Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hello there, coast-lovers!

Thank you for visiting our website! You could not have picked a better time. We have recently merged our chapter of The Coastal Society with OSU's American Fisheries Society (AFS) and The Wildlife Society's (TWS) student chapters.

Don't worry though; TCS is still very much alive and active. We recently held elections and I am very pleased to introduce the new leadership team:

Chelsea Duke (President of TCS/AFS/TWS student chapters)
Ciera Edison (Vice President of TCS, Board Member of AFS/TWS)
Ashley Yarbrough (Secretary of TCS, Board Member of AFS/TWS)
David Hessler (Treasurer of TCS, Board Member of AFS/TWS).

We also have an OSU intern taking over the coordination of our Boiler Bay monitoring efforts! This means more trips more often, and at lower tides - We just saw a juvenile Pacific Giant Octopus in the tidepools just last week!

I could not be more pleased to be passing the torch to these 5 talented students, and friends. They have a lot of awesome plans for our chapter, so be on the lookout for their contact information, and future posts about activities.

For a post-script I would like to thank everyone who ever participated in our events, or even just contacted me to find out what we're about. It has been a very rewarding experience to found OSU's chapter of TCS, and I cannot thank my officers enough for helping bring these plans to fruition.

I wish you all the best,

Matt Damiano (Founder, and former President of TCS)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Upcoming Events!

Mon. Apr 13 - Deadline for Nominations for TCS 2015-2016 elections
If you're interested in shaping the direction of our organization, we ask that you read our election email and respond with which position you want and a bio no later than Apr. 13th.

Apr 16 - Spring TCS meeting and elections
The chapter will be meeting this week for prospective officers to introduce themselves and for voting to commence. Results will be tallied over the weekend and the 2015-2016 TCS leadership will be announced on Monday Apr. 20th.

Sat. Apr 18 - Lincoln City Earth Day
The event is on Saturday April 18th from 11am to 2pm and is put on by North Lincoln Sanitary Service. There will be live music, food, and beer from a local brewery. There will be a few kids activities, yoga classes and a small earth friendly vendor fair and organic farmers market. In the main auditorium (also where the music and beer will be) will be our educational tables like BlueSky program, Buy Local, salmon drift creek watershed council and other groups.

Sat. Apr 25 - Sea Star Wasting Monitoring at Boiler Bay (depending on tides)
Participate in our quarterly monitoring of our adopted mile of coastline for signs of sea star wasting/densovirus. This is a great opportunity to do real fieldwork and collect data used by NOAA and OSU's Department of Integrated Biology.

Sat. May 16 - Hands across the Sand
Interested in environmental activism? This event is hosted by The Surfrider Foundation and protests withdrawals of conservation areas for oil drilling. See http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/ for details.

Fri. May 29 - TCS end of year party
Join us for a celebration of our new club's accomplishments, congratulate the new leadership, and say farewell to some of the graduating officers. Food and drink provided, but additions are welcome. Open to all.

More activities will be announced as opportunities arise.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Upcoming Guest Speaker at OSU

Dr. Grace Chang (Managing Scientist, Integral Consulting Inc.) will be speaking about “Research applications for environmental Assessments”. After the seminar (1pm), Dr. Chang will be available to speak with students about her experience in academia, in the private sector and non-profit environmental organizations. The Environmental Science Club has created a Doodle Poll to get an approximate head count for this event. If you are planning on attending please use the link below or send us an email!

When: Monday November 24th @ 1p
Where: Burt Hall Rm 193

Please RSVP to tcsosu@gmail.com or this Doodle Poll if you would like to attend. 
If we get enough RSVPs, pizza/beverages will be provided.

Oregon Shores Annual Members' Meeting this Saturday!

Tired of being cooped up in the valley? Want to go to the coast, but don't have a good enough reason to break away from your studies? Have no fear! The Annual Meeting for Oregon Shores Members is here!

But wait, you say? "I'm not an Oregon Shores member, or I've let my membership lapse!" Don't you worry your pretty little head; this event is FREE  and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 
(But this event is the perfect place to join Oregon Shores or to renew your membership!)

When: Saturday November 8th, 2014 @ 10a
(registration starts at 9:30)
Where: Hatfield Marine Science Center, Hennings Auditorium
How much: FREE and open to the public!

Visit www.oregonshores.org for more information!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monitoring for Sea Star Wasting this weekend!

This May 16, 2014 photo provided by Oregon State University shows an ochre sea star with one leg disintegrating from star wasting syndrome on the Oregon Coast. (AP Photo/Oregon State University, Elizabeth Cherny-Chipman). Taken from www.OregonLive.com

Good morning TCS faithfuls, hopefuls, and those just barely interested, 

This weekend on Sunday, November 2nd, we will be meeting at the Boiler Bay at 2:15 pm to catch the low tide and collect data for Coast Watch on purple sea stars exhibiting symptoms of sea star wasting syndrome. This is a great opportunity for those of you looking to get more experience doing field work, or in getting involved with an important coastal issue. Plus, it's a lot of fun to go tidepooling with friends and to look at all the neat rocky intertidal critters :). 

For those interested you do NOT have to be a member of TCS to attend, though obviously I would encourage you to join if you enjoy the event. We will meet at the park overlooking the bay which is just south of Lincoln City, and then ferry people over to the small parking area where we can climb down. Make sure to wear footwear with good traction and to bring rain gear!

Hope to see you there!

*Carpooling options available. Email tcsosu@gmail.com for more info.*

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

State of the Coast Conference THIS WEEKEND!

Interested in learning more about the state of Oregon's coast? Come to the State of the Coast Conference this weekend October 25th-26th in Florence, OR.

This is an awesome (and super easy) opportunity to learn more about Orego coastal issues and to network with folks you may work for/with one day. Take advantage and join us there! it's only $25 to attend and many o four offices and FW students will be attending.

Click here for more details.

Even more interested in attending this weekend?? Come to the dinner tonight at American Dream Pizza and chat with us! Maybe even work out a carpool situation?? ;)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First meeting of the term!

We're kicking off this quarter with a relaxed dinner at American Dream Pizza on Monroe TODAY, Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00pm. Come and hang out with you awesome folk, and maybe even discuss some of the hot-button coastal resource management and marine science issues in the Pacific Northwest, but in a super-friendly, no-pressure environment! 

There will be students from other departments with similar interests so take advantage of this chance to extend your network and enjoy the company of very fine folks!

Caveat: attendees should come prepared to pay for their own dinner and drinks (if over 21).

Click on the link below to add it to your calendar!