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Published on June 5, 2018 11:13AM

A pair of events this Saturday, June 9, offer the chance to celebrate Get Outdoors Day Oregon by cataloging native species and learning all about the history of Yaquina Bay and the old Oysterville area.

The day starts with a Bioblitz event, organized by the Wetlands Conservancy and Oregon State Parks, which will see guests tasked with finding and identifying as many wildlife and plant species as possible in the wetlands, forest, meadows and beach of the 886-acre Brian Booth State Natural Area and Ona Beach Park.

“This will be a great day to explore and discover the Yaquina and Beaver Creek estuaries and forests and learn about their plants and wildlife inhabitants” said Wetlands Conservancy executive director Esther Lev.

The Bioblitz event will run from 10 am to noon. Participants should meet at the Brian Booth State Park Welcome Center, bring good walking shoes, and binoculars if available.

After a short lunch or walk on the beach, participants will have the chance to take part in Native Oyster 101, joining The Wetlands Conservancy, Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians and Shuck Portland at the original Oysterville site to learn about a native oyster reintroduction project that helps build oyster reefs by recycling the oyster shells from February’s Shuck Portland week.

Native Oyster 101 will run from 1:30 to 4 pm, with participants meeting at the Newport Bayfront viewing dock just east of Local Ocean Seafood and carpool to the Oysterville area.

For more information, contact Lev at esther@wetlansdconservancy.org or 503-227-0778.

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