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  A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS
Mile 245 — Lincoln County, Roads End Beach, Wayside, Logan Creek 
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TerryH — Large beds of mole crabs evident this spring. Young dead sea lion at north end of mile, filed Marine Mammal report with photo. More graffiti on private seawalls.   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Fri May 27, 1:00 PM   Roads End beach
North end of Roads End beach. Sand is coming back in.
Location: north end of Roads End beach
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 Celebrate World Oceans Day with Citizen Science Close to Home
Fawn Custer, teaching about tidepools. Photo by Cathy Tronquet.
World Oceans Day is coming up June 8. This year’s international theme is “Healthy oceans, healthy planet.” While we object to the plural—there is only one global ocean, so it should be World Ocean Day, singular—we certainly agree with the concept.
To celebrate, CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer will lead a walk at Seal Rock State Park, taking advantage of the minus tide that morning. She will explore the tidepools and driftline, and also introduce participants to the range of our citizen science activities. Marine debris is one of the great threats to the world’s ocean, and is a major focus of World Oceans Day, so our marine debris monitoring project will be one significant topic.
If the weather is clement, meet Fawn at the state park’s parking lot at 8 a.m. Come dressed for the weather, and for clambering over the rocky shores.
If we have bad luck with the weather, meet her instead at the Seal Rock Garden Club, 10377 N.W. Rand St. (next to the Seal Rock fire station), also at 8 a.m. She can provide an introduction to citizen science and shoreline ecology where it is warm and dry, before hardy souls venture out into the wet to visit the shoreline.
For more information, contact Fawn at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org. If you can’t get to Seal Rock that day, you can take a look at what others are doing on the Ocean Project’s website.
And in any event, happy World Ocean(s) Day!
 

  ALERTS
 Fish and Wildlife Agency Seeks Comments on Budget Priorities
Bald eagle at South Beach. Photo by Cathy Tronquet.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) hosted a town hall meeting Thursday, May 26 at the Portland Doubletree Hotel. The meeting was added to ODFW’s scheduled set of hearings on the agency’s budget at the request of the state’s conservation groups, who were concerned that the voices of citizens favoring non-consumptive experiences with wildlife weren’t being heard.
The hearing was held to gather public input on the agency's proposed 2017-2019 budget. A key question is how much priority is given to protecting species that aren’t of interest to fishermen and hunters, interest groups whose voices have typically been heard clearly by the department since hunting and fishing license fees fund a significant part of its budget. Public comments, both written and those delivered at this and other public hearings, will be used to help refine the budget before it is presented to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on June 9. Once a proposed budget is approved by the Commission, it will be submitted to the Governor for her consideration. The budget will ultimately be determined by the 2017 Legislature.
Additional ODFW budget information can be found on the ODFW website.
Comments on the agency proposed budget can be submitted through June 1 by email to ODFW.Comments@state.or.us or by mail to ODFW Director’s Office, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 7302-1142. Public testimony will also be heard at the Commission meeting on June 9 in Salem.
 

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 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 ... MORE 
  EVENTS
 This Summer’s Shoreline Science Workshop Now on the Calendar
Students sampling during past year's shoreline science workshop. Photo by Michael Coe.
CoastWatch will offer only one Shoreline Science Workshop this summer, instead of the usual three. The good news is that we’re giving you plenty of advance notice to sign up for the one that will take place. It will be held 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 Northwest Coast: A Natural History. Three full days of instruction cover rocky shore, beach and estuarine habitats in depth, and touch on forests, the nearshore ocean, marine mammals, tides and oceanography, citizen science and many other topics. Matters of concern such as marine debris and invasive species will also be discussed. Each session will include field trips, indoor presentations and laboratory experiences (with some variation, depending on the weather).
We are pioneering a comprehensive approach toward our citizen science projects, with the Otter Rock Marine Reserve area our first area of focus, which is why we are returning to Depoe Bay after having held one of last year’s workshops there.
If you would like to reserve a place offline, paying by check, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org. (Incidentally, Stewart Schultz had schedule constraints this year, but we plan to resume holding three workshops next summer.)
 

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 Community Science Day at Otter Rock in the Offing
Join us on June 25 for a special day devoted to the Otter Rock Marine Reserve and the citizen science work that CoastWatch conducts there. This occasion will also be the debut of our newly organizing CoastWatch Community Science Team for Otter Rock. Everyone is welcome to this free event. The Otter Rock Marine Reserve Community Science Day activities will take place in the marine garden area to ... MORE 
 King Tide Project Dates for Coming Winter Announced
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 ... MORE 
  NEWS
 Sea Star Populations May Be Making a Recovery
Ochre sea stars. Photo by Sonja Peterson.
CoastWatchers keep an eye on sea star populations in rocky shore areas of their adopted miles, and some participate in our formal sea star survey. We have received many reports of large numbers of juvenile sea stars, in the wake of the devastating sea star wasting syndrome event over the past couple of years.
Now comes confirmation from scientists at Oregon State University that numbers of juvenile sea stars counted in formal surveys are “unprecedented.” But there is no certainly that the upsurge in population is permanent; these young stars may yet fall victim to the disease.
The scientists published a round-up of research on sea star wasting disease in the journal PLoS One (the Public Library of Science), detailing the origin and spread of the disease, its possible causes, and possible future ecological consequences of the mass die-off of ochre stars. One of the more curious findings is that orange ochre stars are apparently more susceptible to the disease than non-orange ones.
You can read a summary of the research in the on-line version of the Oregonian or in greater detail on the OSU website. The full open source article can be downloaded.
More volunteers are needed for CoastWatch sea star survey, as we assist scientists in monitoring the health of the sea star population. If interested in participating, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org.
 

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 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 ... MORE 
 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 ... MORE 
 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 ... MORE 
  SIGHTINGS
 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. ... MORE 
  MILE REPORTS SINCE APR 23 2016
  MILE 245  TerryH — Large beds of mole crabs evident this spring. Young dead sea lion at north end of mile, filed Marine Mammal report with photo. More graffiti on private seawalls.  MORE 
  MILE 193  Volunteer Coordinator DISPATCH  — From Glen Olsen: I noticed a harbor seal pup at the end of Windy Way area. This is a newborn, with the umbilical cord still attached. Mom is probably grabbing a bite while the baby rests. Marine ...  MORE 
  MILE 239  ORbeach — Sunny, windy day. Only one family on the Spit. We picked up many plastic pieces ... filled a large trash bag. Most looked like edges or sides of containers. No writing or markings. I had my zoom ...  MORE 
  MILE 102  beachnut DISPATCH  — A seal pup hauled out at high tide on the southern segment of Mile 102 at the base of the first rocks on the South Jetty stretch. It was about 5:45 a.m. so there was no one around to hassle the ...  MORE 
  MILE 8  DewPoint Dave — 240 7th Grade students from Medford greatly increased the head count on Mile 8 on May 13, 2016. The students enjoyed playing beach volleyball, football toss, playing in the surf, and beachcombing. ...  MORE 
  MILE 7  DewPoint Dave — A cool and cloudy morning at low tide along Mile 7 found only 7 people and no dogs. Seasonal beach erosion was noted at the southern end of the mile and very little debris was observed at the ...  MORE 
  MILE 282  kkrall — This was our first official visit to this mile. Last winter's storms left a veritable cliff of rocks, topped by large logs, close to the bluff. We found a small amoint of litter including a plastic ...  MORE 
  MILE 248  Dr Kayak — Immature bald eagle, pigeon guillemots, pelagic cormorants, and harbor seals at Cascade Head.  MORE 
  MILE 46  Redfish Rocks Community Team — It was a very normal day down on the beach. The only thing different was the presence of 6 or so dead Pacific Rock Crab (at least that's what we think they are). We left one tire on the beach as it ...  MORE 
  MILE 326  Bob Harvey DISPATCH  — Dead sea lion 2 miles N of Del Rey Beach access, on the beach. Headless and still 7 ft. long  MORE 
  MILE 213  Paul/Julia — Very low tide which presented an uncluttered beach. Very little activity on the beach by people. Several large groups of shorebirds. Driftline in one area had lots of trees which seemed to have ...  MORE 
  MILE 184  Radioguy — Priscilla and I returned at very low tide to the rocky part of our mile because we saw no seastars at our recent visit whereas previously there were hundreds of healthy ones. Again, we saw not one ...  MORE 
  MILE 241  DOCLARK — Dead, headless sea lion and dogs off leash noted.  MORE 
  MILE 262  Linda Fink — sand has been washed off the beach uncovering lots of rocks. Dune no longer descends gently to beach... high steep cliff instead. My camera quit after the first few photos.  MORE 
  MILE 245  TerryH DISPATCH  — Large dead sea lion just below 66th St. beach access in Roads End, about 6 ft in length. Submitted Marine Mammal report with photos.  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Hot 70' clear day, wind from east. 17 cars in Beachside State Park parking area. 27 people walking, wading, playing with dogs (5), sitting- enjoying a fabulous day. Notable were 17 whimbrels feeding ...  MORE 
  MILE 111  TRBishop — A beautiful, warm spring Sunday at the beach - many people out to enjoy it at this location. Nothing unusual to report. . .  MORE 
  MILE 94  John Hull — Accessed mile by rowing down Fourmile Creek and beaching on west side of New River. Saw no gorse on this side. Human activities included five fishermen and a person flying a kite. Sandy beach ...  MORE 
  MILE 121  Emily K — First time surveying this beach. Was not able to survey all of beachline due to high tide. Should be surveyed at low tide and not during storm surge due to short width of beach and proximity of ...  MORE 
  MILE 186  RKimmel — The visible erosion near the mouth of 10 mile creek has reduced the number of surviving knot weed observed last year. Small fire circle with iron grill. We found bags of trash already accumulated ...  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.