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In Cannon Beach, Oregon, Earth Day has become more than just a one-day event. Cannon Beach celebrates Earth Day for twelve days April 11 through Earth Day on April 22.
The Tufted Puffin is the star of this celebration and the 12-day celebration begins with the Puffin Welcome Ceremony on the beach at Haystack Rock at 10am on April 11. The ceremony serves to welcome back the Tufted Puffins that arrive annually at the beginning of April to nest on Haystack Rock. Volunteers from the Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) will set up puffin-viewing stations and be on the beach from 8:15am until 2:15pm to answer questions. Throughout the 12 days, HRAP presents several beach programs and many speakers are featured discussing environmental issues affecting Cannon Beach as well as the larger coastal community.
Other events include yoga classes, art shows, native tree plantings and on April 20, the annual Gaylord Nelson Award Ceremony honoring a member of the community for environmental efforts. A special community potluck dinner on April 15, celebrating salmon, features acclaimed Native American artist Lillian Pitt. Also scheduled during the 12-day event are educational opportunities on such topics as beekeeping, the arrival of marine debris from Japan, and the State of Oregon's Resilience Plan designed to provide a response to a major coastal event.
For the complete 2012 Schedule of Events click here.
For more information, contact the Twelve Days of Earth Day Committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.