Simpson Reef and Shell Island at King Tide on 1/11/2020 and at Medium High Tide on 5/27/2018


When: February 8, 2019—9:00 AM

Where: The Barn Conference and Community Center

1200 11th St SW

Bandon, OR

Sponsors: CoastWatch, Shoreline Education for Awareness

Cost: Free

King Tides Kickoff

The final round of the current King Tides Photo Project is coming up Feb. 8-10, with the last major high tide sequence of the winter. Volunteer photographers are needed everywhere on the coast to help document the highest reach of the winter’s highest tides. Those on the south coast have the advantage of a special King Tides Kickoff event we’re holding on the first day of the king tides, Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. at Bandon’s “The Barn” Conference and Community Center (1200 11th St., S.W.).
This event is part of the Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) winter seminar series, in which CoastWatch partners with SEA to train volunteers.
Jesse Jones, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, will be there to talk about the King Tides Project and why documenting these high tides is important (hint: with sea level rise they could become the new normal for all high tides), and provide instructions on participating. She will also be displaying the traveling exhibit on the King Tides Project created together with the Oregon Coastal Management Program, our partners in the project.
After the gathering, at about 10 a.m., participants will fan out to photograph local beaches and estuary shorelines as the high point of the tide approaches.

For more information, contact Jesse at (503) 989-7244,


Summer-long Coastal Wildlife Interpretive Programs

Fuji EXR 178

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.


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