It’s a BioBlitz!

Beachgoers study a sea star.

NEAHKAHNIE — “Conserving Our Land, Beach and Sea,” a free nature walk and BioBlitz presented by local environmental organizations, takes place 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 16, at Neahkahnie Beach, north of Manzanita.

Explore a conservation corridor during an easy beach walk. Learn, enjoy the coastline and help us build our understanding of what is living on the coastal edge!

Neah-Kah-Nie Beach connects with Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust’s Peregrine Point property, a protected lush green forest rising from the sand that extends the protected lands of Oswald West State Park.

Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and the Oregon Coast Aquarium will lead this educational walk exploring the connections between headwaters and our local seas. A morning low tide will leave tide pools full of sea life waiting to be discovered.

The group will then take part in an intertidal “BioBlitz” — a fun, intensive survey of a defined area on a single day with the goal of identifying all the species to be found in that area at one time. It is a snapshot of the location’s biodiversity.

Come explore Oregon’s coastal waters while enjoying citizen science activities aimed at helping local scientists better catalog and monitor the species of the region!

Participants must register at explorenaturetillamookcoast.com or contact Cape Falcon Marine Reserve at 541-231-8041 or capefalconmr@gmail.com.

To get involved in more BioBlitz in Oregon’s Marine Reserves? Visit aquarium.org/bioblitz/

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