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Earth Day on Oregon Coast Features Festivals, Global Warming Talks

Newport's beaches are perfect for exploring nature on Earth Day

(Oregon Coast) – The Earth has its day in a big way on the Oregon coast, a place where the worship of nature and all things wild just comes with the territory.

Earth Day happens on Sunday, April 22, and it gets three days worth of fun and frivolity in the region. There’s a three-day festival in Cannon Beach and a Saturday full of lectures about climate change at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

“Earth Day at the Hatfield Marine Science Center” starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with a talk by Dr. Karen Shell from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. Her lecture is entitled “Uncertainty and Climate Change.”

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At 12:30 p.m., Dr. Mark Hixon, from OSU’s Department of Zoology, will talk about “Ocean Warming: Threats to the Pacific Northwest.”

At 1:30 p.m., Dr. Peter U. Clark, from the Hatfield’s Department of Geosciences, will talk about "Ice and sea level changes: Where are we headed?"

The day rounds out with Dr. Jeffrey Shaman from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences talking about “Change, Human Health and Local Ecology.” That begins at 3 p.m.

All the presentations are in the visitor center’s Hennings Auditorium. Admission is free to all events. Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 Marine Science Dr. Newport, Oregon. 541-867-0167. hmsc.oregonstate.edu/

Haystack Rock's marine gardens

On the north coast, Cannon Beach pulls out all the stops with the 2007 Earth, Wind & Sea Celebration, happening Friday through Sunday, a series of events that also features the Puffin Kite Festival. Events happen at various spots around town, but one of the centerpieces on each of the days is low tide at Haystack Rock, where the marine gardens sprout up when the tide is out.

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All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com 866-436-1607.

It all starts on Friday, just before low tide (which is at 9:38 a.m. and is a minus one), with the Gaylord Nelson Award Reception from 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Haystack Gardens. It’s an informal reception to honor this year's recipient of the Gaylord Nelson Award, where poster design winners and kite exhibits and kick off the celebration. Light refreshments available. Keynote Speaker: Rep. Deborah Boone & Diane Enright, Oregon Dept of Energy.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the PromenadeOn Saturday, low tide is a minus 0.6 at 10:30 a.m.

Three Birding Walks are scheduled to showcase the sites within Cannon Beach that are on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail.

The first starts at 8:30 a.m. with Ecola State Park Bird Hike. Meet at the parking lot kiosk. A shuttle will be available from the Chamber.

From 9 a.m. to noon, the Haystack Rock Awareness Program will present various programs at Haystack Rock. There’s the Haystack Rock Intertidal Beach Program at 9 a.m. and bird talk at 10:30 a.m.

Interesting objects found at low tide in Cannon Beach

At 11 a.m., there’s the Earth Day Parade through downtown Cannon beach. Join Taffy the Puffin in her electric car. The parade forms at the intersection of Spruce & Third Streets. Everyone is welcome on foot, bicycle or in energy efficient vehicles. Parade wanders down Hemlock and ends at Coaster Theater.

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At 1 p.m., the Coaster Theater hosts the Green Building Panel & Home Tour. Bill Boone, Doug Ray and Tim Lindsey will discuss the latest technology in green building and energy efficiency. A tour of an affordably designed solar efficient home will follow.

A street fair gets under way at 3 p.m. at the US Bank parking lot. Join various vendors for demonstrations, games and information that will help you have a more earth friendly lifestyle.

Haystack Rock

On hand will be Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Star of the Sea (Worm Farming Program), Environmental Toxicology Program, Oregon Dept. of Energy, Seaside Aquarium, Western Oregon Waste, Wildlife Rehab Center, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Coastal Nature History Center, King Fisher Farms, Tillamook Bay Estuary Partnership, NW Natural Gas, North Coast Land Conservancy and the North Coast Watershed Association.

At 5:30 p.m. there’s the Downtown Lagoon Tour and Trail Dedication, held at the Cannon Beach Chamber. Gather there for a guided tour of the lagoon area and the dedication of the Oregon Birding Trail. After a potluck dinner, Dawn Grafe from US Fish & Wildlife Service, will give a talk on coastal birding.

Meanwhile, while all this is going on, the Puffin Kite Festival is happening at the Surfsand Resort from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Start off your day by hanging out in the Surfsand’s lobby at 10 a.m. to have your face painted. Duck out to see Taffy the Puffin ride her electric car in the Earth Day Parade, then come back at Noon and join in on the Kids Craft Hour and create a kite made out of recycled material. After that, it’s off to the beach to watch them fly away along with others who will be flying that day.

oregon coast lighthouses on dvdAfter all the fun, you and your kids will be ready for the Wiener Roast at 2 p.m., which is finished off with a scoop of Tillamook Ice Cream. From 3 to 4 p.m., watch the camp scholarships being handed out.

On Sunday, low tide happens at 11:27 a.m. at minus 0.1.

At noon, it’s the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve Walk. Join Ecola Creek Watershed Council and the 2006 Gaylord Nelson Award Recipient, Jerome Arnold, for the hike in Ecola Creek Forest. This marks the 3rd anniversary of the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve. 503-436-2623 ext. 3. www.cannonbeachchamber.org.

A1 Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses – from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces, beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers. Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.

D Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River. Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players; movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com. 171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.

Weiss' Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside

Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites, 1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people. Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families. All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com

Lincoln City Vacation Homes There’s something for everyone among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront or just a few steps away from the sand – all with a low bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies, depending on the home: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments. Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home. Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com. 541-994-8778.

Tradewinds Motel, Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. Oceanfronts all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a private deck. Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed, fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms are pet friendly.523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Inn At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities. 4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com

The Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun (nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies. 888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.theoceanlodge.com


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