BioBlitz Introduction and Training

July 13, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Beverly Beach State Park
198 N.E. 123rd St
Newport, OR

Sea stars and algae characterize rocky shore habitats.\Photo by Rena Martin.
Sea stars and algae characterize rocky shore habitats.\Photo by Rena Martin.

On July 14 and July 15, we’re conducting our big BioBlitzes at Otter Rock Marine Reserve and Cascade Head Marine Reserve, consecutively.  The goal is to take a one-day inventory of all the species we can find on the shore and in the intertidal on the fringes of the marine reserve.  Everyone is welcome and needed as BioBlitz participants, but volunteers who aren’t skilled naturalists will benefit from some orientation and training.

So, on the evening of Friday, July 13, we’re offering a BioBlitz introduction and training session.  Join CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer at 6:30 p.m. in the large meeting yurt at Beverly Beach State Park just north of Newport (198 N.E. 123rd St., to be exact).  Fawn will provide a tutorial on how BioBlitzes are conducted and on recognizing the species we’re likely to find on the shoreline facing the marine reserve.  Ian Throckmorton, our 2018 Marine Reserve BioBlitz Coordinator, sponsored by the Oregon Coast Aquarium, will join Fawn to help participants upload the iNaturalist app and learn how to use it.  This is a useful tool (for those with smartphones) which enables any observer of the natural world, of any skill level, to contribute information to a vast national database.

We will also discuss the opportunity to become part of the CoastWatch Community Science Teams for the marine reserves.

The event is free and open to all.  While the idea is to prepare for the upcoming BioBlitzes, feel welcome to attend even if you can’t participate on the following days but would simply like some background information on the shoreline and its denizens, or would like to hone your abilities as a CoastWatch mile adopter (or consider becoming one).

For more information, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027, [email protected].