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World Oceans Day Events on Oregon Coast June 8, Throughout Month

Published 06/07/2016 at 5:51 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Above: Neahkahnie Mt, above Manzanita

(Oregon Coast) – Tomorrow (June 8) brings World Oceans Day to the Oregon coast, which is celebrated in three different ways. Two happen tomorrow but another biggie happens later in the month. (Above: Neahkahnie Mt, above Manzanita).

Kicking off the month's celebrations, CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer will lead a walk at Seal Rock State Park on June 8 (tomorrow), taking advantage of the minus tide that morning. She will explore the tidepools and driftline, and also introduce participants to the range of CoastWatch's citizen science activities.

Marine debris is one of the great threats to the world’s ocean, and is a major focus of World Oceans Day, so our marine debris monitoring project will be one significant topic.

If the weather is clement, meet Fawn at the state park’s parking lot at 8 a.m. Come dressed for the weather, and for clambering over the rocky shores.

If there is bad luck with the weather, meet her instead at the Seal Rock Garden Club, 10377 N.W. Rand St. (next to the Seal Rock fire station), also at 8 a.m. She can provide an introduction to citizen science and shoreline ecology where it is warm and dry, before hardy souls venture out into the wet to visit the shoreline.

For more information, contact Fawn at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org.

Tomorrow also boasts a free guided hike to the summit of Neahkahnie Mountain in Oswald West State Park. It is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures put on by the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.

The climb to the summit of Neahkahnie Mountain offers stunning views of the Nehalem River Valley, Nehalem Bay and watershed, Oswald West State Park and the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. An area where ocean and land conservation meet, this five-mile hike will highlight the interconnection of the marine and terrestrial environment along the north coast and the work being done to protect these areas.

This event is free and open to the public. There are no bathrooms or drinking water facilities on this hike. Please bring water and snacks/lunch. Weather on the Oregon coast is unpredictable and trails can be slick and muddy. Please be prepared and bring appropriate gear and clothing. The hike is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 8. Expect to spend three-to-four hours on the trail. The hike is rated as difficult. The trail is steep at times and was damaged some by winter storms. Be prepared to scamper over or under sizable fallen trees and larger rocks blocking the trail.

Follow signs to, and meet at Neahkahnie Mountain South Trailhead parking area located on the east side of U.S. Highway 101, just south of milepost 40 and 2 miles south of Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park. Parking is limited – please carpool when possible. Register at online at Cape Falcon Marine Reserve Facebook page or on EventBrite.

Newport's Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day by challenging visitors to give up plastic bags for one year – and holding a special event on June 25.

Last year, Max the sea lion delighted visitors by properly disposing of a plastic soda bottle on exhibit, and this year he’s eager to live up to that recycling slogan, “Once Is Not Enough,” by doing it again.

To illustrate the concept of reducing plastic consumption, visitors are encouraged to take the Better Bag Challenge by pledging to avoid disposable bags for at least one year. The first 1,000 pledgers will receive a free Aquarium tote bag sporting the slogan, “This Bag Saves Sea Turtles”.

Then, staff, volunteers and even animals - Max included - will go above and beyond to make the June 25th event extra special for Aquarium visitors. The annual event is celebrated by organizations across the globe to promote understanding and stewardship of the ocean.

A scientist will dissect a mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) and large salmon shark (Lamna ditropis) to help visitors understand these powerful ocean predators better than ever before.

Others may prefer to sample seaweed pickles during an Edible Ocean Demonstration, chat with divers as they swim with sharks in Passages of the Deep or embark on a scavenger hunt to win Aquarium treasures, including sleepovers, animal paintings and a chance to smooch a pinniped!

World Oceans Day activities are free with Aquarium admission and advance registration is not required. For more information visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH. 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Where to stay for these events - Where to eat - Map and Virtual Tour. More on these areas below:



 

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