World Oceans Day Beachwalk

June 8, 2017 - 9:00 AM
Muriel Ponsler State Memorial Scenic Viewpoint
Hwy 101, three miles north of Heceta Head

The shoreline at Muriel Ponsler Wayside. Photo courtesy of OPRD.
The shoreline at Muriel Ponsler Wayside. Photo courtesy of OPRD.

This is World Oceans Day, and CoastWatch is joining the international celebration by hosting a special beachwalk and marine debris cleanup.  CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer will meet all comers (everyone is welcome) at the Muriel Ponsler wayside parking lot (between Heceta Head and Cape Perpetua).  Walk starts at 9 a.m., and will last until about 11 a.m.  The event is free.

Fawn will lead a guided beachwalk that will feature the natural history of the driftline.  She will also explain the basics of monitoring a CoastWatch mile.  She will describe the marine debris survey CoastWatch conducts, using a NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) protocol that produces real science-quality data, and participants will learn how to conduct the survey and at the same time clean the beach of marine debris.

This is the perfect way to honor World Oceans Day—cleaning up our edge of the sea and learning about how to do our share to exercise stewardship over the shoreline.  For more information about the event or about monitoring the shore for CoastWatch, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027.