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Mile 29 — Curry County, Rogue River North Jetty, Wedderburn, Knox Rock 
sparks — Great, quiet day on the beach. Not much wildlife around at all, but the swell was giant and crashing on this low tide. There was a dead pinniped on the beach that looked like it had been there for ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Tue Oct 21, 4:30 PM   Dead Pinniped
Found a long dead pinniped on the beach
Location: Directly east of Knox Rock
 Keep Watch for Transponders While on the Shore
Japanese transponder
Most CoastWatchers and other beachcombers are highly aware of the debris generated by the Japanese tsunami of 2011 that has been reaching our shores. But now an alert has gone out concerning “debris” that was tossed into the sea deliberately. CoastWatchers and other Oregon Shores members who walk the beach may be able to help.
After the tsunami took place, scientists released instruments known as “transponders” to track the movements of debris. These floating instruments are about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle and were set in the ocean from different ports off Japan in 2011-12 after the massive Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Researchers from Tattori University for Environmental Studies in Japan have been collaborating with Oregon State University, Oregon Sea Grant, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program on the project.
The researchers’ goal is to track the movement of debris via ocean currents and help determine the path and timing of the debris from the 2011 disaster. An estimated 1.5 million tons of debris was washed out to sea and it is expected to continue drifting ashore along the West Coast of the United States for several years.
“These transponders only have a battery life of about 30 months and then they no longer communicate their location,” says Sea Grant’s Sam Chan (who is known to many CoastWatchers, having provided training on invasive species on a number of occasions). “So the only way to find out where they end up is to physically find them and report their location. That’s why we need the help of fishermen, beachcombers and other coastal visitors.”
These transponders contain transmitters and are not hazardous. Persons who find a transponder are asked to photograph it if possible, and report the location of their find to Chan at; or to the NOAA Marine Debris Program regional coordinator in their area at They will provide shipping instructions to persons who find the transponders so that the instruments can be returned to the research team.
One of the first transponders discovered in the Northwest washed ashore near Arch Cape in March, 2013, about 19 months after it was set adrift. The persons who found it reported it to Chan, who began collaborating with researchers in Japan.

 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 
 Beached Bird Survey Trainings Offered for Prospective Citizen Scientists
COASST field training
CoastWatch serves as the Oregon partner for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). Through this citizen science project, volunteers from all backgrounds can learn to participate in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. The goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen involvement and action.
COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska. Volunteers need no experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month. CoastWatch works with COASST (based at the University of Washington) to recruit volunteers and make sure that Oregon sites are consistently covered.
If you are interested in participating, two opportunities are coming up to join COASST staff for a full, 6-hour training session. You’ll learn about how COASST started and how the program works, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out your new skills with some actual specimens. There is no charge to attend a training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a Beached Birds field guide. Training activities take place indoors.
Here are the upcoming events:
Saturday, October 25: Driftwood Library, 801 SE Hwy 101 #201, Lincoln City
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Refresher training for current volunteers begins at 1 p.m.)
Sunday, October 26: Arch Cape Fire Hall, 72979 US Hwy 101, Arch Cape
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Refresher training for current volunteers begins at 1 p.m.)
If you plan to attend a training session, it would be helpful to the organizers if you would contact or (206) 221-6893. If you can’t attend this event, but might be interested for the future, you will find information on this website about future training sessions, or go to or call (206) 221-6893 for additional information on upcoming events and trainings.

 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 
  MILE 29  sparks — Great, quiet day on the beach. Not much wildlife around at all, but the swell was giant and crashing on this low tide. There was a dead pinniped on the beach that looked like it had been there for ...  MORE 
  MILE 31  Lorenzo2 — I don't know the species of the whale. I would like you to inform me. It is a baleen-type, as can be seen by looking at the mouth. It is located 3/4 mi. S. of Otter Point. There is a wound ...  MORE 
  MILE 117  Jhorse — North Cove of Cape Arago was fairly clean of debris other than boat hull on north end. Did remove laundry basket, crab bait basket, water bottle, beer can and piece of flat plastic. Not bad on the ...  MORE 
  MILE 300  markos — Excess of dead birds on mile 300  MORE 
  MILE 10  SMathis — Extreme Surf. Beach scrubbed clean.  MORE 
  MILE 301  beachmike — Sneaker Waves seen on the beach this morning. National Weather Service warns that more may possible on Sunday. Everyone appears to be minding them though. Overall, the beach is really clean right ...  MORE 
  MILE 281  kkrall — Foggy but warm lovely day. Note large amount of eel grass from tunnel south to the Capes. In this same area, unusually large number of dead murres. Saw one raven eating one dead murre. Examined ...  MORE 
  MILE 183  RMSherriffs — Part of jellyfish and eel crass in surf line, groups of black waterbirds beyond surf line.  MORE 
  MILE 190  LyndaC — A grey day at the coast, but a good number of people enjoying the day.  MORE 
  MILE 300  markos — I've seen 4 dead Grebes on mile 300  MORE 
  MILE 245  TerryH DISPATCH  — Dead sea lion, 5-6 ft in length. Far north end of Roads End mile. One wound looked like a gunshot. Tire tracks in the sand indicate the park ranger had made a recent visit. Marine mammal report ...  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Clear calm autumn morning, 11 people, 5 dogs walking beach. Moderate amount of clear half-dollar- sized jellyfish along tideline. 1 carcass common murre in sand. Shells, sand fleas, and small ...  MORE 
  MILE 288  YaakovM — Beautiful early fall afternoon. Very low human activity. Did see one fellow walking with a bike on the way from the beach to the dunes near the north end of the mile. Appeared as if he might be ...  MORE 
  MILE 210  B M George — Today was our last day on beach before heading to Tucson tomorrow. Wanted to save our last walk of our mile until today. It was a beautiful day and very glad we took time from packing to do it. ...  MORE 
  MILE 245  TerryH — 52 dead murres, most had been on the beach a few days. A lot of whale spouts the past month, often seen in pairs. Beautiful fall day.  MORE 
  MILE 102  Doug C — Unusual find of numerous squid egg cases. They possibly could have been shaken from the area where they were deposited by the storm that passed through the week before. Large piles of kelp were also ...  MORE 
  MILE 101  Doug C — Sunny day with calm wind brought out a couple dozen people. Piles of kelp, squid egg cases and velella velella jellyfish were present in the wrack, primarily on mile 102, but some were on mile 101. A ...  MORE 
  MILE 4  mtuffey — Nothing has changed, since June. The exception is that Chetco Point park which is part of mile 4 and 5 has been closed over the summer, due to water treatment plant work. The work is supposed to fix ...  MORE 
  MILE 314  skylaar — A very nice, sunny fall day and a lot of people enjoying the day. Many people walking or sitting in the sand. Happily did not see a lot of trash (was also SOLV beach clean-up day).  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 
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.