I just finished reading NOAA’s Habitat News this morning and was so excited to see that they are regaling the efforts of NOAA, The Nature Conservancy and other environmental and governmental/tribal groups in Coos County for successfully restoring fish habitat on the Coquille River. Take a look and see for yourself. You may get goosebumps just like I did!
We will be having our second annual Marine Debris Seminar at Washed Ashore this Saturday, February 16, 2019, beginning at 3 PM. Wine and Cheese will be served.
Dorothy Horn, PhD student in Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University will lead us through the research she and her colleagues are conducting to find collaborative solutions to plastic pollution using science and public policy.
Please join us if you can.
This is Seal Beach near Los Angeles after a winter storm.
No words are needed for this photo above and the ones below. They speak for themselves, don’t you agree? We need to do something about the horror we humans have been creating. Let’s talk about it. Let’s do something about it!!!
On Saturday, October 27, 2018, SEA had its 28th Annual Meeting at the Bandon Community Center. Those who attended were treated to a fascinating presentation of research that was conducted on gray whales this summer in Port Orford by a group of Oregon State University’s Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab. The leader of the team, Lisa Hildebrand, and team member Robyn Norman traveled to Bandon from Corvallis to deliver the presentation. It was EXCELLENT!!
Judging from all the questions from the audience following the close of the presentation, I concluded that listeners were highly engaged in the research. We were given a detailed description of how the research was done, what technologically sophisticated equipment was used, what kinds of information it gave the researchers, and the how the data supported their conclusions. In brief, we learned that there are several gray whales that spend time feeding in the kelp beds of Port Orford return from year to year. We got to see how the research team identified them by the markings on their bodies (and the names they gave them). And we learned that zooplankton preferences exist in whales through the analysis of fecal matter sampling. Who would have guessed that an animal that ingests many tons of food every day could be so picky??
Attendees were also given an update on the summer visitor statistics, shown photos of some of the remarkable wildlife that grace our summer shores for breeding and for resting. We also learned about the new partnerships SEA has been forming. The board is firmly committed to doing all we can to educate the public about our marine ecosystem. We will continue to learn all we can about challenges and solutions to our coastal environment, sharing them with the public in a variety of ways. At the same time we are committed to volunteering our own time to assist other organizations with their efforts.
US Fish & Wildlife Service Visitor Services Manager Dawn Harris informed us of the new refuge manager we will be getting in early November, Kate Iaquinto. We are looking forward to working with her in the coming years. Dawn also announced that USF&W will be removing the current Bandon Marsh HQ structure to build a new one. Completion expected in 2020, and it will have a private office for SEA. We are very appreciative.
SEA members have been performing quarterly beach cleanups in addition to helping SOLVE with their events. SEA is making one change to the SOLVE activity – we will be using burlap bags rather than the plastic ones we’d been using. These burlap bags are reusable as well as biodegradable so they will not present a pollution problem when they wear out and are thrown away. We are happy to be able to purchase them from Ray-Jen Coffee and pass them out to all who want to remove debris from the beaches around Bandon.
SEA plans once again to offer 4 seminars in the Winter of 2019, beginning in January. As soon as the dates and presenters are set, they will appear on the Events page.
Finally, an election was held to appoint the next year’s board of directors. You can see the names by clicking on the “Board of Directors” tab at the bottom of the home page. All of us on the board and our core volunteers are looking forward to the coming summer season. Hope to see you at our events!
“Armageddon” in Webster’s Dictionary is defined as “a usually vast decisive conflict or confrontation.” We are steadily approaching a plastic armageddon (in the sense of decisive confrontation). It’s impossible to look at all the ways we humans are assaulting the environment without seeing and understanding that plastic is a major instrument of destruction – especially to our streams, rivers and oceans.
Consider this graphic:
Yes. All of our waste impacts our environment. But nothing is more permanent and causes more death to marine life than plastic.
You and I can retard the spread of plastic pollution. Look at this graphic to see ways to do it:
There is no pain or sacrifice created in our lives by implementing every one of these changes. In fact, they may even save you money. And they are little things. Bring your own bag when you shop. Bring your own mug to your favorite coffee shop. Stop buying bottled water and carry your own with you in a reusable bottle. Take care of your teeth without using plastic. Painless solutions that can begin the gradual turn away from plastic.
What do you say? Can you do it? I hope so. The world needs all of us caring about what we are doing to it.
Here’s a Tedx talk that sets forth some very stunning research, demonstrating the crisis in our environment. I encourage you to listen to it and ask yourself, “What am I doing about this?” What CAN we do? Perhaps you can offer some ideas?
Shoreline Education for Awareness cares about environmental awareness, and I believe this video promotes this awareness. Take a listen and see for yourself.