Visitors to the Oregon Coast, and locals, are invited to watch for migrating whales with trained volunteers during the annual winter Whale Watching Week from Dec. 27-31.
The week is hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).
Volunteers with the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 sites, including Depoe Bay, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help people spot gray whales that are heading south to Mexico.
Visitors will also learn about whale migration and feeding habits. The winter migration typically lasts until mid-January. A map of the watch sites is available online at whalespoken.org.
Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Go to oregonstateparks.org to check availability and make a reservation.
OPRD reminds visitors to check www.oregonstateparks.org and www.tripcheck.com for weather-related alerts and closures before heading to the coast. Be aware of winter storms and high waves–respect closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated location.