Ocean Events

Aug
26

Rocky Habitat Meeting

August 26, 2019, Seal Rock

Rocky intertidal habitat with sea star.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council’s Rocky Habitat Working Group holds its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to allow plenty of time for discussion of the state’s newly rocky habitat management...

Aug
29

STAC Meeting on Marine Reserves

August 29, 2019

The Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), a working group of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council, is holding a remote meeting on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. until noon.  The public can sit in to learn more about scientific research taking place in marine reserves and policy for...

Sep
5

Talk on Our Changing Ocean

September 5, 2019, Newport

Intertidal researcher Heather Fulton-Bennett will speak on “Oregon’s Changing Ocean: What Kelp, Sea Stars, and Other Organisms Can Tell Us” on Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. in Newport’s Visual Arts Center (777 N.W. Beach Dr.), Room 205.  The public is...

Sep
14

Fall Pelican Survey

September 14, 2019

 

Pelicans in flight.\Photo by Heather Roskelley.
Pelicans in flight.\Photo by Heather Roskelley.
The annual spring Pacific Brown Pelican Survey will be held Saturday, Sept. 14.  Veterans of the survey are asked to step up again; new volunteers are welcomed. 

Organized by the Audubon Society, these surveys offer volunteers a chance to...

Sep
20

Oregon Shorebird Festival

September 20, 2019, Charleston

Red Knots at Fort Stevens.\Photo by Molly Sultany.

The 33rd annual Oregon Shorebird Festival is being planned for Sept. 20-22.  As usual, it will be based at the Oregon Institute for Marine Biology (63466 Boat Basin Rd. in Charleston).  Most details have not yet been published, but birders...

Sep
20

Earth & Ocean Arts Festival

September 20, 2019, Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock and the beach through an artistic lens.\Photo by Byron Jose Sun.

Ecology as well as art will be the focus of the first annual Earth & Ocean Arts Festival in Cannon Beach, which runs Sept. 20 to Sept. 22 at various locations around the city. The goal of the organizers is to...

Sep
26

Volunteer Appreciation at Cape Perpetua

September 26, 2019, Yachats

Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve at its northern boundary.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Every fall, the organizations working to protect the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and its surrounding terrestrial environment gather for a volunteer appreciation night.  Current and prospective volunteers gather...

Oct
21

OPAC Meeting

October 21, 2019, Newport

OPAC meeting in action.

The next meeting of the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council it planned for Monday, Oct. 21, at the Agate Beach Best Western (3019 N. Coast Hwy) in Newport.  The tentative starting time, 9 a.m., may change.

The agenda for this meeting is not yet available but will be...

Past Events

Apr
11

Talk on Larvae and Surf

April 11, 2019, Newport

Surf and rocky shore habitat.\Photo by Jeffergray.
Surf and rocky shore habitat.\Photo by Jeffergray.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) offers a series of research seminars, aimed primarily the scientists and students but open at no cost to the public.

As part of this series, oceanographer Alan Shanks of the Oregon Institute of Marine...

Apr
10

Black Oystercatcher Lecture

April 10, 2019, Cannon Beach

Black Oystercatcher. | Photo by Tim Melling

The Friends of Haystack Rock host the Library Lecture Series on the second Wednesday of each month, November to May, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Library (131 N Hemlock St.). These events are free and open to the public. Friends of Haystack Rock...

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
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
3

OPAC Meeting

April 3, 2019, Salem

OPAC meeting in progress.

Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will meet on Wednesday, April 3, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in Salem’s Holiday Inn (3301 Market St., N.E).  A number of items are on the agenda that are of potential interest to those concerned about ocean policy, but of most...

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...

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...

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...