| A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS|
|Mile 153 — Douglas County, Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Threemile Lake |
|bebdhm — Beautiful sunny windy day at the beach. The beach closed to motor traffic plover sign was 1/4 mile south of our mile, new sign and placement.
Quiet on our mile with no birds. Shrimp molt, clumps ... |
| Sat Jun 25, 11:30 AM Islands of Foredunes|
Small islands of remaining foredunes
Location: All along Mile 153
| TOP STORIES|
| Tue Jun 28 NEW Post-Fourth Community Science Day and Cleanup Planned for Otter Rock|
Tidepools at Otter Rock, scene of upcoming Community Science Day. Photo by Alex Derr.Our first CoastWatch Community Science Day at Otter Rock was a roaring success (see article in News, below). We already have our next special event for Otter Rock ready to go.
Join us on July 5 for another Community Science Day devoted to the Otter Rock Marine Reserve and the citizen science work that CoastWatch conducts there. We’ve scheduled this on the day after the Fourth of July for good reason—the Fourth does tend to produce a lot of litter, so we’ll combine training in citizen science with a good, old-fashioned beach cleanup.
Meet on the north side of Otter Rock (Devil’s Punchbowl) at 9 a.m. for tidepool exploration with Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, and Karen Driscoll, who is taking the lead as CoastWatch community science team coordinator for Otter Rock.
At 10 a.m., Fawn will lead the beach cleanup while explaining CoastWatch’s marine debris survey. Participants will collect and identify marine debris. And at 11 a.m., Karen will demonstrate the beached bird and oystercatcher surveys in which she is active.
We will be offering coffee, other hot beverages and pastries, but at our usual exorbitant rates—they will cost you a piece of marine debris.
The event offers fun and education (plus a cleaner beach), but our underlying goal is to continue building the CoastWatch Community Science Team at Otter Rock. Everyone is welcome to this free event, but our hope is that those participating will consider getting involved in one of our citizen science projects (if they aren’t already), and volunteer to be part of the community science team.
For information about the Community Science Day, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, firstname.lastname@example.org. If interested in helping with the Community Science Team, contact Fawn or Karen Driscoll at (503) 435-8229, email@example.com.
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| Mon Mar 28 NEW Places Remain for Shoreline Science Workshop |
CoastWatch will offer one Shoreline Science Workshop this summer, instead of the usual three. This year's only opportunity for this immersive experience with coastal ecology is coming right up, July 8-10 at the Depoe Bay Community Hall (220 S.E. Bay Street). Online registration is now available. These workshops, by now a CoastWatch tradition, are led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, author of The ...
| May 30 NEW Beach Monitoring Program Starts Up for Year|
Courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.CoastWatchers and other visitors may want to know the state of water quality on their miles. The state’s ocean water quality sampling program has started up for the summer. Here’s the announcement:
“The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) began sampling for the 2016 season next Monday, May 23. Similar to the 2015 season, OBMP will conduct a three week rotational sampling schedule among 16 beaches using the current beach action value (BAV) of 158 colony forming units per 100 milliliters (cfu/100 mL); BAV is the action level at which advisories are issued and lifted. Once sampling is completed for weeks 1 through 3, the schedule will repeat until the season ends (see table below). Details about monitored beaches, sampling locations and schedule can be found on OBMP’s webpage.”
To check on the water quality at any particular beach, go to the alerts on the Public Health Divisions website.http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/BeachWaterQuality/Pages/status.aspx or call the beach advisory hotline, (877) 290-6767.
You can subscribe to the OBMP listserv for the north, central or south coast areas, or all three, and receive weekly water quality alerts. To put yourself into the pipeline for information, contact Tara Chetock, program coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Mar 24 NEW Keep Watch over Snowy Plovers as Nesting Season Begins|
Restrictions designed to protect the threatened Western snowy plover went into effect March 15, and will last through Sept. 15. All beachgoers are urged to help in ongoing efforts to restore the Oregon population of this beach-nesting bird by respecting restrictions and being careful not to disturb the birds and their nests. CoastWatchers who miles include plover habitat can play a valuable role ...
| Tue May 24 NEW King Tide Project Dates for Coming Winter Announced|
Siletz Bay, with spit in background. Photo by Sara Schreiber.Track stars have their P.R.’s—personal records. Call this an O.R. We are hereby setting our organizational record for the furthest advance notice we have ever given anyone about anything.
Flip your calendar many months ahead, because we already have the dates for the coming winter’s King Tide Project. The extreme tidal series we’ll be photographing, to preview future sea level rise, will be Nov. 14-16, Dec. 12-15, and Jan. (2017) 10-13. We will be holding a wrap-up party for the project next Jan. 27 in Newport. Don’t waste the early notice—mark those calendars now, and plan to head for the shore with your camera on at least one of those dates. (Yes, we know that for many of you this means clicking on a smartphone app, not writing something on a calendar hanging on the kitchen wall, but we like the image from old-timey movies of calendar pages flipping past to indicate the passage of time.)
For the seventh year, CoastWatch is sponsoring the annual King Tide project. This is the Oregon branch of an international volunteer effort to trace the year’s highest tides by means of photography. Documenting the highest reach of the tides tells us something about areas of the natural and built environments which are subject to erosion and flooding now. It tells us even more about what to expect as sea level rises. Our co-sponsors will include the state’s Coastal Management Program and Surfrider. We’ll be recruiting local organizations to get involved as well. We’ll be asking anyone capable of taking a photograph and able to get to the coast during those high-tide periods to take shots at the highest point of the tide on those days.
CoastWatch will again make a special effort to organize photographers to document the reach of the King Tides in the vicinity of our marine reserves (Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua and Redfish Rocks). If willing to help with this citizen science project and seeking directions to areas we would particularly like to document, please let us know.
Participants will post photographs online through the King Tide Photo Initiative Site. Be prepared to include the date, description and direction of the photo. An interactive map will be available that will assist photographers in determining the exact latitude and longitude at which a photo was taken. The link is being finalized and will be up very soon.
Watch for details as the project dates approach (imagine those calendar pages flipping). For information about the project, and about participating in the special effort to document the King Tides in the marine reserve areas, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, email@example.com.
| Jun 28 NEW Community Science Day Success Points the Way|
Athena Crichton (green sweatshirt) and Jane Dolliver (in purple) share their shoreline knowledge at Community Science Day. Photo by Alex Derr.Our first CoastWatch Community Science Day at Otter Rock succeeded on many levels. To begin with, a good time was had by all on a beautiful day on the beach.
More than 70 people participated, ranging from long-time CoastWatchers interested in improving their mile-monitoring skills and getting more deeply involved, to complete newbies learning about citizen science for the first time. Plus, dozens more who happened to be visiting that stretch of beach joined up with one or more of the presentations and carried away some new knowledge of the shoreline environment.
Our presenters happily spent the morning sharing their knowledge. Athena Crichton, an educator at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, was in the tidepools introducing all comers to the rocky shore habitat, while Karen Driscoll, CoastWatch’s Community Science Coordinator for the Otter Rock Marine Reserve area, met with those interested in learning more about the sea star surveys being performed there. We were lucky enough to be joined by Jane Dolliver, formerly a colleague as program coordinator for COASST (the University of Washington-based organization with which we partner for the beached bird survey), now a CoastWatcher and fellow Oregonian as a graduate student at OSU. She shared her extensive knowledge of beached birds with a wide variety of visitors.
Fawn Custer, our CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, kept an eye on things while training future citizen scientists in monitoring for marine debris, while Liz LaRocque, long-time CoastWatch volunteer, answered questions and shared artifacts and stories at the information table. Participants were treated to hot dogs and s’mores, for which we charged the steep price of one piece of marine debris. As it happened, the beach was pretty clean to begin with, so people had to work for their food, but we nevertheless managed to pick up more than two pounds of debris.
It was great getting to see long time volunteers and to meet new prospective Otter Rock Marine Reserve Community Science and CoastWatch volunteers. Some 18 people signed up for CoastWatch, and several volunteered to be part of the newly forming CoastWatch Community Science Team at Otter Rock. Thanks to everyone who helped and participated. This was a great first step toward taking CoastWatch to another level in monitoring the area of the Otter Rock Marine Reserve.
We will continue to put on public education and volunteer training events at Otter Rock (the next one comes up July 5—see story above). Our goal is to strengthen our seven citizen science projects, make sure they are all functioning well for the Otter Rock Marine Reserve area, and pull them together as part of a larger effort through the Community Science Team we’re organizing. (We’re focusing on Otter Rock first, but eventually intend to develop similar teams for all the marine reserve areas, and eventually for every stretch of Oregon shoreline.)
If you would like to get involved in CoastWatch, citizen science, or the CoastWatch Community Science Team at Otter Rock, contact Fawn at (5412) 270-0027, firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Jun 22 Seabird Watchers Invited to Contribute to Citizen Science|
Birdwatching and citizen science come together in a new project initiated by the Audubon Society of Portland, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, among other partners. Volunteers are sought to help monitor seabird nesting colonies adjacent to the recently designated Cape Falcon Marine Reserve in order to better understand how seabirds may respond to the ...
| Jun 20 NEW Marbled Murrelet Survey Offers Two Opportunities this Year|
The annual citizen science survey for the endangered Marbled Murrelet gives volunteers an opportunity to help compile information about this elusive, endangered seabird over a two-day period: one day for training, one for surveying. This year, the 11th annual such event, will have a new wrinkle. There will be two survey sessions, July 13-14 and July 19-20. Prospective volunteers are welcome to ...
| Jun 12 NEW Here’s an Opportunity to Express Your Coastal Values|
What areas of the coast do you consider most precious? Which stretches of shoreline need better protection? What do you like to do when you visit the coast? How strongly to you support marine reserves, wave energy development or ocean planning? A research team at Portland State University would like to know. They are conducting a survey of Oregonians that seeks to understand how Oregon residents ...
| Apr 17 Oystercatcher Survey Now Underway|
CoastWatch sponsors a great deal of citizen science activity, but some of our partners in the Oregon Marine Debris Team also offer opportunities to assist in scientific observation. One of these is Portland Audubon, which sponsors a Black Oystercatcher survey and is looking for new volunteers. Participants in this project will assist researchers in studying how Black Oystercatchers use rocky ...
| Apr 2 Plans Evolve for Oregon Dunes Restoration Strategy|
Anyone who loves the Oregon Dunes, the longest stretch of coastal dunes in the United States, is aware that they are a dynamic landscape, and that their dynamism depends on moving sand. The introduction of non-native species, especially the highly invasive European beachgrass, has created a severe threat to the dunes, through stabilizing the sand and preventing its movement. The U.S. Forest ...
| Jun 7 2015 Photographers Invited to Help Oregon Shores 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 ...
| Feb 25 NEW By-the Wind Sailors Make Beach Landings Early this Year|
Reports have been flooding in since mid-March that the by-the wind sailors, known to science as Velella velella, have arrived early this year. Large masses have been reported on some beaches, in some cases already decomposing. What’s more, we’re seeing large wash-ups of young, so small they aren’t readily apparent as this organism, as the tiny creatures are just changing from medusa to polyp. ...
| MILE REPORTS SINCE JUN 4 2016|
| Jun 26 alkarbeck — Sorry we were a little late getting this report to you. My pics didn't turn out as ground fog rolled in along the shoreline. The beach is quite clean right now. Lets hope the 4th of July does not ... |
| Jun 25 bebdhm — Beautiful sunny windy day at the beach. The beach closed to motor traffic plover sign was 1/4 mile south of our mile, new sign and placement.
Quiet on our mile with no birds. Shrimp molt, clumps ... |
| Jun 24 SusanM — I noticed no significant changes in the shoreline or the amount of erosion threatening either Ocean View Drive north of the Yachats River or Yachats Ocean Road south of the river. |
| Jun 23 Lorenzo2 — Nine Zarapico (common Mexican name, US common name is "curlew"), a migratory bird seen here every year at about this time. Brown, with a long downward-curving bill. I used to hunt them in Mexico. ... |
| Jun 21 ollikainen — The solstice survey finds Mile 289 very clean and the recent history of sand build up continues. Over the winter there was some minor dune erosion, but this is now completely erased. New bright ... |
| Jun 20 Jmarkham — Things look good. A fine day on the beach. |
| Jun 18 Treehugger1 — The only issue of concern today was the group camping near the foredune on the beach close to the beach access area. Estimate a total of 30 to 40 people using the beach for fun, playing in the sand ... |
| Jun 18 cheeseguy — This was my first survey of Mile 314. The mile is adjacent to city of Cannon Beach, a destination resort town. The city provides both developed and undeveloped beach accesses nearly every block along ... |
| Jun 17 George&Sheila — One vehicle was parked in a location such that the north end of the mile could have been accessed, but nobody was observed on the shoreline of the mile. A number of people were at the Lookout at the ... |
| Jun 17 kathrynl — Large amount of storm driftwood near No. Jetty as well as plenty of drifted sand covering parts of the Jetty. Very little debris along water line -- beautiful day for walking the beach! |
| Jun 16 Bald Eagle — There were 15 people enjoying the beautiful afternoon on Cove Beach. There were a few sand dollars and crab casings in the driftline. There were murres nesting on Gull Rock. The ocean has been ... |
| Jun 13 dderickson — Cloudy with on-and-off light rain; decomposing sea lion still on grate at Wade Creek -- smells pretty rank! Drainpipes currently visible: 19 intact in bluff, 5 pipe only (no casing), 1 casing on ... |
| Jun 13 DHiggins — Velella velella debris the only thing of note. |
| Jun 11 lfleming — Cobbles have blocked the main exit of Tenmile Creek so it now goes north and the mouth is in front of the old parking lot. A nice change. It was a partly sunny day on a weekend so there were a lot ... |
| Jun 9 Paulissen — Saw a few people, a few wildlife animals along with some debris. Saw dead birds, dead crabs, and dead vellela vellela. Weather was overcast with little wind. |
| Jun 8 Batthecat DISPATCH — This was a Citizen Science day with Fawn Custer celebrating World Oceans Day at Seal Rock, on the beach just south of the State Park. |
| Jun 5 srhoads — Beautiful morning; calm, light wind. Lots of clam diggers and cars. Not much disturbance on the dunes. Some replanted European beachgrass near wrack line. Wrack line had mainly small natural stuff in ... |
| Jun 5 bahngarten — Foggy 54' morning, Moderate SW winds, -1.8 tide. 10 people, 2 dogs on beach, 3 with clam guns (apparently not very successful. Moderate amounts of Dungeness parts 2-4+ inches, some clam shells ... |
| Jun 5 beachnut — Sunday began with a 59-degree but very foggy walk at 5:30 a.m. with a -2.0 tide. It was hard to tell whether any live wildlife was out, but a mangled bird carcass and a headless but smelly adult ... |
| Jun 4 Streets — Beach is relatively clean, in spite of having just gone through Memorial Day weekend. |
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.