January 2, 2011 by staff
Reserveamerica, Whale Watching Spoken Here (WWSH) connects trained volunteers with visitors along the Oregon coast during the two great migrations of gray whales annually. The program’s main objectives are to help visitors see and learn about whales and other marine life along the coast and have fun.
There are three training sessions offered each year. Training took place in Newport in November, and will be available in mid-January in Charleston and mid-February in Ilwaco, Washington volunteers must attend a training session before they can be used to WWHS site. Once trained, they can volunteer a year later, and experienced volunteers are also encouraged to take refresher courses. Marine biologist Carrie Newell will lead the sessions in January and February, and performing Ranger Morris Grover of Oregon State Parks Whale watching center for instructions. Preregistration is advised.
The highlight of migration are Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 for winter and March 19-26 for spring, but whales can be seen migrating south from mid-December to late January and northern mid-March to late May. Whales can be seen at other times of the year. WWHS sites are located along the coast of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Cape State Park in Ilwaco disappointment, Washington, to Ninth Street Beach in Crescent City, California
The training is free for participants who pre-register and sign up to volunteer at least two days in a watch. The training includes two days of speakers, a manual whale watching referance and two waterproof field guides. Whale T-shirts will be available to buy on training and 15 for each. You can register by e-mail to whale.watching @ state.or.us or call (541) 765-3304. State parks in Oregon and Washington provide free camping for volunteers WWSH and there without reservation state park available for weekend training. For camping reservations free of Oregon, excluding yurts and cabins, call Gretchen Mills at Reservations Northwest at (888) 953-7677. If you prefer to pay for a yurt or cabin, or make other reservations in Oregon, call (800) 452-5687 or visit reserveamerica.com
For reservations without disappointment Cape, training and volunteer at Lewis and Clark interpretive center, contact Tracy Zuern, Washington State Parks at 642-3078 (360).
For more information, visit whalespoken.org or call (541) 765-3407.
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