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Schultz, right, at work

Tidepools are fascinating to many, but beach ecosystems can be just as interesting to explore. Coastal ecologist Stewart Schultz will describe the life found on the shore and within the sands during his talk, “The Natural History of Northwest Beaches” at the North County Recreation District in Nehalem on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Following the free talk from 5 to 6:30 pm, Schultz will lead a walk on Manzanita Beach at 7 pm.

Schultz is author of “The Northwest Coast: A Natural History,” and a leading expert on the coastal ecology of the Pacific Northwest.

An Oregonian who grew up playing on the shore near Gearhart, he obtained a doctorate in botany from the University of British Columbia. He worked on the Oregon coast for the Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, gaining wide field experience before pursuing an academic career as a professor at the University of Miami, and now the University of Zadar in Croatia. During the academic year he studies marine ecology, as well as plant evolution and genetics, but every summer he returns to the Oregon Coast to teach shoreline science.

The event will also introduce new CoastWatch volunteer coordinator Jesse Jones of Astoria, who will speak briefly about CoastWatch and its citizen science projects and join Schultz for the Manzanita beach walk.

CoastWatch volunteers monitor one-mile segments of the Oregon Coast, watching for both natural changes and human impacts and serving as conservation advocates for their miles. The program also sponsors a number of citizen science projects.

The North County Recreation District is located at 36155 9th Street. For more information about this event or about CoastWatch, email jesse@oregonshores.org or call 503-989-7244.

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