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

Oct
20

Public Hearings on Changes to Beach Water Quality Monitoring

October 20, 2015 - October 29, 2015

Photo of water quality warning sign.
The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) is beginning a formal process to adopt a new “beach action value” (BAV) that would be used beginning in the 2017 monitoring season.  The BAV is used to determine when public health advisories should be issued for beaches.  Up till now, the threshold...
Oct
1

Ocean Conditions on Tap for Science Pub

October 1, 2015, Toledo

Photo of Laurie Weltkamp.
Changing conditions in Oregon’s nearshore ocean, and their potential impact on marine ecosystems and salmon populations, will be the topic of a “Science Pub” event on Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. at the Twisted Snout brewery in Toledo (318 S. Main St.).

The free event is co-sponsored by...

Sep
19

A Robust(us) Discussion in Newport

September 19, 2015, Newport

 

Photo of Jim Sumich.
Gray whale expert Jim Sumich will speak to the Yaquina Birders & Naturalists at their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17.  The meeting, which is free and open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. at the Public Meeting Room of Central Lincoln PUD (2129 North Coast Highway) in north Newport.

Sumich will...

Sep
19

Marine Reserves Partnership Offers Photography Classes

September 19, 2015, Cape Falcon

Jason Waicunas.
 By way of encouraging Oregonians to put marine reserves in their viewfinders, the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership has been offering a series of photography classes this summer, led by professional photographer Jason Waicunas of Outdoor Viewfinder. One more opportunity remains, coming up...
Sep
19

Guided Bird Walk in Newport

September 19, 2015, Newport

Photo of Pelicans.
The Yaquina Birders & Naturalists are offering a free guided bird walk on Saturday, Sept. 19.  Laimons Osis will lead a field trip to one of the most bird-rich areas in Newport.  The expedition will start with a walk along the Estuary Trail at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center to look...
Sep
4

Cape Perpetua Volunteer Appreciation Event Planned

September 4, 2015, Yachats

View from Cape Perpetua. Photo by Alex Derr.
Our friends and allies with Surfrider and the Audubon Society have set up a special event to thank the many volunteers who have become engaged with citizen science and interpretation for the public in the area of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. Future volunteers are welcome, too! 

The Cape...