Ocean Events

Mar
3

Marine Reserves Workshop

March 3, 2020 - March 4, 2020, Corvallis

Otter Rock Marine Reserve.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Nature Conservancy is hosting the Oregon Marine Reserves Size and Spacing Workshop in Corvallis on March 3-4. It takes place in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center (725 S.W. 26th St.) in Corvallis.  The agenda and exact times have not yet been...

Mar
3

Film Showing on Plastics

March 3, 2020, Salem

Marine debris, mostly plastic, collected on one CoastWatch walk in Netarts.

A number of recycling and conservation organizations are joining forces to sponsor a showing of the film “The Story of Plastic” on Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6), at the Historic Grand Theater (191...

Mar
5

Marine Debris Survey

March 5, 2020, Yachats

Volunteer gathers marine debris at Cape Cove.\Photo by Tara Dubois.

A monthly marine debris survey is conducted at Cape Cove, just south of Cape Perpetua.  To participate, meet at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (2400 Hwy 101, about three miles south of Yachats) in the parking lot at 3:30 p.m....

Mar
10

Presentation on Sea Otters

March 10, 2020, Gold Beach

Sea otter and pup.\Photo by Eleanor Solomon.

Bob Bailey, president of the Elakha Alliance, will speak about the possibility of restoring sea otters to Oregon on Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Curry Public Library (94341 3rd St.) in Gold Beach.  The talk is free and open to all.

Bailey,...

Mar
11

Marine Mammal Lecture

March 11, 2020, Cannon Beach

Seal pup yawning.\Photo by Tiffany Boothe.

The Friends of Haystack Rock lecture series hosts a talk on marine mammals on the Oregon coast, when Debbie Duffield speaks on “Current Trends of Marine Mammals along the Oregon Coast.”  The event, free and open to all, takes place on Wednesday,...

Mar
20

Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting

March 20, 2020, Newport

Rocky shore habitat at low tide.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The current public comment period on the draft of the state’s new Rocky Habitat Management Strategy ends on March 1.  After taking some time to consider the comments, the Rocky Habitat Working Group of Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory...

Mar
21

Spring Whale Watch Week

March 21, 2020 - March 29, 2020

Gray whale fluke.\Photo by Dennis White.

This spring, during peak Gray Whale migration, Oregon's best whale watching spots will be staffed for nine days by Oregon State Park interpreters, March 21-29.

During Spring Whale Watch, March 21-29, Oregon State Parks staffers can be found at the best...

Mar
28

Gray Whale Presentation

March 28, 2020, Yachats

Gray whale breaching.\Photo by Era Horton.

In honor of Spring Whale Watch Week, the Cape Perpetua Winter Speaker Series features a talk on “Experiencing Gray Whales” by Michael Noack, retired chief park ranger and now naturalist and volunteer with the Siuslaw National Forest.  The...

Apr
8

Shorebird Presentation

April 8, 2020, Cannon Beach

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper.\Photo by Molly Sultany.

Shorebirds will be the subject when the Friends of Haystack Rock lecture series hosts a talk on by Janet Essley on “Tidal Flats, Victorian Prudes, and Going to the Moon:  What We Can Learn from Sandpipers.”  The event, free and open to...

Past Events

May
17

Oswald West's Birthday Party

May 17, 2017, Portland

Image of Surfrider Portland's Oswald West Birthday Party Event Flyer.

It is the 50th anniversary of the passage of Oregon’s Beach Bill, landmark legislation which guaranteed the public's right to visit all 362 miles of Oregon's shoreline. In honor of this anniversary and former Governor Oswald West, who first put our beaches into the public domain by...

Apr
29

Low-Tide Hike

April 29, 2017, Charleston

 Sunset Bay and Gregory Point. Photo by Alex Derr.
Sunset Bay and Gregory Point. Photo by Alex Derr.

The Southcoast Striders hiking group is taking advantage of a minus tide on Saturday, April 29, to sponsor an exploration of the coastline in the vicinity of Sunset Bay State Park (2.5 miles south of Charleston.

Led by local naturalists, the...

Apr
28

West Coast Planning Seminar

April 28, 2017

 Newport harbor. Photo by Kirt Edblom.
Newport harbor. Photo by Kirt Edblom.

The emerging West Coast Regional Planning Body (RPB) has announced a public webinar to provide a progress report and answer questions from stakeholders.  It takes place at noon on Friday, April 28.  Topics include the progress being made toward a West...

Apr
22

Science on Tap

April 22, 2017, Newport (South Beach)

Wayne Hoffman.
Wayne Hoffman.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Audubon Council present a “Science on Tap” lecture, “The Ecology of Seabirds & Forage Fish in Oregon's Estuaries and Nearshore Waters,” by Wayne Hoffman, policy Director of the MidCoast Watersheds Council, on Saturday, April...

Apr
20

Herring Spawn Presentation

April 20, 2017, Newport

Herring spawn. Photo courtesy of Washington DNR.
Herring spawn. Photo courtesy of Washington DNR.

A photographic presentation, “Herring Mass Spawning:  a Local Wildlife Spectacle” will celebrate the massive Pacific Herring spawning event that took place in Yaquina Bay this past March.  Sponsored by the Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, the...

Apr
19

Climate Change Pub Talk

April 19, 2017, Coos Bay

Alan Shanks.
Alan Shanks.

As part of the “COOS—Celebration of Oregon Science” schedule in conjunction with the national March for Science, a talk by Alan Shanks on “The Grand (?) Experiment:  Global Climate Change” will take place at the Seven Devils Brewery (247 S. 2nd St.) in Coos Bay at 7 p.m. on...

Apr
15

Pinniped Lecture

April 15, 2017, Charleston,

Pinnipeds at Cape Arago. Photo courtesy of SEA.
Pinnipeds at Cape Arago. Photo courtesy of SEA.

Seals and sea lions—pinnipeds—will be the topic when Jan Hodder, Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) speaks on “The Pinnipeds of Cape Arago” at a seminar sponsored by Shoreline Education...

Apr
13

Marine Reserves Review

April 13, 2017, Corvallis,

Volunteer anglers participating in marine reserves fishing surveys. Photo courtesy of ODFW.
Volunteer anglers participating in marine reserves fishing surveys. Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Reserves Program will be meeting with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) in Corvallis on Thursday, April 13, from 10 a.m. - 4...

Mar
16

Conversation about Seafood

March 16, 2017, Eugene

 

 Newport Seafood and Wine Festival from the air. Photo by Alex Derr.
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival from the air. Photo by Alex Derr.

Food and travel writer (and CoastWatcher) Jennifer Burns Bright provides a talk and conversation starter called “Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon.”  The free public event takes place at 5:30 p.m....