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Meanwhale in the Pacific: Northern migration of Grays set for mid-March

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Oregon reports 1 COVID-19 death, 69 new cases

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Oregon reports four new COVID-19 deaths, 100 new cases

COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 22 to 26, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Coalition of state agencies ask for voluntary hold on burning

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Gray Whale

Spring Whale Watch Week returns to the Oregon Coast as more than 25,000 Gray Whales migrate north to Alaskan waters with some new additions this March.

The Gray Whales are headed north after spending the winter off the coast of Baja Mexico, using warm-water lagoons to raise their calfs. The first large groups of whales swim by Oregon mid-March and continue into June.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OSPR) officials said due to low volunteer turnout and impact of the Covid-19 situation, not all watching spots will be staffed to assist the public in spotting whales. OSPR said it is prioritizing visitor health and will not be providing shared binoculars at viewing sites.

Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 21-29.

Depoe Bay’s newly renovated Whale Watching Center will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily and the center features interactive exhibits and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

A live stream from Depoe Bay will be provided by OSPR on their YouTube channel each day during the event.

More information about the agency’s response to COVID-19 is on the official FAQ page on the Oregon State Parks website.

For more information about parks and campgrounds on the coast, visit oregonstateparks.org.

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Justin Werner
Justin Wernerhttps://wernerhost.com/
Justin Werner is founder and publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and a journalist reporting news for the fine citizens of Lincoln City, Oregon and beyond. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press. When he's not wearing his reporter hat, you can find him enjoying the Oregon Coast with his wife and three children.

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