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Mile 274 — Tillamook County, Cape Lookout SP 
rogans — It was a sunny but brisk morning, and so not many people on the beach despite a holiday weekend. The storm earlier in the month deposited two unusual items: 1. What appeared to be a crab-pot with ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Sat Nov 28, 9:00 AM   OSU wave energy project equipment
Location: Cape Lookout State Park beach
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 King Tide Project Surges Again
Netarts Bay shoreline during recent King Tide series. Photo by Tracy Schmidt
The second round of this year's King Tide project took place last week with the high tide sequence from Nov. 24-27. The first round took place in October, and photos have been posted. But there is still plenty of opportunity to participate. Get out your cameras and visit the coast during the final set of extreme high tide events this year, Dec. 23-25.
For the sixth 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 this year include the state’s Coastal Management Program, Surfrider, Washed Ashore and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP); other organizations are also invited to get involved.
We’re asking anyone capable of taking a photograph and able to get to the coast during the series of high tides to take shots at the highest point of the tide on those days. These photos can focus on any feature. Those that show the location of the tide in relation to the built environment (roads, seawalls, buildings) are especially useful in demonstrating impending threats. The ideal photo would be taken from a location where the photographer can return later at an ordinary high tide to take a comparison shot.
CoastWatch is making a special effort to organize photographers to document the reach of the King Tides in the vicinity of the new 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 website, where project
information and the online submission form can be accessed. Be prepared to include the location, date, description, and direction of the photo. For more information about the technical aspects of the project, contact Andy Lanier, Coastal Resources Specialist for the Oregon Coastal Management Program, (503) 934-0072, (503) 206-2291 (cell),
At the conclusion of the project, three celebrations will be held along the coast. The Jan. 8, 2016 celebration is being hosted by HRAP in Cannon Beach, The Inn at Otter Crest is hosting the January 15th celebration, and Washed Ashore in Bandon is hosting the celebration on January 22nd. The best of the King Tide photos will be shown, photographers will be on hand to comment, and there will be a special speaker. These events will be free and open to all (appetizers are provided with beverages available for purchase at the venues).
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,

 Plan Now for ‘Sharing the Coast’ in 2016
Students learning at sea. Photo courtesy of Ocean Inquiry.
CoastWatch collaborates each year with the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) in sponsoring the annual Sharing the Coast Conference, which offers a wealth of information to those monitoring the coast (CoastWatchers) and those teaching about it and interpreting it for visitors (NAME members, who may well be CoastWatchers, too).
Mark your calendars for the 2016 edition of Sharing the Coast, slated for March 4-6 at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay (1988 Newmark). Lectures, breakout sessions and field trips will explore a wide range of shoreline- and ocean-related topics. Some breakout sessions and field trips will be oriented toward CoastWatchers, others toward teachers and interpreters (those who are both CoastWatchers and teachers or interpreters will have some hard choices to make).
Our keynote speaker for the Friday evening session is Fritz Stahr, who manages the Seaglider Fabrication Center at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography, making autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) driven by buoyancy. He co-founded the Ocean Inquiry Project in 2000, a small non-profit organization dedicated to teaching marine science through on-the-water experience while conducting research in Puget Sound to the benefit of both scientific research and students. Dr. Stahr's talk, "Where the Wild and Robotic Things Are: Collecting Ocean Data Autonomously," will describe his experiences in exploring the ocean through the use of ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), and in introducing students to marine science.
The rest of the agenda is still in development, but talks and workshops will focus on our changing climate and changing ocean, rocky shore and beach ecology, and many other topics of interest to those who watch the shore and those who teach others about it. As always, the conference will feature a Saturday evening party with an engaging speaker and a cutthroat coast-themed trivia contest.
The Friday evening session is free and open to all. Conference fees will be $35 for members of either Oregon Shores or NAME, and $50 for the general public, which includes Saturday lunch and the party.
More information will be available shortly, but meanwhile, please save the dates.

 Lecture Will Explore the Watery Side of Archaeology
Exploring the wreck of the clipper ship Ambassador in the Straits of Magellan. Photo by Marc Pike.
Tour some of the most fascinating historical sites ever found beneath the sea from the comfort of an auditorium chair when maritime archaeologist James Delgado comes to Coos Bay as part of the Geology Lecture Series at Southwestern Oregon Community College (1988 Newmark in Coos Bay). Delgado’s presentation, “The Great Museum of the Sea: Exploring the Ocean’s Depths for History,” takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to all, and is followed by a free dessert reception.
Dr. Delgado, the director of Maritime Heritage for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will take the audience on a global tour ranging from the ancient world to modern wrecks. He will discuss some of the sites he has personally investigated, from Kublai Khan’s lost fleet, to the Titanic and World War II warships. He also will explore West Coast and Oregon maritime archaeology. Delgado previously executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum for 15 years, and during that time co-hosted The Sea Hunters along with best-selling author Clive Cussler, from 2001 to 2006. Other television credits include specials for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, A&E, the History Channel and ABC. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Explorers Club, Dr. Delgado is the author or editor of over 32 books and has published actively in leading archeology and history journals.
In addition to the lecture, representatives of the Coquille Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians will be present in the lobby before and after the lecture to display and discuss some of their extensive cultural history along Oregon’s south coast.
For more information about the event, contact Ron Metzger at, (541) 888-7216.

 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 
  MILE 171  oldMGguy — Another one of those sunny "This-is-why-we-moved-to-Oregon" days on Heceta Beach. Well over 100 people walking the beach, a dozen surfers getting some nice rides in the surf north of the North ...  MORE 
  MILE 274  rogans — It was a sunny but brisk morning, and so not many people on the beach despite a holiday weekend. The storm earlier in the month deposited two unusual items: 1. What appeared to be a crab-pot with ...  MORE 
  MILE 262  Linda Fink — Always lots of vehicle traffic here... less today because of extremely high tide (King Tide). Vehicles routinely park on the beach beyond the signs saying no parking beyond this point but this is the ...  MORE 
  MILE 100  beachnut DISPATCH  — Before the hail storm, we encountered a large,dead marine mammal. Head and back flippers gone or buried under the sand. It was at least 6 feet long and showing blood, but I couldn't see the cause. ...  MORE 
  MILE 189  minustide — I hung around from about 11:15 am to 3:00 pm, hiking from the parking lot south as far as I could go, given the tide, which was nearly to the southern end of the mile, then back north onto the reef ...  MORE 
  MILE 327  Simonetal — Lovely day on beach. People driving cars in accessible areas due to very cold weather, but sunshine. 19 people exploring beach. Few birds around, although we found 14 dead (see earlier list of ...  MORE 
  MILE 153  bebdhm — Beautiful sunny day. Small waves. Lots of small pieces of wood in the surf line. Unusual to see an eagle in the surf line along with about 5 seagulls. When we were within about 80 feet, it took ...  MORE 
  MILE 225  driscolke — This was a gorgeous day at Otter Rock enjoyed by many, mostly with respect for the marine environment. Unleashed dogs barking at sunning seals is a concern. People seemed not to understand there is a ...  MORE 
  MILE 219  driscolke — This was a gorgeous sunny afternoon at Yaquina Lighthouse tidepool area. Absent and no sign of recovery were sea stars; BLM guides mentioned apparent distress with urchins. Few birds and one seal ...  MORE 
  MILE 208  Batthecat DISPATCH  — Results of storm was less disturbance than I expected. Sand buried more of the beach, off-loaded considerable number of logs to some place else, created a few new temporary streams. Found dead sea ...  MORE 
  MILE 310  CramyH DISPATCH  — Beach access is currently closed due to a slide that removed the trail. There were zero humans on the beach and two cars in the parking lot. Areas south along the bluff to Red Rock creek appear to ...  MORE 
  MILE 236  Streets — Lots of bull kelp washed up fairly intact with some holdfast attached. The fierce south wind had hard-packed the sand along the bluff. Beach really clean.  MORE 
  MILE 46  Redfish Rocks Community Team — It was a beautiful day on the beach! As usual, we coordinated our NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring survey with our CoastWatch survey. We counted 203 pieces of foam. The sand is moving in. The beach is ...  MORE 
  MILE 45  humbug45 — Very quiet beach with no human activity noted except for one set of footprints. Adjacent campground closed for the season; open portion of campground empty except for camp host. Some debris from ...  MORE 
  MILE 306  Frankie DISPATCH  — Visitors in the neighborhood reported a bird entangled in fishing line with a big hook embedded in its shoulder. They managed to remove most of the line but couldn't remove the hook. Brave souls for ...  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Cloudy, intermittent showers, slight breeze from SW. 1 well-composed Cassin's auklet carcass, 1 16" brown and cream splotched sunfish carcass at tideline. Moderate amount of mostly whole razor clam ...  MORE 
  MILE 255  bballentine — High tide, large breakers off shore. Beach is much narrower than in summer. Waves coming almost to the dune edge. Picked up plastic debris and rope/nets but Styrofoam was almost completely absent. ...  MORE 
  MILE 180  Bill&Janie — Beautiful fall sunny day enjoyed by visitors & dogs. Odd filaments in drift line (tube worm casings) and one dead adult sea lion. Only 1 bag of debris and a crab pot.  MORE 
  MILE 219  m219walker — Two people on beach, one surfing, one enjoying a beer and the scenery. Small patchy wood in drift line. No birds or mammals observed. 'Little Creek' flowing close to bluff.  MORE 
  MILE 239  ORbeach DISPATCH  — Walked the Taft side of Mile 239 this afternoon. 8 people fishing, 12 walking, 4 playing in sand, 2 picnicking. Very little debris which is good for a beach that is used quite a bit. Spotted 3 ...  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.