Shoreline Education for Awareness is has changed along with the rest of the world in so many ways. One of those ways is our seminars – which have become webinars. We use Zoom to present them to you and are finding that this format works well. As we line up each new webinar, it will appear in the list below. All you will need to do is to click on the link at the bottom of each announced webinar and register for it.

SEA is committed to finding fascinating and rewarding topics to assist you in diving deeper into the magical and mystical world of marine life. There is so much to learn and so much to appreciate. We hope you’ll join us for these presentations.

Upcoming Webinars

REGISTER NOW: November 9, 2021 at 6pm

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

“Research and Restoration Intertwine to Save an Imperiled Butterfly”

Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

To Register for this November 9, 2021 webinar, CLICK on the link below, scroll down to the dates menu, select Nov. 9, and complete the form:


Presented by: Rebecca Chuck, Deputy Project Leader; Oregon Coastal National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

In addition to her many other duties, Rebecca has led the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Prairie Restoration project from the beginning. She has managed all aspects of the project, transforming the refuge hillside from solid invasive grasses to a vibrant, diverse, and complex plant community supporting the listed Oregon Silverspot Butterfly. She works closely with their dedicated site steward, Bill Medlen, who performs most of the day-to-day site work; she is ecstatic to finally have David and Sam on staff to complete the prairie and butterfly restoration team.

With: David Thomson, Restoration Ecologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Newport Field Office

Beholden to the USFS Siuslaw National Forest Service, USFWS Ecological Services & Oregon Coast NWR Complex, David works to facilitate habitat management of coastal meadows throughout the historic range of the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly. Working with Federal and State agencies, NGO’s and private businesses to improve the resources available to land managers, he is often found typing away at a computer, hoping for site meetings or field visits.

With: Sam Derrenbacher, Wildlife Biologist USFWS Newport Field Office

As the new Oregon Silverspot Butterfly lead biologist, Sam spends her time keeping an eye out for butterflies in Pacific coast meadows and facilitating the vast network of organizations that manage, research, and captively rear them. When stuck in the office, she is often leading the range-wide working group, consulting on species take, and writing grants to fund critical research and recovery tasks.

ABSTRACT: The Oregon Silverspot Butterfly (OSB) was federally listed as a threatened species in 1980. Although its historic range followed the coastline from Lake Earl, CA to Westport, WA, the current population inhabits less than 100 acres in just four locations in Oregon. Today, many federal, state, and private land partners work together to restore habitat and help this imperiled butterfly recover from the brink of extinction. The steps to restoring the imperiled butterfly’s habitat seem simple – secure the habitat, manage non-native and native plants to increase appropriate adult nectar and larval host plants, create the micro-climate conditions the butterfly needs to successfully complete its life cycle, release the species into the prepared habitat, and Voila! Restoration. But, after 40 years of work we can confidentially say, it’s not that simple. There are still many unknowns about the life history of OSB and its habitat requirements – from what the larvae need for survival, to adult fitness in the face of climate change. And we are still figuring out how to feasibly manage the habitats they require. Without an understanding of these questions, OSB recovery is impossible. Current research has begun to answer a few of these questions, including (1) Adult behaviors and dispersal distances, (2) Female oviposition preference habitat, (3) Larval survival and micro-habitat requirements. With each of these life history questions answered, we can begin to understand the habitat quality and connectivity necessary for each life stage to be sure that our land management efforts are successful for the butterfly’s recovery.

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REGISTER NOW: December 14, 2021 at 6pm

Jesse Jones

“King Tides Project”

The Oregon King Tides Project is a citizen science partnership between the Oregon Coastal Management Program and CoastWatch, a program of Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition. The King Tides Project is looking to document the effect that extreme tide events have on our state’s beaches, coastal waterways, private property, and public infrastructure. Photographs of these tides help to visualize and understand the impacts of sea level rise (like flooding and erosion). The effect of individual King Tides may vary considerably. In some cases, they may barely even be noticed. In other cases, a King Tide may cause coastal erosion, flooding of low-lying areas, and disruption to normal daily routines. This is particularly true when a King Tide event coincides with significant precipitation or storm surge, creating even higher water levels. Over time, the frequency and effect of King Tide events may increase due to gradual mean sea level rise. Jesse Jones is the CoastWatch volunteer coordinator and promotes and shares citizen science projects with her volunteers and others who wish to help document changes and events along the Oregon coast.

To Register for this December 14, 2021 webinar, CLICK on the link below, scroll down to the dates menu, select Dec 14, and complete the form:


Bandon’s harbor during 2018 king tide (Photo: Alex Derr, Oregonshores.org)

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REGISTER NOW – January 11th, 2022 at 6pm

Ron Metzger, B.S, M.S., Ph.D.

Geologic Overview of Oregon’s South Coast

This SEA talk will start with a short descriptive background on plate tectonics.  From there, we’ll see world class geology displayed in Coos County shaped by tectonics and coastal processes, from the dune fields to waterfalls and a spectacular display of missing time.  We’ll also touch on the Cascadia Subduction Zone – and other plate activity and earthquakes in our neighborhood.   Most importantly, you’ll have a chance to ask questions about what you’ve seen…and what you should see that’s geologically “cool” in the Coos and beyond!

Ron Metzger earned a bachelor’s degree with Honors from St. Lawrence University, and masters and doctoral degrees in Paleontology from the University of Iowa. He has been a member of the Southwestern Oregon Community College faculty since the fall of 1996.  At SWOCC he has served as Faculty Senate Chair and is the Faculty ex-officio on the College Foundation Board.  One of Ron’s most significant local contributions has been the development of the geology lecture series that has brought prominent scientists to the college to present free lectures on cutting edge topics to students and the community since 2000.   Ron also serves on the Jefferson Public Radio Foundation Board and spent 20 years on the Board of the Oregon Coast Music Festival.

To Register for this interesting January 11, 2022 webinar, CLICK on the link below, scroll down to the dates menu, select Jan 11, 2022 and complete the form:


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REGISTER NOW – February 8th, 2022 at 6pm

Kassandra Rippee, M.A., M.L.S.

History and Culture of the Coquille Indian Tribe

Kassandra Rippee (Kassie) is the THPO and Archaeologist for the Coquille Indian Tribe. Kassie began working for the Tribe in July 2014 performing archaeological site survey and protection, cultural resources compliance, collections management, and public education and outreach. Prior to working for the Tribe, she worked as an archaeologist at various cultural resource management firms in the Mid-Atlantic. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Radford University in 2007, her Master of Arts in Anthropology specializing in bioarchaeology from Florida Atlantic University in 2011, and her Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous People’s Law in 2019.

To Register for this important February 8, 2022 webinar, CLICK on the link below, scroll down to the dates menu, select Feb 8, 2022 and complete the form:



March 16, 2021 at 6:30 PM

A Watershed Tour of the South Slough

Webinar by Alice Yeates

February 16, 2021

Going . . .Going . . .Gone? Conservation Outlook for the Sunflower Star

presented by Sara Hamilton, Dept. of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University

January 19, 2021

Sea Otters and Oregon Coastal Health

presented by

Bob Bailey, Elakha Alliance President

For those who missed this webinar about the efforts Elakha Alliance is making to return sea otters to the Oregon Coast, and for those who wish to watch it again, you can do so here. Enjoy!

December 15, 2020

Annual Meeting

In case you missed our Annual Meeting, or if you want to watch it again, click on the link below:

30th Anniversary Annual Meeting

November 10, 2020

Seaweed: Diverse, Delightful, and Delicious
Presenter: Nancy Treneman                
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Here is the digital recording for this webinar. If you missed it, or if you want to watch it again, click on the link below. Thank you Nancy for teaching us so much about seaweed.


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