The Sharing the Coast Conference arrives this weekend (March 2-4) in Cannon Beach. The region-wide conference, sponsored by CoastWatch and the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), is open to anyone who is interested in coastal science and stewardship.
The opening night event is free and open to everyone, whether attending the conference or not. On Friday evening, March 2, Bob Bailey kicks off the conference with a 7 p.m. talk in the Cannon Beach Community Hall on “Sea Otters and Rocky Shore Habitat: Past and Future.” Bailey, an Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition board member and former director of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program, will discuss the history of the sea otter’s extinction in Oregon, the ecological consequences of its loss, and new research into the possibility of restoring sea otters to the Oregon coast.
A full day of talks and panel discussions takes place on Saturday (March 3), beginning at 9 a.m. in the Cannon Beach Community Hall (registration starts at 8:30 a.m.). Topics include marine mammals, seabirds and shorebirds, “beached marine critters,” rocky shores habitats, citizen science and marine debris. Sunday will feature field trips and a panel discussion on citizen science. To learn more about the conference, see CoastWatch’s website, oregonshores.org/article/share-coast-fun-and-stewardship.
Pre-register online here, bit.ly/2EiD2NC, or register at the door. Conference fees are $30 for members of Oregon Shore or NAME, $45 for the general public. Non-members are invited to obtain the discount by joining either Oregon Shores or NAME first, then registering. (New members are asked to contact either Fawn Custer of CoastWatch or Melissa Keyser of HRAP
For more information, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, (541) 270-0027, [email protected]; or Melissa Keyser, Oregon NAME director (and coordinator of the Haystack Rock Awareness Program), (503) 436-8060, [email protected]. Local partner for this year’s conference is the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.