Photo by Ram Papish
Photo by Guy DiTorrice
NETARTS BAY — Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS (Watershed, Estuary, Beach, and Sea) is wrapping up the 2017 season with three final programs.
From fossils to birds to long-lost stories, Netarts will be a cozy place of discovery. The Saturday, Oct. 21, event is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures.
Explore Nature events are hosted by a consortium of volunteer community and nonprofit organizations, and are meaningful nature-based experiences meant to highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy.
The events are free and open to public. Tax-exempt donations to the Friends group are gladly accepted. All events require registration and are held near Netarts. Additional information is provided once spots are secured.
To register, follow the links to the events on the Friends of Netarts Bay home page: netartsbaytoday.org. Learn more at explorenaturetillamookCoast.com.
“Geology of Netarts Bay: Fossil Forensics 101”: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
Oregon resident and avocational paleontologist Guy DiTorrice (aka “Oregon Fossil Guy”) presents “Geology of Netarts Bay: Fossil Forensics 101.”
A multi-media presentation will provide an entertaining overview of the wide variety of 10- to 20-million-year-old fossils found in the gravel and cobble piles below sea cliffs and on sandy beaches along Oregon’s rugged coastline. Then participants will travel to Cape Lookout State Park to do some fossil investigations themselves.
Registration is required. Transportation to natural areas will be provided by WEBS. Please be prepared for dynamic coastal weather.
“Fall Birding on the Bay”: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21
Oregon coastal wildlife artist, professional photographer and biologist Ram Papish will lead this fall tour. Search for loons, grebes, pelicans, cormorants and a variety of other seabirds along Netarts Bay.
The event kicks off with a short presentation on local and migrating birds that seasonally visit the bay. This is followed by a bus tour along the bay with stops to observe wildlife. The event is also part of the Explore Nature series of walks, hikes, paddles and outdoor adventures.
Registration is required. Transportation to natural areas will be provided by WEBS. Please be prepared for dynamic coastal weather. Binoculars are encouraged.
“Stories from Netarts Past”: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4.
Netarts is an area steeped in history with many secrets to reveal. How did Whiskey Creek get its names? What was life like in Netarts more than 100 years ago? Grab a warm drink and listen to stories gleaned from the rich history of the Netarts Bay Area.
Registration is required.