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Cape Perpetua Visitor Center's Winter Series celebrates where land meets sea

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center's Winter Series celebrates where land meets sea

The Winter Series at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is offering people the chance to learn more about coastal ecosystems in a pair of free presentations scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, and Jan. 31.

“This Winter Series brings home issues that are important not just to Cape Perpetua and the Siuslaw National Forest, but to the whole Coast region,” Forest Service volunteer Roger Grace said. “These programs relate to everyone involved in the health of forests, oceans and communities.”

On Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2 pm, Paul Engelmeyer will present “Land & Sea Conservation Issues: Marine Reserves, Marbled Murrelet, and Forage Fish.”

“A threatened seabird that nests only in old-growth forests, Marbled Murrelets embody the interconnection between ocean and forest ecosystems,” Engelmeyer said. “Cape Perpetua’s unique connection between protected coastal rainforest and marine reserve provides crucial habitat for this species.”

Engelmeyer has directed Portland Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek coastal conservation program since 1990 and is a recognized leader in coastal conservation efforts. He has been a respected voice and key collaborator in a number of Oregon Coast conservation partnerships and councils, including the MidCoast Watersheds Council and the Ocean Policy Advisory Council.

And, on Saturday, Jan. 31, Forest Service staff will offer guided hikes to explore the cape’s temperate rainforests and discover the evolving history of forestry practices.

In addition to its special programs, the visitor center provides regular film screenings, exhibits and Junior Ranger activities, as well as serving as a base to explore the areas trails and tide pools.

The center, located three miles south of Yachats on Highway 101, is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Friday through Tuesday. For more information, call 541-547-3289 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw.

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