March 23rd, 2014

Low Tide: 0.7' @ 12:32 PM

We had our first visitor count of over 200 people during Sunday's shift, with 202 people counted in the intertidal at one time. The weather was sunny and the winds light, which drew the early Spring Breakers to Haystack Rock.  Staff and volunteers had their hands full providing information, education, and tours of the ecosystems at the Rock.

In this post I want to especially thank our many dedicated and talented volunteers that make the Haystack Rock Awareness Program possible. Thanks to the enthusiastic help of volunteers during this shift, we were able to man a bird station helping to keep some pressure off the intertidal and give visitors a chance to see the start of nesting activity on the Rock. We had a couple volunteers who were unable to be on their feet during the shift, so instead they chatted with visitors from chairs and showed off some of the exciting creatures found at Haystack Rock by using laminated photos and fact sheets. It just goes to show that every little bit helps and there is an opportunity to interpret for everyone!

If you would like to volunteer with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program our upcoming Spring Volunteer Interpreter Training is a great way to "get your feet wet"! Join us on Saturday, April 5th, from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. We'll give an overview of the program, introduce you to volunteering with HRAP, have a presentation by local geologist Tom Horning, and join HRAP Staff on the beach for a hands on school group training! Returning and new volunteers are welcome to attend!

For more information check out the flyer below, or contact HRAP Volunteer Coordinator, Alix Lee, to register: or 503-436-8095.


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