Citizen Science Articles

Snowy Plover Nesting Season Begins

Snowy plover exclusion area.\Photo courtesy of USFWS. Oregon’s conservationists and resource agencies have been engaged in a decades-long effort to restore the state’s population of the Western Snowy Plover, an endangered shorebird that nests on Oregon beaches (the only shorebird that breeds here). We are now in the nesting season, the crucial period for...Read more

Environmental Steward Certificate Program Always Open

Ed Joyce (right) and Jesse Jones (center) at a training session for the marine debris survey, a project which would help participants qualify for the Environmental Steward Certificate.\Photo by Patricia Jensen. Oregon Shores and CoastWatch partners with Clatsop Community College (CCC) in sponsoring the Environmental Steward Certificate program, an innovative...Read more
Siuslaw watershed during the most recent king tide.\Photo by Rena Olson, with aerial support from Lighthawk.

King Tides Project Rose this Winter

Siuslaw watershed during the most recent king tide.\Photo by Rena Olson, with aerial support from Lighthawk. The King Tides Project has now completed its 11th year. This citizen science effort, organized by CoastWatch and the Oregon Coastal Management Program, drew the submission of more than 400 photos, documenting the highest reach of the year's highest tides...Read more

King Tides Photo Contest Winners Announced

Winning photo is a comparison shot showing the Siuslaw Marina and Store at Cushman on Hwy 126 during a king tide and a regular high tide.\Photo by John Bragg. The past winter’s edition of the King Tides Project, the 11th year of this annual citizen science effort, had a new feature. This time around, we partnered with the Oregon Coast Visitors Association to...Read more

BioBlitzes in a New Format Coming up in July

bioblitz_roads_end_fawn_custer_demonstrating_doug_cody.jpeg A BioBlitz is an intensive survey of a defined area with the goal of identifying all the species to be found in that area at one time, generally involving members of the public assisted by experts. It is a snapshot of biodiversity. In past years, coastal...Read more

CoastWatch Joins Hunt for Hybrid Beachgrass

Rebecca Mostow in the field. Much of the terrain of the Oregon's sandy shoreline we see today has been shaped by two dominant, invasive beachgrass species. They build the tall, stable dunes that parallel sandy beaches, providing some protection for infrastructure but causing the decline of native animal and plant species. A team from Oregon State University...Read more
CoastWatch training on rocky shore habitats.\Photo by Daniel Anderson.

CoastWatch Webinars Now Available on YouTube

CoastWatch training on rocky shore habitats.\Photo by Daniel Anderson. With the onset of pandemic restrictions on travel and meetings, CoastWatch pivoted rapidly toward working online to maintain volunteer training and public education and to keep the mile adopter community connected. It required some hasty re-orientation for a program that has always relied on...Read more

Special Volunteer Needed for King Tides Project

king_tidefs_logo.png CoastWatch collaborates with the state’s Coastal Management Program on the King Tides Project every year. Through this project, volunteer photographers document that highest tides of the year. We have a trove of photographs, growing in value every year, as we develop an ever-more-detailed portrait of the coast’s vulnerability to...Read more

CoastWatching Moves Online

beached_bird_survey_bilderbacks_surf.jpg The coronavirus crisis poses particular difficulties for a program like CoastWatch, which brings people together for educational events and projects on the shore, while encouraging volunteers to monitor a shoreline which is currently closed to many. But the program has now pivoted to an online...Read more
Volunteers removing Scotch Broom in the Oregon Dunes.\Photo by Dina Pavlis.

Scotch Broom Stalkers Needed in May

dunes_volunteers_removing_scotch_broom_dina_pavlis.jpg As invasive plants on the Oregon coast go, Scotch Broom is second only to European beachgrass in the extent to which it has occupied and reshaped shoreline, bluff, and dune habitats. The Western Invasives Network has declared a Great Scotch Broom Census, to take place...Read more