Hybrid Beachgrass Survey Training

July 9, 2022 - 11:00 AM
Fort Stevens State Park
89066 Ocean Dr.
Warrenton, OR
CoastWatch and Oregon State University

A patch of the hybrid beachgrass.\Photo by Rebecca Mostow.
A patch of the hybrid beachgrass.\Photo by Rebecca Mostow.

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 Saturday July 9, a field trip will begin at 11 a.m. at the main parking lot near the wreck of the Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens State Park. The training will last 90 minutes to two hours, which will include searching for new hybrid beachgrass patches.  (See separate listing for the other field trip on Tuesday, June 21.)

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.