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Spring whale migration about to begin

OPRD photoA whale breaches off the Oregon Coast.

The spring whale migration on the Oregon Coast begins in March, and even though the official Spring Whale Week hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has been canceled due to lingering concerns over COVID-19, the best whale-watching sites are open at many coastal parks.

Although the Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay remains closed, OPRD is bringing back its popular whale watching livestream on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/OregonParks). The livestreams are scheduled daily March 21-25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Whale Watch Center will reopen to visitors in late spring 2022.

Designated whale watching sites offer the best chances of spotting whales because of their locations, usually slightly elevated above the ocean and in areas where whales are more easily seen. Spots on the southern Oregon Coast include Shore Acres State Park, Cape Ferrelo, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint, Battle Rock Wayside and Harris Beach State Park

Some 25,000 gray whales will pass by Oregon's shores from late March to June on their way to cool Alaskan waters. Many will be accompanied by their calves, born during the winter in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico.

Learn more at orwhalewatch.org.

Youth turkey hunting clinic

A youth turkey hunting clinic is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon April 2 at the Denman Wildlife Area in Central Point.

The clinic, sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Hunters Association, is open to youth age 8 to 17. Registration closes April 1. The cost is $10.

ODFW staff and experienced hunters will discuss turkey biology, Oregon’s turkey hunting opportunities, turkey identification, behavior, sign identification, scouting techniques and hunting tactics. Attendees will leave with the basic skills and some equipment to start on the path toward successful turkey hunting.

The class will be held outside and is limited to 20 participants. Attendees should plan to be accompanied by an adult. Hunter education certification is not required. Lunch will be provided.

For information email Steve Niemela at steve.a.niemela@odfw.oregon.gov or call 541-630-0041.

See more information or register at https://bit.ly/3IIknvF