Slurpers wanted for a week of oyster parties, classes, panels dinners, to benefit the species.

COURTESY SHUCK PORTLAND  - Learn everything you wanted to know, or eat, about oysters during the weeklong fundraising series. Gain a new understanding of the term "Ah, shucks," at The Wetlands Conservancy's weeklong celebration of oysters.

The second-annual Shuck Portland fundraising series takes place Feb. 2 to 9. Proceeds will be used to benefit the nonprofit's efforts to restore native oysters in the Yaquina Estuary.

The Wetlands Conservancy is a statewide group that acquires and protects vital wetlands around Oregon, and advocates for their important role in the ecosystem.

The Shuck Portland series includes:

•Saturday, Feb. 2: Portland in a Half Shell, an opening party where some 5,000 oysters will be available for tasting, delivered from beds ranging from Alaska to Baja California.

• Monday, February 4: A class about natural wine, oysters and a sense of place.

• Tuesday, Feb. 5: Oysters' Past, Present & Future, a panel discussion.

• Wednesday, Feb. 6: Oysters 101: learn how to shuck, slurp, identify and eat all five species of Pacific oysters.

• Friday, Feb. 8: Dinner from the Pacific, a progressive seafood dinner.

• Saturday, Feb. 9: Class: Iron Fire and Brine, an open-fire cooking class.

In addition, several of Portland's top restaurants are featuring oyster specials on their menus.

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