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

Aug
18

Tour the Emerald Necklace

August 18, 2018, Nehalem

Elk Meadows. | Photo courtesy of Lower Nehalem Community Trust

Join a representative of the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Jim Pendergrass, for a tour of their conservation lands along Nehalem Bay's scenic north edge. This string of conservation parcels is dubbed the Emerald Necklace because...

Aug
15

Ocean Temperature Risk Lecture

August 15, 2018, Charleston

Sea stars at Cannon Beach. | Photo by Peterson Photography

Join Hilary Hayford, from the University of Washington, as she presents a lecture entitled: Small movements with large performance benefits: Navigating temperature risk at a snail's pace. 

Hayford is interested in organisms that live...

Aug
11

Whale Sign Dedication

August 11, 2018, Newport

Don Davis Park.\Photo by Gregory Henton.
Don Davis Park.\Photo by Gregory Henton.

The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society invites the public to a community event dedicating a Whale Trail interpretative sign to be placed in Newport’s Don Davis Park (840 W. Olive St.), a good place for whale-watching.  The event is free;...

Aug
8

Phytoplankton Lecture

August 8, 2018, Charleston

Phytoplankton. | Photo from NOAA

Join Xiuning Du from the Hatfield Marine Science Center with her lecture entitled: Phytoplankton community dynamics, harmful species, and trophic implications from observations of the Newport Hydrographic Line.

This is part of the Oregon Institute of Marine...

Aug
3

Marbled Murrelet Decision

August 3, 2018, Salem

Marbled Murrelet in flight.\Photo by Harold Moses.
Marbled Murrelet in flight.\Photo by Harold Moses.

At their Aug. 3 meeting in Salem, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adoption of new rules known as “Advisory Survival Guidelines” to protect Marbled Murrelets on state-owned, managed, or leased lands. Meeting materials...

Aug
3

Seabird Science Hike

August 3, 2018, Arch Cape

 Earlier seabird-oriented hike to Devil's Cauldron.
Earlier seabird-oriented hike to Devil's Cauldron.

A family friendly hike with a focus on seabirds is being co-hosted by the Friends of Cape Marine Reserve and the Audubon Society of Portland on Friday, Aug. 3, beginning at 10 a.m.. The public is invited to join an easy hike of...

Aug
1

Whale Lecture

August 1, 2018, Charleston

Western grey whale. | Photo from Oregon State University

Leigh Torres from Oregon State University will give a lecture entitled: Modern whales Living in Urban Places.

Torres is a marine ecologist interested in understanding how marine animals, including marine mammals, seabirds and sharks,...

Jul
30

NAME Annual Conference

July 30, 2018, Portland

CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer, one of the organizers of the NAME conference, in action.\Photo by Dennis White.
CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer, one of the organizers of the NAME conference, in action.\Photo by Dennis White.

The Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), with whom our CoastWatch program collaborates every year on the Sharing the Coast Conference, are holding their...