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King Tide Preview Gathering

WHEN: January 18, 2019 – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Charleston Marine Life Center-OIMB Dining Hall63466 Boat Basin Rd.Charleston, OR.

SPONSORS: CoastWatch, Oregon Coastal Management Program, Shoreline Education for Awareness, Coos County Watershed, and South Slough National Estuary. 

COST: Free

 King Tide swamps Charleston shoreline.\Photo courtesy of Raincoast.

King Tide swamps Charleston shoreline.\Photo courtesy of Raincoast.

To prepare for the second round of the 2018-2019 King Tide Project, and put the photographs we’re collecting of the year’s highest tides in context, CoastWatch and our partner, the state’s Coastal Management Program, are hosting a special event on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the OIMB Dining Hall. 

Doors open at 5 p.m., with the casual get-together getting started at 5:10.  The Charleston Marine Life Center (63466 Boat Basin Rd.) is inviting participants to visit their facility, across the street, before the presentations begin, from 5-5:45.  We’ll view the best of the King Tide photos from the first round in December, learn about the project and its importance in documenting the highest current tides as a preview of sea level rise, and enjoy food and drink. 

We will also hear from speakers providing perspective on the project.  One of those speaking at this event will be Shon Schooler, lead scientist and research coordinator at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, who will discuss how sea level rise will affect Oregon’s estuaries. 

Our second speaker, Meg Reed, Department of Land Development and Conservation, will share information regarding armoring of our coastline and a tutorial of the King Tide Photo protocols.  This gathering will provide fascinating background information, and also instruction on how to contribute as a volunteer photographer to the last two rounds of the King Tide Project.

We have wonderful items donated for a raffle.  Donations are gratefully accepted.

RSVP respectfully requested by contacting Fawn.

For more information, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org

SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup

 Join SOLVE for a day at the beach on March 23rd, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, in partnership with AAA, as we celebrate over three decades of spring beach cleanups along the entire Oregon coast!

Since 1986, this home-grown tradition of twice-yearly beach cleanups has benefited people and wildlife alike, supporting clean seas and healthy communities for present and future generations.

This is a family friendly event and SOLVE invites all Oregonians to participate. Head to your favorite beach or explore somewhere new at one of 45 check in sites from Astoria to Brookings. Bags and gloves are provided. Help make the event more sustainable by bringing your own bucket and/or sturdy gloves, and don’t forget your reusable water bottle!

 Volunteer: Registration for our 45 different project site locations begins on February 5th, 2019. For any questions please email or call Larissa Gordon at larissa@solveoregon.org / 503-844-9571 ext. 332. 

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.