Cape Perpetua BioBlitz, Day 2
This is the second day of the Cape Perpetua BioBlitz, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary year of the Oregon Beach Bill, which reserved the entire Oregon shoreline for the public. (The event kicked off with a Friday afternoon talk on sea star wasting--see listing for May 26.) The BioBlitz (an intensive inventory of species found in a particular place at a particular time) has been organized by public agencies (State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service) as well as conservation groups (Portland Audubon and the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership, of which Oregon Shores is a member). This is a volunteer opportunity for those with some knowledge of shoreline natural history, who would like to contribute their skills to citizen science.
To find our more about the event, check the link below:
On Saturday morning (May 27th), participants will be take advantage of the -2.5 ft. low tide by starting the bioblitz work at 8am, meeting again at the Visitor Center. This BioBlitz will focus mostly on intertidal species, with an added emphasis on Ochre Sea Stars (Pisaster ochraceus). Participants will go through a short training talk before splitting up and starting their surveys.
On Sunday (May 28th) the second phase of the BioBlitz will be conducted, focusing more on the beach areas of the Cape Perpetua region. This event will finish up with a group picnic at Neptune State Park at Noon.