|In Oregon, the beaches belong to the people. As part of Oregon's tradition of environmental stewardship, the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition serves as the guardian of the public interest for our coastal region. Oregon Shores is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystems and landscapes of the Oregon coast while conserving the public's access. Oregon Shores pursues these ends through education, advocacy, and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon coast.|
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| May 12 NEW First Oregon Shores Online Auction Draws Near|
Raven Mask by Jane Clugston. Click to view larger image.A peaceful sojourn at a private beachside home…a discovery cruise…a unique, hand-crafted mask…a surfing lesson…You will soon have the opportunity to bid on a wide range of goods and experiences when Oregon Shores’ first auction goes online for ten days beginning May 31.
Auction items are being donated now. If you would like to help support the cause of coastal conservation by donating something for fellow conservationists to bid on, read on. Here are a few of the goods and services that will be available in the auction:
To contribute an item, fill out this form.
- Marine Discovery Tours of Newport offers a cruise and a night’s lodging at Anchor Pier Lodge.
- Oregon Shores board members offer stays at their coastal homes.
- The Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport offers dinner for two.
- Artist Jane Clugston has provided a hand-crafted raven mask.
- Oregon Shores board member Jessica Keys will guide you on a surfing lesson.
- Board member Corrina Chase will take you mushroom hunting at the coast.
- And watch for everything from art and photography prints to gift baskets and paragliding lessons.
A stay at this Cape Arago beach cottage is one of many donated items that will be auctioned to support coastal conservation.The auction will take place through Ebay, so any item that is likely to be successful there would be a worthwhile auction item to donate. Ebay also provides another way to help—if you are already selling things on that site, you can donate the proceeds to Oregon Shores by using this form.
Auction items must either be deliverable to us, so we can ship them to the winning bidder, or something you can deliver yourself promptly when the auction ends. Special arrangements can be made for something large of significant value, such as a vehicle or boat. For services (such as lodging or other such experiences), send a gift certificate; this can be done electronically if preferred.
For more information contact Oregon Shores board member Corrina Chase at (541) 921-7394, email@example.com.
| May 12 NEW New CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Comes Aboard|
Fawn Custer Our new volunteer coordinator will be familiar face to many. Fawn Custer is, among many other things, a long-time leader of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), and in that capacity has collaborated with CoastWatch in producing the annual Sharing the Coast Conference for five years.
The volunteer coordinator position, which has a special focus on our tsunami debris project, is primarily funded by a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust.
Fawn has taught in both classroom and informal settings for more than 25 years. While she has taught biology and chemistry, her primary teaching focus has always been marine science. Notably, she spent 14 years as an educator at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. While developing and implementing marine science and environmental science lab classes for the HMSC, she also taught high school marine science on-line, developed an invasive species curriculum for educators and protocols for interpreters, and trained volunteers in interpreting intertidal ecology and the marine environment for the public. She has frequently presented workshops and developed curriculum for both formal and informal educators.
She is currently Marine Science Education Specialist with the Lincoln County School District, on contract, and also teaches as a substitute in that district. She will continue to do some teaching, as long as the CoastWatch position remains part-time. Our goal is to make the volunteer coordinator full-time and permanent.
Fawn and her husband, Michael, live in Seal Rock. Contact her at (541) 270-0027. Once it is up and running, her CoastWatch e-mail will be this.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL
| Mar 2 Tsunami Debris Project Developing Volunteer Network|
CoastWatch has been working for many months along with four other public interest groups to develop a volunteer-based response to debris from the Japanese tsunami that may wash up on our shores. The Oregon Marine Debris Team is ready to put our plan into place, and we’ve been holding workshops from Seaside to Brookings to train and organize volunteers for the project. The first round of these ...
| Sep 27 2012 Action Taken to Protect Coos Bay Slough|
Oregon Shores has partnered with Coos Waterkeeper and a local Coos Bay resident on a Clean Water Act enforcement action in defense of Coalbank Slough in Coos Bay. The slough, an offshoot of the Coos Bay estuary, provides habitat for fish and aquatic organisms, including salmonid fish species that are listed on the federal Endangered Species List. Coalbank Slough is also designated as a critical ...