Ocean Events

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
6

Talk on Black Rockfish

March 6, 2021

Black rockfish at Redfish Rocks.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Cape Perpetua Winter Speakers series presents a talk on “Vulnerable Early Life Stages of Black Rockfish in Changing Ocean Conditions” on Saturday, March 6, at 10 a.m.

The speaker is Will Fennie, who recently earned his PhD from...

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...

Apr
9

Lecture on Marine Viruses

April 9, 2021

Mudflats such as those in Tillamook Bay are home to viruses.\Photo by Jordan Epstein.

Viruses are on everyone’s mind these days, but an upcoming talk in Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Geology Lectures Series will invite the audience to consider viruses where we don’t usually think...

Apr
10

Virtual Marine Science Day

April 10, 2021

Hatfield Marine Science Center entrance.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

Marine Science Day at the Hatfield Marine Science Center is an annual tradition, which usually involves curious visitors roaming the HMSC complex, peeking into labs, watching demonstrations, hearing talks, and participating in...

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

Apr
15

Pinniped Lecture

April 15, 2017, Charleston,

Pinnipeds at Cape Arago. Photo courtesy of SEA.
Pinnipeds at Cape Arago. Photo courtesy of SEA.

Seals and sea lions—pinnipeds—will be the topic when Jan Hodder, Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) speaks on “The Pinnipeds of Cape Arago” at a seminar sponsored by Shoreline Education...

Apr
13

Marine Reserves Review

April 13, 2017, Corvallis,

Volunteer anglers participating in marine reserves fishing surveys. Photo courtesy of ODFW.
Volunteer anglers participating in marine reserves fishing surveys. Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Reserves Program will be meeting with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) in Corvallis on Thursday, April 13, from 10 a.m. - 4...

Mar
16

Conversation about Seafood

March 16, 2017, Eugene

 

 Newport Seafood and Wine Festival from the air. Photo by Alex Derr.
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival from the air. Photo by Alex Derr.

Food and travel writer (and CoastWatcher) Jennifer Burns Bright provides a talk and conversation starter called “Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon.”  The free public event takes place at 5:30 p.m....

Mar
15

Pelican Lecture

March 15, 2017, Seaside,

Brown pelicans in flight. Photo by Heather Roskelley.
Brown pelicans in flight. Photo by Heather Roskelley.

Wildlife biologist Deborah Jaques will speak on “Tracking the Brown Pelican” on Wednesday, March 15, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Seaside Public Library (1131 Broadway St.).  The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the North...

Mar
15

Conversation about Seafood

March 15, 2017, Florence

 Fishing pier at Garibaldi. Photo by Sonja Peterson.
Fishing pier at Garibaldi. Photo by Sonja Peterson.

Food and travel writer (and CoastWatcher) Jennifer Burns Bright provides a talk and conversation starter called “Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon.”  The free public event takes place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March...

Mar
2

Talk on Mud Shrimp Survival

March 2, 2017, Newport

 Blue mud shrimp. Photo by Teegan Bennington.
Blue mud shrimp. Photo by Teegan Bennington.

The public is invited to a presentation by John Chapman at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday March 2nd, at 6:30 pm in Newport, to learn about threats to native mud shrimp, the original ecosystem engineers of Oregon estuaries....

Feb
16

Marine Mammal Stranding Talk

February 16, 2017, Newport

Scientists and volunteers swarm stranded whale carcass.
Scientists and volunteers swarm stranded whale carcass.

Jim Rice, Stranding Coordinator for the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network, will speak on how stranding events offer a wealth of information to researchers and resource managers at the next meeting of the Yaquina Birders and...

Feb
2

Webinar on Marine Spatial Planning

February 2, 2017

Photo of proposed multi-turbid floating wind platform in the North Atlantic.
Proposed multi-turbid floating wind platform design for the North Atlantic.

Under the National Ocean Policy Act, state and regional ocean planning bodies around the US are mandated to conduct marine spatial planning efforts. These are particularly focused on guiding offshore renewable energy...

Jan
28

Seminar on Ocean Acidification

January 28, 2017, Charleston

Climate change brings not only sea level rise, but also ocean acidification.
Climate change brings not only sea level rise, as here at Hug Point during a King Tide, but also ocean acidification. Photo courtesy of Oregon King Tide Project.

Julie Schram and Reyn Yoshioka will discuss what ocean acidification is and how it influences and affects marine organisms in a...

Jan
21

Speakers on Whales and Murrelets

January 21, 2017, Newport

 Gray whale breaching. Photo by Era Horton.
Gray whale breaching. Photo by Era Horton.

 

Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society invites the public to join them for the next even in their speaker series on Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m. in the Newport Public Library (35 Nye St.).

There will be two speakers.  Era Horton, an ACS...