Black Oystercatcher monitoring training

Shorebirds, tide pools, and science on the schedule this Friday! Join the Audubon Society of Portland, in partnership with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, and partners for a training on Black Oystercatcher monitoring. The event will be held at Cannon Beach City Hall, 163 E. Gower St., on Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. This FREE event is open to bird lovers wanting to learn more, potential volunteers interested in monitoring, all around nature lovers and the public. Light beverages and snacks will be provided.

Black Oystercatcher, Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood, Near Victoria, British Columbia
Black Oystercatcher, Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood, Near Victoria, British Columbia

Activities include a presentation on black oyster catchers, a ‘how to’ guide to monitoring and collecting data for the project, and a trip to the beach to watch these birds in action and round out the training. This event coincides with low tide at the famous Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. Haystack Rock Awareness program staff will be onsite with binoculars and scopes. The tide pools will be open for exploration. Please consider participating and come join us!


Volunteers Needed!

The Audubon Society of Portland and partners are conducting a Black Oystercatcher citizen scientist project to help better understand this species use of rocky intertidal habitats in/near the recently designated network of Oregon’s marine reserves/protected areas. On the North Coast we are coordinating our efforts with Friends of Cape Falcon and Haystack Rock Awareness Program. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!


Study species: Black Oystercatcher


Where: All rocky intertidal habitats along coast including in Oregon’s 5 marine reserves/protected.


When: Abundance surveys from 12 to 29 May & then nest monitoring until August


Commitment: at least 2 abundance surveys in May. For those that would like to monitor nests, perform at least 2 nest checks/month the rest of the season. We can work with you to make it fit your schedule.


Other requirements: Patience and a love for birds! We have some scopes available for use. You should have your own pair of binoculars.


CONTACT: If this sounds interesting to you please contact Joe Liebezeit ( and Amelia O’Connor (


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