Winter speaker series at Cape Perpetua highlights wildlife, restoration, landscapes, and more!
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 Estuaries along the Central Oregon Coast
Fran Recht, Habitat Program Manager, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission & Vice Chair, Midcoast Watersheds Council
Using maps and graphs of local estuaries Fran Recht will describe analyses done on the impacts of sea level rise on Oregon’s tidal wetlands. This project led by Midcoast Watersheds Council assessed the extent of inundation that would occur in Oregon’s estuaries 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
Jamie Kish, a photographer, artist and biologist, is the face behind Girl in Water Photography.
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.
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 Experiencing 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 watch techniques.
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.