Bandon Marine Mammal Talk

July 5, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Bandon Public Library
1204 11th St, SW
Bandon, OR

Beached whale in Curry County.  Photo by Bill Krause.
Beached whale in Curry County. Photo by Bill Krause.

As a warm-up for the next day’s special beachwalk commemorating the anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, we’re sponsoring an event on the evening of Wednesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bandon Public Library (1204 11th St., S.W.).  Doors open at 6 p.m.

Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, will lead off with a brief talk about the Beach Bill’s 50th anniversary and the CoastWatch program it makes possible.

We will then turn to the subject of marine mammals, one of the many things CoastWatchers monitor for on the beach.  We’ll have two speakers.  One is Jim Rice, coordinator of the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network, who will discuss how CoastWatchers and others can help to compile data on dead marine mammals that wash up on shore, and help to protect live animals from an over-intrusive public.

Also speaking will be Dawn Goley, the marine mammal stranding program director for northern California and a professor of zoology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.  She has been conducting standardized beach surveys for stranded marine mammals for seven years as a way to build a baseline of understanding of stranding patterns along the California coastline, and will now be working with Fawn and CoastWatch volunteers to study stranded marine mammals in southern Oregon using the same techniques as used in California.  She will explain how volunteers can get involved in this research project, which goes beyond regular CoastWatch mile monitoring.

For information about the event or the marine mammal project, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027, [email protected].