2019 Turning of the Tides Weekend
Photos by K.M. Pyle and M. Giles
Instructor: Marty Giles
Dates: Friday, September 27, p.m. - Sunday, September 29
Location: Meet in Charleston, OR
Seaweed Ecology or Dune Ecology separate registration - $75
We will celebrate fall’s arrival and the last daylight minus tide with a combination of dune exploration and tidepooling/seaweed ecology on the southern Oregon Coast. We recommend you stay at Sunset Bay campground or find accommodations in Charleston or Coos Bay. A list of lodging options will be sent to all registered students.
Weekend introduction – Friday evening program, September 27, at the Sunset Bay campground.
Dune Ecology – Saturday, September 28
This easy day excursion visits two locations to discover the whole range of dune environments, from beach to forest. We’ll spend most of the day in one of the non-vehicle sections of the Oregon Dunes visiting the wild and natural side of the dunes. Along the way, participants will learn about the physics of sand as well as the diverse plant and animal communities and the challenges of sand-living. Discover the ever-changing processes of the dunes formation and changes while you experience the vibrant high drama of the Oregon Dunes (permitted by the ODNRA, Siuslaw National Forest, USFS). We will travel by van from a central meeting point to our two hike locations. Total hiking mileage for both locations: 2.5 miles with some hiking up to a high dune but mostly flat sand walking.
Seaweed Ecology – Introduction: Saturday evening, September 28
Foray and Workshop in Charleston: Sunday, September 29
We’ll travel to a local Charleston beach at low tide to gather and examine some easily accessible seaweeds from the southwest Oregon intertidal zone. Then we’ll learn to identify what we’ve collected by species and further explore seaweed roles in the marine ecosystem. Back on dry land, we’ll discuss ethnobotanical uses and cooking with regional wild seaweeds and will try our hand at using seaweed in fun and creative art. Students will need to be mobile on wet, seaweed-covered rocks on shore for this field course.
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