Oregon Coast whales surface as next Discovery Series topic Feb. 27

Contact(s): Lisa Romano, Paul Meznarich


Have a whale of a good time at the next Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series installation. Joy Primrose, president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, will discuss the diverse species of whales, dolphins and porpoises found off the Oregon Coast at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Visitor Center, 2400 S. Highway 101, three miles south of Yachats.

“It’s the perfect time to learn about our coastal marine mammals before the gray whales’ spring migration and the upcoming Whale Watch Week,” said Brian Hoeh, Visitor Center manager at Cape Perpetua.

This spring’s Whale Watch Week runs from March 19 through 26. More than 1,600 gray whale sightings were reported during this winter’s Whale Watch Week as the whales traveled to their warm calving grounds off Baja California, Mexico.

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, federal recreation pass or $5 day-use fee is required within to the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

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

Upcoming Winter Discover Series events

  • March 5 (1 p.m.) – The Amanda Story and Trail: Learn the tale behind the trail. Doc Slyter, an elder, flutist and tribal council member for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, along with Yachats resident and trails enthusiast Joanne Kittel, will tell the story of a native woman and her people’s forced march over Cape Perpetua’s rocky headland to a resettlement camp and the legacy they left behind. No RSVPs necessary. For information, call the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.
     
  • March 20 (2 p.m.) – Children’s Stories and Tidepool Walk: Children’s author Kizzie Jones will read from one of her latest books, and then lead families down to the tidepools for a guided tour. Jones blends her love of dachshunds and the ocean to create whimsical tall tales. Titles to her credit include “How Dachshunds Came to Be: A Tall Tale About A Short Long Dog” and “A Tall Tale About A Dachshund And A Pelican: How A Friendship Came To Be.” No RSVPs necessary. For information, call the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.
     
  • March 21 (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) – Experiencing Gray Whales: Cape Perpetua volunteer interpreter and naturalist Michael Noack has studied gray whales for many years, assisting with whale research missions and training Whale Watch volunteers. Visitors will enjoy hearing about his first-hand encounters with these iconic creatures of the Oregon Coast. No RSVPs necessary. For information, call the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.
     
  • March 26 (2 p.m.) – Oregon Dunes: They’re more than just sand. Learn about the origins, shapes and future of the longest stretch of coastal dunes in the United States. Dina Pavlis, author of “Secrets of the Oregon Dunes” will share photos, stories and knowledge gained from living and playing within the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. No RSVPs necessary. For information, call the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.




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