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Mile 248 — Tillamook County, Cascade Head south, Salmon River 
Dr Kayak — Bald eagle, rhinoceros auklets, and many humans at Cascade Head.   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Mon Sep 15, 12:30 PM   Cascade Head
 Step Up to Take Part in CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects
Training session for COASST beached bird survey.
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 are well established, while a couple are just getting started. Some involve joining a team for a formal survey according to scientific protocols; others are simply a matter of CoastWatchers (and other interested citizens) increasing their vigilance for certain types of phenomena they may observe and knowing where to report the information.
With the autumn, we hope to engage many more volunteers to bring all these projects into full operation. Even where we have solid teams already at work, we would like to expand the teams for greater “bench strength,” and with many of these projects, we need more volunteers in order to succeed in producing results. Volunteers could be CoastWatchers, other Oregon Shores members, or any interested community member. If you’ve been following this website or CoastWatch bulletins, you’ve already heard about these projects, but this is a reminder, along with a plea for fresh energy and involvement.
The citizen science projects include:
*The beached bird survey, in which CoastWatch partners with COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, based at the University of Washington). This involves monthly surveys, using a formal protocol that produces genuine scientific data.
*Marine debris monitoring, using a protocol developed by NOAA. This project also involves consistent monthly surveys and produces scientifically useful data.
*The sea star wasting syndrome survey, another project that utilizes a formal protocol and produces scientific data.
*Marine mammal stranding, in cooperation with Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. This isn't a formal survey, but we actively train and encourage all CoastWatch mile adopters and other volunteers to report all stranded animals, alive or dead, and provide a form on our website that goes directly to the stranding network. This work produces data points for the stranding network.
*"Beached marine critters" survey, using a protocol that provides an online means of recording observations of stranded sharks, squid, sea turtles and two species of fish. As with the marine mammal stranding network, this doesn't involve a systematic survey, but if enough volunteers know what to look for and file reports regularly, we will produce data points of use to scientists and resource agencies.
*Invasive species: At present, this primarily involves species carried on tsunami debris, training volunteers in what to look for, how to handle it, and how to report it to scientists at the HMSC. Our goal is to expand training to include other types of invasives that can be observed on the shoreline, such as algae observed either in situ or in the driftline.
CoastWatch will provide training for these various citizen science surveys during the fall and winter. To volunteer or for more information, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, (541) 270-0027,

 CoastWatchers Asked to Search for Sea Turtle
Sea turtle washed up near Siuslaw jetty. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
We’ve received the following request from Dawn Harris of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
A coastal visitor found an endangered green sea turtle in Florence this
week. They took a photo but then returned it to the ocean.
Specifically it was initially found at Parking Lot #2, Siuslaw South
Jetty. From the photos it appears to be hypothermic, but
unfortunately was returned to the water by the visitors. It will
likely wash up again. We would like any help that CoastWatchers could
provide to locate this endangered species. If anyone finds it,
please ask them to protect it from humans and scavengers and
call for help at 1-800-452-7888?

Dawn Harris
Visitor Services Manager
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
2127 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport OR 97365
Please make every effort to keep watch on your own mile, and any other stretch of shoreline you can reach, particularly remote areas. CoastWatch may be able to provide resource managers with an assist here.

 Marine Debris Monitoring Project Prepares for Fall Storms
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, is 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 
 Two Trainings for Sea Star Volunteers Coming Up
Sea star. Photo by Jim Young.
All CoastWatchers with rocky shore habitat on their miles are asked to keep watch for signs of the sea star wasting syndrome that is sweeping through our tidepools. Some CoastWatchers are going beyond this to participate in a more formal citizen science project to document the problem.
Having received requests from some CoastWatchers for additional training in this area, Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer has seized the moment and set up two field experiences for potential sea star wasting monitors, whether mile adopters wishing to do a better job of observing on their own miles, or potential volunteers for the citizen science survey.
The trainings are this Tuesday, Sept.9 6:30 p.m. at Yachats State Park, and Friday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m., Seal Rock State Park, at the base of Elephant Rock.
Fawn says, “I'll be the person in the bright blue sweatshirt or rain jacket, carrying the bright orange meter tape and clip boards. We will be counting sea stars and documenting incidence of sea star wasting disease. We'll also be looking carefully for young sea stars. Be prepared to get your feet wet.”
For more information or directions to the meeting place, contact Fawn at (541) 270-0027,

 Two CoastWatch Trainings Planned for Arch Cape
Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer will kill two birds with one stone (a terrible conservation metaphor, we realize) this coming Saturday, September 20, at Arch Cape when she leads a field trip that will provide training for two of CoastWatch’s citizen science projects. Fawn is coming to Arch Cape to work with our existing marine debris monitoring team, that conducts a survey in that area. She ... MORE 
 Yaquina Naturalists Plan Park Talk and Field Trip
Northern Harrier on Estuary Trail at HMSC. Photo by Roy Lowe
Oregon’s coastal park system has been augmented by the addition of land along Lincoln County’s Beaver Creek, subsequently linked to the former Ona Beach wayside as Brian Booth State Park. On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Yaquina Birders & Naturalists present a talk exploring the new park.
Brian Fowler, the Park Ranger for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, presents "Brian Booth State Park--The Oregon Coast's New State Park." This presentation will provide information on the current status of the park with highlights of what programs
and outreach opportunities are currently taking place.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Meeting Room of Central Lincoln PUD (2129 North Coast Highway). The event is free and open to all. For more info, call (541) 265-2965.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Yaquina Birds & Naturalists host a field trip to view the birds of Yaquina Bay. Laimons Osis leads a trip that starts with a walk along the Estuary Trail at the Hatfield Marine Science Center to look for shorebirds, terns, birds of prey and songbirds. Following that will be a quick drive over to the south jetty of Yaquina Bay to see pelicans, cormorants, and ducks.
Meet by the flagpole in the Visitor Center parking lot of the Hatfield Marine Science Center at 8:30 a.m. Dress or bring clothes for variable weather. The field trip will
last about two hours, and is free and open to everyone. For more information call (541) 961-1307.

 Another Way to Support Oregon Shores While Shopping
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  MILE 248  Dr Kayak — Bald eagle, rhinoceros auklets, and many humans at Cascade Head.  MORE 
  MILE 187  SandyJean DISPATCH  — The weather was beautiful, Low tide. Many people with cameras, many tide pooing. Clean beach. An all around wonderful day on the beach.  MORE 
  MILE 10  SMathis — Nice pleasant day. No major changes to landscape.  MORE 
  MILE 243  HARTLA — Very warm day for Mile 243, 81 degrees air. Piles of empty mussel shells were puzzling (see photo) Otherwise, beaches were clean and litter free. One vehicle stuck in loose sand in permitted area ...  MORE 
  MILE 31  Lorenzo2 — A very sick black and white bird. I think it is a murre, but I'm not sure. (See attached photo.) DEAD BIRDS STRANDED A dead sealion. The same one that I reported Aug. 31 but didn't have photos. ...  MORE 
  MILE 301  DHiggins — Cliffside site of driftwood fire being rehabilitated with horizontal shoring and planting.  MORE 
  MILE 7  DewPoint Dave — A beautiful sunny morning was enjoyed by those who ventured out on mile 7 at 7:00 am at low tide (-0.1 FT). Most notable observation was the condition of two sea stars found on a rock (see photo) ...  MORE 
  MILE 5  brookingsbill — A beautiful day at with a minus tide and fewer than expected people. I tried to get out to tide pools to look for evidence of wasting disease during a minus tide but was unable to do so because the ...  MORE 
  MILE 8  DewPoint Dave — Twenty-six people and eleven dogs were seen enjoying the sunny weather along Mile 8 at Harris Beach State Park. Twelve cars and trucks were counted in the parking area above the beach. The natural ...  MORE 
  MILE 182  Nikki T — It was great to be back on Mile 182 after my disappearing summer! The sand has built into dunes this summer. I noticed many of the people walking on the beach did not head all the way to Big ...  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Slight NW wind, hundreds of Western and Ringbill gulls, many juveniles, 1 winter-plumage Black- bellied plover feeding heavily on mostly dead insects. Tideline black with tiny black (1 pair yellowish ...  MORE 
  MILE 301  Volunteer Coordinator DISPATCH  — these photographs from J. Jones have been finding massive number of sand dollars on the north end of neahkahnie beach for weeks this summer 2014  MORE 
  MILE 307  Bald Eagle — There were 50 people and 9 dogs that were enjoying the nice afternoon. Most of the people were around or near Arch Cape looking at the sea life on the rocks. I counted 60 sea stars which was good ...  MORE 
  MILE 190  LyndaC — 92 degrees at Devils Churn parking area! Cape Creek easy to cross - not much water at present Fewer seagulls noted, 4 sea stars appeared to be healthy, solitary, no clusters 8 unleashed dogs on ...  MORE 
  MILE 293  stu&barb — What a special day to be at the coast...warm, calm, and a really clean beach. Just a smattering of left over 4th of July stuff...most debris was picked up near old camp fire sites. For the most ...  MORE 
  MILE 324  NHolmes — Crowded for this mile. Many people in town for car show enjoying the fantastic beach weather.  MORE 
  MILE 281  kkrall — There were at least 20 fire rings at the Oceanside wayside beach, none in current use. The notched log that is likely tsunami debris is still just south of the tunnel, up against the dunes. The ...  MORE 
  MILE 236  Streets — Hard to beat this kind of day - beautiful skies and sea, and the beach is clean. Tideline is mostly small bull kelp and kelp foliage.  MORE 
  MILE 222  dderickson — New bull kelp and surf grass is washing up, lots of old surf grass in the drift line; the sand is piled up, covering the rock formations, and actually diverting the outflow of Wade Creek to the south ...  MORE 
  MILE 101  Doug C — Sunny,warm, low wind day brought out 93 people on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. 12 dead birds counted, mostly gulls. One dead seal. ATV tracks observed in an area where they are not allowed.  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.