Ocean Events

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
25

Rocky Shore Policy Comment Deadline

March 25, 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...

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

May
11

South Coast Training for Oystercatcher Survey

May 11, 2016, Port Orford

Black Oystercatcher with chick. Photo by Heather Roskelley.
Black Oystercatcher with chick. Photo by Heather Roskelley.

This event is one of three available training sessions for volunteers interested in helping with a scientific study of Black Oystercatchers, which will run from May through August. Sponsored by Audubon Society of Portland.  See news...

May
6

North Coast Training for Oystercatcher Survey

May 6, 2016, Cannon Beach

Black Oystercatcher with chick. Photo by Heather Roskelley.
Black Oystercatcher with chick. Photo by Heather Roskelley.

This event is one of three available training sessions for volunteers interested in helping with a scientific study of Black Oystercatchers, which will run from May through August. Sponsored by Audubon Society of Portland.  See news...

Apr
30

Central Coast Training for Oystercatcher Survey

April 30, 2016, Yachats

Black Oystercatcher with chick. Photo by Heather Roskelley.
Black Oystercatcher with chick. Photo by Heather Roskelley.

This event is one of three available training sessions for volunteers interested in helping with a scientific study of Black Oystercatchers, which will run from May through August. Sponsored by Audubon Society of Portland.  See news...

Apr
1

Coral Reef Talk in Charleston

April 1, 2016, Charleston

Photo of Dr. Isabelle Cote.
Dr. Isabelle Cote.

The late Bayard McConnaughey was an Oregon Shores board member for three decades, from the 1970s to the early part of this century.  Among many other ways in which he contributed, he is the person who first pushed Oregon Shores into advocating for the creation of marine...

Mar
24

Flying Offshore: Getting to Know Curry's Seabirds

March 24, 2016, Gold Beach

Photo of Common murres at Redfish Rocks. Photo by Lois Miller.
Common murres at Redfish Rocks. Photo by Lois Miller.
Seabirds wander vast stretches of the sea, but when it comes time to nest, tens of thousands of them call Curry County home. Kalmiopsis Audubon Society president Ann Vileisis will give a presentation about seabirds and the South Coast’s...
Mar
22

Link Forests to Tidepools at Cape Perpetua

March 22, 2016 - March 25, 2016

Photo of Cape Perpetua Visitor Center by Andre Hagestedt.
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. Photo by Andre Hagestedt.

Marine reserves don’t exist in a vacuum, and one important goal for Oregon Shores and our partners in the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (OMRP) is to link onshore ecosystems to these protected areas immediately offshore.

The Cape...

Mar
15

Volunteer Coordinator Helps with Whale Watch Training

March 15, 2016, Lincoln City

Photo of Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center, courtesy of OPRD.
Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center. Photo courtesy of OPRD.
Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, will participate in a special presentation on Whales of the Oregon Coast, taking place on Tuesday, March 15 at the Oregon Coast Community College branch in Lincoln City, from 6-9pm. The...
Mar
12

American Cetacean Society Meeting to Focus on Whale Exploitation

March 12, 2016, Newport

Aside from Captain Ahab, people haven’t hunted whales as existential quests for meaning, but for the resources they provide. The next meeting of the Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society will feature a look at this reality.  Speaker Uko Gorter will address Whales as a source of raw...

Mar
10

Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission Meeting

March 10, 2016, Gold Beach

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) will meet Thursday, March 10, at 9:00 a.m. in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds Ocean View Room and will be briefed about the decision by the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to establish a committee to review the Rocky...

Mar
4

Kalmiopsis Audubon Society Annual Meeting and Potluck

March 4, 2016

Join Kalmiposis Audubon Society members for this annual meeting plus fun potluck and slide sharing. Bring something you like to eat, and each person can share 10-15 favorite bird, nature, or landscape slides in either digital or traditional format. It’s always a fun evening. If you plan to come,...