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Explore nature at Netarts Bay

Published on May 15, 2018 1:39PM

The Explore Nature series will continue this weekend, with Friends of Netarts Bay offering a tide-pooling excursion as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how oysters are grown in the Pacific Northwest.

“Tidepool Discovery Days” on Saturday, May 19, will see staff and volunteers onsite in the tide pools at Oceanside Recreation Area helping visitors understand what is living along the coastal edge. Participants will learn about anemone clone wars, how a sea star eats, and how hermit crabs steal shell homes from other crabs. From seaweeds to sculpin fish, there is much to discover in this otherworldly place.

The outing will run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Participants should wear boots or bring a change of shoes. Dogs are welcome.

On Sunday, May 20, “The Art of Growing Oysters” will offer a tour of local oyster facilities, including Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay. Guests will learn about the state of the art scientific research going on at the hatchery, and the issues faced by the shellfish industries and wild shellfish along the Pacific Northwest. This event includes an estuary walk to view oyster beds near Bay Ocean Peninsula County Park, a stop at Whiskey Creek hatchery, and ends at Pacific Seafood’s restaurant, the Fish Peddler.

The tour runs from 9 am to 1 pm. Guests should wear boots or closed-toe shoes and be prepared to walk through mud.

To register for either event, go to Explorenaturetillamookcoast.com; Netartsbaytoday.org; or find Friends of Netarts Bay on Eventbrite.com.

Both events are free but donations are encouraged.

For more information, contact Smith_Chrissy22@yahoo.com or call 541-231-8041.

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