Nov. 7, 2018 — Join guest speakers at Cape Perpetua for free educational presentations along with the hiking, tidepooling and exploring. Presentations will be held every Saturday now through to Dec. 29, and will include a special focus on wildlife, geology, landscapes and threatened species along with other unique topics.
• Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m.
Climate Change and Effect on Salmon
Dr. Rebecca Flitcroft — Research Fish Biologist, U.S. Forest Service: This presentation will discuss climate change predictions for the Oregon Coast and how these may affect aquatic species, including salmon. Dr. Flitcroft is a Research Fish Biologist with the USDA Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Oregon. Her research focuses on aquatic systems from headwaters to the ocean, and her work involves collaboration with federal, state, private, and non-profit organizations.
• Saturday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m.
Mountain Lions, Cougars, Panthers, Oh My!
Dave Thompson — Lifelong Educator: Thompson, a lifelong educator, will recount his multiple encounters with a mountain lion while living in the Redwoods as a National Park Ranger. Come enjoy this free 45-minute presentation at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center and learn more about living with large predators.
Thompson’s storytelling has drawn record crowds at various venues in Ore-gon and this is his third time to present this program at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.
• Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m.
Alsea Tribal Life at Cape Perpetua Prior to European Contact
Dick Mason — Cape Perpetua Volunteer: Learn about the pre-European inhabitants of Cape Perpetua from one of Cape Perpetua’s exceptional volunteers. Mason will also take you on a quick and entertaining tour of world history that occurred while the Alsea were enjoying their evening seaweed and mussel dinners at Cape Perpetua.
• Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m.
King Tides, Sea Star Wasting, Marine Debris
Fawn Custer — CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator: Custer will give a brief introduction to CoastWatch describing the various opportunities for volunteers who love the Oregon Coast to help document changes. King Tides will be the focus of this talk, and their impact on our shoreline and infrastructure. Custer will explain the guidelines for the photos needed to document these events and how best to get involved.
• Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m.
The Impacts of Microplastics on a Near Shore Food Chain
Dorothy Horn — Marine Corps Veteran and a Graduate Research Fellow for the National Science Foundation: Horn will talk about the plastic pollution problem in the ocean, how it breaks down into microplastics as well as other sources of microplastic pollution.
For more information on additional classes being offered through December, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.
All events are free and open to the public, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, Federal Recreation Pass or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and at many Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area recreation sites.