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Summer-long Coastal Wildlife Interpretive Programs

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During SEA’s summer season, wildlife interpreters provide on-site education at Simpson Reef and Coquille Point or Face Rock on weekends. SEA wildlife interpreters are well informed about the area’s marine life, providing visitors with up close viewing of our fascinating wildlife through spotting scopes they have set up. They can also share information about the natural history of the region and a wide range of interesting places along the southern Oregon coast. Please go to our Visitor Information page for dates and times our viewing stations are open.Inter-tidal walks and presentations to school and civic groups are also offered with advance notice and by request. Over 22,000 visitor contacts each year keep our interpreters busy. Please contact our Wildlife Interpreter Coordinator or our office for additional information to help you make your visit to the Southern Oregon Coast a truly unique experience.

US Fish and Wildlife Service volunteers also staff Coquille Point and Simpson Reef throughout the summer. At Coquille Point in Bandon, when tides are high, they set up scopes on the point. When tides are low – especially when there are negative tides – they will be on the beach in front of Elephant Rock leading tidepool walks and protecting nesting birds and harbor seals. Once the schedule has been determined for the 2019 Summer, you will find it here.

Fun and Knowledge awaits in Bandon

If you are staying at Bullards Beach State Park, or if you plan to be in the area and are looking to bone up on local knowledge, you may want to check out the wonderful evening programs offered by the staff at the State Park. Check out their upcoming events below.

Bullards Beach State Park Evening Programs July 16th – 20th

Tuesday, July 16th – Coquille River Communities

Guest Speaker: Steve Greif / 7:00pm in the Meeting Yurt

Tonight‘s program is about small communities that were established in the pioneer era of the late 1800s on the Coquille River, from Bullards Beach State Park to Myrtle Point.

Wednesday, July 17th – Tsunami Disaster Preparedness

Guest Speaker: Mike Murphy / 7:00pm in the Meeting Yurt

Learn how to prepare for a tsunami and other disasters. What’s in your bug-out bag?

Thursday, July 18th – Bandon Beach Treasures

Guest Speaker: The Andrist Family / 7:00pm in the Amphitheater

Uncover the rocks, fossils and petrified wood found on our beaches and learn how to identify them.

Friday, July 19th – Coquille Indian Cultural History

Guest Speaker: Kassandra Rippee / 7:00pm in the Amphitheater 

Journey through the rich history and heritage of the Coquille Indian Tribe.

Saturday, July 20th – Lost but Found, Safe and Sound

Guest Speaker: Jeanette Sinclair / 7:00pm in the Amphitheater

Meet rescue dogs and their handlers. Learn what goes into a search and rescue, and how you can be found safe and sound.   **No Dogs Allowed, Please**

Bullards Beach State Park Evening Programs July 23rd – 27th

Tuesday, July 23rd – Birds of Bandon

Guest Speaker: Harv Schubothe / 7:00pm in the Meeting Yurt

Learn about the many birds that can be seen in and around Bandon and why the Bandon area attracts so many birds.

Wednesday, July 24th – Oregon Old Time Fiddlers

6:00 – 7:30pm in the Amphitheater 

Old time music and fiddling with audience participation. It is fun for the whole family.

Thursday, July 25th – U.S. Coast Guard

Guest Speaker: USCG Sector North Bend / 7:00pm in the Meeting Yurt

Meet our local Coast Guard personnel and hear how they support their missions and accomplish a variety of duties as they stand watch over our dynamic and sometimes dangerous Coast.

Friday, July 26th – Western Snowy Plover

Guest Speaker: Patrick Newhall / 7:00pm in the Amphitheater

Join us to learn about the life and habits of the only shorebird in Oregon that nests on the beach.

Saturday, July 27th – Mushrooms & Other Fungi of the Southern Oregon Coast

Guest Speaker: Patrick Newhall / 7:00pm in the Amphitheater

Discover the many bizarre, sometimes delicious fungi that thrive in our rich, dense forests.

Bullards Beach State Park Evening Programs July 30th – August 3rd

Tuesday, July 30th – U.S. Coast Guard

Guest Speaker: USCG Station Coos Bay  / 7:00pm in the Meeting Yurt

Meet our local Coast Guard personnel and hear how they support their missions and accomplish a variety of duties as they stand watch over our dynamic and sometimes dangerous Coast.

Wednesday, July 31st – Tales of the Cemetery

Guest Speaker: Jim Proehl / 7:00pm in the Amphitheater

Did you know there is a cemetery hidden in Bullards Beach? Find out who is buried there and hear the story of how Bullards Beach became a State Park. This program includes a short walk to the cemetery.

Thursday, August 1st – Bandon Beach Treasures

Guest Speaker: The Andrist Family / 7:00pm in the Amphitheater

Uncover the rocks, fossils and petrified wood found on our beaches and learn how to identify them.

Friday, August 2nd – Birds of the Southern Oregon Coast

Guest Speaker: Patrick Newhall / 7:00pm in the Amphitheater

From old growth forest dwellers to coastal hunters, join us to learn about the many different birds you can see in and around Bullards Beach State Park.

Saturday, August 3rd – Symbiosis

Guest Speaker: Patrick Newhall / 7:00pm in the Amphitheater

Join us to learn about the many strange and unique ways organisms adapt to work together & against each other to survive, from microscopic fungi that farm algae to freeloading barnacles hitching a ride on a humpback whale.