Ocean Events

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...

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...

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...

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
9

Nehalem Estuary Cleanup

March 9, 2019

Nehalem Estuary Cleanup Flyer

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 event. 

This event is open to all ages and co-hosted by the Lower Nehalem...

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
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
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...

Past Events

Dec
12

Zooplankton Lecture

December 12, 2018, Cannon Beach

Pseudocalanus female in a plankton sample. | Photo by Samantha Zeman.

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...

Dec
8

Lecture on Plastic Pollution

December 8, 2018, Yachats

Microplastic researcher, Dorothy Horn, SCUBA diving in the Cook Islands. | Photo courtesy of Dorothy Horn.

Environmental scientist Dorothy Horn will speak about plastic pollution in the ocean on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (2400 Hwy 101, about three miles...

Dec
7

OPAC Meeting

December 7, 2018, Cannon Beach

One use of the Territorial Sea--surfer at Devils Punchbowl.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.
One use of the Territorial Sea--surfer at Devils Punchbowl.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Committee (OPAC) will hold its next meeting on Friday, Dec. 7, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Surfsand Resort (148 Gower) in Cannon Beach.  This is a public meeting, open to...

Dec
1

Cascade Head Ecology Workshop

December 1, 2018, Otis

Phillip Johnson's view when the idea for CoastWatch came to him.\Photo by Dennis White.
The view from Cascade Head, looking south. | Photo by Dennis White.

Join Bruce Byers, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology's current Howard L McKee Ecology Resident, to learn about the Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve - one of an international network of 686 biosphere reserves in the United...

Nov
30

Territorial Sea Planning Meeting

November 30, 2018

 Rocky shore area at Thor's Well, south of Cape Perpetua.\Photo by Bonnie Moreland.
Rocky shore area at Thor's Well, south of Cape Perpetua.\Photo by Bonnie Moreland.

The current planning process for Oregon’s rocky shore areas is all about particular places, but the next meeting of the Territorial Sea Plan Working Group, devoted to rocky shores, is placeless.  It will be...

Nov
28

Cape Falcon Reserve Planning Workshop

November 28, 2018, Garibaldi

Port of Garibaldi.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.
Port of Garibaldi.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Marine Reserves Program of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is launching a site management planning process for the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.  The public has been invited to a series of three workshops, during which the...

Nov
23

Bastendorff Bog Hike

November 23, 2018, Coos Bay

Bastendorff Bog Mystery Feature. | Photo courtesy of South Coast Striders

You can Opt Outside with the South Coast Striders this Friday and join them for a hike (good for working off the Thanksgiving feast). They will do the Bastendorff Bog trail hike out and back, with some additional...

Nov
18

COASST Marine Debris Training

November 18, 2018, Astoria

 COASST marine debris volunteers tally their results.\Photo by Hillary Burgess.
COASST marine debris volunteers tally their results.\Photo by Hillary Burgess.

COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) conducts a marine debris project that differs from the one organized by CoastWatch. They are offering a  training in their method which will take place in...

Nov
17

COASST Marine Debris Training

November 17, 2018, Lincoln City

COASST marine debris survey in progress.
COASST marine debris survey in progress.

University of Washington-based COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) conducts a marine debris survey which differs from the one CoastWatch organizes.  They are offering a training session in their version of surveying which will take...

Nov
16

Seminar on Galapagos Underwater

November 16, 2018, Charleston

Fish obscure diver's view off of Darwin Island, Galapagos. | Photo courtesy of KSLOF

José Marin Jarrin, from Humbolt State University, will give a public talk titled, "The Underwater Galápagos: The World that Darwin Never Witnessed" on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the OIMB Boathouse...