FORT CLATSOP — Oregon’s ocean is a place of incredible productivity and amazing biodiversity. The state is taking steps to protect its treasures through a new system of marine reserves.

At the next Nature Matters — 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Fort George Brewery’s Lovell Building — Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert will take us underwater to show how Oregon’s unique ecosystem supports the incredible journey of fishes traveling from open ocean, to nearshore waters, to the deep offshore.

She will explain how we can learn from fishes that settle in protected habitats by tracking when and where they end up, and how this knowledge can help inform successful protection of Oregon’s ocean ecosystems and the benefits they provide.

The free event is open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. to purchase dinner or beverages.

Grorud-Colvert is a marine ecologist and assistant professor in the Integrative Biology Department at Oregon State University.

Nature Matters, a lively conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on second Thursday of each month, October through May. The conversations are hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in partnership with the North Coast Watershed Association, the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and Fort George Brewery.

For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471, or check out nps.gov/lewi or Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on Facebook or Instagram.

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