Welcome to the 2017-2018 World of Haystack Rock’s library lecture series! 

We have a great lineup with excellent speakers.  

March 14th, 2018

“The World of Haystack Rock” presents Dr. Bill Chadwick, “Axial Seamount:The most Active Volcano in the Pacific Northwest”

7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Library

Axial Seamount is the most active submarine volcano in the NE Pacific. It rises to a depth of 1400 m below sea level and is located approximately 300 miles off the coast of Oregon. Axial Seamount was the site of the world’s first underwater volcano observatory called NeMO and has erupted most recently in 2015, 2011 and 1998. Because it is so active, Axial has been chosen as a key node on the new cabled observatory, which is part of the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI). 

Dr. Bill Chadwick is a Research Professor at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, and is acting-head of Earth-Ocean Interactions Program at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.  He became interested in studying volcanoes when he was in college and Mount St. Helens erupted.  He majored in geology at Colorado College, where he received his B.A.  After college, he worked at Mount St. Helens with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), got a PhD in Geology at University of California at Santa Barbara, did a post-doc with the USGS in Menlo Park studying Galapagos volcanoes, and has worked at Oregon State University since 1989 mainly studying submarine volcanoes.  His current research interests include investigating how magma is supplied and stored at active volcanoes, how lava is emplaced during submarine eruptions, and how underwater eruptions affect the chemistry and ecosystems of hydrothermal vent sites. 

February 14th, 2018

“The World of Haystack Rock” presents Leigh Torres, “Through the Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Whale Ecology to Inform Conservation”

7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Library

Leigh Torres is an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University where she works in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, the Marine Mammal Institute, and as an extension agent for Oregon Sea Grant. Leigh received her Masters of Environmental Management (2001) and PhD (2007) from Duke University, then lived and worked in New Zealand for six years before moving to Oregon in 2014. Leigh’s research interests center on the spatial and behavioral ecology of marine megafauna, including cetaceans, pinnipeds, seabirds and sharks, with the primary objective to inform management and conservation efforts.

Leigh leads the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory (GEMM Lab) at OSU and you can read about the lab’s exploits and work at their active blog:

January 10th, 2018

“The World of Haystack Rock” presents Wolfe Wagman,“The Marine Reserves Research Project; an Overview of Sites, Techniques and Results.”

7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Library

Cape Falcon Marine Reserve

Oregon’s marine reserves are areas in our coastal waters dedicated to conservation and scientific research. 5 Sites:  The Cape FalconCascade HeadOtter RockCape Perpetua, and Redfish Rocks marine reserves are each named for local natural landmarks. Within the marine reserves all removal of marine life is prohibited, as is ocean development.

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife oversees the management and scientific monitoring of these areas. For a state famous for exploration, we’ve only skimmed the surface of our coastal waters. Join us, as we study these areas and learn how to best maintain Oregon’s coastal ocean resources for generations to come.

December 13th, 2017

The Puffin Study

7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Library


Tufted Puffin Monitoring Study at Haystack Rock with 2016 data (final)

In this lecture, Shawn will be talking about the ongoing Tufted Puffins Study at Haystack Rock.  The Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) is a medium-large pelagic seabird and member of the Auk family. The distribution of the Tufted Puffin is widespread in the North Pacific Ocean and nests on the coastline and offshore islands in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia,Alaska, Japan, and Russia. Tufted Puffin populations have generally declined throughout the southern portion of their range from British Columbia to northern California. Possible causes of puffin decline include factors related to conditions at breeding sites, at-sea mortality due to direct human impacts, and long-term changes in marine food webs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a burrow-nesting seabird survey that encompassed the entire coastline of Oregon in 2008 and documented an order of magnitude decline in the puffin population since the previous official statewide survey in 1988. The purpose of this project was to conduct an intensive population status assessment of the Tufted Puffin at Haystack Rock (colony number 219-021), which is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

November 8th, 2017

Marine Mammals; They don’t eat grapes!

7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Library

Our first speaker will be Dr. Debbie Duffield with the Northern Oregon/Southern Washington Marine Mammal Stranding Network.  Her talk, titled “Marine mammals; they don’t eat grapes”, will cover the dos and don’ts when encountering a marine mammal on land.  She will also delve into the on goings of our local marine mammal stranding network.  Who the network is composed of, what they do, and why.  Debbie will also be covering new trends being seen along the Northern Oregon Coast regarding marine mammals.



Bob’s talk was so wonderful.  We are grateful that we can share it with all of you!

February 8th “World of Haystack Rock”

Our speaker this month will be Bob Van Dyk, policy director for Oregon & California Wild Salmon Center in Portland.  He will be presenting “How to Help Protect Over 50,000 Acres of Forest in Clatsop County”

A big THANK YOU to Roy Lowe for trudging through the snow!  Roy’s talk was fascinating.  Knowing all the destruction we have caused to our wetlands and how we have tried to mitigate that damage, allows Roy to help consult developing nations when it comes to developing near or on wetlands..  Wetlands are important globally, migrating birds need these areas to rest and fuel up before returning to their homes or breeding grounds.  The destruction of wetlands = the demise of migratory birds. 

January 11th, 2017 “World of Haystack Rock”

Our speaker this month will be Roy Lowe, former project leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  He will be presenting, “The Precipitous Loss of China’s Coastal Wetlands and Impacts to Migratory Birds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway”

Changing How We Think:

Neal Maine’s presentation last night was amazing.  Approaching the subject of beaches through ecology and not solely for recreation is evolutionary .  There are so many amazing life cycles taking place on Oregon’s beaches. We need to start taking the time, to learn about these complex ecosystems so that we can continue to enjoy them responsibly.  Thank you Neal! 

December 14th, 2016 “World of Haystack Rock”Publication1

Our speaker this month will be  Neal Maine, retired biology teacher and wildlife photographer. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, Neal will be presenting“The Oregon Beach Bill- 50 years”.


December 10th, 2016 “Giving Day in Astoria”


Please join us December 10th at Gifts That Make a Difference, the only holiday venue showcasing local nonprofits from Clatsop and Pacific counties and the only holiday fair where shoppers’ donations become truly meaningful gifts to their recipients, to area nonprofits like ours, and to our whole community.

The fair is a singular chance to network with the public on a one-to-one personal basis and to detail our community work and volunteer opportunities.  We can sign up new volunteers, get our message out, and receive donations.  People attending can meet us, bring items for our wish list, sign up to volunteer, make donations, and donate in the names of friends and family.

Begun in 2006, the fair has become a treasured holiday event.  Come! Stop by our table and enjoy a festive afternoon with delicious refreshments and live local musicians.

November 9, 2016 “Peregrine Falcons of Yaquina Head”

A big thank you to Wyane Hoffman for his fascinating talk on peregrine falcons. Did you know that peregrine falcons are the fastest self-propelled animal in the world, reaching speeds of up to 240 mph? Our next speaker in the World of Haystack Rock is Neal Maine. He will be presenting “The Oregon Beach Bill – 50 Years”. His talk will be on Wednesday, December 14th, hope to see you there!

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The World of Haystack Rock Library Lecture Series will be starting soon!

Save the Dates:

November 9, 2016 Wayne Hoffman “Peregrine Falcons of Yaquina Head”

December 14, 2016 Neal Maine “The Oregon Beach Bill –50 Years”

January 11, 2016 Roy Lowe “The Precipitous Loss of China’s Coastal Wetlands and Impacts to Migratory Birds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway”

February 8, 2017 Bob Van Dyk “How to Help Protect Over 50,000 Acres of Forest in Clatsop County”

March 8, 2017 Tommy Swearingen “Oregon Marine Reserves: An Overview of the Human Dimensions Research Program”

April 12, 2017 Tom Horning “Geology of Haystack Rock”



This Fall the Haystack Rock Awareness Program will be offering Guided Tide Pool Tours!  Click below for more details….



The Haystack Rock Awareness Program is excited to present a new event for this Summer, “Exploration Week Day Camp”. We will be hosting a children’s weeklong program connecting Land to Sea from July 18th – 21, 2016 for ages 6-12 with an optional family day on July 22 visiting the nearby Cape Falcon Marine Reserve (CFMR). CFMR is the newest of five Marine Reserve sites in Oregon and is located just offshore of Oswald West State Park. Secure your reservation now as space is limited.Day Camp

Discover, or rediscover, Haystack Rock in a series of summer talks focused on a wide range of issues pertaining to Haystack Rock. TalksGreat Puffin Watch July 2nd, 3rd, & 4th

Join us on the beach for three days full of great puffin watching.  Bird Scopes will be set up on the beach in front of Haystack Rock form 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Come on down and wish the puffins a Happy 4th of July!puffins

Friends of Haystack Rock Library Lecture Series

*Our last library lecture, for our 2015-2016  “World of Haystack Rock” series, will be on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 P.M. at the Community Hall on 2nd and Spruce in Cannon Beach.  In this upcoming lecture, Neal Maine, will presenting; “Beaches, more than sand”.

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11/11/2015- Bill Peterson, NOAA- “Effects of Variable Ocean Conditions & Climate Change on Marine Food Chains, Salmon, and other Fish”
*What a great way to start off our 2015-2016 library lecture series! A big thank you to Bill Peterson, he was an intelligent and amazing speaker. Joins us next month for “Perspectives on Ecola Watershed Health” presented by Jesse Jones.
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*Did you know that there are ‘fat’ and ‘skinny’ copepods and that oceantemperatures can determine which ones flourish?
*To learn more about the effects of ocean conditions on salmon check out this lin:k 
*To learn more about the recent El nino event check out this article:
12/9/15- Jesse Jones, Surfrider: “Perspectives on Ecola Watershed Health”
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*The Ecola watershed, where the communities of Cannon Beach, Arch Cape and Falcon Cove are, is rich in a wild ecosystem. The survival of these plants and animals depends on the quality health of the ocean, the wetlands and the streams that feed them.
*The Ecola Creek Watershed is located in the Southwest corner of Clatsop County on the northern coast of Oregon about 75 mile northwest of Portland. Land elevations around Cannon Beach vary from approximately 10 feet near the pacific coastline and Ecola Creek (Elk Creek) to as high as 2,500 feet. Cannon Beach is one of the most visited coastal towns in Oregon. The breathtaking views and charming downtown area puts Cannon Beach on many weekend itineraries.
* To learn more about the Ecola watershed visit:
1/13/16- Joshua Saranpaa, Director of the Wildlife Center of the North Coast “Wildlife Center of the North Coast: A sanctuary for Oregon’s Seabirds”
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*Did you know that the Wildlife Center of the North Coast is funded primarily through private donations?  Further more the Center is an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization with 100% of each donation dollar going directly to the care of wildlife.? To donate visit:
*From pelicans to bobcats the Wildlife Center does it all!  So what do you do when you come across injured wildlife? If you encounter injured or orphaned wildlife: Be aware that any wildlife species can cause injury.

If you can safely capture the wildlife, cover its head and body with a towel or clothing.  Keep the wildlife away from your face and hold it down by your hips. Place it in a cardboard box with holes big enough for air flow and a towel on the bottom.  Close the lid and put the box in a dark, quiet area.Keep the wildlife warm, especially if it is wet. Keep human contact to a minimum.  Stress kills – you are a predator to wildlife.  Leave the wildlife alone in the box; do not handle or check on it and keep children and pets away. Call the wildlife hospital at 503-338-0331.  If you reach the recording, speak slowly and leave your phone number and reason for calling.  We will return your call as soon as possible.  Please DO NOT use e-mail to inform us of a wildlife emergency. Do not attempt to care for the wildlife yourself.  Please do not give it any food or water without first speaking with us.

If you find young wildlife that you think is abandoned, make certain it is truly orphaned.  The parents may be nearby but not visible.  Call us before removing any young wildlife from its location.

Stranded seals and sea lions should be reported to the Seaside Aquarium at 503-738-6211.

2/10/16- Dr. Debbie Duffield, Portland State University “Marine Mammals, the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and Marine Reserves”


Yet another wonderful talk at this month’s World of Haystack Rock’s library lecture series. A big thank you to Dr. Debbie Duffield for her presentation on our local marine mammal stranding network.Join us next month for “Birds of the Pacific Northwest ” presented by Mike Patterson.

*The Northern Oregon/Southern Washington Marine Mammal Stranding Network responds to stranded marine mammal from Ocean Park, Washington to Tillamook, Oregon.  To report a marine mammal, living or dead, in this area call the Seaside Aquarium at 503-738-6211.

*Pupping season is coming up!  Remember if you see a seal pup on the beach it has most likely not been abandoned, it is simply resting while its mother hunts for food. 

*To learn more about the Marine Mammal Stranding Network or to report a stranded marine mammal not in our local area visit:

3/9/2016 *Rescheduled (due to power outage) for 3/23/2016

3/23/2016 Mike Patterson  “Birds of Cannon Beach” Whimbrels (3)Mike Patterson’s talk took us on a walking tour of Cannon Beach while we discovered the multitude of birds currently in Cannon Beach.  From the mighty bald eagle to the agile sanderlings, Mike counted and photographed over 200 species of birds in Cannon Beach! A big thank you to Mike for this engaging adventure!

Neal Maine “It’s Not Just a Beach: Rethinking the Beaches” Neal Maine is a biologist, educators, wildlife photographer, and marine enthusiast.Publication1

     Oregon Beaches are an incredible and undervalued ecosystem, how can we change our thinking in order to appreciate this diverse environment?

Develop a public awareness campaign that establishes the detail osf the beach ecosystem.

Develop (or have students develop) educational materials about Oregon Beaches as a special ecosystem of Oregon’s coastal setting.

Support Oregon State Parks to provide leadership in a Beaches Are Alive awareness program.

Connect a “Beaches Are Alive” program to the Beach Clean-up effort.

Friends of Haystack Rock is a sponsor of the 2016

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The Board of Directors for the Friends of Haystack Rock typically meets on the second Friday of each month at 10:00 AM. The meetings are usually held at Cannon Beach City Hall.


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