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Mile 178 — Lane County, Cape Cove, Sea Lion Point, Sea Lion Caves 
Brien M — The annual Fall beach clean-up was today, and weather conditions could not have been better. I filled all three of my SOLV bags, plus an arm full of loose, larger items. Afterward, I was still in ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Sat Sep 27, 11:00 AM   Hwy 101 sign
I've adopted beach mile 178 for the Coastwatch program, and decided to adopt the corresponding highway mile for ODOT.
Location: Hwy 101 at mile post 179
 Cape Perpetua Event Features Whales and Tidepools
Jim Sumich and marine friend.
Jim Sumich and marine friend.CoastWatch is hosting a dual event on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center that will provide background information placing two of our citizen science projects in context.
At 4:30 p.m., CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer will lead a tidepool walk that will explore intertidal ecology, while also providing training for volunteers willing to participate in monitoring for sea stars. All CoastWatchers who have rocky shores within their miles are asked to keep watch over the sea star populations, which have been heavily impacted by the sea star wasting syndrome. Some volunteers are stepping forward to do more, by keeping watch over a particular patch of rocky shoreline on a regular basis. The walk leaves from the Visitor Center at 4:30 and returns shortly before 6 p.m.
Snacks and treats will be served from 6-6:25 p.m. Then marine mammal expert Jim Sumich will speak in the Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. All CoastWatchers note marine mammal strandings; this talk will provide background on the whales that inhabit our nearshore ocean.
After a brief introduction to gray whales, Sumich will focus on recent research that has revealed at least four distinct migration/feeding patterns of gray whales in the North Pacific. The combination of radio tagging, photo identification and genetic studies is changing the way we look at separate populations of gray whales and how we manage our interactions with them.
A courtesy faculty member at Oregon State University, Jim Sumich is the author of a best-selling textbook on marine biology (now in its 10th edition) and co-author of the widely adopted “Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology.” He has taught at the college and university level for more than four decades and has conducted research on gray whales from British Columbia to Baja California. He currently resides in Oregon where he teaches a course on marine mammals at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.
His peer reviewed general audience book "E. robustus: The Biology and Human History of Gray Whales,” has just been published in both digital and print formats. More information and order forms are available at
The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, located just south of the cape, is located at 2400 U.S. 101. For more information, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027,

 Beach Walkers Asked to Keep Watch for Avian Pox Victims
Western snowy plover
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has contacted CoastWatch to ask for our volunteers’ help in monitoring for signs of avian pox.
Some mortality from the disease has been observed among Common murres in Oregon (although no large-scale die-off has been reported). CoastWatchers and others are asked to pay special attention to the presence of dead birds on the beach. Although the disease is not known to be communicable to humans, it isn’t suggested that volunteers (aside from those with special training through our beached bird survey project) handle the birds to look for signs of disease. Simply report unusual numbers.
The real concern is the possibility that the avian pox will spread to the Western snowy plover population. Oregon’s snowy plovers, considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, have been recovering in numbers due to a concerted effort by state and federal agencies to restore habitat and protect nesting areas in season. An outbreak of avian pox could set these efforts back.
Those CoastWatchers or other knowledgeable beachgoers who walk stretches of shoreline where snowy plovers are found are asked to look carefully for dead plovers and report any that are identified. Nesting season is over for the year, so it is permissible to walk close to the high-beach areas favored by plovers which are closed off during the spring and summer.
Those who spot unusual numbers of dead murres (a certain number is normal this time of year), and especially those who find dead plovers, are asked to contact Laura Todd of the Fish and Wildlife Service, (541) 867-4550; Please be sure also to file a CoastWatch report or dispatch. Non-CoastWatchers can use the Dispatch form in the menu on this page.

 Step Up to Take Part in CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects
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 are in the early stages of a special project to focus citizen science surveys on the areas facing Oregon’s new marine reserves. We have six projects up and running. Some ... MORE 
 Volunteers Needed as Marine Debris Monitoring Project Prepares for Fall
The upsurge of marine debris on Oregon’s shoreline late last spring, much of it from the Japanese tsunami and some of it bearing potentially invasive organisms, was a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. With winter storms on the horizon again, we need to ramp up our marine debris monitoring effort to be ready to respond. CoastWatch has been ... MORE 
 Learn about Watching Seabirds in Newport Talk
Brandt's cormorant
Those who are interested in contributing to citizen science—or simply interested in seabirds—might land on the presentation offered on Thursday, Oct. 16, by the Yaquina Birders & Naturalists. Amelia O'Connor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present a slide talk on "Seabird Monitoring in Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve.”
During the past summer, O’Connor and 19 volunteers monitored six different cormorant colonies and Sea Lion Caves in order to estimate breeding productivity for Brandt's, pelagic, and double-crested cormorants and the abundance of breeding pigeon guillemots and rhinoceros auklets.
The data from this citizen science project will contribute to a “baseline”—data on the current situation, with which future comparisons can be made—for Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and provide an indicator for forage fish abundance within the reserve. Similar opportunities for volunteers will be offered for volunteers next year, both here and near other marine reserves, so this is a chance to learn about the volunteer opportunities, as well as about Cape Perpetua’s seabird populations.
The free event, open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. at the meeting room of Central Lincoln PUD (2129 North Coast Highway, aka Hwy. 101) in north Newport. The PUD is on the west side of the Highway between Whaler's Village and Atonement Lutheran Church.
For more info, call (541) 265-2965.

 Lecture Will Consider Plastic Marine Debris as Geological Factor
Some have described our current era as “the plasticene age,” given that future geologists are likely to find a layer of indestructible plastic in sediments and rock formations, long after we are gone. It is appropriate, then, that this academic year’s Geology Lecture Series at Southwestern Oregon Community College kicks off with a talk by Giora Proskurowski on “Plastic in the Global Ocean.” The ... MORE 
 Cascade Head Symposium Will Explore Area’s Science and Conservation
Those who have a special interest in the Cascade Head area, whether from the standpoint of scientific research, conservation or simply appreciation of one of the coast’s most beautiful places, will wish to take note of the Cascade Head Science Symposium. This intensely place-based event takes place Oct. 24-25 at Westwind on the Salmon River spit. Jointly sponsored by the Westwind Stewardship ... MORE 
 Another Way to Support Oregon Shores While Shopping
Amazon may dominate the retail world, but now the company is sharing a little of its largesse with non-profits through its AmazonSmile Foundation. By designating your favorite non-profit group—namely, Oregon Shores—through the program, you can assure that a small share of the purchase price of anything sold on their website will go to support our work. Go to ... MORE 
  MILE 287  C Nelson — A great fall day to be at the beach! It was notable that all the regularly used campsites were clean, in contrast to prior years when considerable trash had been left behind. Lots of sand has been ...  MORE 
  MILE 178  Brien M — The annual Fall beach clean-up was today, and weather conditions could not have been better. I filled all three of my SOLV bags, plus an arm full of loose, larger items. Afterward, I was still in ...  MORE 
  MILE 255  bballentine — Beach was the cleanest we have seen it, very few pieces of styrofoam, no water bottles or other packaging. Only two others on beach, 1 running 1 sitting. Found 3 mures that appeared to be exhausted ...  MORE 
  MILE 103  beachnut — Walking at low tide of 0.9 feet at 7 a.m. brought little company, apart from assorted gulls and sanderling-size birds in the wet sand. Jellies of clear and gold ran the extent of the mile, ranging in ...  MORE 
  MILE 102  beachnut — No one else was out (surprise!) on a foggy, moderately windy morning at 6:30 on the northern stretch. Just me and the dogs getting wet in the dark. Gulls, sanderling-size birds and whimbrels were in ...  MORE 
  MILE 289  ollikainen — It was a very pleasant fall equinox on Mile 289. As usual, there is evidence of sand build up and dune formation over the summer. The new sand buried most of the wood and washed up debris, leaving ...  MORE 
  MILE 309  cadonofrio — Driftline remains clean; some shorebirds  MORE 
  MILE 220  kmalarkey — A spectacular day brought many people to the beach. It looked more like California than Oregon. There is remarkably little litter or trash although there seems to be a disturbing trend of people ...  MORE 
  MILE 226  George&Sheila — Numerous vehicles, including RVs, were traveling along the one-way portion of Otter Crest Loop, with a number of people stopping and photographing the ocean and looking for whales. Significant ...  MORE 
  MILE 338  Randy and Beth — A beautiful day on the beach with very little garbage; we picked up about 2 pounds worth only.  MORE 
  MILE 248  Dr Kayak — Bald eagle, rhinoceros auklets, and many humans at Cascade Head.  MORE 
  MILE 187  SandyJean DISPATCH  — The weather was beautiful, Low tide. Many people with cameras, many tide pooing. Clean beach. An all around wonderful day on the beach.  MORE 
  MILE 169  oceanwalker842 — Beautiful day just after low tide but not many enjoying it. A couple plus their three dogs had their tent nestled in the dunes surrounded by dune grass. At the high tide line there were scattered ...  MORE 
  MILE 10  SMathis — Nice pleasant day. No major changes to landscape.  MORE 
  MILE 243  HARTLA — Very warm day for Mile 243, 81 degrees air. Piles of empty mussel shells were puzzling (see photo) Otherwise, beaches were clean and litter free. One vehicle stuck in loose sand in permitted area ...  MORE 
  MILE 31  Lorenzo2 — A very sick black and white bird. I think it is a murre, but I'm not sure. (See attached photo.) DEAD BIRDS STRANDED A dead sealion. The same one that I reported Aug. 31 but didn't have photos. ...  MORE 
  MILE 301  DHiggins — Cliffside site of driftwood fire being rehabilitated with horizontal shoring and planting.  MORE 
  MILE 7  DewPoint Dave — A beautiful sunny morning was enjoyed by those who ventured out on mile 7 at 7:00 am at low tide (-0.1 FT). Most notable observation was the condition of two sea stars found on a rock (see photo) ...  MORE 
  MILE 5  brookingsbill — A beautiful day at with a minus tide and fewer than expected people. I tried to get out to tide pools to look for evidence of wasting disease during a minus tide but was unable to do so because the ...  MORE 
  MILE 8  DewPoint Dave — Twenty-six people and eleven dogs were seen enjoying the sunny weather along Mile 8 at Harris Beach State Park. Twelve cars and trucks were counted in the parking area above the beach. The natural ...  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.