Sunday, May 24, 2020

OPT WILL CAP ALL TRIPS FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2020

While some experts (and I) believe that some of the safest places to be during this pandemic are outside and in the fresh air, people need to maintain social and spatial distancing as much as possible. While maintaining a 6 foot distance is difficult to impossible on a typical pelagic trip, Oregon Pelagic Tours will be do its best to mitigate unsafe crowding. We therefore are going to cap all pelagics at 16 passengers. Unfortunately, to make even a small profit, this policy necessitates a significant price increase. We hope that we can make this a temporary measure, and that in 2021 the situation will allow a return to more normal prices and policies. In the meantime, Oregon Pelagic Tours hopes for your support and understanding, as we attempt to continue to provide pelagic birding opportunities, keeping your safety in mind. 


Friday, May 1, 2020

PELAGICS IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES -- PART 2

We apparently will be dealing with effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through at least the near future. With continuing doubts about when this crisis will be over, and following the example of many organizations ceasing activities until the summer, Oregon Pelagic Tours will not be running any pelagics until August. This decision is made after careful consideration of the safety of our passengers and crew, as well as sound business practice. While I regret the necessity of this action, I feel confident it is the correct decision. In any case, it is my sincere hope to see you on an Oregon Pelagic Tours pelagic in the future -- I for one will be more than ready to start seeing seabirds as soon as I can.
Stay healthy, and thank you for your interest in OPT! 

Friday, March 27, 2020

PELAGICS IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES -- PART 1

We at Oregon Pelagic Tours are closely following the COVID-19 pandemic, as is everyone at this time. At the time of this post (March 26), Oregon is under a "Stay at home" order. While this order will not be in place indefinitely, it is certain that the virus will take many months to run its course, and our tours may well be affected. 
Although we do expect to be able to run trips in 2020, Oregon Pelagic Tours will be responsive to the current news and recommendations through the course of the virus, and will base all decisions on offering trips with the priority of keeping the health and safety of all passengers, guides and crew in mind. 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Another Poor Weather Forecast

We were asked to make a decision about running or canceling the February 16 pelagic on Thursday the 13th. With another weather forecast predicting high winds and swells, the decision was made to cancel.  Conditions as of today (Saturday) are better than expected, HOWEVER with three sets of winds and waves, I think it would have been a very difficult day. I always have mixed feelings about having to cancel, but am not feeling too bad about this one. 

Friday, February 7, 2020

February 9 Pelagic Cancelled!

We had some late interest, but not enough. The 8 hour Late Winter Seabirds Tour out of Newport on February 9 has had to cancel. With a problematic marine weather forecast for that day, it might have been a very difficult trip anyway. 

On a more positive note, the February 16 trip has enough people signed up that I was able to confirm this trip with the charter. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Winter/Spring OPT Trips

Happy 2020, everyone! We at Oregon Pelagic Tours are looking to another great year taking you out to enjoy seabirds. 
Our first two trips are coming up soon, both on Sundays: February 9 and 16, and in conjunction with the Pacific Seabird Group meeting. However, these trips are open to all, so if you have thought about taking a winter trip, these would be a good choice. On these trips, we have a very good chance to see Black-footed and Laysan Albatross, Ancient Murrelet, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Short-tailed Shearwater. We have a chance of seeing Short-tailed Albatross also, but remember that this is a rare bird. Sign-up has been light, so you may wish to register for one of the two dates, but be available for both, just in case we have to consolidate the two trips to be able to go. 
We are also excited to explore what is off Oregon in May, as we have a trip planned for May 31st. We have not run a trip this late in May for many years, so who knows what we may find? 
Prices and information are on the Schedule/Prices page, so if interested, click on that page. Registration instructions ate on the Registration page. 
We hope to see you on the ocean in 2020!