Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Newport, Oregon: Sea Stars and Monk Seals and Marine Science, oh my!


I'd like to tell everyone about two upcoming marine science events in Newport, Oregon today, April 8th.

And don't forget Hatfield Marine Science Center's Marine Science Day from 10-4 this Saturday, April 12!

At 2-4 pm in the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor's Center Auditorium,  there will be a Sea Star Wasting Syndrome informational session:

Sea stars along the eastern Pacific coast are dying off and essentially 'melting' away.  Learn about some ideas of why this is happening, and how you can volunteer to help solve this ecological puzzle.

Photo: marinedetective.ca
Sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America are experiencing a mass mortality called sea star wasting syndrome. Although similar sea star wasting events have occurred previously, a mortality event of this magnitude, with such broad geographic reach has never before been documented. Field surveys are being done by the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe) at long-term monitoring sites along the entire west coast. Now you can help here in Oregon. Melissa Miner, Research Associate at UC Santa Cruz, will be at the Hatfield Marine Science Center to tell us about the sea star wasting syndrome and monitoring protocols. 

At 5:30pm at Rogue Ales Brewers by the Bay, a lecture by Dr. Charles Littnan will discuss the conservation and population of Hawaiian monk seals in the Hawaiian islands. 

Come and listen an informal lecture and discussion while sipping on some Rogue Monk Seal Ale!

Photo: Monk Seal Ale is (c) Rogue Ales

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chile's Thrust Fault- 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake

Hello Bloggers,

I sadly report that an 8.2 magnitude earthquake has struck the coast of Chile, prompting evacuations and tsunami warnings.  At 5:04pm Pacific Standard Time, a quake from the San Ramon thrust fault line resulted in at least one initial small tsunami of about 6 feet.

This fault line, which is a thrust fault line much like the one that caused the 2011 Tohoku tsunamis, is quite active and has caused a range of quakes from mild to severe in the last few decades.

A tsunami alert has been issued for Chile, Ecuador and Peru, and all coastal areas are being evacuated as best as possible. 

More soon.  For information on thrust faults and other fault lines, visit these blog posts:

A thrust faultline forces a wall of water upwards and towards shore. Sciencythoughts.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring events are just around the corner!

Spring is a special time in the Pacific Northwest, when the winter rains let up and we even have a few beautiful windless days before the blustery summer days set in.  If you are getting cabin fever, here are a couple of opportunities for you to get out, learn about the ocean, and even volunteer to help make our beaches even better.  So, shake off those raindrops and get out there!

SOLVe Beach Cleanup
When: Saturday, March 22nd
Where: 45 site along the Oregon Coast
For all of you who want to get out and help make a difference for our beautiful Oregon beaches,  SOLVe will be hosting its annual beach cleanup on Saturday, March 22nd along 45 cleanup sites.  Volunteering usually only takes an hour or so, and makes a big difference for our beaches, especially after winter storms! This is a great pet- and kid-friendly event. 
Volunteer information and Locations.
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Hatfield Marine Science Day Marine Science Day
When: Saturday, April 12th
Where: Hatfield Marine Science Center (Visitor's Center)
Come down to HMSC and learn about all aspects of our oceans, including biodiversity, oceanographic processes, fish, mammals, and birds.  Get a peak of some of the real research being conducted at Hatfield right now!  This is a great event for families, and those who want to learn more about some of the great things happening in our community.
More information.
Marine Science Day 2014

Hatfield Marine Science Center Fossil Fest
When: Saturday, April 26th
Where: Hatfield Marine Science Center (Visitor's Center)
Sure to be a day full of fun for us beachcombing fanatics, the annual Fossil Fest is going to be taking place all day at HMSC.  Join members of the North American Research Group to learn more about fossils that can be found along Oregon's coastlines and other regions.  If you have a fossil you would like to learn more about (who doesn't?), bring it in!
More information.
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Whale Watching Spoken Here
When: March 22- March 29
Where: 24 sites along the Oregon coast
Join volunteers along 24 prime whale-watching locations along the entire Oregon coast.  Learn more about the migration of the Eastern Gray Whale as these beautiful and unique animals migrate from their winter breeding grounds in Baja to their summer feeding sites in Alaska.  Volunteers are on site to lend binoculars, answer questions, and provide interesting facts about gray whale life history.
More information and Locations.