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

Sep
15

Kayak Netarts Bay: Sand Dollar Beds

September 15, 2018, Netarts

Photo Courtesy of Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed, Estuary, Beach, and Sea - WEBS

Join the Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed, Estuary, Beach, and Sea - WEBS for a fun kayaking adventure in Netarts Bay on Saturday September 15, from 11:30a.m.-4:30p.m. This is a first come first served event...

Sep
15

Birding on the Bay

September 15, 2018, Netarts

Cormorants. | Photo by Ram Papish

Join in on this great event and discover loons, grebes, pelicans, cormorants and a variety of other seabirds from Netarts Bay, Whalen Island and south to the new Sitka Sedge State Park. This even is hosted by Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed, Estuary, Beach,...

Sep
15

International Coastal Cleanup

September 15, 2018

Plastic straws, leading components of marine debris.\Photo courtesy of The Last Plastic Straw.
Plastic straws, leading components of marine debris.| Photo courtesy of The Last Plastic Straw

On Saturday, September 15th, the 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) will commence as the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to fight ocean plastic pollution. This day was...

Sep
8

Brown Pelican Survey

September 8, 2018

 Brown Pelicans at Depoe Bay.\Photo by Dennis White.
Brown Pelicans at Depoe Bay.\Photo by Dennis White.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is teaming with various partners along the West Coast—here in Oregon, it’s Portland Audubon—to conduct the semi-annual Brown Pelican Survey.  The second of this year’s surveys takes place Sept. 8.

In...

Aug
31

Gray Whale Research Presentation

August 31, 2018, Port Orford

Gray whale breaching.\Photo by Era Horton.
Gray whale breaching.\Photo by Era Horton.

Scientists and graduate students from Oregon State University have been conducting research on gray whales from OSU’s Port Orford field station all summer, no doubt inspiring a lot of local curiosity.  Now comes a chance to learn what they’ve been...

Aug
29

Coastal Edge Hike

August 29, 2018, Arch Cape

The coastal edge at Cape Falcon.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.
The coastal edge at Cape Falcon. | Photo courtesy of ODFW

The North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC) and the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve are teaming up to sponsor a hike at Cape Falcon, in Oswald West State Park (Arch Cape being the nearest town to the north). Chrissy Smith, outreach...

Aug
29

Ditch the Straw Day

August 29, 2018, Newport

Plastic straws, leading components of marine debris.\Photo courtesy of The Last Plastic Straw.
Plastic straws, leading components of marine debris.\Photo courtesy of The Last Plastic Straw.

Every year, over a million seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles are killed by eating or getting tangled in plastic. Over five trillion pieces of plastic litter our ocean. Microplastics outweigh...

Aug
22

Climate Change Webinar

August 22, 2018

Coastal erosion due to climate change. | Photo courtesy of Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider invites the public to particpate in their "Climate Change Program: Updates and Action Opportunities" webinar. Climate change is a reality that will have particular impacts on shorelines, and the work to...

Aug
22

Hike Netarts - Cape Meares

August 22, 2018, Tillamook

Cape Meares scenic view. | Photo by Kirk Edblom

Lush, old-growth forest, giant octopus trees, historic lighthouses and outstanding vistas are all part of this HIKE NETARTS-Cape Meares adventure. Meeting on Wednesday August 22nd from 9am-12pm at the Cape Meares Scenic Viewpoint (3500 Cape...