Oregon’s Summer Resident Gray Whales: Unleashing a Well-Kept Secret is the title of Tuesday, May 15, 2012 OMSI Science Pub at the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan):
Few people realize that there is a pod of about 70 gray whales that spends the summer off the Pacific Northwest coast. These whales spend the winter around Baja but have figured out that they don’t have to migrate all the way to Alaska for the summertime; instead, they stay and feed in the waters off Oregon. At this Science Pub, find out about the individual whales that consistently come back each summer, their personalities, what they eat, and the research being done to record and preserve them.
Presenter Carrie Newell is a professor of marine biology at Lane Community College and is a gray whale researcher who hosts whale watching tours off Depoe Bay.
The science begins at 7pm but arrive early (5pm doors open) to secure your beer, grub, and a seat! There’s a $5.00 suggested donation/cover charge. Minors with adults are welcome, otherwise this event is 21 and over.