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Oregon Coast Magazine January/February 2007

Articles In This Issue :

Oregon Coast January/Feburary 2007Baby Boom - A momma octopus tends her eggs at the Seaside Aquarium.

Giant Spruce of Cape Perpetua
- Discover the history of this magnificant Oregon Heritage Tree.

Jazzin’ it up and Old-Fashioned Har-mo-ney
- Get your groove on at one of the coast’s terrific jazz or barbershop harmony shows.

A Festival for Every Season
- From chainsaw sculpting to celebrating the return of salmon, there’s lots going on in Reedsport/Winchester Bay.

Dune Mushers Mail Run
- Who needs snow to run a team of dogs? Sand does the trick on the Oregon Dunes during the Oregon Dune Mushers’ Mail Run.

The Real Oregon Coast
- Take a fresh look at the Oregon Coast through the eyes of these talented photographers, winners of the Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Coast photo contest.

Seeing Stars
- On display at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, this strange but beautiful basket star turned up in a fisherman’s net.

Music Maker
- Native Oregon woods add beauty and strength to many of Les Stansell’s handmade classical guitars.

Departments:

Coast Lines

Coast Lines - By Rosemary Camozzi, Editor

Oregon Coast Bounty

Clamming - The clams are there, just waiting to be harvested. Here are the inspiration, recipes, and tips to get you started.

Coastal Personality

Dr. Gayle Hansen, The Seaweed Lady at the Mark Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport

Marine Life

Marine Life - Mussels - The story that begins long before a mussel reaches any Pacific Northwesterner's plate.

Real Estate

Real Estate - New Urbanism Goes Rural - A coastal developer brings an old-fashioned sense of community to three brand new beach towns.

Coast Lines

WELL, DEAR READER, here I am after two months on the job as editor of Oregon Coast. It’s been such a pleasure for me to move here from the Willamette Valley and immerse myself in all things coastal, from raging rainstorms to crisp, sunny winter afternoons. My new home is surrounded by coastal pines and salal rather than the Douglas firs of Eugene, but both yards share the presence of the lovely rhododendron. Every night I fall asleep to the sound of pounding surf, a half-mile from my bedroom window.

This past weekend I traveled north to Newport to attend two days of whale-watch volunteer trainings at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. From OSU’s Dr. Bruce Mate, one of the world’s leading whale researchers, we learned about the biology and habits of the gray whale, the main type of whale seen off the Oregon coast. These amazing marine mammals travel 6000 miles each way in their annual migration between the Bering Sea and lagoons off Baja California in

Whale Tail Rain

Tail Rain

Whale Watch Volunteer

Whale Watch Volunteer

Mexico, where they give birth and care for their babies while the calves build up enough stamina (and blubber) to travel north to colder waters.

The gray whales pass by the Oregon coast twice a year, peaking in late December and early January while heading south, and in March and April during the northward migration. Volunteers are present at whale-watching stations up and down the coast for two separate weeks (winter break and spring break) to help educate the public about these amazing creatures. Maybe I’ll see some of you there.

We feature a couple of other interesting denizens of the sea in this issue. The basket star on display at the Hatfield Marine Science Center is a rarely seen (or even heard of) deep-sea creature that was rescued from a fisherman’s net. And from the Seaside Aquarium, we were fortunate to get up-close photos of octopus eggs and the newborn babies before they were released into the wild. You’ll also find tips on clamming from clammer extraordinaire Mike Bones; winning photos from the photo contest we held in conjunction with the Oregon Sea Grant program; a look at barbershop and jazz festivals up and down the coast; and a preview of the many wonderful events held in the Reedsport/Winchester Bay area each year. Enjoy!

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