Ocean Events

May
8

Black Oystercatcher Survey Training

May 8, 2021

Black oystercatcher with chick.\Photo by Heather Roskelley.

Volunteer training for the annual Black Oystercatcher survey takes place online this year, although the actual survey is conducted in the field.  Portland Audubon, which heads up the survey for Oregon, is reaching out to both...

May
12

Talk on Puffin Monitoring

May 12, 2021

Puffins nesting on Haystack Rock.\Photo by Michael Coe.

The “World of Haystack Rock” speaker series will take a look at the iconic puffins which inhabit the rock with a talk on “Just how do you monitor the puffins?” on Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m.  The virtual presentation is free and open...

May
17

OPAC Meeting on Rocky Shores

May 17, 2021

Rocky Point, one of the areas proposed for protection.\Photo by Randy Scholten.

The campaign to designate certain key rocky shore habitats for special levels of protection now moves to the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC), which meets on Monday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The agenda has not...

Jun
5

Seabird Nest Monitor Training

June 5, 2021

Brandt's Cormorant nesting at Haystack Rock.\Photo by Molly Sultany.

The citizen science project that involves monitoring seabird nesting colonies continues this year, under some different pandemic protocols.  If you care about seabirds and would like to consider participating, an online...

Past Events

Apr
1

Seminar on Food Web Base

April 1, 2021

Marine microbes at work.\Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Marine microbes, evidently destabilized by climate change or possibly just from binging too much television during the pandemic, have run wild.  They are devouring everything in the ocean, which will soon be...

Mar
30

North Coast Citizen Science Preview

March 30, 2021

Seabird monitors at work.\Photo by Amelia O'Connor.

Four bird-focused citizen science projects taking place on the north coast will be described in an online session hosted by Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Portland Audubon on Tuesday, March 30, at 6 p.m.  The session is free and...

Mar
25

Whale Survey Seminar

March 25, 2021

Humpback whales in Seaside Cove.\Photo by Tiffany

The Hatfield Marine Science Center Research Seminar Series continues online on Thursday, March 25, 3:30 p.m., with a talk by Solene Derville of the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute, which is based at the HMSC.  Her topic is...

Mar
23

Offshore Wind Energy Webinar

March 23, 2021

Offshore wind energy development.\Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Proposals for wind energy development off Oregon’s coast have been made in the past, but haven’t gone anywhere.  But planning for a potential wind power future in taking place.  Wind power is a renewable energy source and doesn’t...

Mar
18

Webinar on Water Pollution

March 18, 2021

Florence waterfront from the air.\Photo by Rena Olson, with support from Lighthawk.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) Research Seminar Series, now taking place online, continues on Thursday, March 18, 3:30 p.m., with a talk by Samreen Siddiqui, a postdoctoral scholar with the...

Mar
16

South Slough Virtual Tour

March 16, 2021

Sough Slough.\Photo courtesy of South Slough NERR

Bandon’s Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) offers a virtual “Watershed Tour of the South Slough Reserve,” on Tuesday March 16, at 6:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to all.

Alice Yeates, the presenter, will provide a brief overview of...

Mar
15

Rise Above Plastic Pollution Day

March 15, 2021

Photo courtesy of Surfrider Foundation.

This year’s Rise Above Plastic Pollution Day takes place at noon on March 15th.  Join the Surfrider Foundation and other groups to celebrate and rally around solutions to the plastic crisis. Hear from key Oregon leaders like U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley...

Mar
10

Whale Entanglement Discussion

March 10, 2021

Beached humpback whale.\Photo by Dina Pavlis.

The “World of Haystack Rock” speaker series will take a look at impacts to cetaceans with a talk on “Insights into large whale entanglements in the Pacific Northwest from research on populations, responses, and reports” on Wednesday, March 10, at...