Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)

Dozens of different species of marine mammals can be found off Oregon’s Coast. Perhaps one of the most distinctive to make its way on shore is the Northern Elephant Seal, the largest pinniped carnivore that occurs along the North Pacific Coast. This animal gets its name from its size as well as the trunk-like “nose” – known as a proboscis – that is found on males and can be inflated to enhance vocalizations during mating season. Adult female elephant seals can weigh up to 1,700 pounds, and adult males can weigh up to 5,000 pounds! Unlike other mammals, including humans, that shed hair year-round, elephant seals experience this one time a year in a process called molting when they come ashore and shed the first layer of skin and their fur. The skin and fur come off in sheets as new skin and fur replace the old.

For a period of time elephant seals were thought to be extinct after they were killed in large numbers for their blubber. A small group survived off the coast of Mexico. Thanks to protections in Mexico and the United States, scientists believe there are around 170,000 northern elephant seals today. Elephant seals do not generally breed in Oregon, but visitors to the South Coast may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of one at Cape Arago State Park (near Coos Bay), the only location where elephant seals haul out year round in Oregon.

Surfing on the Oregon Coast

It’s not too late to get involved in the Southern Oregon Coast Rural Tourism Studio presented by Travel Oregon! The Rural Tourism Studio consists of a series of workshops focused on local economic development through tourism in the Southern Oregon Coast region. OSU Sea Grant Extension is participating in this program and will be available to offer communities and businesses assistance as they go through the program and in the future. The next workshop will take place February 21st and 22nd in Charleston.

Travel demand for nature-based, outdoor recreation experiences has steadily been on the rise, particularly in regions abundant with natural assets. Adventure travel is one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry globally. This workshop will explore world-class examples of other outdoor recreation and adventure travel destinations to inspire new thinking, examine how the region can evolve to meet the growing demands of the adventure traveler, while addressing issues of sustainability and seasonality. Come be a part of the discovery and get inspired with new ideas to evolve and improve this aspect of the region’s economy.

Click here to register!

Travel Oregon – Matching Grants Programs

Are you looking for matching grant funds to complete a tourism-related project? Take a look at Travel Oregon’s grant programs to see if you fit the eligibility requirements to apply for funding.

“CONVERSATION WITH FUNDERS” EVENT SERIES
Travel Oregon will join several Oregon agencies as they travel around the state for the “Conversation with Funders” event series in February. Bring your grant-related questions for this opportunity to have one-on-one time with the different funders. These free events are open to the public and do not require a registration to attend.

  • MEET grant program staff from some of Oregon’s tourism and cultural agencies
  • LEARN about available grants, programming resources and nonprofit services
  • SHARE your project ideas, needs and challenges
  • CONNECT with other organizations in your community

VIEW THE AGENDA

Visit the Oregon Cultural Trust or contact Aili Schreiner at aili.schreiner@oregon.gov or 503-986-0089 for more information.

Conversation with Funders

February 7, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Liberty Theatre, McTavish Room
1203 Commercial Street
Astoria, Ore.
February 8, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Newport Performing Arts Center
777 W Olive Street
Newport, Ore.
February 9, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Coos History Museum
1210 N. Front Street
Coos Bay, Ore.
February 14, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem, Ore.
February 15, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Cerimon House
5131 NE 23rd Ave.
Portland, Ore.
February 16, 2017
3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Pendleton Center for the Arts
214 N Main Street
Pendleton, Ore.
February 22, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jackson County Library, Adams Conference Room
205 S Central Ave.
Medford, Ore.
February 23, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eugene Public Library, Bascom/Tykeson Room
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, Ore.
February 28, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Sunriver Area Public Library
56855 Venture Lane
Sunriver, Ore.