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The latest goings-on at the MidCoast Watersheds Council

May 17th: Ocean Frontiers III Film Screening and Panel Discussion

MidCoast Watersheds Council

On May 17 at 5:00pm join us for a special evening at the Yachats Commons for a screening of Green Fire Productions newest film, Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy. A truly unique and hopeful ocean film that chronicles our efforts to plan for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future, the film explores the intersection of national security, maritime commerce, fishing, and recreation, plus expanding industries such as offshore wind energy and aquaculture, coupled with scientific discovery. The film tells the story of how ocean planning helps us manage and balance all the uses of our ocean to keep it thriving for generations to come.

Ocean Frontiers III Film Screening and Panel Discussion

When: Wednesday, May 17 – Reception 5pm · Film 6pm · Q&A 7pm

Where: Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 N., Yachats, OR 97498

Free admission & refreshments

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Participate in the post-film conversation about ocean planning on the West coast with filmmaker, Karen Meyer, Executive Director of Green Fire Productions and Charlie Plybon, Oregon Policy Manager of Surfrider Foundation.

This event is hosted by: Audubon Society of Portland -Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary, Surfrider Foundation, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, Midcoast Watersheds Council, and Green Fire Productions.

Event contact: Karen Anspacher-Meyer, Green Fire Productions, Karen@greenfireproductions.org  503-709-5467

Monthly Meeting, May 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Conservation planning for three lampreys of coastal Oregon:  Western Brook Lamprey, Western River Lamprey, and Pacific Lamprey

 Thursday May 4th, 2017 6:30 PM  Central Lincoln PUD

Lamprey species first appear in the fossil record over 450 million years ago. Myth and legend follow these mysterious and secretive fish; you now have an opportunity to learn more and separate myth from reality.

The public is invited to a presentation by Ben Clemens at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 6:30pm, to learn about lamprey on the Oregon coast. The meeting will be held in the public meeting room at the Central Lincoln PUD building, located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex.  Refreshments will be served.

Ben Clemens is the Statewide Lamprey Coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Ben earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Central Michigan University, Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Guelph, and Doctorate in Fisheries from Oregon State University. Since 2004, Ben has worked on projects related to juvenile Chinook Salmon in the Columbia River estuary, lamprey biology, and led ODFW’s fish ageing laboratory. In his new role as Statewide Lamprey Coordinator, Ben is working on conservation plans for Oregon lampreys, liaising with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on their Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative, and is identifying areas needing research, monitoring, and evaluation to help fill information gaps critical to informing conservation planning and actions for Oregon lampreys.

Come learn more about the mysterious lamprey on May 4th!

Monthly Meeting, April 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

An Intimate Look at Peregrine Falcon Nesting

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

NEWPORT VISUAL ARTS CENTER

777 NW Beach Dr. Newport, OR

Wayne Hoffman, Policy Director for the MCWC, aims his camera at a Peregrine Falcon nest at Yaquina Head.

Wayne Hoffman, Policy Director for the MCWC, aims his camera at a Peregrine Falcon nest at Yaquina Head.

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE FOR THIS MONTH

Spring is in the air and you may have noticed the local birds have starting singing in preparation for another nesting season. The public is invited to a presentation by Wayne Hoffman at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday April 6th, 2017 at 6:30pm, to learn about recent peregrine falcon nesting at Yaquina Head. The meeting will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center, located at 777 NW Beach Dr. in Newport. Refreshments will be served.

Wayne Hoffman is a native Oregonian who graduated from Newport High School in 1969, then obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Zoology from Oregon State University, and a Ph. D in Biology from the University of South Florida.  After a Postdoc with the Kansas Biological Survey he worked for 11 years for the National Audubon Society, conducting research on bird populations and habitat needs.  He then returned to Newport, and has worked for the MidCoast Watersheds Council since 1999, currently as Policy Director. 

A pair of Peregrine Falcons began nesting at Yaquina Head in 2012.  This is the most accessible site in a naturalistic setting for observation and photography in the western United States.  Wayne and other local photographers and birders have been documenting these birds ever since.  Wayne will describe the Peregrine nesting cycle, from courtship to fledgling independence, including incubation, chick feeding behavior, prey selection, and nest defense. He will also illustrate social dynamics, including infidelity, mate replacement, and responses to visitors.

We hope you can join us on April 6th.  

Monthly Meeting, March 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Can we save an estuary ecosystem engineer, the blue mud shrimp, from going extinct?

THURSDAY March 2ND @ 6:30PM

Central Lincoln Peoples Utility District

2129 N Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97365

Blue mud shrimp, photo courtesy of Biodiversity of Central Coast (BC), Teegan Bennington

Blue mud shrimp, photo courtesy of Biodiversity of Central Coast (BC), Teegan Bennington

The public is invited to a presentation by John Chapman at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday March 2nd, 2017 at 6:30 pm in Newport, to learn about the threats to native mud shrimp, the original ecosystem engineer of Oregon estuaries. The meeting will be held in the public meeting room at the Central Lincoln PUD building, located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex.  Refreshments will be served.

The native blue mud shrimp has been declining to effective or actual extinction over its range between British Columbia and Morro Bay, California. The decline has been due to an introduced Asian isopod parasite that arrived in the mid-1980s without any of its native Asian hosts. The blue mud shrimp has been the only final host for the parasite in Oregon, leaving it without an alternative host to maintain its populations where blue mud shrimp extinctions occur. However, recent invasions of a co-evolved host species from Asia have added an alternative host as the native mud shrimp have disappeared. In the end, the loss of this native mud shrimp will be as significant to the estuaries as diking or the depletion of marshes and mudflats.

John Chapman’s research concerns are the ecology and natural history of introduced marine organisms in nearshore oceans and estuaries, marine tsunami debris, the collapse of native burrowing mud shrimp in the eastern Pacific and the population biology of western gray whale prey species on the Sakhalin Island shelf of Russia. John also teaches “Aquatic Biological Invasions” through the Oregon State University departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and Integrative Biology.

We hope you can join us on March 2nd.  

John Chapman, OSU Fisheries and Wildlife

John Chapman, OSU Fisheries and Wildlife

Monthly Meeting, February 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Salmon and Floodplains: The National Flood Insurance Program and the Endangered Species Act

THURSDAY February 2nd @ 6:30PM

Central Lincoln Peoples Utility District

2129 N Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97365

Matt Spangler

Matt Spangler

This time of year we always seem to be in a flood warning or looking at flooding coming soon. When rivers and creeks spill over their banks people think first about property and possessions, but these floodplains are also important for salmon.

The public is invited to a presentation by Matt Spangler at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday February 2nd, 2017 at 6:30 pm in Newport, to learn about the National Flood Insurance program and the Endangered Species Act. The meeting will be held in the public meeting room at the Central Lincoln PUD building, located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex.  Refreshments will be served.

Matt Spangler is the Senior Coastal Policy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). Prior to joining DLCD in 2009, he worked for many years as a local government land use planner on the coast, including more than 20 years as the Planning and Development Director for Lincoln County. Matt is a graduate of Whitman College, where he completed a degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology.

Matt’s presentation will provide a summary of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recent Endangered Species Act Biological Opinion (BiOp) on the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon.  It will cover the background on the process leading up to the BiOp, how implementation of the recommendations in the BiOp may affect development and management of floodplains in Oregon communities, and the possible implications for salmon recovery. 

We hope you can join us on February 2nd. 

A common sight this time of year: local creeks spilling over their banks and into floodplains

A common sight this time of year: local creeks spilling over their banks and into floodplains

Monthly Meeting, January 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Newport Surfrider Foundation and the Blue Water Task Force

THURSDAY January 5th @ 6:30PM

Central Lincoln Peoples Utility District

2129 N Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97365

Vince Pappalardo testing water quality on the beach near Newport.

Vince Pappalardo testing water quality on the beach near Newport.

Do you like to roll up your pants and hike the beach?  It’s best to know if there are any water quality issues at your favorite spots – here is a project that will help you understand the health of our beaches and nearshore waters.

The public is invited to a presentation by Vince Pappalardo at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday January 5th, 2017 at 6:30 pm in Newport, to learn about the Newport chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and their Blue Water Task Force. The meeting will be held in the public meeting room at the Central Lincoln PUD building, located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex.  Refreshments will be served.

Vince Pappalardo holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University and has been a professional Mechanical Engineer for the last 29 years. However, his passion is surfing and he has a deep love of the ocean. To support his passion, Vince has been an active member of the Newport Surfrider Chapter for the last 10 years. In that time, he has served as the Beach Cleanup Coordinator, Blue Water Task Force Coordinator and now holds the position of Volunteer Coordinator.

Vince’s presentation will focus on the work done by the Newport Surfrider Foundation testing local water quality, cleaning up beaches and shaping local marine policy.  There will be an emphasis on the water quality testing work in terms of what is tested, where tests are done, and the current state of water quality at the 5 to 10 sites tested weekly.

Come learn more about the water quality at your favorite beach spots!

Come learn more about the water quality at your favorite beach spots!

We hope you can join us on January 5th.