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Published on November 6, 2018 12:54PM

Orcas of the Oregon Coast, Saturday, Dec. 15 • Photo by Shawn McCready

Orcas of the Oregon Coast, Saturday, Dec. 15 • Photo by Shawn McCready

Mountain Lions, Cougars, Panthers, Oh My! Saturday, Nov. 24 • Photo courtesy National Parks Service

Mountain Lions, Cougars, Panthers, Oh My! Saturday, Nov. 24 • Photo courtesy National Parks Service


Fall is a natural time for storytelling, and the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is ready — with a new lineup of free educational presentations scheduled through the end of December.

Presentations will start at 1 pm every Saturday through Dec. 29 and will include a special focus on wildlife, geology, landscapes and threatened species along with other unique topics.

All events are free and open to all, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, Federal Recreation Pass or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.


Saturday, Nov. 10


Climate Change and Salmon

Fish biologist Dr. Rebecca Flitcroft discusses climate change predictions for the Oregon Coast and how these might affect aquatic species, including salmon. Flitcroft works with the USDA Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station. Her research focuses on aquatic systems from headwaters to the ocean.


Saturday, Nov. 24


Mountain Lions, Cougars, Panthers, Oh My!

Lifelong educator David Thompson recounts his multiple encounters with a mountain lion while living in the Redwoods as a National Park Ranger. Thompson’s storytelling has drawn record crowds at various venues in Oregon and this is his third time presenting this program at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.


Sunday, Nov. 25


Alsea Tribal Life at Cape Perpetua

Learn about the pre-European inhabitants of Cape Perpetua from Dick Mason, one of the visitor center’s exceptional volunteers. Mason will also offer 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


King Tides, Sea Star Wasting, Marine Debris

CoastWatch volunteer coordinator Fawn Custer will give a brief introduction to CoastWatch, describing the various opportunities for volunteers to help document changes on the Oregon Coast. The talk will focus on King Tides and their impact on the shoreline and infrastructure.


Saturday, Dec. 8


The Impacts of Microplastics

Researcher Dorothy Horn will talk about the plastic pollution problem in the ocean, including sources of microplastic pollution and ways to combat the problem. A Marine Corps veteran, Horn is now a graduate research fellow with the National Science Foundation.


Saturday, Dec. 15


Orcas of the Oregon Coast

Killer whales, also known as orcas, are perhaps the most widely recognized kind of whale or dolphin in the world. Colleen Weiler of the Rekos Fellowship for Orca Conservation offers this primer on the orcas of the Oregon Coast and how Oregonians can get involved in their survival.


Saturday, Dec. 22


Rising Sea Levels and Coastal Estuaries

Fran Recht of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission will describe analyses done for the Newport-based MidCoast Watersheds Council about the impacts of sea level rise on Oregon’s tidal wetlands.


Sunday, Dec. 23


Alsea Tribal Life at Cape Perpetua

Learn about the pre-European inhabitants of Cape Perpetua from Dick Mason, one of the visitor center’s exceptional volunteers. Mason will also offer 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. 29


What Lies Beneath

An enlightening presentation from Siuslaw National Forest Archaeologists Kevin Bruce and Molly Kirkpatrick.



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