CoastWatch training on rocky shore habitats.Photo by Daniel Anderson.

CoastWatch training on rocky shore habitats.Photo by Daniel Anderson.

With the onset of pandemic restrictions, CoastWatch pivoted toward working online to maintain volunteer training and public education and to keep the mile adopter community connected. This required some re-orientation for a program that has always relied on community events and beachwalks, but Volunteer Coordinator Jesse Jones quickly mastered the art of the webinar, and soon a series of virtual sessions was underway.

CoastWatch webinars have covered basic volunteer training and special topics such as marine debris, rocky shore habitats, and the beachgrass survey.  These webinars make presentations available to CoastWatchers, Oregon Shores members, and other interested people wherever they may be.  CoastWatch continues these online offerings now, in addition to resuming a schedule of field activities.

Recorded CoastWatch webinars are available on YouTube, so they can be viewed at any time.  Live webinars still have special value, because it is possible to ask questions, but those who miss the event at its original time, or want to revisit it, will have access to a webinar archive on the CoastWatch YouTube channel.

YouTube is a great resource for webinars, films and videos, many specifically produced for Oregon – and many of our conservation partners also participate with their own channels. You’ll see more videos on each channel if you click the “videos” tab — sometimes the “home” tab only shows a few. You don’t need to have a YouTube account to view videos, but having a free account allows you to subscribe to CoastWatch videos so you’ll know when new videos are posted.

More than 25 videos are now available, with more in the works. Here are some examples: