Ocean Events

Jan
19

Surfrider 'Welcome' Party

January 19, 2018, Portland

Courtesy of Surfrider Portland

The Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is ready to kick off 2018 with a bang. 

They are inviting everyone to join them for a Welcome Party at UP North Surf Club on Friday Jan. 19th, from 7-10 p.m. Enjoy catered food from Tamale Boy, with beverages for...

Jan
20

Guided Naturalist Walk

January 20, 2018, Newport

coot close up
Coot close-up. | Photo by Peter Pearsall

Bird enthusiast Ram Papish will lead a Yaquina Birders & Naturalists field trip pm Saturday, Jan. 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport (2030 S.E. Marine Science Dr).  Right now the bay is jam-packed with...

Jan
27

Oregon Marine Reserves Talk

January 27, 2018, Yachats

Courtesy of Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve

The Cape Perpetua Speaker Series is from January-March. Each part of the series is hosted by a special presenter who is well versed on a partiuclar point of interest. For this event, learn about Oregon’s five marine reserves with Paul Engelmeyer,...

Jan
28

Science Pub Pyrosomes

January 28, 2018, Coos Bay

Over the past year, you may have seen some odd gelatinous tubes washing up on local beaches, those are called pyrosomes! UO/OIMB graduate students Hilarie Sorensen and Caitlin Plowman will give you some background information on these weird and wonderful creatures and let you in on some...

Jan
30

Rocky Shores Working Group Meeting

January 30, 2018, Salem

View from inside Devils Punchbowl.\Photo by Dennis White.
View from inside Devils Punchbowl.\Photo by Dennis White.

The Territorial Sea Plan Working Group of Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 1-4 p.m., in the Basement Hearing Room of the Department of Land Conservation and Development (635 Capitol...

Feb
6

Offshore Drilling Public Meeting

February 6, 2018, Salem

Stop Offshore Drilling. | Photo courtesy of Surfrider Foundation

The Department of Interior announced plans on Jan. 4 to dramatically expand offshore drilling in U.S waters. The plan targets over 90% of all federal waters for new oil and gas lease sales including the Atlantic, Pacific,...

Feb
8

Lecture on SMURF Research

February 8, 2018, Astoria

SMURF
SMURF research. | Courtesy of Oregon Marine Reserves

The Nature Matters lecture series is sponsored each month by the North Coast Watershed Association and Lewis & Clark National Historic Park. The featured speaker for the Thursday, Feb.8 session will be Kirsten Grorud-Colvert of the...

Feb
14

Whale Ecology Lecture

February 14, 2018, Cannon Beach

Gray whale.
Gray whale breaching. | Photo by Merrill Gosho (NOAA)

Marine ecologist Leigh Torres is the February speaker for the "World of Haystack Rock" series, offered on the second Wednesday of each month from November through April by the Friends of Haystack Rock.  Each presentation takes place at 7...

Feb
24

The Oregon Dunes, A Vanishing Landscape Talk

February 24, 2018, Yachats

Tahkenitch dunes.
Tahkenitch dunes. | Photo by Richard Hikes

The Cape Perpetua Speaker Series is from January-March. Each part of the series is hosted by a special presenter who is well versed on a partiuclar point of interest. The Oregon dunes are important to our coastal communities both economically and...

Mar
3

South Slough Birding

March 3, 2018, Charleston

South Slough Reserve.

Join a South Slough Reserve interpreter and venture into the Reserve in search of winged wildlife. $1 per birder. These birding walks are usually held the first Saturday of each month.

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (South Slough Reserve) is a...

Mar
8

Larval Recruitment & Marine Reserves Lecture

March 8, 2018, Manzanita

Heppell Lab Research.
Heppell Lab conducting research. | Courtesy from OSU

The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council is hosting a lecture on Larval Recruitment  & Marine Reserves, by OSU's Associate Professor of Fisheries, Scott Heppell. 

Heppell's bio: "My research interests are the physiological ecology of fishes, in...

Mar
10

Seafood Lecture

March 10, 2018, Yachats

Oregon clams
Oregon clams. | Photo by Oregons Adventure Coast

Speaking as part of the Cape Perpetua Speaker Series (which is offered January-March), former professor and food/travel writer Jennifer Bright (who also happens to be a CoastWatcher) will shed light on a complex, crucial component of Oregon’s...

Mar
12

2018 Marine Debris Conference

March 12, 2018, San Diego

Marine debris assemblage. Photo collage by Randall Henderson.
Marine debris assemblage. Photo collage by Randall Henderson.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have announced that the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC) will be held in San Diego, California, USA. The event takes...

Mar
14

Axial Seamount Lecture

March 14, 2018, Cannon Beach

Axial seamount.
Axial Seamount. | Photo courtesy of Axial NOVAE

The World of Haystack Rock series is offered on the second Wednesday of each month from November through April, with each presentation taking place at 7 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Library.  The Friends of Haystack Rock group which sponsors the...

Mar
21

Marbled Murrelet Lecture

March 21, 2018, Seaside

 Marbled Murrelet.\Photo courtesy of Audubon Society.
Marbled Murrelet.\Photo courtesy of Audubon Society.

Join the Lower Necanicum Watershed Council for their lecture series on 3/21 focusing on Marbled Murrelet. Stay tuned for more information!

Apr
11

Life on the Coastal Edge Lecture

April 11, 2018, Cannon Beach

Katie Voelke, Director of the North Coast Land Conservancy. | Photo courtesy of NCLC

The World of Haystack Rock speaker series is offered on the second Wednesday of each month from November through April, with each presentation taking place at 7 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Library.  The Friends...

Jun
9

March for the Ocean

June 9, 2018

A coalition of marine and coastal activists has issued a call for a national “March for the Ocean” next year, to take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 (the day after World Oceans Day), in Washington, D.C. and in simultaneous marches or flotillas around the country.  The proclaimed slogan: ...

Past Events

Jan
11

Marine Reserves Research Talk

January 11, 2018, Newport

ODFW waves the flag for marine reserves research.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.
ODFW waves the flag for marine reserves research.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Surfrider’s Newport chapter invites the public to attend their first chapter meeting of 2018 and learn more about marine reserves.  The gathering takes place Thursday, Jan. 11, 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 205 of the Newport...

Jan
10

Marine Reserves Research Lecture

January 10, 2018, Cannon Beach

Wolfe Wagman.
Wolfe Wagman. | Photo courtesy of the Oregon Marine Reserves Website

The World of Haystack Rock speaker series is offered on the second Wednesday of each month from November through April, with each presentation taking place at 7 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Library.  The Friends of Haystack...

Jan
10

Marine Board Considers Wakes

January 10, 2018, Salem

Boats and jet skis on the Salmon River, and their wakes, have been the subject of controversy. Photo by Jack Doyle.
Boats and jet skis on the Salmon River, and their wakes, have been the subject of controversy. Photo by Jack Doyle.

The Oregon State Marine Board is holding their quarterly board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The meeting, beginning at 9 a.m., takes place in Salem at the Oregon Department of...

Jan
8

Deadline for Sea Lion Comments

January 8, 2018

Sea lions.\Photo by Kirt Edblom.
Sea lions.\Photo by Kirt Edblom.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting public comments, through close of business Jan. 8, on a request by the states of Oregon, Washington, and California for permission to trap and kill California sea lions.  The states want...

Dec
13

Puffin Study Lecture

December 13, 2017, Cannon Beach

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

"The World of Haystack Rock" is a free community lecture series that is co-sponsored by the Friends of Haystack Rock and the Cannon Beach Library. The lecture series is held on the second Wednesday of each month, November to April, 7 p.m. - 8:30...

Dec
9

North Pacific Gray Whale Talk

December 9, 2017, Yachats

Gray whale.
Gray whale breaching. | Photo by Merrill Gosho (NOAA)

Fall on the central Oregon coast brings with it free educational presentations and events at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. In addition to the hiking, tidepooling, and exploring always available, visitors can enjoy a variety of...

Nov
29

Science on Tap - Tsunami Travellers

November 29, 2017, Newport

Dr. Jessica Miller will be the featured speaker at the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap event on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m.,  at the Rogue Brewery's South Beach location (2030 Marine Science Dr.) in Newport.  

Dr. Miller’s talk, "Tsunami travellers: what have we learned from a...

Nov
18

Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Research Talk

November 18, 2017, Yachats

Oysters.
More acidic seawater is corrosive and contains less of the minerals that oysters need to build their shells. | Photo by Marc Dewey, Taylor Shellfish

Fall on the central Oregon coast brings with it free educational presentations and events at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. In addition to...