Puffin Event, 12 Day Earth Day Throwback to Cannon Beach on the North Oregon Coast

Posted 4/13/22 5:32 PM PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection

(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – Part of it’s about puffins, but it’s also about honoring the Earth that the Oregon Coast sits on. (Photo courtesy of Ram Pampish)

Cannon Beach is once again hosting its famous 12-day Earth Day, a nearly two-week celebration that includes a parade and street fair – and there will also be the return of the Welcome Home event Shearwaters.

Welcome Home Puffins will be held April 30 and May 1 in the northern Oregon coastal town, celebrating Cannon Beach’s most colorful part-time residents. Each April, tufted puffins begin their return to Haystack Rock to nest, breed, and raise their young for the summer.

In fact, the first pair was already seen in late March, and experts are now watching the northern Oregon Coast landmark for more. Tufted Puffin Season Begins on the North Oregon Coast: First Pair Ever Seen

The Haystack Rock Outreach Program (HRAP) welcomes the bald puffins to their summer nesting home, hosting two action-packed days of fun and learning. The event is free, fun and engaging for learners of all ages. You’ll find telescopes, tidal pool tours, and a wide variety of interpretive stations, educational games, a maze, art projects, and more.

As beautiful and adored as the iconic tufted puffins are here on the Oregon Coast and elsewhere, they are a species at risk. In recent decades, the population on the rock has dropped from 600 to just under 70. Welcome Home Puffins will take a close look at this, with opportunities to learn more about ongoing efforts to conserve the adorable little creature.

The schedule:

Saturday April 30. 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Open House: Puffin Maze Tour (weather dependent), Bird Table, Bird Viewers, Children’s Art Table, Research Table

9:30 a.m.: How to spot a puffin (Also available on Facebook/Instagram live. )

10 a.m.: Puffin Predator Game (also visible on FB/IG live)

10:30 a.m.: Puffin Trivia (also viewable on FB/IG Live)

Sunday May 1

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Open House: Puffin Maze Guided Tour (weather dependent), Bird Table, Bird Finder, Children’s Art Table, Research Table

10 a.m.: Puffin Love and All About Pufflings (also on FB/IG Live)

11 a.m.: Puffin Predator Game (also visible on FB/IG live)

11:30 a.m.: Puffin Trivia (also viewable on FB/IG Live)

The event takes place rain or shine. Dress accordingly. (503) 436-8060.

From April 18-29, Cannon Beach is once again hosting its 12 Days of Earth Day, a unique and interactive event that is very personal in some ways: you celebrate parts of it yourself. Of those 12 days, the northern Oregon coastal town offers only a handful of public events held over a few days – the rest of those days are up to you to help conserve the Earth in any way you can. .

“We hope you will join us, beginning April 18 and for 12 days, doing something to honor our beloved land,” said the town of Cannon Beach, which is hosting the event. “You can celebrate the 12 Earth Days from near or far.”

Thursday, April 21 includes Cannon Beach Tree Planting at 2 p.m. Cannon Beach Academy students will be planting trees at the Kenai Street beach access.

On April 22, it’s Cannon Beach Shreds, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located in the City parking lot on Gower Street. Shred your old documents. Businesses and residents welcome. This event is more for the locals.

On Saturday, April 23, there is the Earth Day Parade at 11 a.m. You can celebrate the Earth by watching this fun parade on N Hemlock.

On the same day, while all of this is happening, there will also be the Earth Day Street Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located on E 2nd Street between Hemlock & Spruce. Learn about local organizations that are committed to preserving local natural resources.

The SOLVE Beach Cleanup is happening across most of the Oregon Coast, and in Cannon Beach it’s happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. See full article Beach cleanups on the Washington Coast and Oregon Coast, April 23.

This day is also Puffin Watch & Beach Clean Up, which takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at Haystack Rock. See http://www.friendsofhaystackrock.org.

On Thursday, April 28, you’ll find the Tree City USA celebration, where two road accesses will have updated signs with the Tree City USA designation. This happens at 10 a.m. at the north entrance and 10:20 a.m. at the south entrance. (503) 436-1581.

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