Driftwood Public Library will be hosting the 11th year of its “Coastal Encounters” series of lectures this 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.
Bill Lackner, who joins us every year to do presentations on clamming and crabbing, will visit the library on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. to speak about 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 11th. Bill will return with his annual presentation on crabbing on Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m., followed by a field trip to the North Shore of Siletz Bay to go crabbing on Wednesday, May 25th.
On Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30, Doug Bradstreet, owner of the store Prehistoric, right here in Lincoln City, will talk about fossils and dinosaurs.
The series will conclude on Tuesday, May 31st at 6:30 with a visit from Kay Myers, co-author of the perennially popular pocket guide Agates of the Oregon Coast. Myers will talk about agates and how to find and identify them.
Please note that while all four programs at the library are free, those interested in taking part in Bill’s clamming or crabbing field trips must purchase an “Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Shellfish Harvester’s License” for each member of the family who wishes to participate prior to the field trips. For the clamming trip, you will also need a clam bag and a clamming shovel. Shovels are available from Bill for $28 the night of the clamming lecture. For the crabbing field trip, Bill recommends the Crab Max folding crab traps, which can be purchased from local retailers or directly from him for $30 each (cash please) at the lecture. Crabbers should also bring a crab measure and a large packet of chicken legs for bait. Those taking part in either of Bill’s field trips should also wear layered clothing, gloves, sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip-flops, please), be prepared for rain with appropriate gear, and bring a 5-Gallon bucket.
All lectures are open to anyone who wishes to attend. The Friends of Driftwood Public Library are sponsoring the Coastal Encounters series and hope to help make a connection between visitors, residents and the community at large by providing an educational and entertaining program to the community.