Ocean Events


Orca Webinar

June 19, 2021

Orca pod.\Photo courtesy of NMFS.

The American Cetacean Society—Oregon Chapter hosts a webinar by noted field biologist Alexandra Morton on Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m.  The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.

Morton has been studying the Northern Resident Killer...


Kelp and Urchin Webinar

June 24, 2021

Purple urchin barren destroying kelp.\Photo by Kate Vylet.

The Elakha Alliance presents a webinar on the relationship between purple urchins and kelp on Thursday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to all.

“Dive into a Changing Ecosystem: Kelp Forests & Urchin Barrens” features...


Tufted Puffin Talk

July 14, 2021

Tufted Puffins in flight.\Photo by Heather Roskelley.

The Friends of Haystack Rock group is extended its usual winter-to-spring speaker series into the summer this year.  On Wednesday, July 14, 7 p.m., the featured speaker will be Shawn Stephenson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,...

Past Events


Black Oystercatcher Survey Training

May 5, 2021

Black oystercatcher in its habitat.\Photo by Linda Fink.

Volunteer training for the annual Black Oystercatcher survey takes place online this year, although the actual survey is conducted in the field.  Portland Audubon, which heads up the survey for Oregon, is reaching out to both returning...


Seminar on Cetology

May 1, 2021

Gray whale skull.\Photo courtesy of the Pratt Museum.

The public appetite for information about whales seems inexhaustible.  But how did we obtain this information in the first place.  How did we get to know about whales?

The American Cetacean Society’s Oregon Chapter presents an online talk...


Shrimp Story

April 29, 2021

Pandalid shrimp.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Shrimp are a significant catch in Oregon, so something affecting them can affect the fishing community.  On Thursday, April 29, 3:30 p.m., the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Research Seminar Series will host a talk on a parasite affecting the shrimp...


Brown Pelican Survey Training

April 29, 2021

Brown Pelican in flight.\Photo by Mick Thompson.

Although the Brown Pelican was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2009, new threats are challenging this bird’s survival. Citizen science surveys help to define the distribution and abundance of Brown Pelicans and track shifts in...


Basket Star Seminar

April 22, 2021

Photo of basket star by MacKenna Hainey.
Basket star.\Photo by MacKenna Hainey.

Ophiuroids, among which are the basket stars, are not only strange to most of us, but relatively little known to science as well.  MacKenna Hainey of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) will make these creatures better known to her audience as...


Sea Otter Restoration Talk

April 20, 2021

Sea otter and kelp.\Photo courtesy of the Elakha Alliance.

The Elakha Alliance exists to explore the possibilities for restoring sea otters—extinct in this state for more than a century—to Oregon’s marine ecosystems.  The group advocates for research into the biological implications.  But...


Presentation on Algal Blooms

April 20, 2021

Purple tide.\Photo by Andre' Hagestedt.

We have yet to return to the days when science-lovers could gather to hoist a beer while learning about the latest research.  Nevertheless, the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap series persists online.  You have to BYOB, but the virtual...


Lecture on Coastal Habitat Loss

April 20, 2021

Mudflat meets eelgrass bed.\Photo by Mike Graybill.

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) is presenting its spring Seminar Series online this year. Most of the lectures take place at 1 p.m. on Fridays.  However, the special spring seminar coming up will be held on Tuesday, April 20,...


Marine Debris Survey

April 19, 2021

Entrance to Cape Cove trail, site of marine debris survey.\Photo by Tara Dubois.

A monthly marine debris survey is conducted at Cape Cove, just south of Cape Perpetua.  It is still taking place, with Covid-era precautions (masks are worn).  New volunteers are welcome to join the survey, on...


Lecture on Marine Disease

April 16, 2021

Sea star with wasting syndrom.

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) presents its spring Seminar Series, for the most part at 1 p.m. on Fridays.  Next up is Alyssa Gehman of the University of British Columbia, speaking on “Marine disease ecology in a changing environment” at 1 p.m....