Ocean Events


Marine Reserves Workshop

March 3, 2020 - March 4, 2020, Corvallis

Otter Rock Marine Reserve.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Nature Conservancy is hosting the Oregon Marine Reserves Size and Spacing Workshop in Corvallis on March 3-4. It takes place in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center (725 S.W. 26th St.) in Corvallis.  The agenda and exact times have not yet been...


Film Showing on Plastics

March 3, 2020, Salem

A number of recycling and conservation organizations are joining forces to sponsor a showing of the film “The Story of Plastic” on Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6), at the Historic Grand Theater (191 High St., N.E.) in Salem.

The film is an...


Marine Debris Survey

March 5, 2020, Yachats

Volunteer gathers marine debris at Cape Cove.\Photo by Tara Dubois.

A monthly marine debris survey is conducted at Cape Cove, just south of Cape Perpetua.  To participate, meet at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (2400 Hwy 101, about three miles south of Yachats) in the parking lot at 3:30 p.m....


Presentation on Sea Otters

March 10, 2020, Gold Beach

Sea otter and pup.\Photo by Eleanor Solomon.

Bob Bailey, president of the Elakha Alliance, will speak about the possibility of restoring sea otters to Oregon on Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Curry Public Library (94341 3rd St.) in Gold Beach.  The talk is free and open to all.



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 Debbie Duffield speaks on “Current Trends of Marine Mammals along the Oregon Coast.”  The event, free and open to all, takes place on Wednesday,...


Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting

March 20, 2020, Newport

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


Spring Whale Watch Week

March 21, 2020 - March 29, 2020

This spring, during peak Gray Whale migration, Oregon's best whale watching spots will be staffed for nine days by Oregon State Park interpreters, March 21-29.

During Spring Whale Watch, March 21-29, Oregon State Parks staffers can be found at the best...


Gray Whale Presentation

March 28, 2020, Yachats

In honor of Spring Whale Watch Week, the Cape Perpetua Winter Speaker Series features a talk on “Experiencing Gray Whales” by Michael Noack, retired chief park ranger and now naturalist and volunteer with the Siuslaw National Forest.  The presentation...


Shorebird Presentation

April 8, 2020, Cannon Beach

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper.\Photo by Molly Sultany.

Shorebirds will be the subject when the Friends of Haystack Rock lecture series hosts a talk on by Janet Essley on “Tidal Flats, Victorian Prudes, and Going to the Moon:  What We Can Learn from Sandpipers.”  The event, free and open to...

Past Events


COASST Marine Debris Training

August 18, 2019, Tillamook

COASST volunteers sorting debris.\Photo by Hillary Burgess.

COASST (the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, based at the University of Washington) offers a training session for its marine debris survey.  (This is a different survey, using different methods, from the one conducted by...


COASST Marine Debris Training

August 17, 2019, Astoria

COASST volunteers surveying for marine debris.\Photo courtesy of COASST.

COASST (the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, based at the University of Washington) will hold a training session for its marine debris survey.  (This is a different survey, using different methods, from the...


Talk on Climate and the Ocean

August 14, 2019, Lincoln City

Development on sand spits (such as the Alsea Spit, shown here) will be at risk due to climate change.\Photo by Alex Derr.

Chuck Willer, director of the Coast Range Association, will present a brief talk surveying the impacts of climate change on the ocean at the St. James/Santiago Episcopal...


TBA Talk (Probably Octopi)

August 14, 2019, Charleston

Octopus found in Oregon marine reserve.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Eric Edsinger, a research fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, will speak at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 4 p.m., in the Boathouse Auditorium.  The talk will be free and open...


Tide-Driven Art Exhibit

August 10, 2019, Newport

While we don’t usually list art exhibits on this site, one that is coming up is so directly pertinent to coastal conservation that it deserves a mention.  On Saturday, Aug. 10, an exhibit called “Ode to the Tides” will have its official opening reception from 1-6 p.m. at the Newport Visual...


Seabird Colony Monitoring Session

August 8, 2019, Florence

Common Murres at Yaquina Head.\Photo by Kimon Berlin.

Volunteers are needed to participate in a seabird colony survey on Thursday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m. at Sea Lion Caves (91560 US-101) between Florence and Yachats.  The survey is conducted by Portland Audubon.  Experts will be on hand, and anyone...


Lecture on Fishing and Fish Communities

August 7, 2019, Charleston

Lingcod in its habitat.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Chelsea Wood, an assistant professor in the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, will speak on “Ghosts of Oceans Past: How Fishing Reshapes Communities of Fishes and their Parasites” as part of the Summer Seminar...


BioBlitz and Trees to Sea

August 3, 2019, Yachats

View from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.\Photo by Kirt Edblom.

A combination “BioBlitz” and Trees to Sea celebration will take place at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area on Saturday, Aug. 3.  The BioBlitz takes place 10 a.m.-noon, the Trees to Sea event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Both are based...