lee Shipyards. It includes sails, a Yanmar diesel inboard motor and rigging. It is available to view at the boat yard during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions may be directed to Port Manager Bud Shoemake at 541-336-5207.