Ocean Events

Feb
25

Rocky Habitat Meeting

February 25, 2021

Tidepool at Cannon Beach.\Photo by Molly Sultany.

The Rocky Habitat Working Group of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) is now holding a series of meetings to consider the proposals submitted by the public for “site designations”—areas of the rocky shoreline or offshore areas worthy of...

Feb
25

Virtual Docent Discussion

February 25, 2021

The Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Research Seminar Series features a talk on “Public Science Communication in a Virtual World:  Honing your story for virtual tours, exhibits, and talks,” on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 3:30 p.m.  The presentation is free and open to all.

Speaker is Shawn Rowe, an...

Mar
4

Sea Otter Talk

March 4, 2021

Sea otter at sea.\Photo by Lilian Carswell.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council’s March 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, March 4,...

Mar
10

Western Flyer Revival Talk

March 10, 2021

Western Flyer in its decrepit state.\Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

A key player in marine biology’s history is floating back into the present.  The Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap Series presents oceanographer Jack Barth, of Oregon State University’s Marine Studies Initiative,...

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...

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
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...

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...

Past Events

Jun
17

Otter Rock-n-Roll Surf Contest

June 17, 2017, Otter Rock

Otter Rock n' Roll 2017 Poster

Surfrider offers its 9th annual Otter Rock-n-Roll Surf Contest at Otter Rock-Devil's Punch Bowl State Park. Beach registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. sharp. Check-in will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and the action starts at 9 a.m..

In the spirit of International Surfing Day, Surfrider...

Jun
16

Public Comment Open - Cascade Head Management Plan

June 16, 2017

Cascade Head Marine Reserve coastline.
Cascade Head Marine Reserve. | Photo by Gus Gates

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program has released a draft of the Cascade Head Site Management Plan for public comment. Comments are to be submitted by email to odfw.marinereserves@state.or.us by June 16th. The...

Jun
14

Orca Month Pub Talk

June 14, 2017, Portland

Photo of orca whale off the coast of Oregon.
Photo by Defenders of Wildlife

On June 14th, Defenders of Wildlife will be celebrating one of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic species with a pub talk event. Join them to learn about the threats facing our Southern Resident orca population and what you can do to help!

Hear from local...

Jun
12

Coastal Resilience Meeting

June 12, 2017, Newport

High surf as Shore Acres\Photo by Bruce Swenson.
High surf as Shore Acres\Photo by Bruce Swenson.

The Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) has been conducting a study on the current state of policy and planning for coastal and ocean resilience in Oregon. The public is invited to attend the final presentation of the results on...

Jun
11

Beach Plastic Clean-Up Event

June 11, 2017, Manzanita

Image of waves crashing along the Oregon Coast.
Image from Ocean Blue Project

The Ocean Blue Project focuses on cleaning the ocean and creating awareness to reduce the use of plastic. They collect microplastic fragments on every visit to the Oregon Coast, year-round. This project is a community effort and all Oregonians are asked to...

Jun
10

Coho Restoration Tour

June 10, 2017, Seal Rock

Image of a Coho fry on the Oregon Coast.
Coho fry on the Oregon Coast. | Photo by Conrad Gowell

District Coordinator Paul Engelmeyer of the Native Fish Society will lead a series of free tours, open to the public, to discuss the recently released Federal Coho Recovery plan. During the field trips attendees will view high quality...

Jun
8

World Oceans Day Hike

June 8, 2017

The view from Neahkahnie. Photo by Justin Knott.
The view from Neahkahnie. Photo by Justin Knott.

Three coastal conservation groups—Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, and North Coast Land Conservancy—have joined forces to sponsor a hike to the summit of Neahkahnie Mountain in observance of World Oceans...