SEA Seminars


The public is invited to join Shoreline Education Awareness for educational seminars.
The next seminar in our series is:

Volunteer Training Seminar

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May 17th and 18th from 9AM TO 4PM each day

PLACE: Bandon Community Center–TheBarn

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 about SEA, which is a recognized Friends group of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and main wildlife interpretative provider for the southern coast of Oregon. During these two days SEA will be imparting invaluable information 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. As friends of USF&W we also assist their staff with pollinator gardening, invasive species control, bird surveys, fish trap/bat species/mosquito monitoring, and more. 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.

The Pinnipeds of Cape Arago


Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 9 am

Location: Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s Boathouse 63466 Boat Basin Rd, Charleston, OR 97420

Sponsored by: Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA)

Presented by: Dr. Jan Hodder, Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at OIMB.

Join Shoreline Education Awareness for another in its 2017 seminar series. Dr. Jan Hodder will present “The Pinnipeds of Cape Arago”. Dr. Hodder’s research interests are diverse, ranging from the ecology of marine birds and mammals to the biological consequences of introduced species. She has also served as Director of the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) – Pacific Partnerships.

Bring a brown bag lunch and join Jan to observe pinnipeds such as Stellar and California Sea Lions, Elephant Seals and Harbor Seals at Simpson Reef following the seminar.


Tide Pools (or Life on the Rocks)

Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 9 AM to Noon Bandon Community Center (The Barn)


At this seminar Mr. Morris will present a basic review of what exactly tide pools are and how they are caused, what they contain, and tide pool etiquette. He will cover the four recognized intertidal zones and then identify the animals and plant life that inhabit these four zones.  Utilizing over 30 picture slides, Loren will provide some insight into each animal’s specialized tools and behaviors that help them survive and thrive in one of the world’s harshest environments.  Mr. Morris will also review what he has learned about climate change, acidification, and sea temperature and how it is directly affecting tide pool life.

There will be a review of Oregon’s rocky intertidal pool viewing areas covering the well-known traditional go-to spots as well as some secret hidden in “plain sight” pools that you may not know about.

Following the seminar there will be a field trip to the Coquille Point tide pools where there will be a minus 0.5 tide at 10:22 am. 

Note: Loren Morris is a local board member of SEA whose focus was Environmental Ecology Coastal Impact Studies at USC.  He has spent countless hours studying Sea Otter behavior and sea life found along the beautiful Pacific shorelines of California and Oregon.


Saturday, February 18, 2017:


Dr. Alan Shanks, Professor of Marine Biology at OIMB, will give a presentation on ocean dynamics and how oceans influence our environment and related habitats. This seminar will be on Saturday, February 18th from 9 am -12:00 pm at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Boathouse Auditorium, 63466 Boat Basin Rd., Charleston, Oregon.

The best way to give you a feel for this topic is to read what he says about it in his own words: “Biological Oceanography deals with the interplay between ocean movement and how that movement affects the biology of marine life. Much of my work seems to be at the interface between physical and biology oceanography.  I am strongly driven by my curiosity. Early in my career, I discovered that if I was observant and followed my curiosity, I could make novel discoveries. Throughout my career, I have tried to pay attention to my observations and serendipity and to actively follow these leads.  When training students (undergraduate or graduate), one of my primary goals is to persuade them to follow their curiosity as this leads to novel and creative discoveries (and besides it is fun).”

The Seminar is free to SEA members.  A $5.00 donation is recommended for non-members.  To reach the auditorium, park at the end of Boat Basin Road and walk past the Coast Guard housing area to the Auditorium.

Saturday, January 28th from 9-10:30 am

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: What is it and what does it mean for marine life?

at the Charleston Marine Life Center (CMLC),

63466 Boat Basin Rd., Charleston, Oregon

Presented by: Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Dr. Julie Schram, Post-Doctoral Researcher

and Reyn Yoshioka, PhD Student

Dr. Schram and Reyn Yoshioka will discuss what ocean acidification is and how it influences and affects marine organisms. They will focus primarily on responses of organisms from our area and along the U.S. West coast, including seagrasses, shellfish, plankton and fish. They will discuss how ocean acidification affects organisms differently, and how changing oceans will have both winners and losers.

This seminar is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Oregon’s marine wildlife, their environment, and the impact of climate change. You will also have an opportunity to view the museum exhibits and learn more about the interesting animals that thrive in our ocean




Simpson Reef visitors