The big Otter Rock Marine Reserve BioBlitz takes place on Saturday, June 24. As a lead-in and training, CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer will present an introduction to tidepools the previous evening, Friday June 23, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Beverly Beach State Park Welcome Center (198 N.E. 123rd St., Newport).
Custer’s presentation, while of interest to anyone interested in learning more about tidepools, is specifically intended to prepare participants for the BioBlitz the next day. She will cover the more common animals and algae, explaining where in the tidepools they are likely to be seen. During the presentation, participants will learn a bit about the iNaturalist App that will be used during the BioBlitz. Fawn will also share information regarding the Otter Rock Marine Reserve, CoastWatch’s community science focus of citizen science projects in the area, and the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill.
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027 or [email protected]; or Luke Parsons at Beverly Beach State Park, (541) 574-0341.