The CoastWatch program is inviting one and all to celebrate the conclusion of the 2015 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers document these highest tides of the year.
The party takes place this Friday, Jan. 15, at the Inn at Otter Crest (301 Otter Crest Dr.) in Otter Rock, between Newport and Depoe Bay, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Whether or not you made it out to the shore to snap the “King Tides,” you are invited to learn more about the project, view the best of this year’s photos, and get a jump on the 2016 version that will take place next fall.
Speaking to the group will be wetland expert Laura Brophy, who will discuss how rising sea levels may affect wetlands and marshes, which could be lost if not allowed to move upslope as the ordinary sea level rises. She is currently involved in a “Landward Migration Zone” study, seeking to identify undeveloped areas near threatened marshes that could become buffers. Brophy is the director of the Estuary Technical Group with the Institute of Applied Ecology, as well as the principal of Green Point Consulting. Her research focuses on conservation and restoration of tidal wetlands.
There will also be brief talks on the project and on citizen science, and plenty of time to eat, drink, and socialize. The event is free and open to all, although a $5 donation is suggested. Snacks will be provided; beverages and other fare can be purchased from the Inn (which is donating the facility).
For more information, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, (541) 270-0027, firstname.lastname@example.org. Background on the project can also be found on the website, http://oregonshores.org/coastwatch.php5.