Friends of Haystack Rock supports the Haystack Rock Awareness Program in cooperation with the City of Cannon Beach, promoting the preservation and protection of the intertidal life and birds that inhabit the Marine Gardens and the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock.

Haystack Rock Awareness Program is celebrating 30 years of educating and protecting the marine environs surronding Haystack Rock, including the Oregon Island National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon State Marine Garden and State Park.

The lecture series is held second Wednesday of each month, November to April at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cannon Beach Library, 131 N. Hemlock St, Cannon Beach.

This talk is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, featuring Jesse Jones, former coordinator for North Coast Watershed Association and currently assisting local watershed councils. Her talk is titled “Perspectives on Ecola Watershed Health.”

Jones will cover these topics:

The Ecola watershed, where the communities of Cannon Beach, Arch Cape and Falcon Cove are, is rich in a wild ecosystem. The survival of these plants and animals depends on the quality health of the ocean, the wetlands and the streams that feed them. Human health and survival depends on this health, too. As science and conservation enter more into our day-to-day dialogue and lifestyle, more is known about where to go to experience nature and see for yourself what the buzz is about. More is known about why this nature is worth protecting. Less is known however about the actual data of the water - How warm? How clean? How alive? This lecture will share what long and short term water quality data has been collected by volunteers and others in the Ecola watershed, focusing from 1996 - 2014. It will briefly touch on procedure and local plans.

Jesse Jones was the coordinator of the North Coast Watershed Association between 2011 and 2015. She has been working with watershed councils, water districts, and municipalities in Clatsop and Columbia counties since 2006, assisting with research, outreach, negotiations, grant writing, project management, advocacy and water quality training. In the summer of 2015, Jesse worked to organize a team of volunteers in Clatsop and Tillamook Counties to collect and sample ocean water on a regular basis, supported by Surfrider’s North Coast Blue Water Task Force Chapter. She has a BS in Community Development from Portland State University and did Masters course work in Natural Resource Policy at Portland State. Jesse is from Vernonia, and lives in Astoria. She is currently assisting local watershed councils with organizing water quality data.

The remainder of the talks for the 2015-2016 season are:

Wednesday, Dec. 9, Jesse Jones, former Coordinator for North Coast Watershed Assoc currently, assisting local watershed councils, “Perspectives on Ecola Watershed Health.”

Wednesday, Jan. 13, Joshua Saranpaa, Director, Wildlife Center of the North Coast, “A Sanctuary for Oregon’s Seabirds.”

Wednesday, Feb. 10, Dr. Debbie Duffield, Oregon State University, “Marine Mammals, the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and Marine Reserves.”

Wednesday, Mar. 9, Mike Patterson, Ecological Consultant, Biologist & Retired Teacher, Astoria High School, “Birds of the Pacific Northwest.”

Wednesday, Apr. 13, Neal Maine, biologist, educator, wildlife photographer, “It’s Not Just A Beach: Rethinking the Beaches.”

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