The Nature of Things











2015/12/18 Gray whales are heading south for the winter and whale-watching sites are popping up all along the Oregon coast. Tom Ray of the American Cetacean Society tells us what to look for and fills us in on whale behavior.

2015/12/11 Bill Hanshumaker, Oregon Sea Grant chief scientist at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, spoke about sunfish and sea turtles and other animals who have been turning up unexpectedly on Oregon beaches in recent months. Learn more about marine animals and how to report them if you find one here:

2015/12/04 Dawn Harris of Yaquina Birders & Naturalists talked about birds, bird feeders, and especially the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, which will be taking place across the entire country over the next few weeks.

2015/11/27 Eric Horvath talked to us about birding on the Oregon coast. We heard about oystercatchers and surfbirds and harlequin ducks and other winged residents of our rocky shores. We also had some tips on feeding hummingbirds all winter long!

2015/11/20 Cait Goodwin, the Oregon Coast Quest Coordinator at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, told us about the fun family activity known as “Quests.” Quests are learning adventures that use clues and hints to encourage participants to discover the natural, cultural and historical “treasures” of place and community. 

2015/11/14 Fawn Custer, volunteer coordinator for the Oregon Shores CoastWatch program, told us about the King Tides project (how high does the tide really go?) and about monitoring our beaches to help clean up debris and to watch for stranded animals.