Coos Bay Chapter

The Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
October 18, 2011

Birds of Redfish Rocks: November 2

Please join us at the Port Orford Library at 7pm on November 2 for the Birds of Redfish Rocks and Important Bird Area (IBA) Program! Local photographer Lois Miller and Kalmiopsis Audubon Society’s Ann Vileisis will present on the birds that inhabit or use the area around Redfish Rocks.  Ann and Lois will show big screen pictures and share insights about local shore birds that can be difficult to see close up. Paul Engelmeyer from Audubon Society’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary will explain what IBAs are and how they play into the sea bird conservation efforts from Alaska to Baja California. Paul will provide the bigger picture highlighting the central coast Marbled Murelet IBA and how it plays into the Cape Perpetua marine reserve and Oregon’s network of marine reserves. Come enjoy the discussions, photography and tasty local seafood samples from Port Orford Sustainable Seafood! This event is a collaboration of the Redfish Rocks Community Team, Kalmiopsis Audubon Society, Our Ocean, and Port Orford Ocean Resource Team.
October 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

It’s time to Stand Up, Coos Bay!

Stand Up! For The Bay is a community event designed to bring our Coos bay, and waterways into the focus of citizens in our community.  The event will take place in downtown Coos Bay, and registration and check-in begins at the public dock/boardwalk at 8:00 am. Participants will be paddling via kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board, surfboard (or whatever you like!) and congregate in the Bay waters for an easy to moderate loop. A luau with food and live music will follow, along with an informative meeting of what’s currently happening in the bay area with Surfrider Foundation and the local interest in forming a chapter in Coos Bay. Join Us! For more information email Carmen Matthews. Registration sheets can be filled out the morning of or at Waxer’s Surf Shop. Call (541) 266-9020 for more information…we hope to see you there!

Paddle out: 8:30-11:30am

Luau: 11:30-1:30pm

(boardwalk or Broadway Theater, depending on weather)

September 3, 2011

State Parks or Golf Courses?

Floras Lake State Park and the Blacklock Point area still need usSept. 14 at 5pm, Docia Sweet Hall at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Gold Beach! At a series of recent Town Hall meetings, Curry County Commissioner George Rhodes finally unveiled long-secret plans to develop two golf courses, one on the shores of Floras Lake and another atop bluffs that are now part of Floras Lake State Park. Kalmiopsis Audubon members and friends have been leading the charge presenting impressive, substantive, and inspiring comments at several meetings already, so let’s be sure and give them and the coast we need in this important meeting—which may count the most. There will be a car pool leaving the Langlois Lions Club at 3:30 and from the Port Orford Library at 4:00 pm. And we encourage Brookings members and friends to carpool from the south. If anyone’s up for pizza afterwards, at least a few of us will head for the Panther’s Den, on the east side of 101 toward the center/south end of Gold Beach.

We hope to see you at this very important meeting. At this crucial juncture, the future of our beloved place depends on us. Read more.

July 19, 2011

4H Surfrider Stewardship Surf Camp Gold Beach, Oregon

The Gold Beach 4H Surfrider Stewardship Surf Camp was a great weekend of learning and surf. The weather may not have been all time, but the kids were. All 14 surf campers got waves and learned about tides, swell direction, surf conditions and various conservation issues. The kids also helped to clean up the Rogue River mouth by grabbing trash both days after their surf.

There were many smiling faces and the kids were a pleasure to teach. Special thanks goes out to all of the volunteer surf coaches including Luke Mathison who brought up his rental fleet of stand up paddle boards for the kids to play around on in a little calm area of the river.  Another shout out to Ryan Cruse and A Warm Current for their donation of wetsuits and his excellent surf coaching.

Arik the surfer

The kids left the camp on Sunday with a greater appreciation of our natural resources, a camp t-shirt, a packet of Surfrider Foundation information, stickers and will receive a dvd of their surfing exploits in the mail soon.

There are two more camps coming up in August. One in Crescent City, CA for Brookings kids on August 6th and 7th. Another at Hubbards Creek in Port Orford on August 13th and 14th. Contact Michelle Carillo at the Gold Beach 4H office at 541 247-6672 to sign up. Contact Dave Lacey at 541 373-0487 or at for more information.

GB Surf Campers checking the tide.

June 2, 2011

Planet Blow Comes to Pistol River

Help support our Surfrider 4H Stewardship Surf Camps this summer and attend this great event! Dates below for more information and to sign up contact Dave Lacey at:

Gold Beach (Rogue River mouth) July 16th & 17th

Brookings-Crescent City (South Beach) August 6th & 7th

Port Orford (Hubbard’s Creek?) August 13th & 14th

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