Whale-watching enthusiasts will head to the Oregon coast beginning next Saturday for Spring Whale Watch Week.
Each year, the Whale Watching Spoken Here program places volunteers at 24 locations spread out on the coast during spring break week, beginning March 23.
Volunteers document gray whale habits and traits as the mammals make their migration north past Oregon to Alaska during warmer months.
“It’s a program that’s been going on for 40 years now,” said Luke Parsons, a park ranger with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “Our volunteers have been able to connect over 1.2 million people with these gray whales in