Mile 89 Report

March 12, 2008
by naturalworld@frontier.com

Location:
Coos
West of New River, Morton. Curry/Coos county line
Conditions:
Wednesday 2:12 PM
Rain
50° F
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Recent track of Plover Biologist ATV. They apparently had just finished a survey.
Notable Wildlife:
Merlin, sanderlings, fox & raccoon tracks, some bull kelp knots.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Comments:
Breach of New River has scoured wide area on the N end of this mile and is currently closed. The previous +7.8 tide just barely made it to the top of the grade in this area.
Summary:
Kayaked from Storm Ranch to old breach near end of Mile 90 and walked to S. end of Mile 89. New River breach closed. Bull Kelp knots, shells, woodpieces, plastic pellets, Land- and ocean-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Fox and raccoon tracks on beach. Merlin and Sanderlings observed. Significant sand deposition and large woody debris appear in this area. Looks like wonderful plover habitat. Foredune eroded steeper and deeper - not ramp-like like last year. No evidence of overtopping except in areas of previous river breaches. No human activity except track of ATV from biologist survey team.
  • This is looking S from N end of mile 89 onto the wide area scoured by the river and wave overtopping.
    This is looking S from N end of mile 89 onto the wide area scoured by the river and wave overtopping.
    N 42.57202 W 124.28810
    March 12, 2008
  • This is 13.5 foot steep wall left by river and wave erosion. That is my 46" walking stick at the bottom.
    This is 13.5 foot steep wall left by river and wave erosion. That is my 46" walking stick at the bottom.
    N 42.57202 W 124.28810
    March 12, 2008
  • N 42.56572 W 124.29140
    March 12, 2008
  • N 42 56572 W 124.29140
    March 12, 2008
Other Mile 89 Reports (1)

2009

January 17, 2009 - naturalworld@frontier.com
Kayaked in from Storm Ranch then traveled 4 miles S to middle of mile 89. Walked N and S from there. Kayakers should be aware of duck hunting along the river this time of year. River is breached near...
  • NR breach created in 2005. This is old lagoon left behind when it sanded shut.
  • These are red fox tracks - some of them are small suggesting sub adult.
  • Looking S from near end of mile 89 toward Blacklock Pt.
  • These two were moving over the beach. Notice the dart shape and rectangular head shape.
  • Red Fox track showing heal and toe calluses which are  characteristic of these tracks.
  • The debris was very light and mostly small wood pieces.  a clam shell here and there.