Ocean Events


Sea Otter Webinar

August 26, 2020

Sea otter "raft."\Photo by David Sidle.

The Elakha Alliance is sponsoring a webinar on “The Legal and Economic Considerations of Sea Otter Reintroduction” on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m.  Speakers will be Bob Bailey, the Alliance’s president, and Michele Zwartjes, a biologist with the U.S....


Cape Perpetua Volunteer Appreciation

August 27, 2020

Cape Perpetua from the air.\Photo by Alex Derr, with support from Lighthawk.

The annual Cape Perpetua Volunteer Appreciation Event celebrates the wide range of voluntary activity focused on that stretch of Oregon’s shore (including the monitoring done by CoastWatchers).  It is usually a...

Past Events


Cancelled--Gray Whale Presentation

March 28, 2020, Yachats

Gray whale breaching.\Photo by Era Horton.

Cancelled:  The following event has been cancelled due to coronavirus precautions.  The organizers will attempt to reschedule for a later date.

In honor of Spring Whale Watch Week, the Cape Perpetua Winter Speaker Series features a talk on...


Cancelled-- Spring Beach Cleanup

March 28, 2020

Beach cleanup in progress.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

Cancelled:  This event has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the CORVID-19 virus.  It has been rescheduled for July 5.

This year’s annual beach cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, March 28.  The coastwide cleanup takes place...


Spring Whale Watch Week

March 21, 2020 - March 29, 2020

Gray whale fluke.\Photo by Dennis White.

Note: due to coronavirus precautions, there will be no volunteer Whale watch guides at the viewing sites. But the whales will still be there.

State Parks has announced that Whale Watch Week will not be observed this spring as a precaution in addressing...


Online Rocky Habitat Meeting

March 20, 2020, Newport

Rocky shore habitat at low tide.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The current public comment period on the draft of the state’s new Rocky Habitat Management Strategy ended on March 1.  After taking some time to consider the comments, the Rocky Habitat Working Group of Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory...


Online Salmon Seminar

March 19, 2020

Biologist Laurie Weitkamp.


The Hatfield Marine Science center is moving its weekly seminar series online during the coronavirus lockdown, but the talks continue.  The one upcoming takes place on Thursday, March 19, 3:30 p.m., entirely online.  The speaker is Laurie Weitkamp of the Northwest...


Cancelled--Presentation on Coastal Values

March 18, 2020, Newport

Conducting research on use of marine reserves.|Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Cancelled:  The following event has been cancelled in accordance with directives from the governor's office and the public university system regarding the coronavirus situation.  The organizers state that it will be...


Fisheries Update

March 17, 2020, Siletz

Paul Olmsted.

At the Siletz Watershed Council’s spring quarterly meeting, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Mid-Coast Assistant District Fish Biologist, Paul Olmsted, will speak about “Mid-Coast Fisheries, Stock Status, and Restoration.”  The event, free and open to all, takes...


STAC Meeting

March 17, 2020, Corvallis


STAC in action.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.
The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee that advises the Ocean Policy Advisory Council on marine reserves is meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 1-5 p.m. at the Children’s Farm Home Historic Old School (4455 N.E. Hwy 20) outside Corvallis.

Among the...


Marine Mammal Lecture

March 11, 2020, Cannon Beach

Seal pup yawning.\Photo by Tiffany Boothe.

The Friends of Haystack Rock lecture series hosts a talk on marine mammals on the Oregon coast, when Keith Chandler speaks on “Current Trends of Marine Mammals along the Oregon Coast.”  The event, free and open to all, takes place on Wednesday,...