Come to the beach March 22-29 for whale watching & spring beach cleaning (2014)
The Oregon coastline is the place to be March 22-29 for whale watchers hoping for a flash of a tail or spray from a spout. Nearly 160 gray whales cruise north each day on their annual spring migration and their numbers usually peak about the last week in March — just in time for the Spring Whale Watch Week.
Bring your questions to the trained volunteers stationed at 24 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each day during the week. They’ll also share tips about spotting some of the 18,000 gray whales heading from their breeding grounds on Mexico’s Baja coast to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. Oregon State Park rangers and volunteers also will be at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay 10 a.m-4 p.m. each day.
Visitors hoping to spot some of these passing giants should come to the coast with binoculars and rain gear and look for the “Whale Watching Spoken Here” signs at any of the 24 whale watching viewpoints. This time of year most of the whales can be spotted about 1-3 miles off the coastline. Occasionally, whales will search for food or an early mother and calf will swim close to the shore.
March 22 for the SOLVE Spring Beach Cleanup
On Saturday, March 22 from
10 a.m.-1 p.m., thousands of volunteers will clean the beach from border to border. Want to help? Visit SOLVE for more information and register for one of 45 beach cleanup sites.