My name is Matt Hunter. I live in the Melrose area and explore birds and habitats throughout the Umpqua Basin. I try to canoe the Umpqua estuary several times a year.This shows a couple hundred gulls roosting at high tide on the base of the huge sand dunes on the north spit of the Umpqua River, taken from my canoe in the estuary, Sept 6, 2013.

We are looking for photos of the area stretching from Coos Bay to Florence and east to Elkton. People, culture, events, you name it…accepting submissions for March and April and will putting submissions online in the meantime. Voting will take place in May – there will be cash and prizes to be announced. Send your submissions with a short bio, description of the photo, and when it was taken (if possible) to or post it on our facebook page at

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