Cape Perpetua Discovery Series Explores Climate, Salmon Jan. 9

Contact(s): Lisa Romano, Paul Meznarich

From their start in freshwater streams to the depths of the ocean and back again, few Pacific Northwest species can handle diverse environs as much as salmonids. But how well will salmon’s capacity for change serve them in the uncharted waters of changing climatic conditions?

Dr. Rebecca Flitcroft, Ph.D., a fish biologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, will share her latest research and offer her assessment at the next Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Visitor Center, 2400 S. Hwy. 101, three miles south of Yachats. “Survival in Times of Change: Climate and Salmon of the Oregon Coast Range” delves into the dynamic genetic lineage of salmon to unearth clues that may provide for adaptations necessary to the species’ survival.

Dr. Flitcroft’s research focuses on aquatic systems from river headwaters to the ocean. Her analysis bridges the connection of stream networks and estuaries to the aquatic species that depend upon them.

The Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series is an opportunity to explore topics and resources relevant to the Oregon Coast during the off-season months between November and March. All presentations and guided walks are free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.

Upcoming Winter Discover Series events

  • Jan. 16 (2 p.m.) – Land/Sea Conservation Issues: Cape Perpetua’s unique connection between protected coastal rainforest and marine reserve provides an appropriate backdrop in the conversation for land/sea conservation. Paul Engelmeyer has directed Portland Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek coastal conservation program since 1990 and will share the latest land/sea conservation issues. No RSVPs necessary. For information, call the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.

Single coho salmon swimming in a shallow stream