Ocean Events

Mar
21

Presentation on Common Murres

March 21, 2019, Newport

Common Murres, along with Brandt's Cormorants.\Photo by Rena Olson.
Common Murres, along with Brandt's Cormorants.\Photo by Rena Olson.

A talk on Oregon’s most abundant seabird is offered by the Yaquina Birders and Naturalists on Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., and the Lincoln County headquarters of the Oregon State University Extension Program (1211 S.E. Bay...

Mar
22

Rocky Shore Policy Comment Deadline

March 22, 2019

Devils Churn, on a rocky stretch of shore near Cape Perpetua.\Photo by Kirt Edblom.
Devils Churn, on a rocky stretch of shore near Cape Perpetua.\Photo by Kirt Edblom.

The state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) is working on an update of Oregon’s policies concerning rocky shore protection.  A series of public hearings on the new draft rocky shores management strategy...

Mar
23

Spring Whale Watch Week

March 23, 2019 - March 31, 2019, Yachats

Grey whale breaching. | Photo by Joe Morris

It is time to celebrate Spring Whale Watch Week on the Oregon coast from March 23 - March 31 at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (2400 Hwy 101, Yachats), and at many other locations along the coast. Volunteers will be stationed at 24 designated...

Mar
23

SOLVE Spring Beach Cleanups

March 23, 2019

Join SOLVE and thousands of volunteers on March 23 as they clean up litter and marine debris from the entire Oregon coast! Since 1986, this home-grown tradition of twice-yearly beach cleanups has benefited people and wildlife alike, supporting clean seas and healthy communities. This is a...

Mar
23

Lecture on Gray Whales

March 23, 2019, Yachats

Michael Noack, a retired Chief Park Ranger and Naturalist, will present Experiencing Gray Whales. Noack has been educating agency staff and the public about the natural world, especially gray whales, for many years. After the program, he will be available to discuss whale watch techniques...

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...

Apr
4

Talk on Ocean Acidification

April 4, 2019, Newport

 Oregon's ocean--trouble beneath the surface.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.
Oregon's ocean--trouble beneath the surface.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

While sea level rise, intensifying storms, and wildfires dominate discussions about the effects of climate change, the increasing acidity of the oceans is actually one of its most threatening aspects.  The nearshore ocean...

Apr
10

Puffin Lecture

April 10, 2019, Cannon Beach

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

Join the Friends of Haystack Rock as they host the Library Lecture Series held on the second Wednesday of each month, November to May at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Library (131 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach). These events are free and open to...

Apr
20

Black Oystercatcher Survey Training

April 20, 2019, Cannon Beach

Black Oystercatcher.\Photo by Dave Ledig.
Black Oystercatcher.\Photo by Dave Ledig.

A training session for this year’s citizen science survey of Oregon’s Black Oystercatcher population will take place on Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-noon, at Cannon Beach City Hall (163 E. Gower St.).  Those attending will learn about these elusive...

Apr
27

Oswald West Action Day - Earth Day

April 27, 2019, Arch Cape

Oswald West Action Day 2019

Join Surfrider Portland, Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, and Oregon State Parks for a morning filled with community service to give back to our beautiful Oregon coast on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. They will be hosting a beach cleanup along with some restoration projects in honor...

Past Events

Mar
15

Rocky Shores Public Hearing

March 15, 2019, Bandon

An Oregon rocky shore.\Photo by Curtis Perry.
An Oregon rocky shore.\Photo by Curtis Perry.

The state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) is working on an update of Oregon’s policies concerning rocky shore protection.  The last in a series of public hearings on the new draft rocky shore strategy statement is coming up on Friday,...

Mar
13

Black Oystercatcher Lecture

March 13, 2019, Cannon Beach

Black Oystercatcher. | Photo by Tim Melling

The Friends of Haystack Rock as host the Library Lecture Series held on the second Wednesday of each month, November to May, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Library (131 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach). These events are free and open to the public....

Mar
9

Nehalem Estuary Cleanup

March 9, 2019

Nehalem Bay, with Wheeler in the foreground.\Photo by Dennis White.
Nehalem Bay, with Wheeler in the foreground.\Photo by Dennis White.

The 2019 Nehalem Estuary Cleanup will be taking place on Saturday, March 9. Spend a day making a lasting difference in the beautiful Nehalem Bay Estuary and community. Click here to get the latest details about this...

Mar
7

Wave Energy Presentation

March 7, 2019, Nye Beach

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Burke Hales, from Oregon State University. | Photo courtesy of MidCoast Watershed Council.

Join the Midcoast Watersheds Council for an evening presentation about wave energy prospects off the coast of Oregon on Thursday, March 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 on the upper floor of the...

Mar
2

Lecture on Bull Kelp

March 2, 2019, Yachats

Bull kelp on the Oregon coast.
Bull kelp on the Oregon coast. | Photo by Charlie Plybon

Ever noticed long strands of bull kelp washed up on the beach? Where does it all come from? Where and how big are Oregon’s bull kelp forests? And how are they changing over time? One of the few people studying kelp in Oregon is Sara...

Feb
24

Microplastics Beach Clean Up

February 24, 2019, Otter Rock

Newport Surfrider Chapter cleaning microplastics at Otter Rock.
Newport Surfrider Chapter cleaning microplastics at Otter Rock.

The Newport Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is in need of volunteers to clean up the beach at Otter Rock. Join them at the Otter Rock Parking Lot Sunday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Park near the bathrooms. There's more plastic and...

Feb
23

Rocky Shores Strategy Discussion

February 23, 2019, Yachats

Oregon’s rocky shore habitats are some of the most recognizable and dynamic ecosystems along the coast, and managing these special areas can be challenging. Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan is the state’s framework for managing coastal resources and the section on rocky shore management is...