Oregon’s central role in the whale watching world will be cemented this Saturday, Aug. 11, with a celebration marking the installation of the first official Whale Trail interpretive sign in Newport.

The celebration, hosted by the American Cetacean Society, will run from 10 am to 1 pm at Don Davis Park, 840 W Olive Street.

Based out of Seattle, the Whale Trail has more than 90 sites along the West Coast where people can observe whales and other marine mammals from shore. Thanks to a partnership between the Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership and its other nonprofit members, five Oregon locations were added to existing sites in British Columbia, Washington and California. In addition to Don Davis Park in Newport, the other Oregon sites are Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Protected Area, Cape Perpetua, Sea Lion Caves and Battle Rock Wayside Park in Port Orford.

Speakers at Saturday’s celebration will include Dr. Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Hatfield Marine Science Center, along with colleagues Dr. James Sumich and Dr. Leigh Torres; Charlie Plybon of Surfrider Foundation and the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership; Donna Sandstrom, executive director of the Whale Trail; Colleen Weiler of Whale and Dolphin Conservation; incoming Lincoln County Commissioner Kaety Jacobson; and Joy Primrose, president of the American Cetacean Society — Oregon Chapter.

Refreshments will be served following the speakers.

For more details on the Whale Trail, go to http://thewhaletrail.org.

For more information about Saturday’s ceremony, contact Primrose at marine_lover4ever@yahoo.com or 541-517-8754.

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