Winter Whale Watching begins Wednesday

The winter migration of grey whales will peaks from Dec. 27-31 along the central Oregon coast

Retired Chief Park Ranger Michael Noack helps visitors spot migrating whale activity at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Overlook — courtesy photo

Winter is here, and it’s time to “think whales.” A variety of activities will be offered at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center during Whale Watch Week, which runs from today, Dec. 27, through Sunday,  Dec. 31. 

Cape Perpetua is a partner of Whale Watch Spoken Here, a program of Oregon State Parks that promotes whale watching at 24 designated locations along the Oregon coast.  

Trained Whale Watch volunteers will be on-hand each day during the week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to share information and help visitors spot whales. The public is also invited to attend the presentation, Experiencing Gray Whales by Michael Noack, scheduled at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, Dec. 30, in the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.

Noack, a retired Chief Park Ranger and Naturalist, has been educating agency staff and the public about the natural world, especially gray whales, for many years. He has trained whale watch volunteers and has been involved with whale research.

After the program, Noack will be available to discuss whale watch techniques that have worked for him. 

Visitor Center winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. During the holiday season the Visitor Center will be closed New Year’s Day on Monday, Jan. 1. The presentation is free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, and Federal Recreation Pass or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

For more information, call the Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.

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