Ocean Events

Jun
22

Marine Reserves BioBlitz Training

June 22, 2021

BioBlitz at Cape Perpetua.\Photo by Tara Dubois.

Those interested in learning more about one of Oregon’s marine reserves while contributing to science are encouraged to participate in this year’s round of BioBlitzes focusing on Oregon’s five marine reserves.

A BioBlitz is a volunteer-based...

Jun
24

Kelp and Urchin Webinar

June 24, 2021

Purple urchin barren destroying kelp.\Photo by Kate Vylet.

The Elakha Alliance presents a webinar on the relationship between purple urchins and kelp on Thursday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to all.

“Dive into a Changing Ecosystem: Kelp Forests & Urchin Barrens” features...

Jul
14

Tufted Puffin Talk

July 14, 2021

Tufted Puffins in flight.\Photo by Heather Roskelley.

The Friends of Haystack Rock group is extended its usual winter-to-spring speaker series into the summer this year.  On Wednesday, July 14, 7 p.m., the featured speaker will be Shawn Stephenson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,...

Past Events

May
10

Wave Energy Shoreside Meeting

May 10, 2021

Experimental wave energy buoy.

Construction of the shoreside components of the Oregon State University (OSU) PacWave South wave energy test site is scheduled to start this June. Most of the activity will be focused on the Driftwood Beach State Recreation site area near Seal Rock.

The project...

May
8

Black Oystercatcher Survey Training

May 8, 2021

Black oystercatcher with chick.\Photo by Heather Roskelley.

Volunteer training for the annual Black Oystercatcher survey takes place online this year, although the actual survey is conducted in the field.  Portland Audubon, which heads up the survey for Oregon, is reaching out to both...

May
6

Shark Seminar

May 6, 2021

Great White Shark.\Photo courtesy of NOAA.

The Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS group offers a talk on the sharks off our shores.  “Sharks of the Oregon Coast” takes place online on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m.  The event is free and open to all.

The speaker is Taylor Chapple, an Assistant Professor...

May
5

Black Oystercatcher Survey Training

May 5, 2021

Black oystercatcher in its habitat.\Photo by Linda Fink.

Volunteer training for the annual Black Oystercatcher survey takes place online this year, although the actual survey is conducted in the field.  Portland Audubon, which heads up the survey for Oregon, is reaching out to both returning...

May
1

Seminar on Cetology

May 1, 2021

Gray whale skull.\Photo courtesy of the Pratt Museum.

The public appetite for information about whales seems inexhaustible.  But how did we obtain this information in the first place.  How did we get to know about whales?

The American Cetacean Society’s Oregon Chapter presents an online talk...

Apr
29

Shrimp Story

April 29, 2021

Pandalid shrimp.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Shrimp are a significant catch in Oregon, so something affecting them can affect the fishing community.  On Thursday, April 29, 3:30 p.m., the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Research Seminar Series will host a talk on a parasite affecting the shrimp...

Apr
29

Brown Pelican Survey Training

April 29, 2021

Brown Pelican in flight.\Photo by Mick Thompson.

Although the Brown Pelican was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2009, new threats are challenging this bird’s survival. Citizen science surveys help to define the distribution and abundance of Brown Pelicans and track shifts in...

Apr
22

Basket Star Seminar

April 22, 2021

Photo of basket star by MacKenna Hainey.
Basket star.\Photo by MacKenna Hainey.

Ophiuroids, among which are the basket stars, are not only strange to most of us, but relatively little known to science as well.  MacKenna Hainey of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) will make these creatures better known to her audience as...

Apr
20

Sea Otter Restoration Talk

April 20, 2021

Sea otter and kelp.\Photo courtesy of the Elakha Alliance.

The Elakha Alliance exists to explore the possibilities for restoring sea otters—extinct in this state for more than a century—to Oregon’s marine ecosystems.  The group advocates for research into the biological implications.  But...

Apr
20

Presentation on Algal Blooms

April 20, 2021

Purple tide.\Photo by Andre' Hagestedt.

We have yet to return to the days when science-lovers could gather to hoist a beer while learning about the latest research.  Nevertheless, the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap series persists online.  You have to BYOB, but the virtual...