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  1. Underused Gems of the Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / May 10, 2018

    In the hot summer months, a cool escape to the Oregon coast can be just the ticket. The trouble is, most Oregonians (and other tourists) feel the same way! If you’re looking to buck the crowds this year and find a few gems that are not so crowded or so well known, we have the list for you. We’ve gathered a collection of some Oregon beauties that don’t get the love they truly deserve. From small beachside campgrounds to lazy paddles on slow moving rivers, we’ve got you covered. Prepare your camping gear, you’ll be itching for a trip!

  2. Common Murre + Bald Eagle Interaction on the Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / May 10, 2018

    On the Oregon coast, bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are a breathtaking sight and quite popular with beachgoers. Researchers are only now beginning to better understand the effects these striking predators have on fragile bird populations like the common murre (Uria aalge).

  3. Oregon Dunes Restoration

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / May 10, 2018

    The Oregon Dunes are an iconic shape-shifting landscape along the Oregon coast. With invasive species encroaching and overtaking native habitat, the ecology of this unusual ecosystem has been changing, and not for the better. Fortunately there are concerned stakeholders working to improve and restore the dunes to their native beauty. As the largest stretch of coastal dunes in North America, it is imperative we protect this ever-changing habitat.

  4. How to Tour Seaside’s Timeless Charms

    Posted by OCVA / May 2, 2018

    Good old-fashioned fun never goes out of style, especially here in Oregon’s original beach resort. Seaside has charmed sightseers for more than a century, and it remains the North Coast’s see-and-do hub. You only need to stroll the city’s compact downtown to get a sense of what keeps beachgoers coming back year after year. Here is a stop-by-stop, east-to-west walking tour of the classic Seaside…

  5. Top Ways to Do Nothing At All in Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / May 2, 2018

    The neighboring cities of Astoria and Warrenton do not skimp on adventure. But let’s be clear: These aren’t the kinds of places where you merely tick a bunch of stuff off a bucket list. No, Astoria and Warrenton are conducive to slowing your roll, to easing your foot off the gas, to pressing pause, and to making it delightfully easy for you to do nothing…

  6. State Parks on the Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / April 10, 2018

    The Oregon coastline is famed for its strikingly beautiful scenery, gorgeous beaches, and breathtaking sunsets. One of the best ways to enjoy all these jaw-dropping wonders is by exploring the numerous state parks that dot the coast. With accommodations that range spartan to luxurious, each state park has its own unique feel and attributes. We’ve gathered a list of all that the Oregon State Park system has to offer along the Pacific Ocean. You’ll find plenty of inspiration here for your next road trip!

  7. Cave Rock Scenic Viewpoint

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Christin McClatchie / March 26, 2018

    Cave Rock Viewpoint offers a great parking lot and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and the large rocks that dot its shore. The viewpoint is unmarked, so pay close attention to the coordinates on your GPS as well as the written directions below. If by chance you miss it, you will have ample opportunity to turn around or stop at one of the many other viewpoints in the area. The defining feature of the Cave Rock viewpoint is the pristine beach; however, getting to the pristine beach below involves a sketchy scramble down some jagged rocks.

  8. Counting Birds: Annual Aerial Seabird Surveys

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / March 14, 2018

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

    Every summer the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex conducts aerial surveys of breeding birds at seabird colonies along the Oregon coast. This project provides valuable data to both Migratory Bird and National Wildlife Refuge programs within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as both seek to understand and manage the many seabird species that are an integral part of the Pacific Northwest coast.

  9. The Oregon Coast's Iconic and Threatened Western Snowy Plover

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / March 14, 2018

    The Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus nivosus) ranges from southern Washington all the way to Baja California, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Oregon holds a particularly tenacious group, and thanks to management efforts and Oregonian’s protection, this population has been steadily growing. In fact, Oregon plovers immigrate to other states and boost the populations there! Currently there are approximately 363 breeding adults found on Oregon’s beautiful coast.