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  1. Exploring Oregon's Coastal Waterfalls

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / November 2, 2017

    While the Columbia River Gorge holds an incredible number of gorgeous Instagrammable waterfalls, you’ll find less crowds and big views if you shun the herd and head toward the coast; what’s more, the Gorge continues to blaze from the persistent Eagle Creek fire and favorite waterfall trails are closed until Spring 2018, and the coast offers the perfect respite form the smoke and opportunity to still get outside and experience one of Oregon’s most renowned attractions.

  2. Sanderling: A Winter Migration Visitor

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / November 1, 2017

    This article is provided courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

  3. Festive Family Fun in Seaside

    Posted by OCVA / October 31, 2017

    Looking to escape the city life and unwind at the coast during these cooler months? Seaside isn’t just a summer destination, which you can tell by the variety of family-friendly Yuletide events the city offers each holiday season. At 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 24, Seaside’s annual Parade of Lights and the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree will officially launch the 2017 holiday…

  4. Relive Astoria With ‘Astoria’

    Posted by OCVA / October 31, 2017

    In early 2018, whisk your mind back to the early 1800s by catching a performance of “Astoria Part One” (Jan. 13-Feb.17) and “Astoria Part Two” (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) at The Armory theater in Portland. The play is based on Peter Stark’s best-selling book, “Astoria,” which detailed the ill-fated Astor Expedition. It was John Jacob Astor’s quest to found the West Coast’s apex of world trade…

  5. Seabirds of the Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / October 20, 2017

    This article is provided courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Seabirds spend most of their lives in the open ocean and have special adaptations to survive this cold and wet environment. Thick, waterproof feathers keep them warm; a special gland near their eye removes excess salt from their bodies; sharp, pointed beaks catch and hold slippery fish and other aquatic quarry; strong, pointed wings help some seabirds “fly” underwater; and webbed feet propel them efficiently toward their prey. Below are some notable species found along the Oregon coast.

  6. Western Snowy Plover: Oregon Coast's Endangered Species

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / October 15, 2017

    This article is provided courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

    The coastal population of the western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) was listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1993. In 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completed a cooperative plan for recovery of the Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover. The western snowy plover spends its entire life on the beaches of Washington, Oregon, California, and the Baja peninsula.  The population in Oregon has ranged from 72 to 208 adults since 1993.

  7. 5 Reasons to Visit the Oregon Coast this Winter

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / October 15, 2017

    As beautiful fall weather winds down and the rains begin in earnest, it’s easy to curl up inside with a book and brew and swear off the outdoors for a bit. But if you do, you’ll be missing out on a spectacular season out on the stunning Oregon coast. Winter is a great time to make the trip west and to really rejoice in the wildness that is our coastline. From fresh seafood you can catch yourself to woolly winter storms and abundant wildlife, there’s never been a better time to see what lies over the foggy Coast mountain range.

  8. Beginner’s Guide to Mushroom Hunting on the South Coast

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    The way we think of birds and sea lions and whales on the Oregon Coast, Kathleen Dickson thinks of mushrooms. “They’re some of the most beautiful living things out here,” she says. Since moving to Brookings from Colorado with her husband 15 years ago, the couple harvest and sell mushrooms most of the year. Dickson is also president of the nonprofit Wild Rivers Mushroom Club…

  9. 4 Thanksgiving Getaways on Oregon’s Central Coast

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    Whether you want to curl up fireside, eat fresh seafood or take an invigorating walk in the sea mist, Thanksgiving weekends on the Coast are a classic Oregon experience. We’ve rounded up some of best bets for holiday weekend eats and activities on the Central Coast — just three hours from Portland and two hours from the Willamette Valley, whether you’re coming from Salem, Corvallis…

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