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Cleaning up debris on the rocky shore.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

CoastWatch Has Key Roles in Marine Debris Action Plan

Cleaning up debris on the rocky shore.\Photo by Sara Schreiber. CoastWatchers have been actively cleaning beaches of marine debris since the program was founded more than 20 years ago, and CoastWatch has had an organized marine debris project for the past six. In the wake of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, Oregon Shores (through CoastWatch) joined with four partners...Read more
Sea pickles off the coast of Oregon.

Sightings: ‘Sea Pickles’ Wash Ashore in the Pacific Northwest

Pyrosomes off the west coast of America. | Photo from University of Oregon Mysterious translucent creatures are washing ashore along the western shores of North America. Known as “sea pickles” -- the scientific name is pyrosomes -- these creatures are made up of a colony of individual zooids. A zooid is a tiny multicellular organism that makes up part of a...Read more
King Tide swamps downtown Nehalem.\Photo by Gretel Oxwang.

Dates Set for This Year’s King Tide Project

King Tide swamps downtown Nehalem.\Photo by Gretel Oxwang. The first round of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers document the highest tides of the year, takes place November 4-6. The other two high-tide series the project will cover will be December 3-5, and January 2-4, 2018. This will be the eighth year that CoastWatch has...Read more
Solitary walker on Manzanita Beach.  Photo by Rena Martin.

Photo Contest Celebrates Beach Bill

Solitary walker on Manzanita Beach. Photo by Rena Martin. If you use Instagram, the Oregon Coast Visitors Association is offering an opportunity to honor the Beach Bill and compete for prizes. They have launched a photo contest, run through Instagram. To enter, post either your own vintage photograph of the Oregon Coast (preferably from the year 1967), or a...Read more
 Tidepool life will be on display at the clinics.  Photo by Jarrett Juarez.

CoastWatch and Lincoln City Offer Tidepool Clinics

Tidepool life will be on display at the clinics. Photo by Jarrett Juarez. Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, is leading a series of “tidepool clinics” this spring in Lincoln City. CoastWatch is joining forces with the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau to make this learning opportunity available to the shore-visiting public. Eleven of...Read more
Photograph of Nestucca Spit on the Oregon Coast.

Mother’s Day March Celebrates Beach Milestone

Nestucca Spit, Oregon | Photo by: Linda Fink Oregon Shores will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill throughout 2017. Our first anniversary event, though, honors an occasion that preceded the Beach Bill campaign, but served as a prelude to the struggle to keep Oregon’s beaches open, natural, and public. On this Mother’s Day, May 14, we...Read more
Snowy Plover exclusion area.  Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

Snowy Plover Restrictions Now in Effect

Snowy Plover exclusion area. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service. Beachgoers are urged to help recovery efforts of the threatened Western Snowy Plover by respecting nesting areas and beach restrictions. These regulations went into effect March 15, and last through Sept. 15. The plovers, a small shorebird, nest on open sand along Oregon’s beaches. During...Read more

Eugene Dance Concert Will Benefit Oregon Shores

The relationship between people and nature is often described as a dance. Some Eugene-area dancers are using their skills to connect people to the coast in terpsichorean terms and benefit Oregon Shores into the bargain. Every year, Flex Studios in Eugene gives a benefit concert, with a theme and a designated beneficiary. This year their theme is coastal...Read more
Waldport High School, scene of the Sharing the Coast Conference.  Photo by Sara Schreiber.

'Sharing the Coast' Takes Place this Weekend

Waldport High School, scene of the Sharing the Coast Conference. Photo by Sara Schreiber. CoastWatch’s Sharing the Coast Conference, our 9th annual feast of information about shoreline natural history and science, takes place this year in Waldport, and is coming up this weekend, March 3-5. The public is invited, so please spread the word to anyone you know who...Read more