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Black oystercatchers.

Friends of Cape Falcon and a variety of partners are planning the following events for this winter:

Friends of Haystack Rock Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Cannon Beach Library

And Lower Nehalem Watershed Council Lecture Series Life on the Rocks: Oregon’s Rocky Shore Habitats at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Pine Grove Community House.

Attendees will learn about the importance of rocky shore ecosystems, the habitat adaptations of the organisms that live there, and historical protections for these areas.

They’ll also learn about Oregon’s process to update the state’s special rocky habitat designations, during which the public will have the opportunity to make proposals and recommendations for special management areas, such the marine garden at Haystack Rock.  

Meantime, the Necanicum Watershed Council will host an Oregon’s Black Oystercatchers event at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in Seaside.

The black oystercatcher is a conspicuous and charismatic shorebird of the Oregon coast. Because of their small global population size, low reproductive rate, and reliance on rocky intertidal habitats, they are considered a “species of high conservation concern” and act as an indicator of intertidal ecosystem health.

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