Driftwood Public Library will be hosting the 8th year of its “Coastal Encounters” series of lectures on Tuesday evenings in May. Each year the library invites a group of speakers and experts to present programs on their areas of interest. These presentations share a focus on coastal living, and presenters talk on a range of subjects from local history to activities both residents and visitors can enjoy on the coast.
The first presenter in the series will be Dave Metz of Cottage Grove. Dave is the author of the book Crossing the Gates of Alaska: One Man, Two Dogs, 600 Miles Off the Map, described as “In the spirit of Jon Krakauer’s ‘Into the Wild’, [this] monumental and death-defying trek across the perilous Alaskan Arctic is an awe-inspiring account of sheer survival”. Dave will be talking about wilderness hiking, with a focus on coastal wilderness areas, survival skills including identifying edible plants (and some animals) and basic (very simple) gear. Dave will speak on Tuesday evening, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. and will lead a hike the following day.
Bill Lackner, who joins us every year, and who was the original inspiration for the series, will visit the library on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m. to do a presentation on Clamming on the Oregon coast. The clamming presentation will be followed by a trip with Bill to Siletz Bay to hunt purple varnish clams on Wednesday, May 15th at 9:00 a.m.
Bill will return with a presentation on crabbing two weeks later on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. A crabbing field trip will take place on Wednesday, May 29th at 9:00 a.m. along the North Shore of Siletz Bay.
On Tuesday, May 21st, Caroline Brooks, Program Manager for Sitka Center for Art and Ecology will give a talk on the Center. Founded in 1970 by Frank and Jane Boyden, the Center occupies roughly an acre of ocean-view property donated by the developer of Cascade Head Ranch, an environmentally sensitive residential community at the mouth of the Salmon River estuary. From the beginning, Sitka has been about collaboration – between art and science, diverse groups of people and with the land itself. Learn about its history, programs and efforts to foster creativity, intellectual inquiry and education in harmony with the inspirational coastal environment. On Thursday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. the public is invited to visit the Sitka Center for a guided tour of its facilities.Share on Facebook