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291 BerrieC 08/11/2022

3 groups of Snowy Plovers feeding a the water's edge, approx 120 birds between Twin Rocks and Watseco. Other items: Small bag of dog poop. Buoy Beer label. Large amounts of seaweed in which debris and dead birds were tangled. Also, there was a service vehicle on the beach. 

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339 edjoyce 08/10/2022

Nothing out of the ordinary.  Dunes have taken on a typical summer profile being less steep than winter.

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239 ORbeach 08/06/2022 DISPATCH

Found a dead sea lion on the beach at beach access #50.  It was not here a week ago when we did our coast walk.  It was pretty badly decomposed so may have died at sea and been washed up.  Hard to determine if there was any trauma involved.  There was also a dead bird not far away - possibly a common murre; no leg bands.

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225 CherieE53 08/05/2022 DISPATCH

The visitors and their dogs were just enjoying the views. The wind was strong so most visitors were walking fast along the beach. The wildlife appeared to be relaxed. There did not appear to be any interaction between visitors and the wildlife.

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214 MatthewsE 08/04/2022

 

Sunny Day!

Beach: Pretty clean beach with 2 exceptions (2 tennis balls on a log and a can, close to north end of mile) otherwise very clean of human debris.  

Terrain:  Gradual sloping of dunes next to beach almost complete no sign of sharp edges to dunes meeting the wood or bare as in previous months.  Any logs there are are sitting on top or buried in the sand. 

Sand Bar:  water separating bar getting longer and wider.

Beached Birds:  2 Adult Common Murres, measured and assigned tags #16 and#17. #17 had no neck or head and breastbone was exposed.

Found one leg of a Common Murre  separate from body (no sign of body)

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243 garretta 08/04/2022

Mid week summer day: people with dogs running loose. Calm, weather app said 61 but could easily have been 70 or above. It was cooler in the Willamette Valley so winds were less here. Beach access at NW 34 and NW 15th in Lincoln City is currently blocked. Clusters of California blue mussels scattered on the beach. 

 

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184 simmonsk 08/04/2022

It was a warm sunny day on Ocean Beach.  Lots of people out enjoying the sand, sun and tide pools.  The summer sand drifts have arrived on Ocean Beach, most notably the drifts are high near the caves and around the north end of the beach.  The sand drifts extend the entire length of the beach obsuring even the rocks and driftwood normally visible along the bluffs.  There was unusual concentration of mussel shells present in the driftline.  I also noted several juvenile sea gulls.  The rock formation mid beach, visible at low tide, was covered with sea stars.  

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324 SeagerG 08/04/2022

My morning walk began gloriously with the sun peaking through the clouds and chirping birds flitting through the dune grasses. Several Osprey fished in the estuary, tangling with Caspian Terns and Seagulls, and Semipalmated Plovers ran along the shoreline. I was rewarded with my third sighting of the Snowy Plover family amongst the grasses of the Necanicum Spit. I also heard, but did not see, a drone over the north end of the dunes and sighted a possible driver on the balconey of one of the houses. But as I rounded the corner with the river and began to walk south along the beach, dead birds and debris began to appear. In total, I found ten dead Common Murres and two seagulls. I also found a condom (on the trail in the dunes), a dirty diaper (on the beach), an assortment of beer cans, glass bottles, broken plastic sand-toys, cigarette butts and dog poop. I don't know why, but the only kind of beer bottle label I've ever found is Buoy Beer, and in the last month I've come across about ten.

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101 GarrettSEA 08/03/2022

A typical summer morning at low tide with many visitors walking along the beach. USFW volunteers were present at Coquille Point.  Two resting seals on the rocks. Most people were taking photos and checking out the tidepools.  Dogs were either leashed or under control. The majority of nesting sea birds seem to have moved on from the area. Light winds allowed more people to sit on the beach in chairs. 4 dead sea birds were seen. 2 murres and 2 gulls. The driftline had small wood pieces and shells. No trash or plastic was noted. 

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194 tietjenl 08/03/2022

My Coastwatch began with a flyover by six brown pelicans just above the surf at the southern border of Mile 194! A warm, calm day. Enjoyed observing the usual tidepool animals as listed above. Also interesting to note was what I thought was a chiton and it's track in the sand in a shallow tidepool [see photo]. Some concave depressions in the  rocks above the tide line showed crystallization [of perhaps salt] and a significant amount of vegetation on the rocks was bleach white. No abherrant human behavior with the highest poplulation of people on the 804 trail in front of the hotels on the north end of Mile 194. Two unattended small dogs [dachsunds ?], without tags, were observed at the midpoint of Mile 194, but I was unable to reach them before they ran off. They looked to be in good health. One dead seabird floating upside down in a tidepool at the Agency Creek drainage 44°19'07.4"N 124°06'30.6"W [see photo]. There is also a sign posted, "BIRDS ONLY BEYOND THIS POINT," at the boundary between the south end of Smelt Sands State Park and the north border of the Adobe. 

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197 mudslide 08/03/2022

Another beautiful day and a very clean beach -- impressive given the full campground at the height of summer. I counted 27 adults, 4 children, and 4 dogs, all leashed except one. I observed 2 people riding bicycles, 2 using metal detectors, and one person coming down the stairs with a surfboard. I saw 2 or 3 gulls, a sandpiper, and 3 vultures biding their time near the stranded seal.  Small stones were scattered most of the way S on the mile. There were two substantial chunks of newly fallen bluff, but my photos of them were in too much shadow.

Close to the bluff a sign had been placed by the Marine Mammal Stranding Network calling attention to the stranded seal. It was far enough away from where the seal lay that as I was walking S near the bluff, scanning the beach, I didn't spot any seal, and I guessed the sign was no longer relevant. Walking back N closer to the water, I came across the seal and noticed it had left a track starting near the sign and leading oceanward to its current position maybe 35 or 40 yards away (a very rough estimate). See photos. I called the MMSN to report the less than optimum placement of the sign, and they texted back that a staff member had placed the sign near the seal the night before. I sent them a couple of photos showing the seal's path and current position. I also spoke with a couple who were walking in the seal's direction with their dog to warn them off, but they were aware of the situation, had seen the seal from their campsite the night before. They said other campers had also seen it and expressed concern.

Three deep holes had been dug in the sand in three different places -- deep enough to pose a danger of collapse, but the diggers were nowhere to be seen. See photo.

The concrete base of a long-gone set of wooden stairs down to the beach, which has been sitting there unchanged for 10 years, has undergone a sudden transformation since my last visit, in May. It looks as if someone has taken a pickaxe to it -- much of its surface has crumbled. Big mystery to me. See "before" and "after" photos.

 

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239 ORbeach 07/31/2022

A warm calm summer's day.  More people than usual on the beach (40+) and the parking lot at the end of Salishan Drive was full.  We counted 8 license plates from Oregon, 4 from Washington, 1 from California and 1 from Utah.  Although it was mostly sunny out, the hot weather in the Willamette Valley sucked in the marine layer along the immediate coastline so the fog came and went.  Only a few harbor seals in their usual place at the end of the spit.  The number of cars in the parking lot might indicate there had been more foot traffic in the area, so possibly some of the seals scampered off into the water when they saw humans approaching ... but I have no evidence of that.  The few people who were there when we were there were very respectful and kept their distance.  Very little trash to pick up.

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203 Nancy Thomas 07/30/2022

Dense fog, 62 degrees and minimal wind. Major change was dune development due to the NW wind.  No Snowy Plover tracks or Plovers seen.  Quite of few gulls seen in the wet sand at the end of Buckley Creek and other streams running to the ocean.  Mostly Western, some Heermann's and other gull sp.  One beached/dead bird, a cormorant.   One strutting American Crow. Teepee near 66C. Beach carving in the sand and beach trenching.

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157 GasiorowskiM 07/30/2022

Mile 157 is a beautiful, little-visited stretch of coastline.  It is on the Oregon Dunes Loop Trail, which provides access at the northern and southern ends of Mile 157.  (Access at the southern end, near Tahkenitch Creek, passes through approximately 2 miles of soft sand and therefore is more difficult.)  The main highlight from this visit was two dead seals, one of which seemed to have been attacked recently by coyotes or other canines.

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142 KerrieP 07/24/2022

Little evidence of human influence in this area except plover management measures. Nice to see they're working.

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141 KerrieP 07/24/2022

Not the best of conditions for a beach walk in July so no surprise that noone else was present. State Parks and the Forest Service are doing a good job managing plovers in the area. Also walked mile 142.

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290 BerrieC 07/23/2022

Lots of folks having fun on a partially sunny day.  Beach is fairly clean considering the number of people on the sand on a summer weekend.

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262 Linda Fink 07/21/2022

nice day, lots of people and their dogs enjoying the beach

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202 Jon French 07/21/2022

Every day now for over a week, I and two other U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service volunteers, along with our local State Parks Ranger, have been monitoring three active Western Snowy Plover nests near Alsea Bay as the nests approached hatching time. Nest number BASH15A hatched two chicks a few days ago, and BASH19A hatched one chick the day before yesterday. The chicks, little fuzzy golf balls perched on drinking straw legs, are hard to see even when Dad isn't sitting on them to keep them warm. Mom's maternal duties pretty much end when the chicks hatch, after which she's prone to fly off in search of another mate with the hope of creating a new brood before the nesting season ends, leaving Dad to rear the chicks for a month until they fledge. Unfortunately, BASH19A hatched only one of its three eggs, a second egg disappeared, and the third egg was left unattended. We consulted with our local USFWS plover biologist, and it was decided to collect the abandoned, non-viable egg, which I did today and took to the USFWS office in Newport. Of Mile 202's twenty-three nests, the only known nests in Lincoln County this year, two have now hatched chicks, not great but an improvement over last year.

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146 Mike Mueller 07/19/2022

Today was a CoastWatch orientation led by naturalist, Marty Giles. Two other CoastWatch volunteers attended. Wildlife activity included an eagle and turkey vulture feeding on a common murre, and ochre sea stars on the south jetty and aggretating anemone. One surfer was spotted. 

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220 kmalarkey 07/19/2022

Beautiful day with many people. Sand is so high on north side of Yaquina Head so there was easy access through the tunnel to the mini beach which is rare. Saw the greatest number of orchre sea stars in  several years. Appeared healthy except for 2 and were a variety of sizes from small to large, probably 90% were purple and 10% orange. Called beach ranger and verified that tire tracks we saw last month were his and that he issued the rip rap permit because the property and utilities were there before 1977.

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219 YHONA 07/18/2022

Walked length of Quarry Cove and Cobble beaches. Weather was warm with a slight breeze. Lots of visitors recreating along beaches, pursuing a variety of activities. Nothing out of the ordinary to report. 

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203 Jon French 07/18/2022 DISPATCH

I walked Sandpiper Beach to Buckley Creek this morning looking for Snowy Plovers, but I saw no sign of plovers or even tracks. As I came onto the beach, I saw vultures feeding on something which, as I approached, turned out to be a dead Harbor Seal pup. I took photos to send to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and continued up the beach. As I returned and was leaving the beach, I talked with someone who said they had just seen a coyote at the carcass, which seemed pretty unusual for the daytime, so I waited awhile back in the vegetation. In a few minutes, a coyote came out of the seasonal dunes just north of me, trotted to the carcass and began feeding, jerking and tearing on the carcass and dragging it around. I watched for maybe ten minutes until the coyote finally trotted off up the beach and into the seasonal dunes. Attached are a few photos, and below are Dropbox links to three short videos, not Top Gun quality but an exciting day on the beach and a reminder to people, especially with young children and small dogs, that we share our beaches with coyotes and other wild things. I originally thought the coyote was just scavenging the carcass, but looking back on it, I think the coyote may have actually preyed upon the seal pup. The carcass looked well fed, not at all emaciated, and there were no signs of trauma except for the head region, which would seem like a good spot for a coyote to attack a resting seal pup.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kxskbs2r69u1sia/DSCN2541.mp4?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/aufrksjz0lie6sx/DSCN2545.mp4?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hucccskhtst7pb6/DSCN2546.mp4?dl=0

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188 GasiorowskiM 07/18/2022

Strawberry Hill is a popular destination for beachcombing and tidepooling.  Quite a few people were there during this visit, all well-behaved and maintaining the cleanliness of this beautiful location.  Erosion of the bluffs over the north and south beaches continues.  Many hundreds of sea stars were visible at low-tide areas on the north and south beaches, with no sign of wasting disease.  And hundreds of small white pyrosomes were stranded on the sand and in tidepools along the south beach.  

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222 222Tender 07/17/2022 DISPATCH

Very little water in Wade Creek. No cars or people when I arrived...parking lot filled up by the time I left at 2:30. Chilly wind picked up at 12:30.

 

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254 heidenreichh 07/17/2022

Beautiful morning!  Sunny with little wind and many people enjoying the beach.

I saw evidence of  15 campfires along the mile,  two of which were within 30 feet of the dunes/grass, one was still smoldering.  I smotherd it.    Mid mile I noticed mini slides on the face of the dunes, indicating erosion.

In three places below Neskowin Crest there was undercutting of dunes.

 

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189 gailrobbw 07/17/2022

Beautiful mostly sunny morning with wide open sandy beach due to minus tide. Little garbage on beach or pull outs even with large number of visitors.  Good variety of birds, no sea mammels or washed up sea cucumbers observed. Last year's grafitti on Gwynn Creek culvert and Cumins Creek Bridge have been painted over. The grafitti to the bluff half way between culvert and bridge is the same as has been there for some time - it is an easy place for people to reach and write their names, etc. in the soft sandstone. 

 

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311 sultanym 07/17/2022 DISPATCH

Today, we observed a whopping total of 1,059 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 8 team members participate for 1.63 hours for a total survey effort of 13 hours. These efforts involved visually inspecting the stars for signs of sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS) as part of our observational study. A total of 1,001 stars were healthy (94.5%), 40 had one white lesion on the ray or central disk (mild SSWS; 3.8%), while 18 individuals had more than one lesion, arm curling, body disintegration, or organs emerging from body cavity (severe SSWS; 1.7%). We sent images to MARINe who confirmed our correct designations of mild vs. severe disease category symptoms. Size class measurements ranged from the minute 10mm to a dinner plate sized 240mm, measured from the center of the central disk to the longest ray. No stars were touched in this observation (visual inspection only). Of the 1,001 healthy individuals counted, 837 ndividuals measured between 50-140mm in terms of size class designations, which is 83.4% of all healthy Pisaster measured. Many juvenile stars were observed, especially in the crevices of California mussels along the rock wall of Silver Point rock. Additional tide pool invertebrates seen included a stiff-footed sea cucumber, tar-spot sea cucumber, Hind’s chiton, Lined chiton, Hairy chiton (upon visual inspection, it looked like someone pried this chiton off the rocks), Frilled commensal scaleworm on an ochre sea star, Rockweed isopod, Pacific rock crab, California mussels (thousands!), and an interesting coralline algae in the genus Bossiella.

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26 hobbins 07/16/2022

The beach was very clean, sand was warm, and the waves were running hard. Other than human beings and the ravens and eagles there was that much on the beach.

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229 njwhite 07/16/2022 DISPATCH

News of a dead sea lion was circulating in our community of Little Whale Cove the week of July 11. Eagles and vultures were spotted near the dead sea lion as well as vultures circling overhead. The stranding message line was called at 541-270-6830. Jim Rice responded right away after a message was left. Jim asked for close up photos of the dead sea lion's flippers and pelt. Jim was very helpful and responsive to emails and photos sent. The pelt was a light gold color. Here's some information about the difference between steller sea lions and California sea lions. "Steller sea lions are much larger than California Sea Lions. Males push 2,500 pounds and 11 feet long (850 pounds and 7 feet for California sea lions) while females weigh close to 1,000 pounds and 9 feet long (220 pounds and 6 feet for California sea lions). Male Stellers also have much thicker necks. Steller sea lions are closer to reddish brown-to-blonde in color, but when wet, both California and Steller sea lions may look very similar in color. Stellers have a more blunt face than California sea lions (shorter snouts, sometimes described as “bear-like”). Male California sea lions develop a bump on their skull, called a sagittal crest, which male Stellers do not have"

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146 SmithRiver 07/16/2022

Observation of an eagle feeding. 

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116 alaingamerica 07/16/2022

A minus tide occurs this Summer weekend and Parks had a sign encouraging the public to explore the tidepools. I believe this does account for the increase in visitors. A pleasant day to do so. I'm happy to report I saw many Ochre Stars present. I do believe I am observing a limiting effect on the Sea Urchins. Many tidepoolers were pleased by finding many Gumboot Chitons and Sea Stars.

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295 nedonnaman 07/16/2022

Very high tides in the last week have swept the beach clean of usual debris in wrack line.  Sand has built up nicely since winter storms and the beach as a whole is in very good shape. 

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101 beachnut 07/16/2022 DISPATCH

7 dead common murres were in the mid-tide zone on the north side below Coquille Point. 5 were small juveniles. No apparent cause of death.
 

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339 edjoyce 07/13/2022

Dunes taking on less steep summer profile.

Observed a dead pup seal.

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298 LeboC 07/12/2022

Very little human-made debris on beach. Folks were being very respectful of plover restrictions.

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264 rbourke 07/11/2022

Warm windy afternoon. No issues to report. 

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222 FlaningamM 07/10/2022

The beach fire close to vegetation, and somewhat close to access point was the main unusual concern to report, otherwise just the usual concern of trash. Less trash than at the two miles to the north (Beverly and Otter Rock Beaches), but a significant amount is trash left by beach goers, and not plastic pellets and styrafoam that has washed ashore. It therefore feels like there's room for an easier improvement. Of the four old beach fire sites seen today, there was trash left at three of them. Also, there were three tied up plastic bags presumably with dog poop, left on the ground. Also, I picked up 23 cigarette butts today (over a pack's worth); most were at the parking lot and path to the beach, but about five were on the beach. Consider putting up a sign in the parking lot educating people about the harm cigarette butts and plastic bring to the ocean and coast, as well as on how to most safely have a beach fire. 

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324 SeagerG 07/09/2022 DISPATCH

Two Snowy Plovers seen with eggs at nests within protected sites. One Plover (southern roped off area) was seen to be tagged - left leg with a light blue tag, right with orange. Before arriving at site, a human was seen at the edge reading one of the signs. With binoculars I observed that both Plovers off their nests, but as I waited and watched they eventually returned to their nests as as they did I was able to visualize eggs at both nests.

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324 SeagerG 07/08/2022

Beautiful clear day, moderate amount of human activity; two Snowy Plovers seen in newly designated protected areas exhibiting nesting behavior; one harbor seal pup on the rocks of the Necanicum Inlet Island; numerous seagulls and terns along with a few cormoronts; The amount of fireworks debris, burned logs, and styrofoam at the waterline is disheartening. One kiteflyer hooked the handle onto a log in an insecure manner that a gust of wind could have removed and another family was drinking alcohol from glass containors out on the waterline. A tent is in an area frequented by the homeless and has been there for two days,

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324 SeagerG 07/06/2022

Snowy Plover nesting area warning signage was recently added as well as a specific roped off area for known nest sites - checked with J Jones as to who set the signage and was directed to Audobon, Portland. Extensive fireworks debris everywhere.

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243 garretta 07/06/2022

Quiet Wednesday after the July 4th chaos. Clean-up crews on July 5 did a great job but I still hauled an overflowing big grocery bag of trash and cans. Could have filled a couple more it I had had them and the time. Lots and lots of huge logs were used for fires and continued to burn or were hot to the touch. My dog likes to "walk" on the logs as a low budget agility course and it will be a long time before I let him do it again and even then, will check for heat. Misty rain in the beginning but clouds were lifting on the way back and by midday, it was sunny and warm. 

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290 Foxglove290 07/05/2022 DISPATCH

Post 4th beach clean up is a yearly clean up I do because the public always leaves a mess behind them.  

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220 Hillsideshack 07/05/2022

A beautiful day to be on 220. Not much trash, the high tide may have taken it out. Some nice rock cairn art at the northern part of my mile. The cliff continues to erode along with rock fall and vegetation coming down. The 3 black pipes continue to erode out of the proximal 1/2 of the beach cliffs (no pictures as I photograph them every time). Sea stars doing really well in the tide pools.

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327 sultanym 07/05/2022 DISPATCH

A morning walk on mile 327 on July 5th revealed a significant amount of human trash from the fourth of July festivities on the beach, including hundreds of fireworks, abundant single-use plastics, and many food containers/food waste. Most debris was located directly on the beach from the Del Rel entrance road or 0.5 miles south of this road above the high tide line below the dunes. I collected three bags full of trash, including many types of spent fireworks and single-use plastics from picnics. I observed 4 other SOLV volunteers assisting with trash clean-up efforts along this stretch of beach that is heavily visited. Many campers with tents were seen along the mile this morning, with their vehicles parked on the sand overnight. One dead Common Murre that was eaten by a predator was observed along the wet sand. The sandy beach entrance to the access road was being plowed and graded the morning of July 5th, making vehicular traffic entering and exiting the beach much easier. 

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261 beattieb 07/04/2022

Large groups of people arriving and setting up over the entire mile. High number of visitors setting up for the fireworks show, small beach fires, many tents, swimming, kayaking, surfing, kite flying, corn hole, soccer, volleyball, one illegal vehicle in closed area. Number of people estimated to be 2500.  

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214 MatthewsE 07/04/2022

A wonderful afternoon at the beach.

More people and dogs than I have experienced before, but all seemed to be pleasant and NOT one candy wrapper or other sign of a large amount of people, other than footprints.  Sharp dune edges almost non existant. Most logs from the winter months seem to be buried in the sand.

A sand bar seems to be developing along the mile with a "river of water' in between.

No beached birds or marine mammals found.

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261 beattieb 07/03/2022

We stayed until 1:00, when we left there were more and more people showing up hard to estimate total number  Returned at 4:15, estimated 1000 people, 2 boats with trailers.

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317 SeagerG 07/03/2022

Black Oystercatchers are currently raising three chicks on Submarine Rock and birds' behavior was noted to change due to tidepoolers. While it's anecdotal, parents appear to cease forage activies by one or both parents when humans are close and some alarm behavior was noted due to barking/nearby dogs.

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182 mj6dolphin 07/02/2022

There was a low tide and numerous tide pools. One with an 8 inch red crayfish that had black tips on the pinchers. There were several sand dollars. Continued erosion of cliffs.

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306 jkcornelius 07/02/2022 DISPATCH View full report 1
245 TerryH 07/01/2022

Clean beach except for an old tire which I reported to Ranger Parker for pickup.  "No Fireworks" signs up at beach accesses and a couple of colorful trash barrels, located on the beach, in preparation for the July 4th holiday weekend. More graffiti next to 72nd St beach access, #40.

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327 sultanym 06/29/2022

A cloudy yet mild afternoon walk on mile 327 revealed an interesting diversity of arthropod species in the wrack line: Say's Stink Bug, Large Yellow Underwing, 61 Serrated Darkling Beetles, and ladybird beetles (Coccinella and Hippodamia). Other notable species included many 5-10mm sized By-the-wind Sailor (Vellela vellela) washed up on the beach. 

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306 jkcornelius 06/29/2022

An eagle was obtaining breakfast from Gull Rock. As he approached the rock from above there was a terrible outcry from all the birds as they left the rock. When he landed on the rock it became deathly quiet and a few minutes later he appeared on a tree limb in a spruce tree on the edge of the beach to defeather the white feathers on his breakfast. Low tide made it possible to see so many seastars and mussels on rocks. Lovely morning with no wind. Amazing comeback of seastars compared to last year. Bluff on Columbia Street (Lane) at bottom of cliff has dropped and made a dangerous access.

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338 Randy and Beth 06/27/2022

Two notable things on our beach mile walk today. As we walked south to north we spotted ladybugs on the small driftwood/grasslike seaweed combo that was at the edge of the  surf zone. This was along most of our mile, and a first. We've never seen this before.

 We also picked up Buoy Beer labels along our mile. We only found a dozen, but there will be more heading to the beach as we spotted them in the water.  Another walker we encountered had his pockets full also.  He commented that the south jetty is a gathering spot, so we will return soon to help with more cleanup.

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246 gianna70 06/26/2022

Beautiful day with many visitors to the mile during the approximately two hours I was there. No major concerns to report.

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339 edjoyce 06/26/2022

Dunes/beach are taking on a more gentle slope due to less summer waves and storms.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 06/25/2022

A rare day on the beach, as temperature was 70 degrees with the usual moderate steady wind. Lots of folks, most I've ever seen. Picked up quite a few used cherry bombs, and a rather large, empty bottle of liquor. Large piece of plastic found, along with the usual smaller pieces. Several families having picnics. Dogs were on leash. Altogether a very good day on the beach.

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310 gmfindley 06/24/2022

Parking lot full with lots of people enjoying warmer temps on bright sunny day. Didn't see other wildlife/birds besides seagulls and crows.   Saw some beach debris, including wooden pallet and plank. Noticed several black drainage pipes coming down off the hillside.  Don't know if these are new or have been there for awhile; or if they are permitted.

On several beaches in the past 10 days have collected a number of Bouy Brewery labels. See photo of pallet washed ashore south near last headland before Hug Point;, heavy plank/support (possibly from pier); metal-framed box with styrofoam inside seen in creek bed leading to shore near all glass house; and fallen sign post just up from beach.

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317 SeagerG 06/22/2022 DISPATCH

A drone hovered very close to the Black Oystercatcher nesting site on Submarine Rock for nearly 15 minutes (definitely affecting the behavior of both parents and chicks) and nearly hit a juvenile Bald Eagle;
The Steller pup was in a high traffic area and even with relocation of the sign from the Seaside Aquarium, people either couldn't see him, or still wanted to get close to take photos. He was close to my survey site so I did my best to reroute human traffic around his location and to keep and eye on him. He moved very little, only vocalized for one short period, and finally died.

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330 LEWI 06/21/2022

Today the NPS crew joined the hybrid beach grass training with Risa Askerooth from Oregon State University. We learned how to identify four grasses and how to upload our findings on the iNaturalist app and specifically the project, Hybrid Beachgrass Hunt: American beachgrass, European beachgrass, the native beachgrass and the hybrid. An exciting find on this training was a Peziza ammophila, a mushroom also known as a Dune Cup or Sand Tulip. This was a new find for Lewis and Clark National Historic Park's species list! 

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331 alkarbeck 06/21/2022

It was mild and the tide was far enough out to drive on the beach. But it was eeriely quiet! No dog walkers, no one sitting by their vehicles, and no gulls!!! It was an odd time to see it so quiet. However, our beach has been clean the last few times we have been on it including today!

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219 YHONA 06/21/2022

Today's observations indicate that the location surveyed is experiencing high levels of human activity. Many people were observed recreating at the site, tidepooling, strolling or sitting quietly to observe the scenery. The location is also an important habitat area for seabirds and shorebirds. Several species are currently nesting and breeding in the area (mostly on the offshore islands and cliffs), and numerous predator birds were observed attempting to hunt adults or steal eggs. The resident harbor seal colony at Yaquina Head remains a significant presence, and dozens of seals could be seen on the rocks offshore or on the far end of Cobble Beach.

Very little trash was present on the beaches today, and erosion, though present, seemed minimally concerning.

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226 gsmeyer 06/20/2022

Humans were only noted well above the shoreline, specifically at the Lookout, where people parked their vehicles to get out for a few minutes to observe the seascapes.  There was a notable absence of wildlife.  (Note that I had seen several whales - probably gray - at the south end of mile 226 only two days prior.). No physical changes were observed since my last quarterly visit.   

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307 Bald Eagle 06/20/2022

Eight people and one dog were walking on the beach.  One oyster catcher was on the beach.  I saw about 30 healthy sea stars on the large rock south of Gull Rock (see attached pictures).  No wasting was observed.

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185 Lfleming 06/20/2022

A sunny, very windy day that brought out a lot of people to enjoy the beach, mostly staying in the first sandy area.   The cobbles in the middle section made walking hard farther along the beach.   We had a bald eagle fly over us and a turkey vulture landed on rocks near by after circling us.   There were 13 harbor seal on the bigger rocks.   The gulls were out on the mussel covered rocks and in the tide pools visible with the minus tide.   There were a few orange seastars on the outer rocks.  A nice break from the rain.

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317 tabeag 06/20/2022 DISPATCH

An endangered Stellar sea lion pup has been continually harassed by visitors and dogs for several days, and the same behavior continued today. I was told that several people tried to push him into the ocean, and that he had an injured flipper.

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184 simmonsk 06/20/2022

A warm sunny day with low tides brought lots of visitors to Ocean Beach.  There is a rock field present at the base of the stairs and there were quite a few rock hunters.  Most people were enjoying the beach, picnicking, kite flying, walking, sitting and tide pooling.  The exposed rock formations at all points along the beach offered great sea star viewing, many the size of dinner plates!!  The stars I observed were healthy.  I didn't see any indications of wasting disease.  Crab molt must be starting as there were quite a few crab shells in the debris line.  Also I noted velella, By the Wind Sailors, in the debris line all along the beach.  I complete a Marine Debris survey for NOAA. 

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317 SeagerG 06/19/2022 DISPATCH

I'm wondering if better protection can be put in place for endangered seal and sea lion pups. More or clearer signage might help or even a volunteer network of people that could "stand guard" only be during pupping season and maybe only during high traffic times of the day.

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203 Jon French 06/19/2022 DISPATCH

At 10:02 p.m. last night, someone on Bayshore Beach, two houses west of me, began shooting off fireworks, loud sky rocket types with big bang star bursts at the top. I jumped out of bed, our dog ran under the bed, and probably at least a couple of PTSD vets in the neighborhood hit the floor. As we all know, beach fireworks are prohibited. To remind visitors, there are Fireworks Prohibited signs and beach access signs along Oceania Drive paralleling the beach (see attached photos and also a highlighted version of Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 736-021-0100 cited on the Fireworks Prohibited signs).

This morning I walked the beach looking for fireworks debris but didn't find any, so I knocked on the door of the house fronting where the fireworks had originated, a vacation house whose owners I didn't know. The people who answered the door, one of them a young woman holding a baby, had also been disturbed by the fireworks, which they said came from the beach right in front of them, but they didn't know who it was, and it hadn't been them. I know I'm just preaching to the choir, but if anyone would like to pass this on, I'm attaching a #SilentFireworks poster which Mile 203's Nancy Thomas sent to me.

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102 beachnut 06/19/2022

A calm, overcast morning of 55 drew 8 folks and 4 dogs to the beach at 7 a.m. 6 were rock hunting and 2 walking. Dozens of gulls and several crows were out as well. Small rocks, shells, kelp, wood pieces and driftwood, builder styrofoam, and rubber fish lures composed the wrack line. Erosion of the vegetative foredune continues with recent high tides.

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220 kmalarkey 06/18/2022 DISPATCH

Possible Sea Star Wasting disease observed in sea star across tidepool with binoculars and photo. Enlarge left section of dark area above pool. Note small light circle. Sea star with backwards drooping arms is to the right of the light spot. No other sea stars observed in this area. Resembles SSWD seen in 2014-2015. Pool deep so couldn't get closer. Pool is in formation due west of 68th St access and about 100 meters south.

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240 mulholland 06/18/2022

Beautiful day; no issues noted at all.

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317 SeagerG 06/18/2022 DISPATCH

The majority of the people seemed genuinely concerned with the health of the sea lion but weren't sure what to do and weren't aware pups are left on beaches by their mothers. One person called the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Many curious people were getting within a few feet for photographs. I was stationed nearby surveying birds so I moved close enough to the pup to warn others off (especially those with off-leash dogs) but far enough not to disturb. Photos were taken with a zoom.

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311 sultanym 06/18/2022

Today, we observed 464 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 8 team members participate for 1.5 hours for a total survey effort of 12 hours. These efforts involved visually inspecting the stars for signs of sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS). A total of 373 stars were healthy (80%), 71 had one white lesion on the ray or central disk (mild SSWS; 15%), while 20 individuals had more than one lesion, arm curling, body disintegration, or organs emerging from body cavity (severe SSWS; 4%). We sent images to MARINe who confirmed our correct designations of mild vs. severe disease category symptoms. Size class measurements ranged from the minute 10mm to a whopping 260mm, measured from the center of the central disk to the longest ray. No stars were touched in this observation (visual inspection only). Of the 373 healthy individuals counted, 320 individuals measured between 50-140mm in terms of size class designations, which is 85.7% of all healthy Pisaster measured. Only a few juvenile stars were observed. In addition, our group had 15 positive outreach interactions with the curious public at this site to educate about sea star wasting syndrome, tidepool etiquette, and why it is imperative NOT to touch any sea stars. 

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110 skimmer 06/18/2022

A foggy morning with lots of happy wildlife.  One dead skate just south of Merchant Creek.

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220 kmalarkey 06/15/2022

Beautiful  -2.7 tide @ 8 am. Saw 5 immature eagles flying or sitting on nearby tree branch. High sand levels near Yaquina Head have created a "sand forest" of dead snags on upper beach near trail to 55th St. Bright green algae growing on rocks below Yaquina Head might indicate some water runoff from homes above the beach.

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297 NehalemBay 06/15/2022

This was a nice day with clouds and little wind. The beach is long and flat now, 200 paces from wrack to waterline. Small sticks and crab shells spread in the wrack  Only 4 cars were in the parking lot but 16 people were on horse back, 14 from the rental, 2 on their own horses. 2 others were biking and 14 passed on foot with one dog. There were no birds carcasses or land disturbances and little human debris. The protections for the Snowy Plover seem effective with everyone staying on the wet sand. 6 Plovers were seen which is hopeful. There were a few gulls, lines of pelicans heading north and some swifts catching bugs but no flocks of shorebirds.     

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315 tabeag 06/15/2022

Lots of tide pooling activity because of the -1.9 tide. Three or four black oystercatcher pairs in this area and Ecola Point, one pair likely nesting, another pair appear to be considering a nesting site. No BLOY nests in historical nesting locations. 

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219 YHONA 06/14/2022

Took a brief walk along Cobble Beach and the small beach at Quarry Cove within Yaquina Head ONA. Weather was sunny and at the time of writing listed as 54 degrees faranheight. No noticable disturbances. Notable wildlife observed included Harbor Seals, Black Oystercatchers, Pelagic and Brant's Cormorants, and Common Murres. 

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244 garretta 06/13/2022 DISPATCH

An incredible opportunity to watch two bald eagle on Lincoln City, Oregon Beach. Took lots of videos but files are too large to upload. All with iPhone 11 Pro, exactly as taken, no optimizing. The best camera is the one you have at the time.

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261 beattieb 06/12/2022 DISPATCH

Increased erosion of ramp, and repairs to this access. Increased erosion of drain pipe area and natural changes to sand bar creating a water way about 100 yards long.  

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200 KFunk 06/12/2022

There were more cars than expected at Patterson State Park this rainy Sunday morning. As I headed south to start my mile, I searched for an easy way to cross the heavily flowing Patterson Creek. The two young men riding skimboards in the creek offered me the option to use the skimboard to get across but I decided it was probably better for me to just do a little wading. The tide line closest to the ocean contained dead mole crabs, many rocks, some crab body pieces, kelp and a few sticks. Half way through the mile, I was excited to see a bald eagle flying near the ocean. Other than that, the only birds I saw were some gulls and crows. As I turned around near the Big Stump to head north by the dunes, I observed the water pipe with a very light flow. Close to the dunes, it was nice to see the spring plant growth of the Vetch and Sea Sandwort. One of the dune markers that I regularly check is a path from a HWY 101 pull out that leads to the beach. It winds through the fore dune before a drop off to the beach. Sand has returned to the bottom of this dune making this path more accessible. Last visit, it was quite a bit of a jump to get down to the beach from this path. I snapped a picture of the protruding log that I've been regularly checking. Some sand is also returning to this area below the fore dune. I saw the usual styrofoam pieces in the highest tide line as well as the various trash items laying on the beach or stuck in the sticks near the dunes -  water bottle, straw, plastic bag,  shoe, kid's sand toys and boggie board, food wrapper. There was a fire pit and vertical log structure at the base of the path that leads to the Inn at Sandcastle  Beach Vacasa Rental. As I continued north by the dunes, I snapped a photo of the sandstone bluff and compared it to previous photos of this same bluff. There appears to be new graffiti thanks to Nick or someone fond of them. As I finished the mile, the skimboarders had left the creek and were now enjoying the incoming tide at the foreshore.
 

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254 heidenreichh 06/11/2022

Beach continues to have a gentle slope and is free of human debris.  Small crustaceans found all along the tide line. The "cliffs" at the north end of the mile appear to be eroded into a greater slant.  

Between "Sisters' house' and Neskowin Crest (mid mile) there were four trails into the dunes (with evidence of human usage) which are causing erosion.

 

 

 

 

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274 rogans 06/08/2022

A plesant day to be on the beach. 

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243 garretta 06/07/2022

After very rainy weekend and very sunny Monday, Tuesday started out sunny and turned to cloudy, windy with expected rain. Significantly fewer people and dogs than anticipated. Concerned about smoldering fires and number of abandoned fire circles along the lenght of the mile. Saw my first pelicans of the season last week. Watched but did not see any today. 

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238 Cathy238 06/07/2022

Very little activity and little debris (logs, kelp, etc) today on this mile. The riprap project extends from Gleneden Beach north through Mile 238. It will be continuing for some time. If tide is in and work is being done, it is difficult to get through some areas on the beach.

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324 SeagerG 06/06/2022

Beautiful day with only a mild breeze. Few people were on the beach mostly concentrated around the Broadway turnaround and 12th Ave. Although the water appears to be clearning from the recent algae bloom, Rockweed and Eelgrass are washing up along with some large chunks of styrofoam. Trees from the southern edge of the Gearhart cliffs (Faith's Lookout) are strewn throughout the estuary and along the sand north of 12th Ave. Someone also topped and pruned the lower branches of the trees on and along the northern edge of Seaside's bluffs. A local said another local did it for the view and that the land it privately owned.

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207 SierraCoolware 06/05/2022

Today I came across a small seal or sea lion about 4 feet in length washed up on the shore. I thought it was dead, but then I noticed it had opened its eyes but I could tell it was very lethargic. It had been tagged.  It didn't look like it was injured, but I did notice blood coming out of the prepuce or umbilicus. It looked as if it had an internal injury. Now that I had the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute's Stranding Coordinator's mobile number (see previous post), I texted him and sent him a picture of the tag and what I observed. Here's what he said: "It's a weaned elephant seal pup. It was likely born and weaned in California this past winter....they often sustain superficial bleeding wounds from abrasions or bird pecks.... It looks thin and is likely malnourished".  I told him that I would look for the pup the next day hoping that the little baby would have the strength to swim away. The next day, I reported to the Stranding Coordinator that I didn't see the pup and he replied that the pup had passed away last night and had been picked up for research and necroscopy. Rest in peace, little one.

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311 sultanym 06/04/2022

A morning walk on mile 311 from Tolovanna Wayside to Silver Point/Jockey Cap revealed a high relative abundance of ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) in rocky tidepools during the outgoing tide. Notable bird species included black oystercatcher, brown pelican, harlequin duck, pelagic cormorant, and pigeon guillemot) https://ebird.org/checklist/S112128186). 

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204 Jon French 06/03/2022

Driftwood Wayside is open again after PacWave's departure, but I was the only visitor on this breezy, drizzly day. I walked north to Seal Rock looking for potential Western Snowy Plover nesting habitat, but the beach is still barren from winter storms and tides. I only encountered two beach walkers, and one very aggressive young German Shorthair Pointer who ran up to me with ears laid back and decided I was worth nipping. There was no owner in sight, and the nip missed, but I'll carry my walking stick next time.

Two days before, two other volunteers and I had conducted our second NOAA marine debris survey in the 100 meters south of Buckley Creek. We didn't find much debris, but the important thing is to methodically collect and categorize what we do find, report our results to NOAA, and periodically resurvey and report on the same site so that NOAA can hopefully get a better handle on this worsening environmental scourge. Except for ongoing surveys at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas, in the past month only eleven NOAA debris surveys were conducted on the entire East and West coasts, Alaska, and Hawaii, of which two-thirds (seven of eleven) were conducted in Oregon. Thanks, Jesse Jones, for helping make this happen!

https://mdmap.orr.noaa.gov/site/1289

 

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214 MatthewsE 06/01/2022

No sanderlings in the surfline along the mile; which seemed very odd to me because there really wasn't a lot of people on the beach other than a normal light day...although there were five people surfing, but seemed strange. 7 gulls, 1 Hawk 8 Grebes.

Logs and wood continue to be burried by the sand deposition; making it easier to navigate the beach and look for beached birds (none found). Calm wind, partly cloudy day 57 degrees.  Had a friend from my High School days helping me with the survey.

 

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330 LEWI 06/01/2022

Conducted a NOAA marine debris survey today with the CoastWatch coordinator and a group from the Northwest Youth Corps. Also picked up trash from outside of the survey area, along the mile. 

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196 Pardiatthebeach 06/01/2022

Very low tide so two people clamming. One bike rider. Not a lot of notable debris at this time other than some styrofoam pieces in the wrackline. No birds out of the ordinary.

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211 Chad101 06/01/2022

Erosion in the face of the embankment continues, including new large boulder falls.  Several large rocky areas have appeared on the beach and along the foot of many parts of the embankment.  I walked the beach late in the day, from around 4:30 to just before 7:00, so as people became less numerous the wildlife reappeared on the beach. 

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222 FlaningamM 05/30/2022

Notable highlights: relatively small landslide at the mile's middle parking lot; large piece of shipping debris; large tree debris (unusual to see large natural or unnatural debris at this mile; the usual trash (though as usual, less than seen at miles 223 and 224 to the north); a bald eagle and barn swallows!

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