BioBlitz at Otter Rock

July 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area
Otter Rock, OR

People exploring tidepools at Otter Rock.\Photo by Cathy Tronquet.
People exploring tidepools at Otter Rock.\Photo by Cathy Tronquet.

CoastWatch has taken on a significant challenge—organizing BioBlitzes for Otter Rock and Cascade Head marine reserves.  Participation by CoastWatchers and other members of the public is essential.  Make plans to get involved in this valuable, one-day citizen science activity.

The Otter Rock Marine Reserve BioBlitz takes place on Saturday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to noon.  Meet Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, on the beach north of the community of Otter Rock (take the trail down from the small park where the public restrooms are located).  The event is free, everyone is welcome, and those of any skill level can help.  (That said, you can increase your skill level by attending the training session at Beverly Beach State Park on the evening of July 13.  See separate listing.)

A BioBlitz is an intensive survey of a defined area on a single day (occasionally two), with the goal of identifying all the species to be found in that area at one time.  It is a snapshot of biodiversity.  This BioBlitz focuses on the margin of the Otter Rock Marine Reserve, primarily the intertidal area.

The BioBlitz takes place during a low tide; come dressed in whatever you are comfortable wearing into the wet intertidal area, and come prepared for the weather (which may be cool and foggy in the morning at the shoreline on an otherwise warm summer day).  Water, snacks, binoculars, hats, and sunscreen are all advisable.

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