BioBlitz at Roads End

July 6, 2019 - 9:00 AM
Roads End State Wayside
Lincoln City, OR
CoastWatch, Friends of Cascade Head Marine Reserve, Oregon Coast Aquarium

Fawn Custer (orange rainpants) leads last year's BioBlitz at Roads End.|Photo by Doug Cody.
Fawn Custer (orange rainpants) leads last year's BioBlitz at Roads End. | Photo by Doug Cody.

As we did last year, CoastWatch is once again organizing a summer “BioBlitz” for the shoreline at Roads End, working together with the Friends of Cascade Head.  Participation by CoastWatchers and other members of the public is essential.  Make plans to get involved in this valuable, one-day citizen science activity. 

The Cascade Head Marine Reserve BioBlitz takes place on Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Meet Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s citizen science trainer, at the north end of the beach (walk up from the Roads End wayside, at the northern end of Lincoln City).  Somewhat counter-intuitively, the Cascade Head Marine Reserve is located south of Cascade Head itself, and in fact is offshore from much of Lincoln City, with the Roads End area at its heart.

Fawn will provide a brief training at 9 a.m., before everyone heads to the tidepool area. The event is free, everyone is welcome, and those of any skill level can help.  (That said, you can increase your skill level by attending the more extensive training session offered at Beverly Beach State Park on the evening of July 5.  See separate listing.)

A BioBlitz is an intensive survey of a defined area on a single day (occasionally two), with the goal of identifying all the species to be found in that area.  It is a snapshot of biodiversity.  This BioBlitz focuses on the margin of the Cascade Head Marine Reserve, primarily the intertidal area.  The BioBlitz takes place during a low tide; come dressed in whatever you are comfortable wearing into the wet intertidal area, and come prepared for the weather (which may be cool and foggy in the morning at the shoreline on an otherwise warm summer day).  Water, snacks, binoculars, hats, and sunscreen are all advisable.

For more information, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org.  The Oregon Coast Aquarium is providing support for this and a series of other bioblitzes taking place during the summer at Oregon’s marine reserves, including one that CoastWatch is leading on June 5 at Otter Rock Marine Reserve (see separate listing).