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April 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

In-Person Black Oystercatcher Community Science Training – April 27, 2024

Black Oystercatchers are a striking and easily recognizable bird with whom we share our coast. Because of their small global population size, low reproductive rate, and reliance on rocky intertidal habitats, they are considered a “species of high conservation concern” and act as an indicator of intertidal ecosystem health. Our community science work with this coastal bird is aiding our efforts to protect rocky shoreline habitats. Learn more about the Oregon Black Oystercatcher Project.

Join this training to volunteer with the Oregon Black Oystercatcher Project to monitor oystercatchers along the Oregon coast or to learn more about this charismatic bird. The training will cover Black Oystercatcher life history, the conservation challenges they face, and instructions on how to participate in our nest monitoring program.

Virtual training: May 2, 2024 / 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

In-person training: April 27, 2024 / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Cannon Beach City Hall)

A photo of two Black Oystercatchers searching for food on the rocky shores.
Black Oystercatcher, photo by Scott Carpenter

What to expect: The first 2 hours will be the indoor learning portion, followed by an optional 2 hour field trip nearby to practice observing oystercatchers.

What to bring (recommended): Notebook, binoculars, spotting scope, camera, water, snacks, coast-ready attire (there will be a few optics available to borrow)

For more information or to RSVP, email Cara Gates, Coastal Community Science Biologist, at cgates@birdallianceoregon.org.

Partners: USFWS, USGS, Friends of Cape Falcon, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Friends of Haystack Rock, Audubon Society of Lincoln City, Cape Arago Audubon Society, Kalmiopsis Audubon Society



April 27
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Cara Gates