Nature Events Abound on Central Oregon Coast
(Newport, Oregon) – The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport has much going on in the spring for the naturalist or science enthusiast. Birding events abound in March, while March and April feature a small tsunami of ocean and nature science lectures. Some cover the wild geology of Oregon and the northwest, while others cover fish and oceanic matters.
Most happen at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon (541-867-0100). But there is one event that is outdoors at Ona Rock, and one is in Cannon Beach.
Thursday, March 18. CoastWatch and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program/Friends of Haystack Rock collaborate on a special event in Cannon Beach. Marine ecologist Cynthia Trowbridge will give one of her fascinating talks on the natural history of the driftline.
There will be a potluck dinner at Cannon Beach’s Community Hall (the Chamber Hall, 207 N. Spruce St.) at 6 p.m. Then, at 7:15, Dr. Trowbridge will take the floor to present a slide talk on natural materials found on the shore. For more information, contact HRAP coordinator Nala Cardillo, (503) 436-8060.
Thursday, March 18. Eric Horvath presents "Animals and Plants of Cape Town and Kruger National Park in South Africa." Eric's program will feature slides of birds, mammals, and plants. This Yaquina Birders & Naturalists meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Education Wing Room 30/32 in the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. Use the staff entrance and not the entrance to the Visitor's Center), follow the signs, and park near the Library. Cost: free.
Friday, March 19. Dr. George Rose, Fisheries Conservation Chair, Memorial University of Newfoundland. He will talk on “Cod: The Ecological History of the North Atlantic Fisheries. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Library Seminar Room, Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Saturday, March 27. "Birds of Beaver Creek & Seal Rock." Laimons Osis will lead this Yaquina Birders & Naturalists field trip. Meet at the Ona Beach State Park parking lot by 8:30 a.m. Duration: morning. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 8. Dr. Astrid Scholz, EcoTrust, will give a talk about marine spatial planning in Oregon. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Library Seminar Room, Guin Library.
Thursday, April 15. Roger Denlinger, US Geological Survey of Vancouver, Washington is the guest speaker. He will discuss simulation of catastrophic outburst floods from Pleistocene glacial lake Missoula (the event that carved out the Columbia Gorge). 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Library Seminar Room, Guin Library.
Thursday, April 22. Joseph Dietrich, NOAA-NWFSC, Environmental Conservation Program is the guest speaker. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Library Seminar Room, Guin Library.
Thursday, April 29. Dr. Bill Smoker, Professor, School of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, will talk. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Library Seminar Room, Guin Library.
Thursday, May 6. Ken Lohmann, UNC Chapel Hill. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Library Seminar Room, Guin Library.
Thursday, May 13. Jerri Bartholomew, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University. He will talk about ceratomyxa shasta infections in Klamath River salmon. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Library Seminar Room, Guin Library.
Thursday. Bill Chadwick, CIMRS & NOAA Vents Program. Chadwick will speak on “The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens: Looking back 30 Years.” 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Library Seminar Room, Guin Library.Thursday, May 27. Hilairy Hartnett, Arizona State University. 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Library Seminar Room, Guin Library.
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