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5th Annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium

Audubon Society of Portland
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Join us for the 5th Annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium, November 16th in Yachats, Oregon at the Commons!

The Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium is a community event aimed at promoting local stewardship efforts and raising awareness about current research being conducted within the Cape Perpetua nearshore and adjacent watersheds.

This year's event will feature our keynote speaker William Pearcy, of Oregon State University, sharing his research and significance of Heceta Bank.

Heceta Bank is the largest and farthest offshore underwater bank along the west coast of North American. It is a unique and highly productive region because of its topography and ocean circulation patterns. During the summer months, upwelling of nutrient-rich water is intense resulting in high primary and secondary productivity with concentrations of small zooplankton, euphausiids that supply a productive food chain base for top predators including fish, marine mammals and seabirds. Rockfishes are especially abundant and diverse on the bank, and different species are associated with specific types of bottom sediments. The bank also supports important groupings of mackerel, whiting and salmon.

Heceta Bank is a "hot spot" for seabirds and whales. Many submersible and ROV dives have been conducted on and around the bank that will illustrate the diversity and profusion of marine life. At the symposium, attendees will get a sneak peek of this footage highlighting the incredible diversity and abundance of marine life on Heceta Bank.

Food and drinks will be served, full program coming soon!

Doors open at 5pm, keynote begins at 5:30.

A free event for all, RSVP now: http://tinyurl.com/perpetua2017

Event Goals:
- Raise awareness of historical and current conservation, research and stewardship of Cape Perpetua region.
- Foster and promote a sense of place and stewardship within the community for the Cape Perpetua region.
- Promote volunteer opportunities and local organizing to support long-term management and conservation for the Cape Perpetua marine reserve.
- Create opportunities for people to collaborate on conservation activities within the Cape Perpetua region, especially those focused on the Cape Perpetua marine reserve.

Program and Agenda: Coming soon!
5:00pm - Doors Open!
5:30pm - Keynote Speaker: William Pearcy