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In Oregon, the beaches belong to the people. As part of Oregon's tradition of environmental stewardship, the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition serves as the guardian of the public interest for our coastal region. Oregon Shores is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystems and landscapes of the Oregon coast while conserving the public's access.  Oregon Shores pursues these ends through education, advocacy, and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon coast.
 Marine Mammal Events Coming to Florence and Lincoln City
Humpback whale carcass on the Oregon coast. Photo by Dina Pavlis.
CoastWatch actively collaborates with the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network to track beached animals, alive or dead. We help to protect the ones that are alive and to assist scientists in compiling data about those that wash up dead. Events coming up in Florence and Lincoln City this month will provide background information for CoastWatchers—and other members of the public—who are helping to keep vigilant for this shoreline phenomenon.
On Wednesday April 22 at 6 p.m. on the Florence Campus of Lane Community College (3149 Oak Street), and on Thursday evening, April 23, 6 p.m. at the Lincoln City campus of Oregon Coast Community College (3788 S.E. High School Dr.), Room 208, CoastWatch will be hosting two presentations on marine mammals. The presentations are co-sponsored by the community colleges.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on each evening, CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer will provide a bit of background, and then introduce Jim Rice, who coordinates the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Rice will provide information for volunteers willing to keep watch for beached marine mammals. This will be followed by a break (refreshments provided).
At 7:30, marine mammal expert Jim Sumich, author of “E. robustus: The Biology and Human History of Gray Whales,” will speak on the most common cetacean found off Oregon’s shores. Sumich is the author of a leading textbook on marine biology and co-author of “Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology.” He has taught at the college and university level for more than four decades and has conducted research on gray whales from British Columbia to Baja California. He currently teaches a course on marine mammals at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.
After a brief introduction to gray whale biology and ecology, Sumich will focus on recent research that has revealed at least four distinct migration and feeding patterns of gray whales in the North Pacific. The combination of radio tagging, photo identification, and genetic studies is changing the way we look at separate populations of gray whales and how we manage our interactions with them.
More information about Jim Sumich’s book and order forms available at
For more information about the event, contact Fawn Custer,, (541) 270-0027.

 New Citizen's Guide to Climate Change Adaptation Released
Our Climate Program has just released a new and significantly improved version of our Citizen’s Guide: Adapting to Climate Change on the Oregon Coast . The publication, available for download here, is aimed at helping citizens build their understanding of the many ways in which the Oregon coast is likely to be affected by climate change and learn how they can involve themselves effectively in ... MORE 
 Marine Reserves Partnership Launches Facebook Page
The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership, of which Oregon Shores is a founding member, now has a Facebook page. You'll find it at This is a way to keep up to date on activities relating to marine reserves and on ocean-related news, or to provide feedback to the OMRP.
For more basic information about the OMRP, the partnership also has its own website:
And speaking of Facebook pages, don’t forget to visit and “Like” the Oregon Shores page

 Mark Your Calendars Early for This Summer’s Workshops
Our summer shoreline science workshops, three-day intensive encounters with coastal natural history, are the best opportunity we can offer to absorb a great deal of training for CoastWatch monitoring in short order. We don’t have all the details set as of now, but we have our basic plan. As in past years, these workshops will be led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, author of The Northwest Coast: A ... MORE 
 Oregon Shores Co-Founds Marine Reserves Partnership
Having campaigned for more than a decade for the creation of Oregon’s new network of marine reserves, Oregon Shores has joined forces with five other groups to found the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership. The goal of the new OMRP is to share information, promote good science and relevant research, and to engage citizens with their new marine reserves. In short, the goal is to work toward making ... MORE 
 Shop on Behalf of Oregon Shores
This year, Oregon Shores is asking all our members, and all those who care about protecting our coastal environment, to rally around us with support to boost us our conservation efforts. We face many threats to coastal ecosystems, and also look forward to expanding very promising initiatives in such areas as citizen science and marine reserves. We need your help if we are to succeed in our ... MORE 
 Marine Debris Volunteers Needed for Long-Term Monitoring
The upsurge of marine debris we saw this winter on Oregon’s shoreline, some of it from the Japanese tsunami and bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. CoastWatchers turned out for a number of special rapid response efforts to clean up debris that arrived in large quantities, which successfully rounded ... MORE