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Volunteer with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program

HRAP enters 33rd year on beach

Published on February 23, 2018 12:01AM

Observers with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program keep a sharp eye on the puffin population as numbers in recent years have continued to dwindle despite research and educational efforts to revive the colony.

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Observers with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program keep a sharp eye on the puffin population as numbers in recent years have continued to dwindle despite research and educational efforts to revive the colony.

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Haystack Rock Awareness Program workers pull boxes of HRAP materials out of the program’s truck to distribute to the public in 2015.

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Haystack Rock Awareness Program workers pull boxes of HRAP materials out of the program’s truck to distribute to the public in 2015.

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The Haystack Rock Awareness Program invites volunteers to join them daily on the beach during low tide Friday, Feb. 9, through the end of October. The program is entering its 33rd season on the beach.

Having educated more than a million visitors and thousands of students over the years, the program’s mission is to “protect, through education, the intertidal and bird ecology of the marine garden and National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock.”

HRAP Rocky Shore environmental interpreters will be on the beach during low tides to educate visitors at Haystack Rock about biodiversity found on and around the rock. Programs will change with the season, with the arrival and departure of various animals to the area.

There is no minimum time commitment required. Contact Lisa Habecker, education and volunteer coordinator and 15-year HRAP veteran, by email (habecker@ci.cannon-beach.or.us) or phone (503-436-8064). Teachers, instructors or groups interested in a field trip or tour of the rock should contact Habecker as well.



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