Citizen Science Articles

BioBlitzes in a New Format Coming up in July

Fawn Custer (kneeling), CoastWatch's citizen science trainer, leads a BioBlitz at Cascade Head. A BioBlitz is an intensive survey of a defined area with the goal of identifying all the species to be found in that area at one time, generally involving members of the public assisted by experts. It is a snapshot of biodiversity. In past years, coastal...Read more

Special Volunteer Needed for King Tides Project

king_tidefs_logo.png CoastWatch collaborates with the state’s Coastal Management Program on the King Tides Project every year. Through this project, volunteer photographers document that highest tides of the year. We have a trove of photographs, growing in value every year, as we develop an ever-more-detailed portrait of the coast’s vulnerability to...Read more

CoastWatching Moves Online

CoastWatchers Dave and Diane Bilderback conducting a beached bird survey. The coronavirus crisis poses particular difficulties for a program like CoastWatch, which brings people together for educational events and projects on the shore, while encouraging volunteers to monitor a shoreline which is currently closed to many. But the program has now pivoted to an...Read more
Volunteers removing Scotch Broom in the Oregon Dunes.\Photo by Dina Pavlis.

Scotch Broom Stalkers Needed in May

Volunteers removing Scotch Broom in the Oregon Dunes.\Photo by Dina Pavlis. As invasive plants on the Oregon coast go, Scotch Broom is second only to European beachgrass in the extent to which it has occupied and reshaped shoreline, bluff, and dune habitats. The Western Invasives Network has declared a Great Scotch Broom Census, to take place during the entire...Read more
Snowy Plover.\Photo by Mick Thompson

Snowy Plover Patrol Training Now Online

snowy-plover-mick-thompson.jpg The nesting season for the endangered Western Snowy Plover is due to begin in Oregon, and in an ordinary year the Snowy Plover Patrol would be about to start monitoring sites on the north coast again. In this unique year, though, with coronavirus precautions in place, the in-person training sessions (which had been...Read more

Black Oystercatcher Survey Still Taking Place

oystercatchers_by_alex_derr.jpg The annual citizen science project to survey Black Oystercatcher nests is coming up again, May through August, and volunteers are needed. The survey is a partnership among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, Portland Audubon, and local conservation groups. CoastWatch is not one of the...Read more

'Sharing the Coast' Time Soon to Arrive

horsfall_beach_dina_pavlis_crop.jpg The 11 th annual Sharing the Coast Conference is coming up March 13-15. This time around the conference, a collaboration between CoastWatch and the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), will be held in Coos Bay, at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC). The conference is designed to provide...Read more

New Environmental Steward Program Boosts CoastWatching

marine_debris_survey_fort_stevens_lineup_jesse_jones.jpg Oregon Shores and CoastWatch announce a new partnership with Clatsop Community College, the Environmental Steward Certificate program. The goals of the new initiative are to boost the skills of CoastWatchers and provide mile adopters with the opportunity to take classes...Read more
View from the Port Orford dock.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Big Weekend in Port Orford Coming Up

port_orford_dock_2_odfw.jpg One of CoastWatch’s goals for 2018 is to bolster our citizen science projects on the south coast. Assisted by a grant from the Oregon Parks Foundation Fund that helps to cover travel and other costs, we are trying to give the southern coastal counties some special attention. The full weekend of activities planned for this...Read more
Tidepool instruction at Haystack Rock.\Photo by Melissa Keyser/HRAP.

Share the Coast for Fun and Stewardship

hrap_tidepool_instruction_hrap.jpg The annual Sharing the Coast Conference, coming up March 2-4 in Cannon Beach this year, presents an extraordinary harvest of coastal natural history and shoreline science. Mingle with fellow coast-lovers, revel in talks, panel discussions, and field trips, and, of course, strive for supremacy in the coast and...Read more