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Mile 261 — Tillamook County, Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda 
Brassrng — The weather was ideal for visiting Pacific City beaches as the many family activities seen today did show. This beach was devoid of any small sticks and woody debris as should be normally found. The ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Sun Oct 4, 11:10 AM   Seal Carcass
Location: .25 miles south of northern end of mile 261 at high tide line.
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 King Tide Project Preparing to Document Year’s Highest Water
A King Tide swamps the Yaquina River. Photo by John Bauer.
Prepare to get out the cameras and visit the coast during the 2015 King Tide Events.
This year the project focuses on three sets of extreme tides: Oct. 27-29, Nov.24-27, and Dec. 23-25.
For the sixth year, CoastWatch is sponsoring the annual King Tide project. This is the Oregon branch of an international volunteer effort to trace the year’s highest tides by means of photography. Documenting the highest reach of the tides tells us something about areas of the natural and built environments which are subject to erosion and flooding now. It tells us even more about what to expect as sea level rises. Our co-sponsors this year include the state’s Coastal Management Program, Surfrider, Washed Ashore and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP); other organizations are also invited to get involved.
We’re asking anyone capable of taking a photograph and able to get to the coast during the series of high tides to take shots at the highest point of the tide on those days. These photos can focus on any feature. Those that show the location of the tide in relation to the built environment (roads, seawalls, buildings) are especially useful in demonstrating impending threats. The ideal photo would be taken from a location where the photographer can return later at an ordinary high tide to take a comparison shot.
CoastWatch is making a special effort to organize photographers to document the reach of the King Tides in the vicinity of the new marine reserves (Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua and Redfish Rocks). If willing to help with this citizen science project and seeking directions to areas we would particularly like to document, please let us know.
Participants will post photographs online through the King Tide Photo Initiative Site. Be prepared to include the date, description and direction of the photo. An interactive map will be available that will assist photographers in determining the exact latitude and longitude at which a photo was taken. The link is being finalized and will be up very soon.
For more information about the technical aspects of the project, contact Andy Lanier, Coastal Resources Specialist for the Oregon Coastal Management Program, (503) 934-0072, (503) 206-2291 (cell),
At the conclusion of the project, three celebrations will be held along the coast. The Jan. 8, 2016 celebration is being hosted by HRAP in Cannon Beach, the Jan. 15 celebration will be hosted by CoastWatch somewhere in Lincoln County, and the January 22nd celebration will be hosted by Washed Ashore in Bandon. The best of the King Tide photos will be shown, photographers will be on hand to comment, and there will be a special speaker. These events will be free and open to all (appetizers are provided with beverages and meals available for purchase at the venues).
For information about the project, and about participating in the special effort to document the King Tides in the marine reserve areas, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027,

 CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers
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 now conduct seven citizen science projects. Through our "Community Engagement with Marine Reserves" project, we are developing a special project to focus citizen science ... MORE 
 Volunteer Coordinator Will Speak on Marine Debris in Yachats
Yachats. Photo by Alex Derr.
The Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences has invited Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, to lecture on Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. The free public event takes place at the Yachats Commons (1555 Highway 101 in the middle of town).
Fawn’s talk will accompany the film “It’s Everybody’s Ocean,” a documentary by Atsuko Quirk. The film tells the story of Ikema, a tiny outpost of the Miyako Islands. Known for its coral reefs, the island has been overwhelmed by tons of marine debris originating from all over Asia and threatening is ecosystems. Clean-up efforts on the tiny Japanese island involve virtually the entire population. School children go at it with great enthusiasm. The bar code number of each plastic container is recorded because it identifies the nation of origin. Thus, the school children can notify each country regarding how much ocean trash has been traced to it. Ikema is working with the University of Hawaii to encourage Pacific Rim nations to reduce trash thrown into the sea.
Fawn will discuss marine debris arriving on Oregon’s coast, and the efforts of CoastWatch and our partners in the Oregon Marine Debris Team (Surfrider, SOLVE, Washed Ashore and Oregon Sea Grant) to both monitor and combat it. She will discuss the nature of the debris arriving here, particularly tsunami debris and the risk of invasive species is may carry. She will talk about our cleanup efforts and their results, and explain the formal marine debris survey that CoastWatch directs on behalf of the OMDT. More volunteers are always needed for the teams that conduct these surveys.
The Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences, sponsored by Friends of the Yachats Commons, is an informal citizen-based organization dedicated to bringing educational and entertainment opportunities to the central coast. For future event announcements go to

 Annual Meeting to Feature Overview of Oregon’s Ocean
Oceanographer Bill Peterson will address the Oregon Shores annual meeting on Nov. 7 in Lincoln City. Peterson will survey the State of Oregon’s Ocean. His presentation will consider the current El Nino, changes in ocean conditions such as "the Blob," climate change impacts such as ocean acidification, the effects of these changes on marine organisms from plankton and krill to Cassin’s auklets ... MORE 
 Beached Bird Training Available to South Coast
Those of you at the southern end of the Oregon shore who would like to learn about the beached bird survey can gain an opportunity by traveling a bit further south. A training will take place across the border on Sunday, Oct. 25, noon-5 p.m., at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Board Room, 421 Hwy 101 North, in Crescent City. There will be another opportunity, not so far south, when a similar ... MORE 
 Plant Violets So the Silverspot Won’t Be Blue
Early blue violets, essential food for silverspot butterflies. Photo courtesy of NCLC.
Help to invite the all-too-rare Oregon silverspot butterfly back to Clatsop County by joining a special project to plant violets on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, at various sites on the Clatsop Plains between Gearhart and Warrenton.
This is the culmination of a 10-year project, led by the North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC), to restore the butterfly’s habitat. The early blue violet (Viola adunca) plays an essential role in the silverspot’s life cycle. The females lay their eggs among the stems and debris of the violet (which dies back during the winter), which is the crucial food source for the larvae. Early blue violets aren’t rare—they occur widely around the West—but within the Oregon silverspot’s range they are associated with coastal grasslands, a diminishing habitat.
The historic range of Oregon silverspot extended along the Oregon and Washington coasts from Westport, Washington south to around Heceta Head in Oregon, and in a separate coastal area north of Crescent City in Del Norte County, California. At least 17 historic sites are known. The current known range is limited to five sites, including four in coastal Oregon in Lane and Tillamook counties, and one in Del Norte County, near Lake Earl.
These five areas are special conservation sites for maintaining the butterfly’s population level. There is also a sixth conservation area: the Clatsop Plains. The silverspot’s current status there is uncertain, which is where the present project comes in. Since 2006, when seed was gathered from native violets on the Clatsop Plains, generations of violets have been cultivated at native plant nurseries. More than 10,000 of those seedlings are now ready for planting.
If you wish to help increase the violet population here, which may help the butterfly to build its numbers, turn out Nov. 20-21 with boots, gloves, clothing appropriate for the weather at that time of year, and a garden trowel if you have one. All other tools, along with refreshments, will be provided. Contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at for location, time, and other details and to let her know you are coming (and how many people you are bringing). If you can recruit others to join you, that will increase the fun factor while helping to assure this restoration effort’s success.

 Roam the Wild Edge in Astoria
Our colleagues with the North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC) are planning a gala evening celebrating coastal conservation and release of the landscape-celebrating book The Wild Edge: Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast (Braided River), a photographic journey from the deep ocean to the summit of coastal-fronting mountains from Baja to the Arctic. The event, featuring Bruce Barcott, the book’s lead ... MORE 
  Snowy Plover Nesting Season Officially Ends
Nesting season for Western snowy plovers, a federally threatened shorebird that nests on the sandy shore, officially ended Sept. 15. Beachgoers are asked to follow nesting season restrictions on certain Oregon beaches through that date to protect snowy plover eggs and young. CoastWatchers helped by paying special attention to the plover exclusion zones and keeping an eye out for violations. This ... MORE 
 Beach Monitoring Program Announces Impending Changes
The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) is beginning a formal process to adopt a new “beach action value” (BAV) that would be used beginning in the 2017 monitoring season. The BAV is used to determine when public health advisories should be issued for beaches. Up till now, the threshold for advisories has been 158 MPN. (This stands for “most probable number,” and for beach water quality ... MORE 
 Cause Identified for Purple Tides Noted by CoastWatchers
Mysterious purple patches are being observed along the coast. Photo courtesy of Beach Connection.The answer to the summer's trick CoastWatch question, "What is causing the purple water?" turned out to be "salps." Numerous reports came in over a period of weeks concerning “purple water” or “a gelatinous purple mass” in the water. It took a while to determine the cause, and several suspects were ... MORE 
 Photos Shared with Oregon Shores Help Us 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 
  MILE 270  yakinsea — It's been quite a while since I visited here, and it felt like visiting an old friend. After unsuccessfully trying to get other paddlers here, I ended up going solo again, which gives a much more ...  MORE 
  MILE 248  Dr Kayak — Nine fishermen, western and horned grebes, pigeon guillemot, three cormorant species, one swimming sea lion, and ten harbor seals.  MORE 
  MILE 274  rogans — Today was our first beach mile walk. We took photos particularly of the cliffs to use as baselines for comparisons. About thirty people were on the beach-some with dogs on leash and some off. ...  MORE 
  MILE 261  Brassrng — The weather was ideal for visiting Pacific City beaches as the many family activities seen today did show. This beach was devoid of any small sticks and woody debris as should be normally found. The ...  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Slight NW breeze on sunny day. 10 people, 4 dogs walking. Lots of active sand fleas, small wads of green seaweed and eelgrass, broken sand dollars and small pebbles along tide line. Notable was a 4 ...  MORE 
  MILE 183  RMSherriffs — Deep sand covering rocks at base of South Bluff, forming two lakes from normal drainage at base of other bluffs on the north section. Beach extremely clean. No plastic on North section  MORE 
  MILE 160  lightbug — My biggest surprise was the lack of trash, I nearly always bring three or four bags of trash off the beach, but not today. Do not know whether it is tide, wind, or the wonderful efforts of the surf ...  MORE 
  MILE 23  Bob Harvey — A few people: one windsurfer on beach , 4 walkers and a photographer. Driftline has small (1/2 inch) crustacean shells about, some kelp, a few mussels. Summer sand deposits have covered winter cut ...  MORE 
  MILE 10  SMathis — Pretty quiet day. No major changes in beach topography.  MORE 
  MILE 257  BP Van B DISPATCH  — A wonderful day, warm and no wind. Beach was almost empty, few people. There has been much accumulation of sand, with the water line much further out and 4' to 5' "cliffs" of sand. Very little ...  MORE 
  MILE 219  Volunteer Coordinator DISPATCH  — Eleanor Siebers called from the BLM Yaquina Head Interpretive Center to report a wood chunk with mussels found yesterday on Cobble Beach of Yaquina Head (30 Sept. 2015) by “Lucia." It is local - ...  MORE 
  MILE 224  malachite — Two pleasant walks on two separate days 09/29/15 and 10/01/15. The tide was pretty far out on 09/29, so I took photos of rock erosion/collapse near the outlook (see below). On 10/01/15, it was ...  MORE 
  MILE 245  TerryH DISPATCH  — Ongoing problem with people surf fishing. Those I have spoken with say they were not aware that Roads End beach was a part of the Cascade Head Marine Reserve and off-limits to all fishing. Made a ...  MORE 
  MILE 191  YmnKai — Human activity consisted of people visiting Devil's Churn-area trails (Photo). No significant concerns or actions required. Most people were walking on the south side of the churn with 3 young ...  MORE 
  MILE 245  LWelcher DISPATCH  — Fawn joined me on the beach. We counted 21 dead murres, 1 dead Brandt's Cormorant, and 1 dead gull. Many healthy gulls in the surf, pattering their feet to stir up the mole crabs. Green algae in ...  MORE 
  MILE 7  DewPoint Dave — A sunny September morning welcomed 21 beachgoers and 4 dogs to Mile 7, South Harris Beach State Park. Driftline contained mostly kelp and seagrass with a few crab and shrimp casings here and there. ...  MORE 
  MILE 309  cadonofrio — Notably cooler; shorebirds in the drift line. Of note (not on our mile; but near our home), we observed several whales spouting just beyond the breakers, due west of Sally's Alley. This is the same ...  MORE 
  MILE 308  Jmarkham — The sand level is unusually high, with the high-tide line close to 100m out from shore. There were more people than expected on a weekday, but the pleasant weather was inviting. The beach appears ...  MORE 
  MILE 222  dderickson — Beautiful last day of summer, lots of people out, more rock hunters than usual... very high sand, though no dunes except for one short area where sand has bermed up at base of foredune.  MORE 
  MILE 289  ollikainen — The beach was very clean. The SOLV clean up was 2 days earlier plus strong north wind moves sand and covers all but the largest debris. Sand build up is the recurrent issue with Mile 289. The ...  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.