Ocean Events

May
8

Black Oystercatcher Survey Training

May 8, 2021

Black oystercatcher with chick.\Photo by Heather Roskelley.

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...

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...

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

May
6

Shark Seminar

May 6, 2021

Great White Shark.\Photo courtesy of NOAA.

The Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS group offers a talk on the sharks off our shores.  “Sharks of the Oregon Coast” takes place online on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m.  The event is free and open to all.

The speaker is Taylor Chapple, an Assistant Professor...

May
5

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...

May
1

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...

Apr
29

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...

Apr
29

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...

Apr
22

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...

Apr
20

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...

Apr
20

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...

Apr
20

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,...

Apr
19

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...