Hybrid Beachgrass Survey Training

June 21, 2022 - 1:00 PM
Sunset Beach Parking Lot
Warrenton, OR 97146
CoastWatch, Oregon State University


European beachgrass at the mouth of the Siltcoos.\Photo by Bonnie Moreland.
European beachgrass at the mouth of the Siltcoos.\Photo by Bonnie Moreland.

The search continues for the new hybrid beachgrass that is spreading on the Oregon and Washington coasts. CoastWatch volunteers are helping researchers at Oregon State University map the range of the new hybrid, the offspring of two invasive beachgrass species. To sharpen the observational skills of volunteers, two in-person events are planned for this summer.

On Tuesday, June 21, a field trip will begin at 1 p.m. at the main parking lot near the bathrooms off Sunset Beach Road at Sunset Beach Recreation Site. The training will last 90 minutes, which will include searching for new hybrid beachgrass patches. Time will also be dedicated to a brief beach cleanup. Staff from new CoastWatch Mile adopter Lewis and Clark National Historic Park (Mile 330) will be at this training. This mile is the west terminus of the Fort to Sea Trail, which begins six miles away, at Fort Clatsop. (See separate listing for the other training, to be held July 9.)

At this training, you'll learn how dunes are built, why beachgrasses matter, and how to identify common dune plants including the non-native beachgrasses and their hybrid. Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks.

For more information, contact Jesse Jones, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, (503) 989-7244, jesse@oregonshores.org.