Haystack Rock is home to the largest on-shore Tufted Puffin population in the continental United States and they are returning now to Cannon Beach.
The Puffins are just one more reason to love Cannon Beach.
The Tufted Puffin circus — truly, the group is called a “circus” — spends summers at Haystack Rock. The birds breed and raise their young in burrows atop Haystack Rock, just offshore.
The Tufted Puffins nest here from April through August. Mornings between 8-11 a.m. are the best time to see them. That’s when they are either roosting or fishing to feed their young. It’s best to spy them with binoculars or a scope, usually around the grassy part on the northeast side of Haystack Rock.
After August, they leave to spend winter on the open ocean.
The Haystack Rock Awareness Program provides volunteers on the beach to guide you as you observe these comical birds. Check the website for a schedule and more information.
During these unprecedented times, school is up in the air. Some may be going back to school, but some may be participating in distance learning, meaning they can’t get back into the classroom this year. Though unfortunate, there are plenty of ways for kids to still get outside and do some interactive learning activities to make their education more fun. Consider visiting the outdoor classroom – the Haystack Rock Awareness Program is a great place to start.
Haystack Rock Awareness Program
This program is full of educational benefits. No, it might not be all about math and English, but there’s plenty to learn about the outdoors that can be beneficial when living on the Oregon coastline. Whether you want to plan a field trip, or just want your children to become more educated on the nature and surroundings in Cannon Beach, then utilize the Haystack Rock Awareness Program!
Free educational field trips are offered through the Haystack Rock Awareness Program. Enjoy observation, exploration, and investigation – this field trip program has been going on for 15 years! To schedule a field trip, contact Lisa Bacecker at 503-436-8064.
Learn about the birds and marine invertebrates that reside in Haystack Rock. The birds will arrive in the spring but leave at the end of summer. However, the marine invertebrates will stay year-round! There’s also so much to learn about the geology as well as the plants and algae in the area.
Tidepool etiquette is extremely important when you’re visiting or residing in the Cannon Beach area. You can learn how to stay safe and how to deal with tidepool through the Haystack Rock Awareness Program. You can also explore the Marine Garden Refuge as well!
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Treat yourself to a spectacular coastal getaway, just a short distance away from Haystack Rock where you can learn about all manner of marine life. Our Cannon Beach accommodations come with spacious oceanfront views and several fantastic amenities. Don’t forget to check out our special packages for some spectacular getaway deals. To learn more about making a reservation at Tolovana Inn, please give us a call at 1-800-333-8890.