| A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS|
|Mile 307 — Clatsop County, Cove Beach north, Arch Cape, Arch Cape Creek |
|Bald Eagle — It was a very windy and rainy day. Winds were 25-35 mph. There was nothing unusual to report.
In December there was a rock slide about 200 yards south of Arch Cape, see picture. |
| Sun Mar 2, 5:00 PM Arch Cape Rock Slide|
| Fri Feb 28 NEW Register Now for ‘Sharing the Coast’ Conference|
Alan Rammer Time to “share the coast” again. The 2014 edition of our annual Sharing the Coast Conference is coming up March 14-15 in Seaside and March 16 in Cannon Beach.
Sharing the Coast is a cavalcade of slide talks, workshops and field trips devoted to coastal and marine science and stewardship. This year the conference features presentations on everything from tidepools, estuaries and birds to offshore habitats, marine debris and “beached marine critters.” The complete schedule is now available here, and registration is now open here along with a more detailed program. Registration can also take place at the door.
The event is sponsored each year by CoastWatch in partnership with the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME). (Since long-time NAME leader Fawn Custer joined CoastWatch in 2013 as our volunteer coordinator, the partnership has become even closer.) Local co-sponsors this year are the Necanicum Watershed Council, the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, and Seaside Aquarium.
The conference is designed to provide CoastWatchers with information helpful in monitoring the shoreline and to enrich the backgrounds of teachers who “share the coast” through classroom education or interpretive programs. However, it is open to the general public, and the information presented will be of interest to anyone who loves the coast.
Dr. HeppellSharing the Coast kicks off with two evening “Community Talks” on Friday, March 14, 6:45 PM at the Bob Chisholm Community Center (1225 Avenue A) in Seaside. This evening program is free and open to all. Friday evening speakers are Stacy Galleher, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s community engagement coordinator, speaking on “Diving into Oregon’s Marine Reserves” (featuring slides and video of undersea habitats); and Dr. Selina Heppell, professor of fisheries at Oregon State University, “Bottoms Up: Getting Involved with Science and Conservation of Our Coastal Resources.” Doors open at 6 PM.
On Saturday, March 15, the main conference begins at 9 AM. (registration at 8:30 AM) in the Bob Chisholm Community Center. Keynote speaker will be Alan Rammer, the 2012 National Marine Educator of the Year. Rammer, recently retired from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and a popular ecotour guide, will discuss the importance and challenge of "Educating Diverse Audiences About Marine Ecosystems."
Dr. DuffieldOther Saturday morning speakers include Dr. Debbie Duffield of Portland State University on "Ocean Health as Observed Through the Marine Mammal Stranding Network;" Neal Maine, founder of the North Coast Land Conservancy, on estuaries and restoring watersheds -- "65 Years Hanging Out at the Necanicum Estuary;" and Dr. Ralph Breitenstein of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport on "Tsunami Debris: What is Washing Up on Our Shores?"
After lunch (included with registration), Saturday afternoon will be taken up with breakout workshops and field trips. The day will conclude with a social event at the Seaside Brewing Co., including a short talk on “Things You May Not Know about the Ocean,” by Alan Rammer and a shoreline science trivia contest.
On Sunday, March 16, the conference moves to the Cannon Beach Community Hall (207 N. Spruce St.), beginning at 9 AM. Morning speakers include marine ecologist Cynthia Trowbridge, on “The Natural History of the Driftline”; Jen Zamon of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on "Birds, Salmon, and Forage Fishes in the Columbia River Estuary: Addressing Conflict among Protected Species;" and Danielle Asson, a newly minted graduate of Oregon State University’s Marine Resource Management Program, on how citizens can help scientists develop data through "Beached Marine Critters--A Citizen Science Protocol.”
After lunch (on your own, although sack lunches can be ordered when registering), the conference will wind up with a number of guided field trips; choose a beach, estuary, or aquarium field trip (see the complete schedule for details.)
Cost of the conference is $15 for current Oregon Shores or NAME members; $30 for members of the public; or $40 for those who join or renew membership in either organization at the time of registering. (See the registration site for prices for students and families.) For those attending Sunday only, the conference fees are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, email@example.com.
| Tue Mar 4 4:18 PM NEW Speaker Will Provide Tour of BEACH|
Water quality and beach monitoring will be the focus of a talk by Rebecca Hillwig, Beach Monitoring Program Coordinator for the Oregon Health Authority. Hillwig’s talk, “Better Ecosystems through Active Conservation and Habitat Stewardship—BEACH,” takes place on Wednesday, March 12, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Cannon Beach Library, 131 N. Hemlock. The free presentation is part of the World of Haystack ...
| Oct 17 2013 CoastWatch and OMDT Partners Offer Marine Debris Grants|
Volunteer Lisa Wallace measures out NOAA monitoring site at Muriel O. Ponsler State Park. Photo by Charlie Plybon. The Oregon Marine Debris Team (OMDT) is seeking volunteer groups to participate in a community grants program which will support monitoring for marine debris. Up to 10 local groups (either existing organizations or teams that unite for this effort) will be awarded $500 to assist them in regularly monitoring and submitting reports on marine debris that washes up at selected sites. The original deadline for grants has passed, and we have applicants getting ready to participate in eight of the areas, but two slots remain unfilled, at the southern and northern ends of Oregon's coast, so it is still possible to apply in Curry and Clatsop counties. Check with Fawn Custer, CoastWatch's volunteer coordinator, who is managing the project for OMDT.
The project is part of an ongoing research program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Participating groups will employ a “protocol” developed by NOAA to gather data and the types and amounts of marine debris reaching the shore. Monitoring sites are 100 meters (about 325 feet) long, and are selected according to specific criteria. Surveys must be done regularly on a monthly basis. The information collected, using NOAA’s method, is then uploaded onto a website.
There is little scientific data on how much and what types of marine debris washes up on Oregon’s shoreline. The new research project will collect “baseline data” on debris accumulations in Oregon, part of a national study funded by NOAA.
Specific sites should fall within areas chosen for the study. A map of the potential areas can be found by clicking here. Within each area, preference will be given to proposals for more remote areas with less human traffic and where it is less likely that litter will be picked up between monitoring sessions.
No prior experience is necessary. Training and support will be provided by the Oregon Marine Debris Team (OMDT), a partnership among four non-profit organizations—CoastWatch, Surfrider, SOLVE, Washed Ashore—with the cooperation of Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Community grants, intended to help volunteers cover costs of transportation and equipment such as bags, measuring tape, or marker flags, require a commitment to monitor a site consistently for two years, reporting the data according to the NOAA protocol. Recipient groups will also be required to send 1-3 members to a training workshop to learn about the monitoring techniques and link up with other groups involved with marine debris monitoring. You will find more about this, and a listing of the sites for which monitoring is sought, on the OMDT site.
For information, contact Fawn Custer OR CALL (541) 270-0027. Or go to the OMDT website, omdt.org. Contact Fawn also if you would be willing to help scout any stretch of the Oregon shoreline for marine debris on a regular basis.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL
| Nov 30 2013 Sightings of Returning of Coho Can Take Place on the Beach|
By Bonnie Henderson As Native people have long understood, salmon may be considered the foundation of life in the Pacific Northwest. They feed dozens of animal species, including humans, and even the land itself, providing nitrogen to streamside trees when they return to their natal waters to spawn and die. Coho (or silver) salmon, one-fourth the size of Chinook salmon, are the definitive ...
| MILE REPORTS SINCE FEB 6 2014|
| Mar 4 beachnut — A calm but overcast dry day on this part of Mile 102 south of the Coquille River and jetty at about 6:30 a.m. 7 vehicles, 2 people rock hunting and one walker with unleashed dog. Crows and gulls on ... |
| Mar 2 Bald Eagle — It was a very windy and rainy day. Winds were 25-35 mph. There was nothing unusual to report.
In December there was a rock slide about 200 yards south of Arch Cape, see picture. |
| Mar 2 bahngarten — Strong blustery winds from SW, light rain, cloudy morning. Beach deserted other than few gulls at tideline. Small sticks, razor clam shell pieces, pebbles on beach. Clean beach. A winter morning. |
| Mar 2 beachnut — Rain blowing in from the south at moderate strength made this beach walk an endurance test on a Sunday morning registering a mild 50. Not even the usual rock hounds were out, just me and the wee ... |
| Mar 2 beachnut — Apart from the weather (windy and wet) there wasn't much happening on the segment of this mile north of the Coquille River at 6:30 on a Sunday morning. It was close to low tide but no one else was ... |
| Mar 1 D Grimes — This is the first report (at least for me) for Mile 9 and some of the observations noted were made for baseline information. The tideline contained mostly small pieces of wood and a few small pieces ... |
| Mar 1 SMathis — Just another wonderful day in Paradise! No man-made or natural modifications to the shoreline. |
| Feb 28 Kathy C — Clear sunny Friday. Some beach erosion noted just south of tunnel. More cobble exposed north of tunnel. Sparse wrack and debris. Some razor clam and other shells. |
| Feb 25 stu&barb — Just a perfect day with lot's of people enjoying it. Found very few items of litter, a couple of cans & bottles and several pieces of plastic all easily removed...not so much for a hunk of rope ... |
| Feb 25 dderickson — It was a beautiful mild sunny day at low tide. There is still very much sand cover, although the tops of some of the rock formations are showing. Very few birds present, and surprisingly few people ... |
| Feb 24 BCtoOR DISPATCH — The mouth of Sutton Creek has moved North in the past month.
The creek comes in at a Southerly direction and hits the man made berm near the gated community and then veers back in a Northwesterly ... |
| Feb 24 Nikki T — Very quiet on the beach today. No wildlife observed, tide receding. There was a lot of small wood in patches on the drift line. There had been a 9.3 tide earlier. No dead birds. Hardly any ... |
| Feb 23 WetWabbit — Walked Mile 195 in both northward and southward directions. Counts are only for going north. Crossed Starr Creek by going up to highway.
No unusual fauna or human activities were observed. |
| Feb 23 amyfra — I went back to mile 106 this morning to check out the status of ill sea lion. Again I saw no evidence of an injury. The animal was in the same location, no evidence in the sand that it had attempted ... |
| Feb 22 bballentine — Beach wide and relatively clean. Very pleasant day with a number of people walking on beach. In contrast to most of our visits there was no Styrofoam along the high tide line. Removed several pieces ... |
| Feb 22 amyfra — It was a beautiful day at Mile 106. The beach was very clear of litter. An average amount of driftwood. Very little evidence of any human activity. Sad to see the young sea lion perishing. I stayed a ... |
| Feb 21 malachite — Nice day on Mile 224. Quiet, only one dog seen, dog appeared to be under control. A few surfers, mostly people walking or standing on the beach. Garnet "sands" very visible. Beach fairly clean, ... |
| Feb 16 Dick and Colleen — Dick and I walked our mile between storms at low tide on a Sunday morning. Low tide was high due to storm surge; the sea turbulent. Beaches were free from small pieces of driftwood and ocean based ... |
| Feb 7 Mershlo DISPATCH — Outgoing tide (2.5 hrs before low tide). No breeze, ocean sounds muffled. About 5" snow on the beach above tide line. More snow on its way. |
| Feb 6 Mershlo DISPATCH — During snowstorm. About 5" snow on the beach. Slush where waves met the snow. |
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.