Ocean Events

Sep
21

Shorebird Festival Opening Night

September 21, 2018 - September 23, 2018, Charleston

Now 32 years old, the Oregon Shorebird Festival is a landmark event for birders, wildlife managers and conservationists, and those who are fascinated by the role these avian transients play in our coastal ecology.  This year’s edition takes place Sept. 21-23 in Charleston.

The first night’s...

Sep
22

Oregon Shorebird Festival

September 22, 2018 - September 23, 2018, Charleston

Whimbrels at South Beach\Photo by Cathy Tronquet.
Whimbrels at South Beach\Photo by Cathy Tronquet.

For 32 years people have been gathering on the Oregon coast to watch thousands of shorebirds as they migrate from their arctic breeding grounds as far south as the tip of Argentina. Some of these shorebirds will be flying more than 7,000...

Sep
22

Birding at Brian Booth State Park

September 22, 2018, Seal Rock

Ona Beach State Park. | Photo by Darek Farmer
Ona Beach State Park. | Photo by Darek Farmer

The Yaquina Birders and Naturalists invite you to join them on a Guided Naturalist Walk at Brian Booth State Park (Parking Lot, US Hwy 101, Seal Rock) on Saturday September 22, from 8a.m.-10a.m.

Shorebirds, waterbirds and songbirds, this...

Sep
22

Whale Science Review

September 22, 2018, Newport

Whale flukes. | Photo courtesy of American Cetacean Society
Whale flukes. | Photo courtesy of American Cetacean Society

Join the American Cetacean Society (ACS) for their Oregon Chapter Meeting Speaker Series on Saturday September 22nd from 10am-12pm at the Newport Public Library (35 NW Nye St, Newport). This is a free event and open to the public....

Sep
23

North Spit Hike

September 23, 2018, Coos Bay

North Spit at Coos Bay. | Photo by Greg Shine, BLM
North Spit at Coos Bay. | Photo by Greg Shine, BLM

The South Coast Striders invite the public to join them on a hike to Coos Bay's North Spit. This, of course, is the intended location of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal that Oregon Shores has been fighting for the past decade,...

Sep
24

Harvest Moon Evening Paddle Trip

September 24, 2018, Charleston

Kayakers enjoy an outing near Dalton Marsh in Oregon's South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. | Photo courtesy of South Slough NERR
Kayakers enjoy an outing near Dalton Marsh in Oregon's South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. | Photo courtesy of South Slough NERR

The South Slough Reserve Outreach invites you to join them for a Harvest Moon Evening Paddle Trip on September 24, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. meeting at...

Sep
27

Heceta Head Lighthouse Hike

September 27, 2018, Newport

Heceta Head. Photo by Alex Derr.
Heceta Head. | Photo by Alex Derr.

The Newport 60+ Activity Center is inviting individuals (age 60+) to join them on a hike to Heceta Head Lighthouse on September 27, at 9 a.m. It will be a moderate 2.6 mile hike that is out and back. They will leave the 60+ Activity Center (20 SE 2nd,...

Sep
29

National Public Lands Day

September 29, 2018, Yachats

Forest Service Naturalists with Children at Cape Perpetua, Siuslaw National Forest. | Photo courtesy of US Forest Service PNW

Celebrate National Public Lands Day in Yachats on Saturday, September 29, 11a.m. to 3p.m., by helping kick-off the Agents of Discovery Cape Perpetua Scenic Area...

Sep
29

Learn to Quest Workshops

September 29, 2018, Florence

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum. | Photo courtesy of Florence Area Chamber of Commerce
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum. | Photo courtesy of Florence Area Chamber of Commerce

On Saturday September 29th, with two start times at either 1p.m.-2p.m. or 2:30p.m-3:30p.m., the Quest group are hosting Learning To Quest! workshops. They invite you to visit the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum (278 Maple...

Sep
29

Portland EcoFilm Festival - Intraterrestiral Screening

September 29, 2018, Portland

Dolphin. | Photo courtesy of Portland EcoFilm Festival

The Portland EcoFilm Festival is the premier environmental film festival in the US Pacific Northwest, showcasing the very best films about nature, the environment, outdoor pursuits and eco-conscious living.  It is a four-day festival...

Sep
30

Oregon Coast Quest Launch

September 30, 2018, Dunes City

Siltcoos Recreation Area entrance. | Photo by 100steps.info

On Sunday September 30th, from 10a.m. to 2p.m., Vision Quest’s Get Wild Series presents Oregon Coast Quest Launch. For this event, they ask you to stop by Campsite #3 at Waxmyrtle Campground (Oregon Coast Hwy, Dunes City) in the...

Sep
30

World Rivers Day

September 30, 2018, Portland

Salmon in Oregon. | Photo courtesy of Oregon Zoo

Those who reside in the Metro area or will be visiting can join in celebrating World Rivers Day at the Oregon Zoo (4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland) on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 11a.m.-3 p.m. 

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways...

Oct
6

Oregon Coast Photography Workshop

October 6, 2018 - October 11, 2018, Seaside & Tillamook

Nettelhorst Photography workshop. | Photo courtesy of Nettelhorst Images

Join Lou and Todd Nettelhorst for a five-day OREGON COAST photography workshop amidst these amazing photo opportunities including aandy beaches next to 500’ cliffs, tidal pools bursting with marine life, rocky beaches...

Oct
6

Geology of Netarts Bay: Fossil Discovery Walk

October 6, 2018, Netarts

Fossilized Crab
Fossilized Crab. | Photo courtesy of Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS

Join the Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed, Estuary, Beach, and Sea - WEBS, for the Geology of Netarts: Fossil Discover Walk on Saturday October 6th, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Netarts Bay (Netarts, OR). Digging deep into the...

Oct
20

Marine Disease Summit

October 20, 2018, Portland

Sea star with wasting syndrome.\Photo by Jim Young.
Sea star with wasting syndrome.\Photo by Jim Young.

Marine disease outbreaks and other mass mortalities are on the rise due to climate change and other human activities.   A workshop and strategic planning session on Marine Disease Outbreaks is being organized for Saturday, Oct. 20, in...

Oct
27

Kayaking The South Slough Estuary

October 27, 2018, Charleston

Kayakers enjoy an outing near Dalton Marsh in Oregon's South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. | Photo courtesy of South Slough NERR
Kayakers enjoy an outing near Dalton Marsh in Oregon's South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. | Photo courtesy of South Slough NERR

The South Slough Reserve Outreach invites you to join them for Kayaking The Estuary on October 27, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. meeting at the Distant Water...

Apr
4

Science Talk '19

April 4, 2019 - April 5, 2019, Portland

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist? Have you ever been frustrated at the way science is covered in the media and used in policy? Have you wondered just what they’re teaching about science these days? Then this particular annual conference is right...

Past Events

Sep
20

Tufted Puffin Presentation

September 20, 2018, Newport

Tufted Puffin. | Photo by Jacob Spendelow
Tufted Puffin. | Photo by Jacob Spendelow

Join the Yaquina Birders & Naturalists for a presentation about Tufted Puffins--the status of the species and the research that is being conducted on the Oregon coast. This event, free and open to the public, is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 20, at...

Sep
18

Ocean Renewable Energy Conference

September 18, 2018 - September 19, 2018, Portland

Courtesy of the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference

The Ocean Renewable Energy Conference (OREC) helps bring marine energ's challenges and opportunities into focus. The conference takes place Tuesday Sept 18- Wednesday Sept 19 at the Leftbank Annex (101 N Widler, Portlnad). This year’s...

Sep
16

Albatross Film Screening

September 16, 2018, Coos Bay

Albatross. | Photo by Chris Jordan

A free screening of Chris Jordan’s documentary "Albatross," billed as "a powerfully moving love story about birds," will be held at Coos Bay's Egyptian Theatre (229 S. Broadway) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. The showing is hosted by Shoreline Education for...

Sep
16

Presentation on Antarctica

September 16, 2018, Yachats

Poster courtesy of the Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences is hosting a presentation focusing on Antarctica on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Yachats Commons (4th St. & Hwy. 101, Yachats). The event is open to the public; they are asking for a...

Sep
15

Kayak Netarts Bay: Sand Dollar Beds

September 15, 2018, Netarts

Photo Courtesy of Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed, Estuary, Beach, and Sea - WEBS

Join the Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed, Estuary, Beach, and Sea - WEBS for a fun kayaking adventure in Netarts Bay on Saturday September 15, from 11:30a.m.-4:30p.m. This is a first come first served event...

Sep
15

Birding on the Bay

September 15, 2018, Netarts

Cormorants. | Photo by Ram Papish

Join in on this great event and discover loons, grebes, pelicans, cormorants and a variety of other seabirds from Netarts Bay, Whalen Island and south to the new Sitka Sedge State Park. This even is hosted by Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed, Estuary, Beach,...

Sep
15

International Coastal Cleanup

September 15, 2018

Plastic straws, leading components of marine debris.\Photo courtesy of The Last Plastic Straw.
Plastic straws, leading components of marine debris.| Photo courtesy of The Last Plastic Straw

On Saturday, September 15th, the 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) will commence as the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to fight ocean plastic pollution. This day was...

Sep
8

Brown Pelican Survey

September 8, 2018

 Brown Pelicans at Depoe Bay.\Photo by Dennis White.
Brown Pelicans at Depoe Bay.\Photo by Dennis White.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is teaming with various partners along the West Coast—here in Oregon, it’s Portland Audubon—to conduct the semi-annual Brown Pelican Survey.  The second of this year’s surveys takes place Sept. 8.

In...

Aug
31

Gray Whale Research Presentation

August 31, 2018, Port Orford

Gray whale breaching.\Photo by Era Horton.
Gray whale breaching.\Photo by Era Horton.

Scientists and graduate students from Oregon State University have been conducting research on gray whales from OSU’s Port Orford field station all summer, no doubt inspiring a lot of local curiosity.  Now comes a chance to learn what they’ve been...