BANDON — In response to an unusually high number of mosquitoes in the Bandon area in the past month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the entomology program at Oregon State University and the Multnomah County Health Department, Vector Control to better understand what types of mosquitoes inhabit the marsh.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in June, a large hatch of mosquitoes occurred in the vicinity of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and the north end of the city of Bandon.
Mosquitoes have always been present in the lower Coquille River estuary. However, populations observed by local residents in recent weeks are reported to be higher than they have previously experienced.
The study will look at which mosquito species currently breed on the refuge and in which types of habitat they are most numerous. OSU began their investigation on June 26 and will continue the study into next year.
The results of the OSU study will help refuge managers determine if there is a need for adaptive management of refuge habitats, such as increased tidal circulation or other measures to reduce production of mosquitoes on refuge lands.
“We are committed to working together with the local community and state experts to better understand the issue of mosquito production on the refuge,” said Roy Lowe, project leader for the Oregon Coast NWR Complex.
Bandon Marsh NWR protects the largest remaining tidal salt marsh within the Coquille River estuary. Located near the mouth of the Coquille River, it is an oasis for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, threatened coho salmon and other estuarine fish and wildlife. The refuge encompasses 889 acres and is composed of two units: Bandon Marsh and Ni-les’tun.
For more information, contact Roy Lowe at 541-867-4550 or Refuge Manager David Ledig at 541-347-1470, or email Oregoncoast@fws.gov.