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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

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
Waldport High School, Photo by Sara Schreiber.

Sharing the Coast Conference Arrives in March

Waldport High School, site of the Sharing the Coast Conference. Photo by Sara Schreiber. For the past eight years, CoastWatch has sponsored the Sharing the Coast Conference each spring. The event provides a wealth of background information relevant to monitoring the shoreline and participating in citizen science. The conference is open to everyone, and covers...Read more
King Tide fills Yaquina wetlands.  Photo by Meg Reed.

King Tide Parties Celebrate Project, Look to Future

King Tide fills Yaquina wetlands. Photo by Meg Reed. Each winter’s King Tide Project concludes with a series of wrap-up parties. These celebrate the good work that has been done, but also help to prepare us for the next year’s effort. CoastWatch, along with co-sponsors Surfrider and the Coastal Management Program, invite one and all to join one of these...Read more
 Beached bird training.  Photo courtesy of COASST.

CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers

Beached bird training. Photo courtesy of COASST. CoastWatch has long sponsored several citizen science projects, such as the beached bird survey in which many mile adopters participate. Over the course of the past year, though, we have expanded the range of these projects. We now conduct seven citizen science projects. Through our "Community Engagement with...Read more
King Tide at Toledo boat launch.  Photo by Gregory Henton.

King Tide Project Surges Again

King Tide at Toledo boat launch. Photo by Gregory Henton. For the seventh year, Oregonians are participating in the King Tide Project, the state’s branch of an international citizen science initiative. The project is sponsored in Oregon each year by CoastWatch, along with the Coastal Management Program of the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and...Read more
Photo of kayakers at Haystack Rock by Sonja Peterson.

Last Chance to Contribute to a Survey on Coastal Values

Kayakers at Haystack Rock. Photo by Sonja Peterson. What areas of the coast do you consider most precious? Which stretches of shoreline need better protection? What do you like to do when you visit the coast? How strongly to you support marine reserves, wave energy development or ocean planning? A research team at Portland State University would like to know,...Read more
Meg Reed presenting her findings as a Coastal Fellow.

Meg Reed Takes Over as Coastal Shores Specialist for DLCD

Meg Reed presenting her findings as a Coastal Fellow. The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has said a fond good-bye to Laren Woolley, long-time Coastal Shores Specialist, who retired at the end of September. He has been a familiar figure in discussions about coastal hazards, both those immediately threatening, such as earthquakes and...Read more
Photo of Otter Rock from shore.  Marine reserves are closer than you think!  Photo by Cathy Tronquet.

Watchers Can Help Monitor and Protect Marine Reserves

Otter Rock from shore. Marine reserves are closer than you think! Photo by Cathy Tronquet. The boundaries of Oregon’s new system of five marine reserves are largely being honored, but there is a need for citizen observers to help keep things that way. That was the chief message delivered by Sergeant Todd Thompson of the Oregon State Police’s marine fisheries...Read more