SEASIDE -The Necanicum Watershed Council and North Coast Land Conservancy will present "Salamander Stories - Amphibians Tales of Ecosystem Health" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Seaside Library Community Room, 1131 Broadway. Local ecology consultant Mike Patterson will explore the mysterious lives of salamanders on Oregon's North Coast. There is no cost for this event.

Salamanders are omnivores that will eat anything that they can fit in their mouth, including mice, frogs, ducklings and snakes. Their presence in coastal forests and streams is a key indicator of overall ecosystem health. The evening presentation will be followed by a field event to explore salamander habitat at 10 a.m. Oct. 24 at NCLC's Circle Creek Conservation Center in Seaside.

This event is part of a new program, "Listening to the Land," a series of evening presentations and related outdoor excursions that highlight the coastal ecosystem, that will take place on the third Wednesday of the month at the Seaside Library.

For information, call Sarah Zwissler at the Necanicum Watershed Council at (503) 717-1458 or go to the NCLC Web site at