Boiler Bay rocky habitat

Our mission is to encourage residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the native birds,
other wildlife, and habitats found on the Central Oregon Coast.

Serving Lincoln and Tillamook Counties since 2006


IN THE NEWS

Hot Off the Press!

Check out our new 3" Bird Stickers, our new Snowy Plover decal, and our Rocky Habitat decals!
Bird Sticker Set     Snowy Plover decal     Oystercatcher decal
More info...

2022 Calendar

Saturday, November 12, 9-11am
Second Saturday Bird Walk ~ EXPLORIENCE the Salmon River estuary
. Join us for a visit to the mouth of the Salmon River in the Cascade Head Scenic Area. More info...

Saturday, November 19, 5-7:30pm
ASLC Birthday Party Potluck!
. Join us for potluck and birthday cake, see our new website reveal, and raise money for our programs! More info...

Christmas Bird Counts are coming!. Take part in our three local Christmas Bird Counts this year! There are three to choose from, or join them all! More info...

Our Rocky Habitat Campaign

Join our My Favorite Rocky Habitat group on Facebook and share your stories, photos, and videos about your favorite rocky sites on the Lincoln and Tillamook coast!

TAKE ACTION!

TAKE ACTION TODAY TO PROTECT THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES!
Raise your voice. It can be difficult and intimidating to wade through hundreds of pages of potential plans, regulations, and rules that control how our local habitat is managed by state and federal agencies. We know you want to be part the process, to advance the best outcomes for things we care about: water supplies, birds, wildlife, and the habitat that supports them.
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How to Contact Your Elected Officials: Find out who your Federal, State, and local officials are and obtain their contact information. More info...

SUPPORT US

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RESOURCES

Help with Bird Identification We've set up a couple of pages to help you identify the birds that you're seeing in your backyards and along the coast.

~ Backyard Birds of Oregon's Central Coast
~ Birds of Oregon's Coastal Habitat

See our Links page for more resources.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching,
call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Birds along central OR coast, call
Harry Dodson (Lincoln City) 541-921-0048

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320



Saving our Kelp Forests

Audubon at Work

This year, the Oregon Kelp Alliance (ORKA) launched a project to cull urchins from kelp beds at five sites from Cape Lookout in Tillamook to Macklyn Cove in Brookings.

This summer, Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC) partnered with ORKA, Oar Angling Dory charter, Oregon Freedivers, Astoria SCUBA, Oregon Coast Aquarium, and others to cull urchins at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. Our effort followed a carefully designed approach that includes before and after monitoring by Reef Check Oregon. More than 20 volunteer divers worked in shifts to smash purple urchins, giving the remaining kelp plants a chance to once again thrive. ASLC assisted in community science monitoring to assess urchin health while providing local knowledge and logistical support. We had a great day working with the divers and with local dory boat Oar Angling towards a shared goal of healthy fish habitat.

Audubon at Work: Urchin culling
Audubon at Work: Urchin culling, photo by Ernie Rose

Bull kelp is an annual seaweed that thrives in cold rocky waters forming thick beds on subtidal rocks. Bull kelp forests provide critical habitat for diverse marine life, protect shores from erosion, and reduce ocean acidification through carbon sequestration. Read more (PDF)...

Reef Check Diver Measuring Kelp
Reef Check Diver Measuring Kelp
ODFW file photo

In 2017, Oregon divers noticed that our west coast kelp forests were rapidly disappearing. The cause: Purple sea urchins. Normally kept in check by sea stars, the urchin population exploded when our sea stars were virtually wiped out a few years ago by Sea Star Wasting disease, which was caused by warming ocean temperatures. Without predators, voracious urchins wiped out our magnificent kelp forests. Purple urchins are not bad but the ecological imbalance threatens kelp forests as well as the fishing and tourism industries dependent on them. Read more...

Oar Angling Dory with Divers
Oar Angling Dory rotating diver teams, photo by Ernie Rose

Our day restoring kelp at Cape Kiwanda was fun, safe, and successful. It demonstrates that community groups can work together to do something to offset the impacts of climate change. Kelp restoration at Cape Kiwanda and elsewhere along the Oregon coast will require a sustained effort. Urchin culling through a scientific approach is just one of several projects aimed at restoring kelp forests. Others include urchin ranching, replanting kelp, and reintroducing sunflower stars.

ASLC & partners community science team
ASLC & partners community science team, photo by Ernie Rose
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