Fall 2021 Cape Perpetua Speaker Series
Yachats, Oregon – Enjoy a variety of free educational presentations hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative. Guest speaker presentations will be held most Saturdays at 10:00am, November – December (excluding holidays). Fall presentations will include a special focus on king tides, silverspot butterfly, climate change & disturbance in forests within Oregon coast range, Cascadia preparedness, linking landscapes for wildlife and public perceptions of coastal resources and marine protected areas. All events are free and held virtually on Zoom this season. The full series schedule can be viewed here. The scheduled webinars in the series include:
- Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10:00am
King Tides in Your Neighborhood: Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve
CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Jesse Jones and the Cape Perpetua Collaborative Communications Coordinator, Tara DuBois, kick off the 2021 – 2022 King Tides on the central Oregon coast. Learn about the history of king tides and the Oregon King Tides Project, now in its 12th year. This interactive session will kick off king tides on the central Oregon coast this winter season and will focus on sites in and near Cape Perpetua, as well as the central coast, that need documenting.
Presenter: Jesse Jones, Coastwatch Volunteer Coordinator
- Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10:00am
Saving Big Creek, Saving the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly
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
Presenter: Andrea Scharf, Author of Saving Big Creek
- Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10:00am
Climate change, disturbance, and forest change in the Oregon Coast Range
The presentation will cover the historical, contemporary, and potential future of forests in the Oregon Coast range.
Presenter: Matthew Reilly, Forest Ecologist for USDA Forest Service
- Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:00am
Cascadia: Ready or Not
The natural beauty of Oregon comes with the hazard of the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. Althea Rizzo will show you how to get started on preparing for Cascadia. You are probably more prepared than you think.
Presenter: Althea Rizzo, Geological Hazards Program Coordinator for Oregon Emergency Management
- Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:00am
Linking Landscapes for Wildlife: The Oregon Connectivity Assessment and Mapping Project As human changes to the landscape increase throughout Oregon, there is a critical need to identify and protect the habitats wildlife use to move, to access food, water, shelter, and opportunities to reproduce, to disperse into new territories, and to adapt to a changing climate. The Oregon Connectivity Assessment and Mapping Project (OCAMP) aims to link landscapes for wildlife by identifying current wildlife habitat connectivity throughout the state for a wide diversity of species, representing a variety of taxa, movement types, dispersal capabilities, and sensitivity to anthropogenic threats. These species’ connectivity models will then be complied to highlight priority wildlife corridors for all species in Oregon, and the targeted conservation actions needed to preserve them. This talk will highlight the growing need for information on wildlife connectivity in Oregon, and the multi-year, collaborative effort working to keep Oregon’s wildlife moving.
Presenter: Rachel Wheat , Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 3:30pm (Note: This presentation will vary from our Saturday schedule.)Public perceptions of coastal resources and marine protected areas: Exploring drivers of support and values for Oregon’s Marine Reserves
Consideration of social and cultural dimensions in coastal and marine planning has increased over the past several decades, and local community dynamics around marine protected area designation and resource management more broadly has been the subject of much ocean and coastal management social science research. However, broader public opinions and attitudes about coastal resources and marine protected areas are not well understood and are critical for managers seeking to maintain their public trust obligations in environmental management. Max and Kaegan explored relationships between awareness, attitudes and beliefs towards coastal and marine resource issues and uses, and demographics among a sample of Oregon, USA residents (n=459), and tested their influence on support for expanding Oregon’s recently established marine reserves. They also conducted and analyzed a public participation geographic information system (PPGIS) mapping survey (n=244) to capture uses and perceived values of coastal and marine areas. They measured coastal values, explored regional differences in those values, and identified a suite of coastal and marine ecosystem services that Oregonians prioritize from the recently established marine reserve network..
- Presenters: Max Nielsen-Pincus, PhD, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Management, Portland State University and Kaegan Scully-Engelmeyer, PhD, Recent graduate from the Earth, Environment and Society PhD program at Portland State University’s School of the Environment
Registration: https://capeperpetuacollaborative.org/event/public-perceptions-coastal- resources-mpa/
About Cape Perpetua Collaborative: Cape Perpetua exemplifies a unique place where land and sea intersect to produce productive coastal rainforests and ocean upwelling that fuels a productive food web. Working collaboratively and coordinating conservation efforts in this region will help make efficient use to leverage available resources and accelerate the pace at which Oregonians are made aware of, appreciate, understand and support the natural and cultural values of this region.
Located on the central coast of Oregon, the Cape Perpetua area includes the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area, numerous state parks, Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary, US Forest Service areas (including the Siuslaw National Forest, Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, and the Rock Creek and Cummins Creek Wilderness Areas), a Globally Significant Important Bird Area for the ESA listed Marbled Murrelet, the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon’s Ocean Shore State Recreation Area, and numerous other sites and natural and cultural resources that provide habitats for migratory and resident seabirds, marine mammals, and native fish and wildlife as well as places for people to recreate.