Sharing the Coast Conference
This year’s Sharing the Coast Conference, our annual event that provides a cornucopia of information relating to monitoring the shoreline and participating in citizen science, is coming up March 3-5 in Waldport, centered on a full day of CoastWatch-centric activities on Saturday, March 4, at Waldport High School (3000 S. Crestline Dr.). For information on the Friday evening keynote speaker, marine mammalogist Leigh Torres, see the listing elsewhere on this page.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m., with talks getting started at 9 a.m. For CoastWatchers, the day will consist of a series of talks focused on different aspects of shoreline monitoring and citizen science. Subjects will include creatures that wash up in the driftline (such as sharks, squid and sea turtles); citizen engagement with estuaries; sea level rise and the King Tide Project; a survey of citizen science projects and a how-to tutorial on getting involved; and much more. On Saturday evening, we’ll celebrate with food, drink, company and, of course, our traditional coastal trivia competition. On Sunday, you will be able to attend a training for the beached bird survey (at the Oregon Coast Community College Waldport branch, 3120 S. Crestline) or participate in field trips to the outer coast shoreline and the shore of Alsea Bay, unless weather is too prohibitive.
Suggested cost is $10 for Oregon Shores members, $15 for other CoastWatchers, and $25 for members of the public. Those who join Oregon Shores when registering can take the discount on the conference fee. However, we want to make this learning opportunity available to all; if the suggested cost is a barrier, then pay whatever you can, but in any case feel welcome to attend. Snacks and drinks will be provided; lunch is on your own.
More details about the schedule will be posted soon, but for now, mark your calendars and plan to join us. For information, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, [email protected].