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  A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS
Mile 235 — Lincoln County, Gleneden Beach south 
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JBowman — Small fireworks debris along the entire route but one large cache of debris from fireworks on the Coronado Shores beach weighed approx 40 pounds. They had taken many large fireworks and a large ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Sun Jul 5, 3:00 PM   Facing South
Beautiful sunny day with light winds.
Location: Coronado Shores beach
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  TOP STORIES
 CoastWatch Introduces New Intern
Sabrina Ehler.
We’re pleased to announce that CoastWatch will have the assistance of our first-ever intern. This is to introduce Sabrina Ehler, a senior Fisheries and Wildlife major at Oregon State University. Her career goal is fish and wildlife law enforcement.
Sabrina was an honor student at Springfield High School where she developed her desire to work with wildlife. She has already engaged in a variety of volunteer experiences, from water quality testing for the Eugene Water and Electric Board, to removing invasive species, to weeding gardens for Food For Lane County. Her first internship through Oregon State University was as a biological assistant for the Hook & Line Surveys for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. As part of her academic career, she is now taking an intensive internship—and CoastWatch is the beneficiary.
She will be assisting us with various aspects of our citizen science work, under the direction of CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer. In particular, she will focus on our sea star population survey, setting up new sites and helping to recruit and train volunteers. She is also adopting CoastWatch Mile 231, so she will learn about the program through the eyes of a volunteer.
We look forward to making progress in expanding the sea star survey with Sabrina’s help.
 

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 Summer Shoreline Workshops Coming Up--Register Now
Registration is now under way for CoastWatch’s 2015 Shoreline Science Workshops. These three-day, intensive encounters with natural history and science are the best opportunity we offer each year to gain a great deal of information about the coastal environment in one concentrated dose. While the workshops are designed to be particularly helpful to volunteers (or prospective volunteers) in our ... MORE 
  ALERTS
 Help to Identify Hot Spots for Beach Fireworks Abuse
Fireworks on beach. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Fireworks are prohibited on Oregon beaches and in state parks. They disturb wildlife when they go off, and the resulting debris can seriously litter the shoreline and pose hazards.
However, enforcement is often limited. As one CoastWatcher recently posted on a listserv, “How nice that they have these rules. But is there a way to get state parks, Oregon State Police, Fire Marshall, etc., to get real about enforcing them? Our beaches have become a free-for-all for illegal fireworks as far as I can tell.”
CoastWatcher Fran Recht has put out the word that she will gather reports of fireworks on Oregon beaches this year, so as to provide State Parks and other authorities with advance information about potential trouble spots next year. Send your observations about places on the beach where you see fireworks being used, or where you find fireworks debris in following days, to her at franrecht@centurytel.net.
 

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 CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers
CoastWatch has long sponsored several citizen science projects, such as the beached bird survey in which many mile adopters participate. Over the course of the past year, though, we have expanded the range of these projects. We now conduct seven citizen science projects. Through our "Community Engagement with Marine Reserves" project, we are developing a special project to focus citizen science ... MORE 
  EVENTS
 Volunteer Coordinator Tells All in Bandon
Fawn Custer.
Fawn Custer, our CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, has set up a talk Bandon that might be described as “everything you always wanted to know about the shoreline but were afraid to task.” (She is actually giving the event the humbler title of “CoastWatch findings.”)
Her presentation will take place on Saturday, July 11, at 6 p.m. in the Glass Shelter on the Port of Bandon’s Boardwalk. It is free and open to everyone.
Fawn will discuss a wide range of things found through CoastWatch beachcombing (mostly natural, but she will happily field questions on human-derived debris as well). She will have interesting items along with her for show and tell; feel free to bring your own finds to discuss.
She will also provide information about Oregon’s new marine reserves, and about opportunities for getting involved in stewardship over our shoreline and ocean.
For more information, contact the port at (541) 347-3206, or contact Fawn at (541) 270-0027 or fawn@oregonshores.org.
 

  NEWS
 Marbled Murrelet Survey Invites Citizen Observers
Last year's Marbled murrelet survey. Photo by Conrad Gowell.
Nesting in old-growth forests and foraging in the nearshore ocean, Marbled murrelets tie land and sea together, and are important components of the ecosystems surrounding the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve.
In what has become an annual tradition, the Audubon Society of Portland is hosting a citizen survey for the elusive bird. All members of the public are welcome, no experience necessary.
This year there are two events, July 16-17 and July 23-24 (each Thursday and Friday). If you’ve never glimpsed a Marbled murrelet, this may be your best opportunity. The events are designed to introduce participants to this fast-flying and elusive seabird that nests in the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest. The free programs are led by Kim Nelson, Oregon State University researcher and Marbled murrelet expert and Paul Engelmeyer, manager of Portland Audubon’s Ten-Mile Creek Sanctuary and coastal IBA (Important Bird Area) Coordinator.
With either of the events, enjoy the Thursday evening presentation on Marbled murrelets at the Yachats Commons, and a guided pre-dawn survey and coastal viewing Friday morning, culminating in a picnic after the surveying is done. You will then be free to spend your weekend hiking, strolling, and exploring the spectacular coastline, Cape Perpetua, and the Siuslaw National Forest, along with the community of Yachats.
This is the 10th anniversary of this highly successful program. Organizers have added a second weekend this year to accommodate birders and curious naturalists from Washington.
For more information and to register, please visit http://audubonportland.org/issues/species/murrelet/survey. RSVPs are necessary.
Please RSVP by contacting Paul Engelmeyer, Portland Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary manager and Coastal IBA Coordinator, at (541) 547-4227 or pengelmeyer@peak.org. Paul can also provide additional information about the survey.
 

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 Photos Shared with Oregon Shores Help Us Illustrate Our Work
As you've likely noticed if you visit this website regularly, Oregon Shores uses numerous photographs of the shoreline and of the entire coastal region. We illustrate articles on this website, and we also use photos in newsletters and e-bulletins and in various other publications, such as CoastWatch handouts. We’re constantly searching for new images of the coast. Some we seek for their sheer ... MORE 
  Snowy Plover Nesting Season Begins, with an Addition
Nesting season for Western snowy plovers, a federally threatened shorebird that nests on the sandy shore, is underway on Oregon beaches. Beachgoers are asked to follow nesting season restrictions, which continue through September 15 on certain Oregon beaches to protect snowy plover eggs and young. CoastWatchers can help by paying special attention to the plover exclusion zones and keeping an eye ... MORE 
  MILE REPORTS SINCE JUN 18 2015
  MILE 235  JBowman — Small fireworks debris along the entire route but one large cache of debris from fireworks on the Coronado Shores beach weighed approx 40 pounds. They had taken many large fireworks and a large ...  MORE 
  MILE 203  nanumoore — Two significant fireworks hot spots with sporadic other ares. Multiple (about 80) small red rubbery plastic tubes, thin plastic streamers, and firecrackers. People on the beach were walking, looking ...  MORE 
  MILE 45  humbug45 — Adjacent campground full; evidence of previous day(s)'s beach activities with some leftover debris (cans, bottles, candy wrappers). Three areas with firework remnants including one used Roman candle ...  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Calm, somewhat foggy morning. Few Ringbill and Western gulls feeding at shoreline. Moderate amounts of active pink sand shrimp. Barn swallows hawking insects along tideline. About 2 lbs. of ...  MORE 
  MILE 48  eekramer DISPATCH  — Just taking a walk on the beach, and noticed a large amount of immature sand crabs in the wrack line.  MORE 
  MILE 4  mtuffey — Nothing new or exciting. Things are stable.  MORE 
  MILE 129  mzlizee — Bright and sunny inland with wet fog at shoreline, brightening as you move inland toward the dunes. 4th of July weekend and the promise of a very busy sunny day at the beach. With inland (I5) temps ...  MORE 
  MILE 193  SKMacK — The gradual erosion of the coast north and south of the Yachats River continues. I was unable to identify any major changes except for the placement of a barrier where a portion of Oceanview Drive ...  MORE 
  MILE 100  beachnut DISPATCH  — A dead sea lion pup lay in the high line several yards north of the Tishatang beach access. No signs of injury. Flies swarmed around the head. I'm filing a marine stranding report on this find. My ...  MORE 
  MILE 239  ORbeach DISPATCH  — Walked the north side of the Siletz River outlet, which is part of our mile but which we seldom reach. Sunny, breezy day. 79 people counted between Mo's and the surfline, including 5 rock hunting, ...  MORE 
  MILE 338  Randy and Beth — The driftline contained numerous sand casings. These fell apart when touched and were about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length. They look like skinny tubes. I'm not sure what these are--any ideas? There was ...  MORE 
  MILE 309  cadonofrio — Quite a few visitors all along our mile on a beautiful day; some shorebirds along the drift line.  MORE 
  MILE 40  azbeach — Seasonal sands have arrived, making this mile very accessible. No problem to walk the entire mile without bouldering or going overland. Lots of footprints, minimal debris, land or marine-based.  MORE 
  MILE 289  ollikainen — The solstice skies were gray due to marine stratus. Sand and then more sand is the story of this survey. This mile has been accreting sand in recent years. The trend continues with new a new ...  MORE 
  MILE 239  ORbeach — A calm, cloudy but pleasant day. Only one family enjoying the beach. 3 bags of trash collected, including two large items: a door and a fiberglass tube. No tsunami-related items found this time.  MORE 
  MILE 31  Lorenzo2 — Dead harbor seal on beach.  MORE 
  MILE 331  alkarbeck — The only oddity on the beach today was ground fog/steam and it was sunny. It was difficult to see up ahead due to this oddity. Otherwise it was a very pleasant day and no one was abusing or littering ...  MORE 
  MILE 222  dderickson — Sand is building up on high zone; still evidence of dessicated Velella velella; vehicle tracks on sand; monkeyflower growing on bluffs; driftwood fort with a missing dog poster (photo attached).  MORE 
  MILE 244  rainydaywalker — This morning at around 9 a.m., I walked about an eighth of my mile, directly west of NW 37th to NW 39th streets. I was checking on the health of my rock-inhabiting neighbors. Using the “observing ...  MORE 
  MILE 153  bebdhm — A foggy mild day, by the time we completed the mile fog was all but gone. Very clean beach which was quite wide due to low tide. A little algae in high tide line. Lots of small jumping sand ...  MORE 
CoastWatch, a citizen monitoring program, engages Oregonians in personal stewardship over their shoreline. Volunteers adopt mile-long segments of Oregon's coast, keeping watch for natural changes and human-induced impacts, reporting on their observations, and sounding the alarm about threats and concerns.

CoastWatch is founded on individual vigilance and responsibility for one portion of the ocean shore. But the program also links hundreds of 'mile adopters' in a coastwide network of concerned citizens taking action to conserve shoreline resources. CoastWatchers serve as an early warning system not only for the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, but also for neighbors along their miles, local government, regulatory agencies and other conservation groups.