Island in an Estuary: Whalen Island

April 25, 2016


When: Wednesday, July 27, 10 am to noon
Where: Clay Myers State Natural Area at Sand Lake, Pacific City
Led by: Lorraine Ortiz and Bonnie Henderson


Take a loop walk on Whalen Island, an upland in the middle of Sand Lake estuary, guided by two avid outdoorswomen from NCLC. Located between Cape Kiwanda and Cape Lookout, Sand Lake is considered Oregon’s best-conserved estuary, thanks to the efforts by the State of Oregon and private land trusts including North Coast Land Conservancy, which owns and manages 215 acres in the northeast corner of the estuary. Learn about the ecology at this bar-built estuary—one of only four on the Oregon Coast—and experience for yourself this unique and unusually undeveloped estuary.

NCLC Development Director LORRAINE ORTIZ has a passion for the people, places, and projects of Tillamook County, having lived in the Nehalem Bay area since 1990. Prior to joining the NCLC staff, she served as development director for the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Lower Nehalem Community Trust in Nehalem, and CARTM in Manzanita, and she operated a kayak business on the Nehalem Bay waterfront in Wheeler.

NCLC Communications Coordinator BONNIE HENDERSON has had a long career in journalism and in public affairs for nonprofits. She is an avid hiker and kayaker/canoeist and is the author of four books, including Day Hiking: Oregon Coast.

Walk info: We will follow a rolling trail for 1.5 miles. The path is well maintained. Toilets available at the trailhead. Please leave dogs at home.

What to bring: Water and snacks. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather. Binoculars for bird and wildlife spotting are always a good idea.

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