Coastal Conservation News Archive

A complete archive of our past news articles, beginning in Fall 2016; older articles from our previous website are available in the historical archive

Volunteers conducting sea star observations.

Citizen Scientists Help Track Sea Star Populations

Volunteers conducting sea star observations.\Photo by Fawn Custer. Sea stars are keystone species in intertidal ecosystems. Through their predation, they structure rocky shoreline habitats. Monitoring the status of sea star populations is therefore important in understanding the health of intertidal communities—and all the more essential in the wake of the “sea...Read more
Capturing a visit to Otter Rock.

Oregon Shores Hiring for Communications Position

Capturing a visit to Otter Rock.\Photo by Alex Derr. We’re seeking a person who loves the coast and loves to communicate about it to fill a newly created, half-time position, that of Communications Manager. Some of our communications work, such as social media posting and newsletter production, has been done in the past by a contract employee. We have decided...Read more
Entrance to Lighthouse Beach footpath.

Campaign Launched to Preserve Lighthouse Beach Access

lighthouse_beach_access_1-26-22.jpeg Oregon Shores has worked to preserve access to our public beaches throughout our 50-year history. Access was frequently threatened decades ago, and recent events demonstrate that it isn’t guaranteed now without a battle. Our Beach Bill assures public access along the shoreline, but access to the shoreline...Read more
Comparison of beachgrass species.

CoastWatchers Aid in Beachgrass Search

Comparison of beachgrass species including new hybrid. The search continues for the new hybrid beachgrass that may be spreading on the Oregon coast. CoastWatch volunteers are helping researchers at Oregon State University map the range of the new hybrid, the offspring of two invasive beachgrass species. To sharpen the observational skills of volunteers, two in-...Read more
Old growth forest at Colebrook Quarry site

Questions Raised about Curry County Quarry Plan

hunter_creek_old_growth_rich_nawa-kswild.jpeg Oregon Shores has joined other conservation groups in raising serious questions about a proposed new rock quarry in the Hunter Creek watershed in Curry County. We have...Read more
Photo of snowy plover protected area sign, courtesy of OPRD.

CoastWatchers Monitor Snowy Plover Nesting Sites

Sign marks snowy plover protected area.\Photo courtesy of OPRD. Nesting season has begun for the threatened Western Snowy Plover, the only resident shorebird that nests on the Oregon coast. Signs are going up, warning beachgoers about the presence of plovers. CoastWatchers can help by carefully observing restrictions on beach use to protect the nesting birds,...Read more
Offshore wind turbines.\Photo courtesy of Stanford University.

Offshore Wind Energy Development May Come to Oregon

Offshore wind turbines.\Photo courtesy of NOAA. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has Oregon in its sights for development of wind energy turbines in federal waters off our shores. In conjunction with the state’s Department of Land Conservation and Development, BOEM planners have been assessing Oregon’s wind energy potential. Now, BOEM...Read more
Photo of Drone over the Oregon coast courtesy of Oregon Coast Aquarium

State Parks Considers Drone Regulations

Drone over the Oregon coast.\Photo courtesy of Oregon Coast Aquarium. Drones have research and commercial uses, but recreational drone use, often by unskilled or reckless operators, is on the increase. This can have serious impacts to wildlife, as well as other human activities, privacy, and solitude. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is...Read more
 Beached bird training.  Photo courtesy of COASST.

CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers

Beached bird training. Photo courtesy of COASST. CoastWatch has long sponsored several citizen science projects, such as the beached bird survey in which many mile adopters participate. In recent years, though, we have expanded the range of these projects. We now conduct a number of projects ourselves, and assist scientists and other conservation groups with...Read more

CoastWatch Joins Hunt for Hybrid Beachgrass

Rebecca Mostow in the field. Much of the terrain of the Oregon's sandy shoreline we see today has been shaped by two dominant, invasive beachgrass species. They build the tall, stable dunes that parallel sandy beaches, providing some protection for infrastructure but causing the decline of native animal and plant species. A team from Oregon State University...Read more