12 Days of Earth Day Celebrated in Cannon Beach, N. Oregon Coast
(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – The north coast town of Cannon Beach does not just utilize one day to celebrate Earth Day. Indeed, the 12 Days of Earth Day Festival is nearly two weeks of whooping it up in honor of nature – and the local Tufted Puffins that begin to hit the area again. It's a mishmash of lectures, nature walks, volunteers on the beach and even food. (Above: Cannon Beach at night.)
Some of the guest speakers include:
David Cacchione, Ph.D is an oceanographer who is conducting research and consulting on marine problems through Coastal & Marine Environments, the company he founded. He will present on Friday, April 12th, at Pizza a'Fetta, 231 N Hemlock.
Rebecca Lerner is a Pacific Northwest author, forager and dandelion hunter. As a journalist, she has written for more thatn a dozen outlets across the country, including The Oregonian, Orion Magazine and the Discovery Channel. She also teaches classes on plant identification and runs a plant foraging blog. She appears on Monday, April 15th at 7:00 pm at the Cannon Beach History Center, 1387 S Spruce.
Neal Maine, a naturalist and photographer, is a founding member of the North Coast Land Conservancy, as well as its Executive Director for ten years. Neal has moved on, and is now working with Michael Wing. Together they established PacificLight Images, a partnership that is dedicated to raising public awareness about our region's natural resources through nature photography.
Among the highlights:
Daily assistance on the beach by Haystack Awareness Program volunteers, starting between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., depending on the day. There will also be daily and numerous art exhibitions with the nature and puffin themes.
Opening the festival are productions by local school children on April 11.
There is a birdathon on the first weekend, April 12 – 14.
Bird Journal classes at Sea Ranch Sundance Event Center on April 14. On April 16, Wendi Agalzoff of Clatsop County Soil & Conservation District will present at Cannon Beach Community Hall, 2nd and Spruce.
On April 17, Kirsten Massebau gives the talk "The Anthropogenic Challenges Whales and Dolphins Face in a Modern Ocean,"Cannon Beach Community Hall, 2nd and Spruce.
On Friday, April 19, there's a beach cleanup and a community potluck.
Saturday boasts the Pet and People Walking Parade, beginning at 3rd and Antler and ending at 1st and Hemlock. That goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured are a giveaway of native Sitka Spruce trees, along with presentations from Wildlife Center of the North Coast, HRAP, the Seaside Aquarium, and many more
That day also boasts a “Meet Your Farmer” presentation and a talk by various artists interested in preserving the environment.
Sunday, April 21 hosts yoga sessions, and Earth Day – April 22 – brings tree plantings by local kids, and Aldo Leopold presents "Premier Land Ethic for Our Time" at the Coaster Theater, 1st and Hemlock.
See http://www.twelvedaysofearthday.com/Schedule.html for full information.
More about Cannon Beach below, including the Cannon Beach Virtual Tour and a full list of places to stay in Cannon Beach.
Tufted Puffin photo courtesy Seaside Aquarium
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