Volunteer Training May 17 and 18

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Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) invites the public to join their annual volunteer training sessions May 17th and 18th at the Bandon Community Center – The Barn.  This is your opportunity to learn more about SEA and about our marine environment and the wildlife which thrives here.

The first day of the training will include the history of SEA and what it means to be a volunteer wildlife interpreter. The president of the Audubon Society, Harv Schubothe, will be presenting an extensive review of the many species of birds that breed right off our coast.  You will learn about oyster catchers, pigeon guillemots, common murres, surf scoters, the return of the tufted puffins and more.  In the afternoon board member Loren Morris will introduce you to tide pooling.  He will provide insight into a variety of animals, their specialized tools and behaviors, and plant life that inhabit the four intertidal tide zones.

On the second day board member Bill Binnewies will provide an overview on Oceanography; the dynamics of the ocean and how it influences our environment and related habitats.  Dave and Diane Bilderback will educate the group on local plant life with hands on identification during a field trip to Coquille Point.  During the afternoon Dr. Jan Hodder will present marine mammals focusing on easy ways to distinguish between the two types of seals (harbor, elephant)  and sea lions (stellar and California).  She will also provide interesting information on the whales that travel our coast. 

Doors will open at 8:30 both days and light snacks and coffee/tea will be available.  It is advised to bring your own brown bag lunch.  The sessions will run from 9am to 4pm each day.  This training is mandatory for those who intend to volunteer as wildlife interpreters during the summer.  The training will allow you to provide visitors with interesting facts on marine birds and mammals and their habitat which they will see through the SEA spotting scopes at Face Rock Wayside, Coquille Point and Simpson Reef.  This two day event will be of great interest to all who live or visit this beautiful Oregon coast.

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