Ocean Events


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...


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...


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...


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


Kelp Lecture

February 11, 2021

Kelp forest.\Photo by Lynn Lee.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Virtual Research Seminar Series continues on Thursday, Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m. with a talk by Samuel Starko, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria, “Kelp Forests in a Changing Ocean.”

Kelp forests are among the most...


Sustainable Fishing Seminar

February 10, 2021

Dock at Garibaldi, one of the ports where Fishpeople obtains sustainable seafood.\Photo by Sonja Peterson.

The “World of Haystack Rock” speaker series will take a look at the harvesting taking place just offshore with a talk on “Seeking Balance through Sustainable Fishing” on Wednesday, Feb....


Sea Otter Presentation

February 4, 2021

Sea otter at sea.\Photo by Lilian Carswell.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council’s February community meeting will feature a presentation on “Oregon’s Lost Sea Otters:  Restoring a Cultural Heritage and Ecological Keystone.”  The event, free and open to all, takes place online on Thursday, Feb....


Cetacean Conference

January 30, 2021

Gray whale breaching.\Photo courtesy of the American Cetacean Society.

The American Cetacean Society holds its annual international conference on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m.  For obvious reasons, it is taking place online this year—which means that everyone can participate.



STAC Meeting

January 28, 2021

Marine Reserves researchers at work.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) which scrutinizes scientific questions on behalf of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) and advises on technical matters that underlie ocean policy, is meeting remotely on...


Ocean Science Trust Meeting

January 27, 2021


Lingcod in habitat.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.
Support for research on marine conservation is the topic when the Oregon Ocean Science Trust meets online on Wednesday, Jan. 27, noon to 3 p.m.

Reports will be heard on the Marine Reserve Assessment Project, the Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia...


Rocky Habitat Meeting

January 26, 2021

Rocky habitat at Haystack Rock.\Photo by Molly Sultany.

The Rocky Habitat Working Group of Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) is scheduled to meet online on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2-3 p.m.

OPAC is considering the state’s new Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, with the working group...


Seminar on Orca Monitoring

January 21, 2021

Orcas off the Oregon coast.\Photo by Greg Ligi.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, at 3:30 p.m., the Hatfield Marine Science Center heads for the deep with a talk on how scientists monitor the health of orcas off our shores. John Durban, of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State...