Ocean Events

May
10

Wave Energy Shoreside Meeting

May 10, 2021

Experimental wave energy buoy.

Construction of the shoreside components of the Oregon State University (OSU) PacWave South wave energy test site is scheduled to start this June. Most of the activity will be focused on the Driftwood Beach State Recreation site area near Seal Rock.

The project...

May
12

Offshore Wind Energy Webinar

May 12, 2021

An active planning process is underway which could bring wind power turbines to the ocean off Oregon’s shores in coming years.  On May 12 and 13, public webinars explaining the planning process are being offered by the state’s Department of Land Conservation 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...

May
13

Offshore Wind Energy Webinars

May 13, 2021

Wind power installation.\Photo courtesy of Surfrider.

An active planning process is underway which could bring wind power turbines to the ocean off Oregon’s shores in coming years.  On May 12 and 13, public webinars explaining the planning process are being offered by the state’s Department...

May
17

OPAC Meeting on Rocky Shores

May 17, 2021

Rocky Point, one of the areas proposed for protection.\Photo by Randy Scholten.

The campaign to designate certain key rocky shore habitats for special levels of protection now moves to the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC), which meets on Monday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The agenda has not...

Jun
5

Seabird Nest Monitor Training

June 5, 2021

Brandt's Cormorant nesting at Haystack Rock.\Photo by Molly Sultany.

The citizen science project that involves monitoring seabird nesting colonies continues this year, under some different pandemic protocols.  If you care about seabirds and would like to consider participating, an online...

Past Events

Jun
2

Ocean Planning Webinar

June 2, 2017

Gazing out to sea from Yaquina Head. Photo by Alex Derr.
Gazing out to sea from Yaquina Head. Photo by Alex Derr.

Established in 2015, the West Coast Regional Planning Body (RPB) is a partnership between federally-recognized tribes, federal government agencies, and the states of Washington, Oregon and California focused on enhanced coordination...

Jun
2

Salp Seminar

June 2, 2017, Charleston

 Salp (thetis vagina) washed up on beach. Photo by Steve Morey.
Salp (thetis vagina) washed up on beach. Photo by Steve Morey.

As part of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s spring seminar series, Dr. Kelly Sutherland will speak on “All Together Now?  The coordination of multiple swimming jets by salps and siphonophores.”  Pretty sciency, but...

May
31

Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership

May 31, 2017, Newport

Image of Clay Creek in Oregon.
Clay Creek | Photo courtesy of BLM

First Timers – If this is your first Partnership meeting, you are asked to arrive at 3:30 p.m. for an orientation.  For information about the origins and purpose of the Partnership, see our earlier article.  

At the May 31 meeting, they will wrap up Step One...

May
27

Cape Perpetua BioBlitz, Day 2

May 27, 2017, Yachats

Image of the Oregon Beach Bill 50th Annivsersary BioBlitz schedule.

This is the second day of the Cape Perpetua BioBlitz, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary year of the Oregon Beach Bill, which reserved the entire Oregon shoreline for the public.  (The event kicked off with a Friday afternoon talk on sea star wasting--see listing for May 26.) ...

May
26

Cape Perpetua BioBlitz, Day 1

May 26, 2017, Yachats

Image of the Oregon Beach Bill 50th Annivsersary BioBlitz schedule.

This is the 50th anniversary year of the Oregon Beach Bill, mandating that all of Oregon's shoreline--not only beaches, but rocky shores as well--remain in public hands. To celebrate this anniversary, a weekend BioBlitz (an inventory of all species found in an area at one time) has been...

May
20

Tidal Literary Event

May 20, 2017, Manzanita

High tide on the Nehalem spit. Photo by Steve Morey.
High tide on the Nehalem spit. Photo by Steve Morey.

Author Jonathan White, who is also a sailor, surfer, and marine conservationist, will discuss his new book, “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean,” in a special literary event at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts (594 Laneda...

May
20

Oswald West Action Day

May 20, 2017, Manzanita

Image of Surfrider Portand's Oswald West Action Day - Citizen Science Extravaganza flyer.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Oregon's Beach Bill, and the birthday of former Gov. Oswald West (born May 20, 1873), who first preserved Oregon's beaches for the public, by learning about citizen science and hands-on stewardship for our shoreline. Come out and explore the coastal edge...

May
17

Oswald West's Birthday Party

May 17, 2017, Portland

Image of Surfrider Portland's Oswald West Birthday Party Event Flyer.

It is the 50th anniversary of the passage of Oregon’s Beach Bill, landmark legislation which guaranteed the public's right to visit all 362 miles of Oregon's shoreline. In honor of this anniversary and former Governor Oswald West, who first put our beaches into the public domain by...