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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Craft Whiskey on the North Coast

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    There’s nothing quite like sipping a glass of whiskey by the fireplace — cozy and warm from the inside out. On the Oregon Coast, a must-visit for whiskey lovers is Cannon Beach Distillery’s new mid-town tasting room on South Hemlock Street — just two miles from their original tasting room downtown at North Hemlock Street, which also still welcomes visitors. Here in the new spacious,…

  7. 5 Best Crabbing Locations on the Oregon Coast

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / September 14, 2017

    This article is written in partnership with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  8. The Tillamook Bay Heritage Route

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / September 5, 2017

    Perhaps best known for its ice cream and cheese, Tillamook Bay is Oregon’s second largest and most accessible bay in the state. Encompassing nearly 600 miles of watershed, there is a vast array of activities here for the intrepid coastal explorer. For visitors looking for a complete historical, cultural, and outdoors experience, the Tillamook Heritage Route provides an all-encompassing overview of what this special region has to offer.

  9. Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Halvor Tweto / September 1, 2017

    Some of the most defining and iconic views along the Oregon Coast include some of the most inaccessible and protected landforms in the state. Seen by many and experienced by virtually no one, these islands are both ubiquitous and unique. Each island enjoys protection, from the smallest rock that consistently protrudes above high water to the largest monoliths that dominate their surroundings.

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