Maine to discuss role of local estuaries

The Necanicum Estuary will be the focus of a lecture by Neal Maine in the Seaside Public Library Sept. 25.

The Estuary Discovery Program, sponsored by the Seaside Aquarium, and other community partners, will celebrate the beauty and ecological values of the Necanicum Estuary with a presentation by Neal Maine, at 7 p.m. Sept. 25.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Seaside Library, the event will be in the library’s community room.

Estuaries are geological and biological resources of the Oregon Coast and connect the Pacific Ocean with the Necanicum River watershed. Not only are estuaries rich in biological resources in the reach of the estuary, but they also serve as the gateway and spawning habitat for a diverse group of wildlife. Estuaries, with their rare mix of fresh and salt water, harbor a specialized group of plants and animals as well as the entryway for young salmon migrating to the ocean and the corridor for those same salmon to return to the spawning streams of their origin.

“Estuaries – Linking Land and Ocean” is a visual experience that will be presented by Maine, a local environmentalist and nature photographer. The program will celebrate the Necanicum Estuary and its role in the ecology of the past and present cultures of the Seaside and Gearhart areas.

For more information, call 503-738-6742 or visit www.seasidelibrary.org and www.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary

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