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Mile 239 — Lincoln County, Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay 
ORbeach — Very pleasant day. Little activity on beach. Little debris - filled one bag. 60+ harbor seals counted at the north end of the Salishan Spit. (This number always varies because they are difficult ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Sun Jul 27, 11:24 AM   Looking south to Mile 238 and beyond
Looking south from the southern point of Mile 239.
 Shoreline Science Workshop Underway in Yachats
Stewart Schultz teaching at one of last summer's workshops. Photo by Daniel Anderson.
Places are still available for the final two days of our second shoreline science workshop of the summer, taking place in Yachats July 28-30, but it is too late to register online. Check with Fawn Custer (see below) for remaining places. But the time to register for the final workshop in Nehalem, Aug. 1-3, is now. To register online for the upcoming workshop, go to
These intensive, three-day training workshops are led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, an authority on the Northwest coastal region. He will be joined by Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator. The upcoming session takes place at the Yachats Commons in Yachats. The final workshop we are offering this year will take place in Nehalem (August 1-3).
Although participating in the full workshop will provide extended training for CoastWatch mile adopters and include a feast of information for anyone who loves the shoreline, it is also possible to attend for just one or two days. If you wish to register for less than the full three days, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027,
We now have two scholarships to offer for the Nehalem workshop. If interested, contact Fawn.
The three full days of instruction will cover everything from tidepools and sandy beaches to estuarine and ocean ecosystems, geology and forests, and marine mammals and birds. 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).
For those who are only able to attend for one or two days: The first day will focus on saltmarshes and mudflats; the second will be devoted primarily to rocky shore environments; and the final day will feature sandy beaches and dunes. Other topics will be interspersed. (The order will be different for Nehalem.)
While the workshops were developed to provide training to volunteers in the CoastWatch program, they are open to the public, and would be of interest to anyone who is fascinated by the ecology of our coastal region. Teachers can obtain 26 Professional Development Units; two college credits can also be obtained by teachers or other participants.
Stewart Schultz is the author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History. His wide-ranging experience in studying the Oregon coast makes him a very knowledgeable guide to the shoreline environment. He has worked on the Oregon coast for the Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gaining wide field experience before pursuing an academic career as a professor at the University of Miami and the University of Zadar in Croatia. During the academic year he studies marine ecology, as well as his specialty of plant evolution and genetics, but every summer he returns to the Oregon coast to teach shoreline science.
Fawn Custer, who will assist him, is an experienced marine educator who taught for 14 years at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Each workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the first day, and at 8 a.m. on the final two days, and will run until approximately 4:30 p.m. each day. Details and a complete curriculum will be provided to registrants.
The workshop fee is $60 for those who are both CoastWatchers and Oregon Shores members, $75 for those who are either CoastWatchers or Oregon Shores members, and $100 for others (who are invited to join Oregon Shores on the registration site and take the discount). Snacks will be provided; lunch is brown-bag. For those attending for less than the full workshop, suggested amounts are $30 for one day, or $45 for two.
Register online at, or by linking through the CoastWatch website. It is also possible to reserve a place by phone or e-mail and pay by check at the event.
For more information, or to reserve by phone, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027,

 Watch for Training Opportunities for Sea Star Wasting Survey
Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, has been conducting demonstrations of monitoring for sea star wasting syndrome, such as the recent field trip to Maxwell Point, near Oceanside. Some CoastWatchers who have volunteered to participate in CoastWatch’s sea star monitoring, a citizen science project using a protocol developed by marine researchers, have expressed uncertainty about ... MORE 
 Marine Debris Monitoring Project Still Needs Volunteers
The recent upsurge of marine debris on Oregon’s shoreline, much of it from the Japanese tsunami and some of it bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. CoastWatch has been working with four partner groups as the Oregon Marine Debris (OMDT) team to address the debris problem. This involves scouting the ... MORE 
 Scientists Seek Reports of Non-native Species
Some of the debris that has washed up in recent weeks appears to be from the Japanese tsunami, and might be ferrying non-native and potentially invasive species. Scientists working at the Hatfield Marine Science Center would like to be notified if you find debris from Japan (or simply from Asia, judging from any visible labels), and it is covered with organisms that don’t look like our familiar ... MORE 
 Reminder: Community Rewards Program Benefits Oregon Shores
Ocean spray. Photo by Kitty Brigham.
Coastal conservationists can support Oregon Shores and CoastWatch while shopping, without spending an extra penny.
Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program divides up $2.5 million each year among non-profit organizations whose members or other supporters designate them as beneficiaries. If you shop at Fred Meyer, please consider helping Oregon Shores to protect the coast with every purchase.
Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Oregon Shores at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number, 92817.
Once you’ve done this, every time you use your Rewards Card, you help to build Oregon Shores’ stake in the company’s annual charitable giving. The amount received by the organization depends on the amount of spending attributed to us—the $2.5 million is divided up proportionately among the non-profits in the program.
Purchasers still earn Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates—their own benefits as shoppers aren’t reduced. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information about the program, go to
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL

 Act Preserving Cascade Head Area Celebrated
The 40th anniversary of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Act was celebrated on Monday, July 21, 4:30 p.m. at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (540 N.E. Hwy 101). The Cascade Head Scenic Research Act protects the sweeping prairie headlands and forests, along with the Salmon River estuary. Campaigning for protecting Cascade Head was one of Oregon Shores’ earliest battles. A panel of ecologists, ... MORE 
 Familiar Face Brings ‘The Next Tsunami’ to Newport
Author—and CoastWatcher—Bonnie Henderson will speak about her new book, The Next Tsunami, as part of the Nye Beach Writers Series, sponsored by Writers on the Edge. Henderson’s last book, Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris, was inspired by her experiences as a CoastWatcher—she is the adopter of Mile 157 in the Oregon Dunes. Her new work (she gave us a preview at last fall’s Oregon Shores ... MORE 
 Volunteers Sought to ‘Adopt’ Seabird Colonies
The Audubon Society of Portland—among Oregon Shores’ partners in the Our Ocean coalition--is starting up a citizen science project to monitor seabird nesting colonies adjacent to the recently designated Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. Audubon is looking for volunteers that would “adopt” a colony and monitor a subset of nests to determine hatching success of chicks. Study species: Near-shore ... MORE 
 Watch for By-the-wind Sailors Stranded on Our Shores
Every avid Oregon beachcomber is familiar with Velella velella, or by-the-wind sailors: little (typically 4 to 6 cm.) violet-blue floating creatures that are often stranded by the hundreds or thousands on the beach April through July. They live in vast congregations on the sea’s surface, in warm and temperate ocean water around the world. They have no means to propel themselves; rather, they ... MORE 
  MILE 239  ORbeach — Very pleasant day. Little activity on beach. Little debris - filled one bag. 60+ harbor seals counted at the north end of the Salishan Spit. (This number always varies because they are difficult ...  MORE 
  MILE 277  Jeanette — Grass growing on dunes, two trees uprooted and some dune erosion Shore birds and seaweed at wave line Vellela-vellela at Mile 275-276 Bald Eagle over Mile 276 Water bottle and spray ...  MORE 
  MILE 323  photosbyboothe — It was a beautiful morning. Lots of people were already out and about enjoying the beach. There was a small diatom bloom in the first quarter mile along with a small concentration of water jellies ...  MORE 
  MILE 256  jcameron — July Report  MORE 
  MILE 307  elsecobb — More sand than I have seen in 30 years, clean beach, small dried up jelly fish all along the drift line. One vey large rock slide South of the Arch, and a smaller one 200 yards further south. A few ...  MORE 
  MILE 245  TerryH DISPATCH  — Stranding of By-the-Wind Sailors (Velella velella) all along Roads End beach.  MORE 
  MILE 248  Dr Kayak — Merlin cruising the surf zone at Cascade Head.  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Sunny calm morning. Many footprints in sand, denoting heavy holiday weekend usage. Many Velella velella (by-the-wind sailors) at high tide line. Dungeness and mole crag parts, small pebbles, some ...  MORE 
  MILE 147  onehorse — Two couples in tents just above the high tide mark were the only people we saw on our miles, but there were many more than that, maybe 30 or 35 north where Sparrow Park Road meets the beach. The ...  MORE 
  MILE 35  Oceanhippie2 DISPATCH  — Dead Stellar Sea Lion at the water edge with 3 GSW ..... Located south west of Ophir Rest Area. I did notify Mr Rice.  MORE 
  MILE 8  brookingsbill DISPATCH  — At least two whales spouting and breaching South of Goat Island at a distance of between 1/2 and 1 mile offshore. Assume these are residents who are not migrating North  MORE 
  MILE 237  JDip237 — Another beautiful day on the coast! Moderate amounts of typical driftline materials found.  MORE 
  MILE 23  brookingsbill — The beach is definitely getting more visitors but doesn't seem much the worse for it. A little more trash but still not much of a problem. Not a place for solitude. Sea star population seems to be ...  MORE 
  MILE 158  oceanwalker842 — Mid 70's at the beach with little wind....nice! Interesting fog/mist seemingly coming out of the sand (see photo)....reminiscent of Twilight Zone where creepy creatures come out of the haze. No ...  MORE 
  MILE 171  oldMGguy — Best day of the year so far for beach walking - sunny, calm, and very warm! There is a mass stranding of gazillions of Velella velella aka "By-the-wind-Sailor" or "Sail jellyfish", all along the ...  MORE 
  MILE 328  Jann Luesse — A beautiful sunny day with a bit of wind. The heat brought people to the beach along with their fireworks and campfires. Unfortunately they leave the debris behind. Styrofoam is still showing up ...  MORE 
  MILE 140  MetzmanJoe — My patrol area is mile 140 for my USDA/APHIS job so I am coving this stretch of beach at least 3 times a week. Today was notable due to the large quantities of Vellella jellyfish washed ashore. The ...  MORE 
  MILE 101  beachnut DISPATCH  — Just a quickie to report on what may, and I stress may, possibly be tsunami wreckage on this mile which I walk most days, though it's not in my brief. So, it is a large and heavy plastic grid of ...  MORE 
  MILE 23  Bob Harvey — Strong N. wind , beautiful day. Unusual :(1) dead rotting seal pup (2)1 large remnant of fiberglass boat , partly buried in dry dunes (3) sea stars possibly suffering from wasting. Only a total of ...  MORE 
  MILE 224  malachite — Nice day at the beach, cool, overcast, little to no wind. Met some surfers coming up from beach (4-5) as I was going down long stairway. Tide coming in, fairly high. High tide at Yaquina Bay ...  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.