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Monitoring nesting seabirds

Explore coastal interconnection at Oswald West State Park

Cannon Beach Gazette

Published on July 10, 2018 1:40PM

Last changed on July 11, 2018 1:03PM

Join a hike to see area wildlife, presented by the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.

Cape Falcon Maine Reserve

Join a hike to see area wildlife, presented by the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.

Join a hike to see area wildlife, presented by the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.

Cape Falcon Maine Reserve

Join a hike to see area wildlife, presented by the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.


Oswald West State Park is the gateway to the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. Together, these areas create a corridor of conservation stretching from the land three miles into the sea. On Friday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, join a hike to investigate this area, focusing on the recent community effort to monitor nesting seabirds within Oregon’s marine reserves.

Exploring this coastal edge, a story emerges shedding light on the interconnection between terrestrial and marine ecosystems. This stretch of coastline is brimming with energy and life: nesting seabirds, wind swept landscapes, migrating whales, gliding pelicans, and ancient forests are all part of the story of this magical place.

This family-friendly event is co-hosted by the Friends of Cape Marine Reserve and the Audubon Society of Portland. Enjoy an easy one mile hike down to Devil’s Cauldron, Audubon’s seabird monitoring site, to view the remaining nesting cormorants. The hike will continue on through a coastal meadow and various forest environments before heading back to our starting location.

This hike is an easy 2-mile round trip journey within Oswald West State Park. The first 100 feet of the trail descends down a steep, graveled trail. The rest of the trail is flat. Devil’s Cauldron offers stunning views of the ocean from a the cliffs edge. The main part of the trail has a fence keeping hikers from the edge. Nearby portions of the trail (not included in this hike) are not fenced.

This event is part of the Explore Nature Tillamook Coast series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Learn more at www.explorenaturetillamookCoast.com.

Questions? Contact capefalconmr@gmail.com or call 541-231-8041.



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