A Focus on Coastal Birds May 6

Beach and bird lovers mark your calendar! This May, a handful of local groups will host opportunities to learn and get involved in research around two iconic coastal birds, black oystercatchers and brown pelicans.  The Audubon Society coordinates two great programs to learn more about these beloved birds every year with the help of the community.

Brown Pelican Monitoring: Launched by the Audubon Society of California, this biannual event tracks pelicans as they migrate along the west coast in the spring and the fall. You can help with this coast wide effort locally by volunteering with the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve or Haystack Rock Awareness Program. The Friends of Cape Falcon MR will monitor islands within the reserve along Falcon Cove Beach. HRAP will monitored in Cannon Beach at the rock. Monitoring will take place from about 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Join in on either of these efforts by contacting the site captains.

Falcon Cove/Cape Falcon Marine Reserve: Nadia Gardner;; 503-298-9785 Haystack Rock: Melissa Keyser;; 503-436-8060

Black Oystercatcher Monitoring: Join the Audubon Society of Portland, in partnership with the HaystackRock Awareness Program, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership,USGS, and US Fish and Wildlife, for a training on Black Oystercatcher monitoring. The event will be held at Cannon Beach City Hall, 163 E. Gower St., on May 6 at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Light beverages and snacks will be provided.

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. Please consider participating and come join us!

If this sounds interesting to you please contact Joe Liebezeit ( and Amelia

O’Connor (

For more information visit:

Audubon Society:

Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve:

Haystack Rock Awareness Program: