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Photo of students examining scientific speciments, courtesy of Ocean Inquiry.

Plan Now for ‘Sharing the Coast’ in 2016

ocean_inquiry_voyage.jpg CoastWatch collaborates each year with the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) in sponsoring the annual Sharing the Coast Conference, which offers a wealth of information to those monitoring the coast (CoastWatchers) and those teaching about it and interpreting it for visitors (NAME members, who may well be...Read more
Photo of coastal property south of Lost Creek, by Sara Schreiber.

State Parks Approves Riprap Application Despite Objections

riprap_lost_creek_sara_schreiber.jpg It is no surprise to learn that the riprap application for a lot south of Newport, which had aroused the concern of some CoastWatchers, was approved by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Those interested in seeing the approval and the conditions imposed can find this...Read more
Photo of King Tide flooding at Netarts Bay, by Tracey Schmidt.

King Tide Project Looks Toward Next Round in November

king_tide_netarts_bay_shoreline_tracey_schmidt_edit2.jpg The first round of this year's King Tide project has now been completed, but there is still plenty of opportunity to participate. Get out your cameras and visit the coast during the final two sets of extreme high tide events this year, November 24-27 and December 23-25...Read more
Photo of purple water.

Cause Identified for Purple Tides Noted by CoastWatchers

purplewater.jpg Mysterious purple patches are being observed along the coast. The answer to the summer's trick CoastWatch question, "What is causing the purple water?" turned out to be "salps." Numerous reports came in over a period of weeks concerning “purple water” or “a gelatinous purple mass” in the water. It took a while to determine the cause, and...Read more
Photo of women recording beached bird data on the beach.

Beached Bird Training Available to South Coast

janedollivercoasst.jpg Those of you at the southern end of the Oregon shore who would like to learn about the beached bird survey can gain an opportunity by traveling a bit further south. A training will take place across the border on Sunday, Oct. 25, noon-5 p.m., at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Board Room, 421 Hwy 101 North, in Crescent City...Read more
Photo of King Tide at Yaquina River.

King Tide Project Preparing to Document Year’s Highest Water

king_tide_yaquina_river.jpg Prepare to get out the cameras and visit the coast during the 2015 King Tide Events. This year the project focuses on three sets of extreme tides: Oct. 27-29, Nov.24-27, and Dec. 23-25. For the sixth year, CoastWatch is sponsoring the annual King Tide project. This is the Oregon branch of an international volunteer effort...Read more
Photo of Snowy Plover Chicks.

Snowy Plover Nesting Season Officially Ends

snowyploverchicks.jpg Nesting season for Western snowy plovers, a federally threatened shorebird that nests on the sandy shore, officially ended Sept. 15. Beachgoers are asked to follow nesting season restrictions on certain Oregon beaches through that date to protect snowy plover eggs and young. CoastWatchers helped by paying special attention to the...Read more
CoastWatch intern Sabrina Ehler takes a selfie on the shore.

New CoastWatch Intern Introduces Herself to Mile Adopters

sabrinaehler.jpg Hey all! Now that I have had the time to settle into my position as CoastWatch intern I wanted to greet everyone and invite you all to contact me. My name is Sabrina Ehler and I’m a senior at Oregon State University. I am studying fisheries and wildlife with a specialization in law enforcement. I became aware of, and interested in the...Read more
Photo of water quality warning sign.

Beach Monitoring Program Announces Impending Changes

waterqualitysign.jpg The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OMRP) is beginning a formal process to adopt a new “beach action value” (BAV) that would be used beginning in the 2017 monitoring season. The BAV is used to determine when public health advisories should be issued for beaches. Up till now, the threshold for advisories has been 158 MPN. (This stands...Read more
Photo of purple tide.

Shore Watchers Tracking Purple Tides

purpletide.jpg Numerous reports have been coming in concerning “purple water” or “a gelatinous purple mass” in the water. There have been sightings at Roads End, Neskowin and elsewhere (for example, see the latest mile report on Mile 253). We’re trying to help track this and discover what it is. CoastWatchers spotting anything purplish on the water or beach are...Read more