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Mile 281 — Tillamook County, Oceanside Beach, State Wayside, Agate Beach 
kkrall — A quiet weekend for the beginning of spring break. We saw just 21 people and 2 dogs. There was more bull kelp than usual. We found one dead bufflehead, and observed gulls and crows on the beach. ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Sun Mar 22, 12:00 AM   Landslide
Landslide (small) south of Maxwell point
 CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers
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 now conduct seven citizen science projects. Through our "Community Engagement with Marine Reserves" project, we are developing a special project to focus citizen science surveys on the areas facing Oregonís new marine reserves.
We have seven 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.
To produce good information, while serving as a vehicle for public education about Oregon's marine resources, we'll need many more volunteers for all these projects. Even where we have solid teams already at work, we would like to expand the teams for greater long-term stability, and with many of these projects, we need more volunteers in more places in order to succeed in producing results. Volunteers could be CoastWatchers, other Oregon Shores members, or any interested community member. If youíve been following this website or CoastWatch bulletins, youíve 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. See this background paper for more information.
  • The sea star wasting syndrome survey, another project that utilizes a formal protocol (developed by PISCO, the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans) and produces scientific data. Go here for more details.
  • 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.
  • King Tide photography project, through which volunteers photograph the year's highest tides, both to demonstrate current conditions and to anticipate what will become ordinary tide levels with sea level rise. The year's project is currently underway; see elsewhere on this page for more information or go here.
CoastWatch will provide training for these various citizen science surveys on a continuing basis. To volunteer or for more information, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatchís volunteer coordinator, (541) 270-0027,

 Mark Your Calendars Early for This Summerís Workshops
Stewart Schultz teaching at a Netarts workshop. Photo by Jim Young.
Our summer shoreline science workshops, three-day intensive encounters with coastal natural history, are the best opportunity we can offer to absorb a great deal of training for CoastWatch monitoring in short order. We donít have all the details set as of now, but we have our basic plan.
As in past years, these workshops will be led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History, along with our own CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, Fawn Custer, herself a highly experienced marine educator.
We know dates and general locations, so we wanted to give you an early heads-up so that you can mark your calendars.
The workshops this year will have a special emphasis on our new marine reserves, and on the various citizen science projects through which CoastWatchers (and other community members) can help to monitor them. The first will take place July 18-20 in Arch Cape, near the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. The second, August 1-3 in the Lincoln City area, will connect with both the Cascade Head and Otter Rock reserves. And the final workshop is planned (still tentatively) for Port Orford, August 14-16.
We will also hold a Portland event with Stewart Schultz. Watch this space for more on that.
More details will be available soon. Online registration isnít available yet, but if you would like to hold a place contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027,

 Talk Will Introduce Oregonís Newest Marine Reserve
Nadia Gardner atop Neahkahnie
After a decade-long campaign (in which Oregon Shores was heavily involved) featuring a great deal of public involvement, Oregon in 2012 designated five marine reserves and associated but less restrictive marine protected areas off our coast. The last one to go into effect is the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, which runs from the north end of Manzanita beach through Falcon Cove and 3 miles into the ocean (state waters). It will go into effect January 1, 2016.
Local residents have been actively organizing to support the new reserve and engage the community. The new Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve group is off to a vigorous start. Its volunteer chair, Nadia Gardner, will provide an introduction to the marine reserve and the Friends group in a talk to the Necanicum Watershed Council on Wednesday, March 25, 6 p.m. at the Seaside Public Library (1131 Broadway). The public is invited to the free presentation.
Oregon's marine reserves prohibit all taking of fish, invertebrates, wildlife and seaweeds as well as all ocean development (such as energy facilities). Non-consumptive recreational activities (surfing, kayaking, beach walking, etc.) as well as boat crossing and mooring are allowed. These reserves will allow us to conduct scientific research and monitoring of these living laboratories to better understand their contribution to the health of Oregon's ocean. They will also protect ocean wildlife, allowing populations to grow within the reserve without disturbance.

 Marine Debris Volunteers Needed More than Ever
The upsurge of marine debris we've been seeing this winter on Oregonís shoreline, some of it from the Japanese tsunami and bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. CoastWatchers have turned out for a number of special rapid response efforts to clean up debris that arrived in large quantities, and we need ... MORE 
  MILE 281  kkrall — A quiet weekend for the beginning of spring break. We saw just 21 people and 2 dogs. There was more bull kelp than usual. We found one dead bufflehead, and observed gulls and crows on the beach. ...  MORE 
  MILE 4  mtuffey — Everything seems fine, except by the North Bank jetty, where there is a lot of driftwood, and the soil is eroding around the rocks.  MORE 
  MILE 203  nanumoore — Spring break brings greater numbers of people to play and walk on the beach. During March rafts of California Seal Lions have been spotted and heard in the near waters. One mostly decomposed Sea Lion ...  MORE 
  MILE 209  stella DISPATCH  — More re-work on riprap construction under permit BA-687-13. The project, started in November 2013, is now on its third contractor. Not sure what is going on with this mountain of sand, but it looks ...  MORE 
  MILE 220  kmalarkey — Carcasses of a California and a Steller sea lion have been on the beach for more than a week and have been reported. Moderate amounts of marine debris (half--bag collected). Drainage pipes being ...  MORE 
  MILE 40  azbeach — Mussel Creek channel is meandering, narrower and deepening. This mile remains relatively free of human/marine-caused debris. The new signage at the Arizona Beach end and Sisters Rocks end makes ...  MORE 
  MILE 217  Sea Gypsy — A beautiful afternoon with a lot of people out walking/enjoying the weather. A moderate breeze from the NW. As usual, there were a lot of large and small plastic pieces in the driftline. I filled a ...  MORE 
  MILE 245  TerryH — Active rock slide at north end of Roads End mile. Photo #1 from 03/06. Photo #2 from 03/16, in which a couple large trees also slid. Recent storm scoured beach clean except for blue plastic pallet ...  MORE 
  MILE 292  Rich@TwinRocks — Salmon on the beach at Twin Rocks at Heitmiller Creek 45.594989, -123.948490. One dead. One alive in a few inches of water struggling upstream towards a logjam.  MORE 
  MILE 245  BP Van B DISPATCH  — Dead sea lion on the north end of Road's End beach, already starting to deteriorate.  MORE 
  MILE 245  TerryH DISPATCH  — Dead sea lion about 5 feet long, bones showing. Near 72nd street beach access. Tire tracks in sand indicate park ranger had been by recently. Will submit marine mammal report.  MORE 
  MILE 103  beachnut — A dog walker and a rock hunter were on the beach this daylight-saving Sunday around 8 a.m. close to high tide of 1.2 feet on a clear, 45-degree morning with slight wind from the north. And that was ...  MORE 
  MILE 102  beachnut — One vehicle was parked at the lot for the half-mile north of the Coquille River at 7:30 DST on a 45-degree morning close to high tide of 1.2 feet. Winds were light from the north. A few gulls and ...  MORE 
  MILE 292  Mershlo — An application has been filed to construct riprap at a property where the house should never have been allowed to be built in 2008. I hope we can get a hearing and stop the installation of riprap ...  MORE 
  MILE 218  daveincamas DISPATCH  — Dead sea lion carcass just south of Agate Beach Wayside. N 44.6540600 W 124.0609667  MORE 
  MILE 301  DHiggins — About a dozen tepees of heavier driftwood piled up in preparation for controlled burning of same, as preventative for driftwood fires. One last summer damaged three bluffside homes.  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Sunny day with moderate N.E. winds. 16 people, 3 dogs walking. 12 bleached small bird ribcages above high tide line (believe we counted these two months ago). Large group unidentified seagulls on ...  MORE 
  MILE 257  BP Van B DISPATCH  — Ok, several days ago I said there were few debris. Today there were two large chunks of Styrofoam (still heavy with water, I'll remove them when they are dry/lighter) half way from Winema Road and ...  MORE 
  MILE 297  NehalemBay — A gorgeous day with a whale breaching repeatedly quite near the shore in the morning. The beach is very flat and wide now, with some smaller wood branches exposed near the dunes. Twenty-four people ...  MORE 
  MILE 200  Joanie — Few people observed on this visit. The stream is eroding the entrance to Patterson State Park. Ranger observed chain-sawing logs near entrance.  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.