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Posted on: January 13, 2020

Cape Perpetua Announces Winter Speaker Series

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Winter speaker series at Cape Perpetua highlights wildlife, restoration, landscapes, and more!

Waldport, OR, Jan. 10, 2020: See what winter on the Oregon Coast has to offer and enjoy a variety of free educational presentations at Cape Perpetua.  Presentations by guest speakers will be held most Saturdays from January 11 - March 28 in addition to the hiking, tidepooling and exploring always available the Cape.  Winter programs will include a special focus on wildlife, restoration, and landscapes along with other unique topics. All events are free and held at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 11am.

January 11 | Water Quality on Oregon’s Beaches
Briana Goodwin, Oregon Field Manager, Surfrider Foundation

Have you ever wondered if playing in the ocean or on the beach could make you sick? Luckily there are dedicated volunteers testing water quality year round on Oregon’s beaches. Join us to learn about Surfrider Foundation’s water quality monitoring with a focus on Oregon’s marine reserves.

January 18 | How Rising Sea Levels Would Affect the Esturuaries along the Central Oregon Coast
Fran Recht, Habitat Program Manager, Pacific Steas Marine Fisheries Commission & Vice Chair, Midcoast Watersheds Council

Using maps and graphs of local esturaries Fran Recht will describe analyess done on the impacts of seal level rise on Oregon’s tidal wetlands. This project led by Midcoast Watersheds Council assessed the exten of inundation that would occur in Oregon’s esturaties under five different sea level rise scenarios. 

January 25 | Topic & Presenter: TBA

February 1 | Exploring Oregon’s Ancient Forests
Chandra LeGue, Western Oregon Field Coordinator, Oregon Wild

Dripping coastal forests of giant Douglas-firs, high desert groves of massive ponderosa pines, and lush mixed conifer forests surrounding jagged Cascade peaks--Oregon’s ancient forests are vital to our state’s future for clean water, climate change, wildlife, recreation, and so much more. Chandra cover a variety of topics including: what makes an ancient forest, what types exist in Oregon, where they are, who manages them, why so few still survive, and what threats they continue to face.

February 8 | Cascadia: Ready or not
Althea Rizzo, Geological Hazards Program Coordinator, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department

The natural beauty of Oregon comes with the hazard of the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. This talk will show you how to get started on preparing for Cascadia - you’re probably more prepared than you think!

February 22 | Corvids on the Coast
Casey Hase, Wildlife Technician, Siuslaw National Forest

An introduction to the Corvidea family, which includes crows, ravens, and Steller’s jays, with an emphasis on the unique behaviors and natural histories of corvid species common along the Oregon Coast. Learn how human activity influence corvids and their role in sensitive coastal communities.

February 29 | Saving Big Creek, Saving the Silverspot Butterfly
Andrea Scharf, Author of Saving Big Creek

Andrea Scharf will talk about the history of the Big Creek campaign to stop development of a destination resort on the property and efforts to restore the Oregon silverspot butterfly population and bring it back from the brink of extinction.

March 7 | Girl in Water Photography
Jamie Kish, Photographer, Artist and Marine Biologist

A lover of tidepools and local forests artist/marine biologist, Jamie Kish, hopes to recreate the magic of the Oregon Coast in a sustainable, respectful, and empathetic way through her art to create emotional connections to this area. Come and learn from Jamie how she creates a scientific and emotional connection to these lands and waters with through photography.

March 14 | Fivemile-Bell Landscape Restoration Project
Johnny Sundstrom, NEPA Project Contractor-Coordinator, Siuslaw Institute
Paul Burns, Fivemile-Bell Project Manager, Siuslaw National forest

Fivemile-Bell Landscape Restoration Project is a large-scale, multi-party endeavor to enhance the health of streams and to speed the development of old-growth forest habitats to benefit a variety of species, such as the northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet, in 5,000 acres of national forest land near Florence, OR. Come learn about the project, partnerships and efforts being made to restore this area.

March 21 | Climate Change: Hoax or Apocalypse?
Andreas Schmittner, Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

This interactive presentation will outline the scientific evidence for recently observed climate change, human and natural causes, impacts on ecosystems and people, and possible solutions. Audience participation in discussions and questions will be encouraged.

March 28 | Experiencing Gray Whales
Michael Noack, Retired Chief Park Ranger, Naturalist and Volunteer, Siuslaw National Forest

Noack will be presenting Experience Gray Whales which, focuses on the natural history of this unique species that is frequently seen from the Cape Perpetua visitor Center. After the program, Noack will be available to discuss whale watching tenchniques. 

This Cape Perpetua Speaker Series was co-organized by Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. Presentations are free to attend, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, and Federal Recreation Pass or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Parking and auditorium space is limited at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Area - arrive early to ensure your spot.

For more information on these events, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289. The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is open 10:00am - 4:00pm seven days a week. To plan your next trip to Cape Perpetua, visit http://go.usa.gov/xytvB.

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