SHORELINE SCIENCE WORKSHOPS OFFERED THIS SUMMER
Those who would like to learn more about coastal natural history have an extraordinary opportunity this summer. CoastWatch is offering three intensive training workshops, led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, an authority on the Northwest’s coastal region. He will be joined by Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator.
The three full-day workshops will be held in Netarts (July 26-28), Newport (Aug. 8-10) and Coos Bay (Aug. 11-13). They will cover everything from tidepools and sandy beaches, to estuarine and ocean ecosystems, to geology and forests, to marine mammals and birds. Matters of concern such as marine debris and invasive species will also be discussed. Each session will include field trips, indoor presentations and laboratory experiences (with some variation, depending on the weather). Teachers can obtain 26 Professional Development Units by taking a workshop.
While the workshops were developed to provide training to volunteers in the CoastWatch program, they are open to the public. CoastWatch is a project of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, through which volunteers adopt one-mile segments of the coast and keep watch for both natural changes and human impacts.
Online registration is now open. Go to http://bit.ly/19S9Eeq.
Stewart Schultz is the author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History. His wide-ranging experience in studying the Oregon coast makes him a very knowledgeable guide to the shoreline environment. An Oregonian who grew up playing on the shore near Gearhart, he went to Reed College and obtained his doctorate in botany from the University of British Columbia. He worked on the Oregon coast for the Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gaining wide field experience, before pursuing an academic career as a professor at the University of Miami, and now the University of Zadar in Croatia. During the academic year he studies marine ecology, as well as his specialty of plant evolution and genetics, but every summer he returns to the Oregon coast to teach shoreline science.
Fawn Custer, who will assist him, is an experienced marine educator who taught for 14 years at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
The three workshops will be held:
July 26-28, Netarts-Oceanside Fire District Meeting Hall, 1235 5th St. Loop, Netarts
Aug. 8-10, Newport High School, 322 N.E. Eads St., Newport
Aug. 11-13, Marshfield High School, S. 10th and Ingersoll St., Coos Bay
Each workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the first day, and at 7 a.m. on the final two days, and will run until approximately 4:30 p.m. each day.
Workshop fee will be $50 for those who are both CoastWatchers and Oregon Shores members, $60 for those who are either CoastWatchers or Oregon Shores members, and $90 for others (who are invited to join Oregon Shores on the registration site and take the discount).
Reservations can be made online at http://bit.ly/19S9Eeq, or by linking through the CoastWatch website, http://oregonshores.org/coastwatch.php5. Registration can also be by check: Send to Oregon Shores, P.O. Box 33, Seal Rock, OR 97376.
For more information, or to reserve a place in one of the workshops in advance of payment, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Phillip Johnson, (503) 754-9303, email@example.com.
For more information about CoastWatch and adopting a mile of the shoreline, contact Fawn Custer or Phillip Johnson, or visit the website, http://oregonshores.org/coastwatch.php5.