Stewardship Report: March 13, 2019

There has been plenty for birdwatchers to see at Haystack Rock this week, including three kinds of ducks! In addition to harlequin ducks, which are frequent visitors, HRAP Naturalists have spotted mergansers and surf scoters in the past few days. Common murres also made an appearance again, with approximately 1,000 visiting the rock late last week. Bald eagle and peregrine falcon visits are a near daily occurrence. An eagle took a common murre last Friday, only to have a falcon try to steal it! – but the eagle prevailed. The less-dramatic, but much cuter, black oystercatcher pair has been seen every few days feeding in the tidepools during low tide.

Stewardship Report: March 6, 2019

On March 1, HRAP Naturalists Ellison and Andrea were surprised to find an unusual-looking sea star in the Marine Garden tide pools, and showed it to me (Margaret). I wasn’t quite sure what species it was, so I took a picture and uploaded it to the mobile app iNaturalist, hoping that the other users of the app would help me identify the star. 

Within a day, the users on iNaturalist had identified it as a Mottled Star (Evasterias troschelii). Mottled Stars are more commonly found in Puget Sound, but are sometimes seen on the coasts of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alaska, and northern California. My observation was also added to the iNaturalist project, Tracking Starfish Wasting and Recovery, which is helping to monitor recovery of sea star populations from Sea Star Wasting Disease. If you see any sea stars while tidepooling, you can snap a photo (safely and without disturbing the star, of course!) and upload it to iNaturalist to help with this project, too!

Stewardship Report: February 27, 2019

Our first week of HRAP's beach season brought rain and cold temperatures, but also a few clear days and some exciting wildlife sightings. We saw about 100 common murres on Haystack Rock and another 60 on the north Needle at the beginning of the week, only to have them disappear after a couple of days. This is actually not particularly unusual – last February, murres came to the rock for a few days and then returned in April, and those with longer memories say this pattern has happened several times over the years. We’ve also sighted our resident black oystercatcher pair on the north and south boulders, a handful of harlequin ducks in the calm water near the boulders, and a peregrine falcon, a bald eagle, and a pair of Canada geese at the top of the rock.

This past week, low tides allowed us to get out to the tide pools for the first time this beach season. Winter storms swept away much of the sand, leaving large areas of bare rock that provide good access from the south side when t…

The 2019 Season has Begun!

What a truly wonderful week it has been in Cannon Beach! We began the week with snow on the BEACH!!! On top of Haystack Rock! The snow only lasted a few hours but it made the beach more magical than normal, which I did not think was even possible. I hope everyone got to go out and enjoy it. 

As the week continued on, our wonderful staff environmental educators went through a training in order to prepare for a seasonal full of educating you on the beach. We all spent countless hours getting all of the equipment ready to go to the beach.

And FINALLY...the first official beach shift of the season took place yesterday morning. It was a successful, fun, cold, and rewarding morning at the Rock. We talked to wonderful visitors that were full of questions and enthusiasm (two of our favorite things)!

Now, if the seabirds would return from sea for nesting season at the Rock everything would be complete! But until then, there is tons of tide pools waiting to be explored! \

Countdown to the 2019 Season Commences!

We are just a little over a month and a half away from the first day of our beach season and although the last few months have technically been our off season, we have still been busy. We have been making trash talk jewelry, leading virtual field trips for student half way across the country, planning art workshops, cleaning up trash on the beach, working on new fun education things, and gearing up for the summer!

The last few months we have still been exploring the beach and making fun new discoveries including huge piles of Bull Kelp, tons and tons of full Moon Jellyfish, logs on beach accesses, and diatoms blowing as fast as a Black Marlin.

As the countdown to the 2019 season commences, the excitement among our staff and volunteers increases. We are all looking forward to returning to early mornings on the beach exploring the tide pools and gearing up to greet the colony of Sea Birds headed back to the Rock for nesting season! 

One of Our's Sails the Seas!

Hi all! My name is Jesse. I am the one behind most of the blog posts the last year. For the last three years, I have been an interpreter on the beach with the program and loved every moment of it. It is through working for the program that I learned a few things, about the world and myself, that have led me to where I am today.

I learned:             -Science communication is incredibly important.             -My heart is with the environment.             -I LOVE THE OCEAN.             -Sometimes talking to people with opposing views to myself is when I learn the most.             -Seabirds are cool. -For the most part, people want to learn about science and the natural environment, if it is approached in the right way. -Always ask for what I want, the worst that can happen is I get told no.
Working for HRAP largely influenced the direction I am going with my formal education. I am currently a junior at Portland State University working towards my Bachelor of Science in Environmental …

2018 Beach Season is Almost Over!

We are nearing the culminations of our 33rd season of education and stewardship on the Oregon Coast!

2018 has been an eventful season for us, filled with outreach, art, citizen science, and community partnerships. At the end of last month, we had interacted with 85,000 visitors, ran nearly 70 education programs, rescued and transported 35 birds to the Wildlife Center, and attended over 100 events. This season over 160 volunteers selflessly donated their time to help us, and without them this season would not have been possible. The Beach Wheelchair Program has provided beach access to over 265 visitors so far this year.

Over the winter we will continue to participate in citizen science projects like the COASST Bird Survey, Sea Star Survey, and Marine Debris Survey.

Our official last day on the beach will be October 24th from 4pm-6pm.

Everyone who has participated in this year is invited to attend our End of Season Celebration on November 3rd, where we will hand out our Volunteer of th…