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116 [email protected] 02/19/2017 DISPATCH

Just a cursuray visit. Saw four people and 1 dog in total. 3 vehicles in car park. Noticed lots of small plastic fragments in wrack line. Found a boat bumper (?) from Cape Sebastian. Wonder if more land fallling into cove. Plenty of trash in cove, perhaps more than usual.

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171 oldMGguy 02/17/2017

A pleasent day for a walk on the sandy beach at Florence!  Harbor seals and surf scoters observed working the near-shore surf.  Huge amounts of sand have been removed from the upper beach by this winter's storms and big waves, exposing enormous amounts of long-buried driftwood logs, stumps, and woody debris.

There was a large concentration of the 3-5" long "Pyrosoma" pelagic tunicates on the north half of the beach (photo).  There was also lots of some sort of jelly that I've never seen before (photo).  At first, I thought they were sea foam bubbles until I poked one.  It looks very similiar to pasta cooking shells, about 1 to 1 1/4" long, 1/2" wide, about 1/2" in vertical.  Clear, moon jelly-like material, but I could not see any internal organs like most jellies.  Does anyone know what this is?  They were all along Mile 171 today.

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185 lfleming 02/17/2017

A lot of people and their dogs out enjoying a break in the weather.  The walkway in had a lot of logs and debris on it making access harder.  Quite a few visitors agate hunting in the winter cobbles.  The bluff seemed to have more erosion than usual. 

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220 DKPowell 02/15/2017

Three observations: First, there is more slippage than when I last went this way in fall of 2016. Second, the NW 68th access is a site of a pumping station for Newport. Today, I noticed that a new post has been placed there--it contains empty bags for persons to collect trash. There was already a full bag, I collected about 1/3 bag--as noted, the sand was very clean of plastic. What I picked up was in the cobblestones at the access. Third, I found a jaw bone and two other fragments. Since Hatfield was closed today (Wednesday) I will take them there for identification hopefully tomorrow. The size of the big fragment is 5 3/4 inches.

NOTE: on Thursday, February 16 I took the jaw bone to HMSC--William Hanshumaker posited that it was a seal bone. A note to self: take Garmin for exact locations.

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220 DKPowell 02/15/2017

This is an update to yesterday's report.

The jaw bone and two fragments found near NW 68th Street were taken to Hatfield today. William Hanshumaker gave the identification as "seal".

I am including several more jpgs showing slippage. 1268=Path to top of Yaquina head at 57th-erosion of trail. 1270=cliff erosion. 1272-these pipes weren't visible last fall.

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198 bahngarten 02/12/2017

Calm cloudy morning. Nobody on beach.  1 lone mature bald eagle scanning tideline, several gulls and crows present. Driftline contents: many razor clam shells, few strands of bull kelp, some 4" Dungeness crab shells, moderate amounts of wood pieces, some larger logs.  15 lbs of plastic pieces and several bottles removed from beach. Notable were logs and sand pushed into Beachside campground in several spots( usual for winter tidal surges).  Camp host trailer on site. 

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180 billmaxmcw 02/12/2017

Recent high tides to cliff bases.  Moderate winter erosion.  Fairly light amount of mixed plastic debris (one bag).

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293 stu and barb 02/07/2017

Pretty typical Feb. afternoon...24 people and 7 dogs braving the windy & cloudy beach, with rain coming soon.  Recent high tides have left their mark on the dunes and streams.  Modest amount of human debris...the usual aluminum cans, plastic bottles, rope and assorted stuff (one bag was sufficient).  Lots of rocks,shells, sea grass, and small drift wood.  Some new erosion near the Sand Dollar Resaurant.  Public notice signs have been posted by Oregon Parks and Recreation regarding a rip rap revetment application.  At first look, it appears this request could be justified.  Saw about 20'of the remaining "bones" of  the Emily Reed near the Silver Sands Motel.  She was a 215' ship carrying 2,100 tons of coal from Newcastle New South Wales when she ran aground at the Nehalem Bar on Feb 14, 1908...almost 119 years ago...great lumber!  Think the last sighting was in 2010.

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245 TerryH 02/06/2017 DISPATCH

Several hundred small specimens of Pyrosoma (fire body) atlanticum scattered about at water's edge.   Two resident bald eagles often sighted, perched high in the tree on top of the Point.    

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116 [email protected] 01/29/2017

Not much evidence of the recent high tides. Found unusual to me things in the low drift line. An abundance of small snails on rocks. I myself murdered quite a few by walking out on the rocks. Doesn't seem to be any shortage of adult snails in the cove, by my reckoning.

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122 JohnnyCN 01/29/2017

The waves/surf wasn't nearly as high today as it was the last time I walked the beach just a couple of days ago.  The weather was also better and there was no wind.  Due to this calmness, I think, there were many more people present, all of whom were walking the beach, some with their dogs.  Everyone was in a good mood, and the dogs were well controlled.  The only wildlife present were 7 "peeps" wandering with the waves and the occasional sea gull flying over.   The foredune showed its battle with the waves reflected in undercut banks and vegetation, and 2 or 3 deep cuts into the vegetated areas.  Overall, this mile of beach clearly shows scars from the recent storm.

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291 cemilligan 01/28/2017

Today was a beautiful day at the beach, partly sunny, light breeze, warm air temperature.  The tide was almost at its highest point.  Several people were walking around the beach, enjoying the sand and playing in the waves.  It was apparent that the shoreline had been greatly impacted by the recent king tides.  Driftwood and debris that had previously been located lower on the shoreline had been pushed up onto the ridge above, roughly 5-10 feet.  This made our trash collection efforts much more difficult as the footing was unpredictable.  We successfully removed 4 bags of litter, a destroyed crab pot, and a small boat buoy.  Much to my disdain there was a considerable amount of styrofoam pellets all over the beach.  These were next to impossible to completely remove as they averaged in size from a quarter to the end of a pen and blanketed almost the entire mile. 

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238 [email protected] 01/27/2017

This was the first time I visited mile 238. Most of the debris picked up washed in from the ocean. 

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131 JohnnyCN 01/27/2017

When I arrived for my walk, there was a limited area of beach to walk on.  By the time I left, the waves were sweeping clear up to the foredune in many places and there was no beach to walk on at all.  Due to the height of the tide, I only walked about 3/4 of a mile, but I checked out the other quarter mile through my binoculars and saw no extraordinary changes or any people.  There were only a few people walking the beach near the parking lot, and two surf fishermen standing on the surf and who seemed certain they wouldn't be washed away, though they did complain about the height of the tide.  Logs and stumps and other large wood debris were being rolled around by the waves in a quite impressive way.  The only wildlife were a couple of surf scoters; interestingly enough, not a single gull was present.  One short section of beach reflected wave action, vehicle abuse, or both, where the steep foredune had been flattened into a ramp-like entrance onto the beach from the higher vegetated dunes.  It was scarred by vehicle tracks.  The most impressive aspect of my walk was the power of the waves that crashed in a calm but inexorable violence as though in a carefully rehearsed assault on the land.

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220 lmabeggs 01/24/2017

The beach had very little sand on it.  It was mostly rocks of various sizes.  There was no debris except for isolated areas of plastic pieces.  I was there at a very low tide, but the signs of high water and heavy surf were apparent on the beach.  There was quite a lot of erosion of the vegetated bluff.

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236 Streets 01/23/2017

The beach was swept clean. Only a pocketful of small plastic bits. After scouring the upper reaches, I decided that all birds on mile 236 are alive and well.

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335 srhoads 01/23/2017

Beautiful day, peaceful. Lots of people on the beach, especially at the Peter Iredule just north of mile 335. The dunes are building-up.

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208 Batthecat 01/23/2017 View full report 5
146 SmithRiver 01/23/2017

It was a beautiful calm day at the beach.  The tide had brought in so much driftwood, one had to clime over it just to enter the beach area from the trail leading from the parking lot.  

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295 Nedonnaman 01/23/2017

Effects of storms and high tides over last couple of weeks striking -- northern half mile shows major erosion of fore dune.  Lots of large logs high up on beach; relatively few smaller pieces.  Fair amount of sand added to beach; looks more like mid-summer width than usual winter. 

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197 mudslide 01/23/2017 DISPATCH

I visited Mile 197 to see what changes the recent storms had brought. Was amazed to find that the cliff had been scoured almost completely clean of carved-in initials, images, words of wisdom, etc. Also, a great deal of sand had been washed off at the cliff's base, revealing layers that hadn't been visible for some time. It didn't seem possible that heavy rain had caused the erasure of the cliff face, since previous comparable rains haven't had a similar effect. The only conclusion I can draw is that the storm surge not only came all the way to the back of the beach but also reached high enough to hit the cliff face directly, and forcefully enough to peel off several layers.  More large chunks had come down as well. I returned on Jan. 27. This time I noticed some dramatic erosion of the softer horizontal layers in the cliff. As those crumbling layers weaken further, I think some very large chunks of cliff that rest atop them could fall sooner rather than later.   I'm sorry I'm not able to add photos because of the 2 MB requirement.

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37 iggydog 01/22/2017

The beach is almost entirely clean - grey sand has been covered by brown sand.  Signs of high tide are present along the land line - many floated trees pushed back against the land - much of the sand has been leveled all along the beach - previously obvious items such as "stuck" crab pots are no longer exposed.  Newly formed dune cliffs are present from midline of the mile most of the way to the Sisters.

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120 JohnnyCN 01/21/2017

This area appeared to me to have been somewhat laid to waste by high waves along with rain which flooded the parking lots and, of course, the beach.  There were driftwood, rocks, high water and debris in the parking lots along with twenty or so hyper high school girls who, though unhappy with the rain, seemed to be having a good time.

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122 JohnnyCN 01/21/2017

Mile 122, Bastendorf Beach, is a beach I've walked many times for pleasure so I am well acquainted with it; therefore, I was very surprised to see what was happening to it due to weather and especially waves.  Unusually high waves had topped the foredune that runs parallel to the beach.  The foredune is approximately two to six feet above the beach and highly vegetated.  High waves had swept up and over it, in some cases flooding clear through the parking lots and onto the road.  The parking lots were, in some cases, still flooded and/or sanded in; they also contained driftwood and rocks of various sizes.  Roots of various plants and even a small tree or two had been revealed and could be seen from the beach.  Deep cuts varying from ten to thirty feet had been cut into the vegetated foredune.  Banks that had been steep and sharp were now rounded and soft or swept away entirely.  

There was little human and canine activity, due to continuing rain, wind and blowing sand.  There was no shoreline wildlife except a very few gulls; the only mammal was a long-dead and somewhat pungent pinniped too far gone for me to identify.  There were, however, a number of natural changes to the shore line which I have listed above.

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299 cpendergrass 01/16/2017 DISPATCH

27 people and 7 dogs noted on calm day before Manzanita experienced 60 mph winds and 7" rain over the following 2 days. Pix attached of a dead short-tailed shearwater...a species of the open sea that is seldom seen alive from the shore.

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281 kkrall 01/16/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
237 JDip237 01/16/2017

There has been a lot of erosion over the past few months since I was last in town.  Riprap has been installed all along the southern half or so of the mile. 

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282 kkrall 01/16/2017

Beautiful day. Beach very clean overall. Recent rain and snow have resulted in very full waterfalls. One small tree has slid down the hill in front of the house that has some long-standing drainage pipes. There is a new yellow sign "30A" facing the ocean, meant to help locate vicitims in case of an emergency. Did not visit Lost Boy Cave, as tide is seldom low enough to do that safely.

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198 bahngarten 01/15/2017

Clear, calm cold morning. 3 people, 1 dog walking. 2 small flocks of possible sanderlings skimming the shoreline.  Small rocks, shells, some crab parts present in drift line. Several drifts of mole crab carcasses present.  Several crabbing boats offshore. Few plastic caps, other plastic debris removed from beach-clean beach.

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121 Emily K 01/14/2017 View full report 1
193 SKMacK 01/13/2017

Nothing significant to report even with the King Tide. The water may have been higher in the Yachats River than usual.

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40 azbeach 01/12/2017 DISPATCH

This is not a full report -- a placeholder for our 4th qrtr 2016 observations.  We started at the north end of the mile, Arizona Beach access, during the high King Tide.  The photos show wave overtopping obscuring beach access and travel.  Mussel Creek has seasonally changed its course, entering the ocean to the south.  Effects of bank erosion are shown on this north end.  The south end of the mile was observed from the top.  The gate has now been reenforced so that vehicles (prohibited on this mile!) no longer have access (photo).  We returned to the north end of the mile later in the afternoon where we could access a small portion of the beach along Mussel Creek.  We observed no marine or land-based debris; the driftline consisted of small pieces of wood and small rocks.

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7 DewPoint Dave 01/12/2017

Mile 7 at a King Tide of +8.5 ft on a very sunny morning after several days of rain found very limited activity on the beach at South Harris Beach State Park. The lower part of the South Beach Trail has been partially washed out from the recent storms, but is still accessable.

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310 newton 01/12/2017 View full report 0
120 mzlizee 01/11/2017

There's a lot of erosion at Sunset Bay beach.  The waves are crashing against the riprap in front of the parking lot at the beach, and where unprotected, the asphalt parking lot is being undermined.

Waves are crashing against the cliffs and boat ramp at the north end of the beach leaving tree debris on the boat ramp.

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129 mzlizee 01/10/2017 View full report 4
283 kkrall 01/06/2017 DISPATCH View full report 0
306 Frankie 01/02/2017

No one on the beach due to heavy surf. No notable wildlife sightings. Biggest issue is cliff erosion from both wave action and sub-surface water runoff.

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200 [email protected] 12/31/2016

Lovely last day of the year to walk mile 200!  The shoreline was free of debris, except for a few pieces of plastic and styrofoam.

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52 Laurie Prouty 12/29/2016

Beautiful day!  Lots of people out collecting agates.  Fairly calm day for Port Orford.  Lots of driftwood treasures and rocks for all.

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151 mzlizee 12/29/2016

A friend and I, and our 4 dogs, hiked to the beach from the day use parking lot at the entrance to Tahkenitch Campground, and arrived at 30 min before high tide.  We've been down this trail a number of times, but have never seen Tahkenitch Creek mouth so full or full of action.  The high tide was predicted to be 8.3 today, and there was quite a bit of wave action up into the mouth.  At times the waves over-topped the low cliff to the water, which during the summer months is quite a bit higher.  Please take a look at the photos.

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218 dderickson 12/28/2016

It was a very nice day, mild temperature, no apparent wind; a lot of people were enjoying the beach. The summer dunes have flattened out quite a bit, but it's still not as flat as I've seen it in the past. At the north end little hillocks of beach grass outgrowth are all that remain of the dunes. A raw sewage contamination warning was posted at the wayside access. Along Little Creek, I often see a Great blue heron who was not in view today, however I was pleasantly surprised to see a Great egret fishing for his/her dinner (photo attached)! The seas out beyond the near surf looked high.

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254 jennifer1 12/28/2016

Cleaned plastics along mile stretch of beach from wrack line. Many plastic pieces with Japanese text. Many small broken pieces various colored plastics. Fish netting and floats. Plastic bottle caps, too numerous to count. Hauled 3 large bags for disposal and recycling. 3 dead pinnipeds at locations noted within close proximity. 

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338 Randy and Beth 12/25/2016

We had a sunny day for a Christmas Day beach walk. Our mile was very clean. There were the usual sandpipers making their way along the tideline with a dozen or so gulls.

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171 oldMGguy 12/25/2016

Beautiful sunny, if cold, winter morning on Heceta Beach.  Large flocks of Sanderlings were feeding in the outwash, occasional harbor seal observed in the surf.  Numerous "Pyrosoma atlanticum" colonial tunicates about 3-4" long washed up along Mile 171 (see photo).  Large concentrations of inch-long fiberous cellophone worm feeding "tubes" washed into thick clumps, particularily near Driftwood Shores Resort (photo).

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212 PhilBSB 12/25/2016

I have Photos of the Rip-Rap areas and the unstable crack in the bluff

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213 PhilBSB 12/25/2016

Nice, sunny day for a beach walk.  No major changes to this mile since the last report several years ago.  Lots of large drifwood has collected just south of the South Shore development including several logs that I remember seeing several miles south over the past few years.  A number of people enjoying a sunny christmas walk on the beach.  All dogs were happy and well behaved.

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245 TerryH 12/24/2016

Christmas Eve and many people enjoying the beach.  Sand has left the far northern end of Roads End mile, down to bedrock now.  A new rock slide has also appeared.  About a dozen little critters had washed in that I need help identifying.  They look like fingers on the sand.  See photos.  Update:  those little critters are Pyrosoma atlanticum. (Thanks oldMGguy on Mile 171)

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129 mzlizee 12/24/2016

(Viewed 12/24/2016; Report filed 12/30/2016.)  The storms have brought in a larger than usual amount of trash, logs/wood debris, styrofoam, bottles - plastic and glass, some floats, some sort of plastic pallet.  Mile 130 is relatively cleaner than this 129.  I'm thinking I'll organize my friends for my own beach cleanup for my mile next week sometime - maybe a promise of cioppino . . .

There has been some significant erosion of the foredune cliffs - see pix.  I was there at 11:00 AM.  I'm guessing that I was there at an outgoing tide level of 6.6, and you can see from the photo that the water was washing right up against the base of the foredune cliff, even then.

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331 alkarbeck 12/21/2016

Sunny, chilly day with few people on the beach. Due to very high tides lately there are several logs on the beach.

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222 dderickson 12/21/2016

I had to do the survey from two different access points (north at Wade creek, and south near Moolack creek) since a short section of the beach was cut off by high water, north of Coal creek. There were a lot of drift logs (compared to the usual) piled up at the Wade creek outlet. The sea lion carcass that was there through the past three surveys was finally gone! A lot of vegetation and roots have slid down from the top of the bluff about .2 miles south of Wade Creek. The drift in the north section wrack line had a very large amount of small plastic pieces, the most I have seen on this beach. The sand cover was still pretty high, while south of Coal creek a lot of rock is now exposed, thus, several people were rock-hunting. The surf was impressively high, and I enjoyed being mesmerized by the view from the parking lot before I left (and wished I had my camera with the zoom lens!)

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226 George and Sheila 12/21/2016

During the time of obsevation, the sun was shining and the large, crashing waves were beautifully illuminated.  Despite this, nobody was at the shoreline access point just beyond the north end of the mile to observe these, a missed opportunity.  A few people were in the Lookout observing the ocean and talking to the State Park volunteers.  A whale sighting earlier that day was mentioned.  The Lookout is by far the single best place to observe mile 226 and a picture of the view to the north from there is attached.  Please note:  This mile is one that cannot be walked due to steeply-cliffed inaccessible shoreline.  The best that one can do being to walk to an access point at the north end of the mile, then walk or drive along old highway 101 (Otter Crest Loop) and look over the edge at several points, and finally, go to the Lookout to view the pocket beach and then observe the extreme southern end of the mile.

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223 Leo Poole 12/21/2016 View full report 1
309 cadonofrio 12/21/2016

Cold and sunny day; more visitors than usual at this time of year; lots of rocks and some logs in the drift line at the south end of our mile.

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300 [email protected] 12/21/2016 DISPATCH View full report 1
199 [email protected] 12/18/2016

Beautiful day walking the beach. Only a couple other people walking this afternoon. Observed sea birds beyond the waves. Weather was calm and rain had stopped. Lots of trash at the tide line and in the dunes. Quite a bit of plastic. Filled two bags. One recent dead seal and a very old larger carcass on the beach.

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301 beachmike 12/16/2016

Modest quantities of washed-ashore kelp.

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23 Bob Harvey 12/16/2016

Sunny cool, clear day with calm surf. Summer's sand deposits eg ramps and crescent dunes are gone ; no new winter erosion of dunes. Large amounts of woody debris in driftline.When high tide is reached, the northern one forth mi of beach will be impassable. 

 

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23 Bob Harvey 12/16/2016 DISPATCH View full report 2
4 mtuffey 12/15/2016

Overall things remain unchanged, despite the heavy rains and storms.

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8 DewPoint Dave 12/14/2016

Mile 8, Harris Beach SP Picnic Area, King Tide (+8.7 ft) at 10:00 am left very little beach area for recreation.

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120 mzlizee 12/13/2016

King Tide observation at Sunset Beach.

Seawater upto rock breakwater at beach.  Water has not reached the cement walk in front of the bathrooms.

Tidewater covering lower portion of the beach boat ramp.

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289 ollikainen 12/13/2016

Since the fall equinox, an unusual visitor was stranded on Mile 289.  This buoy arrived in October, and the Coast Guard just retrieved it on Monday Dec 12.  There was a buoy tender working near the entrance in October.  I surmise that it was accidentally dropped off the boat in an attempt to switch out the entrance buoy.  There are 2 off shore buoys at the entrance of Tillamook Bay, and at no time were any of the 2 off station.  Anyway it is now back where it belongs.  

 

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4 mtuffey 12/13/2016 View full report 0
262 Linda Fink 12/13/2016

more debris than we could pick up including refrigerator casing. We hauled off ropes and plastic big pieces. Most junk I've ever seen there. Large eroded hollowed out (eroded) area at north end of dune. New signs telling people to not go beyond... dangerous area. And new no camping signs, which I've not seen there before.  Many photos on my blog for this mile walk: http://mycoastwatch.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-13-2016.html

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294 Paulissen 12/13/2016

Not very much activity on this particular survey. We did notice a lone river otter that was running along the water and a large amount of polysomes washed ashore.

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314 cheeseguy 12/13/2016

The day was a bright sunny day. Beach was narrow due to King tide. I walked in the hour prior to high of 10.6. Lots of kelp strands and huge bundles. Fair amount of rope both alone and in kelp bundles. 6 dead birds found 4 being Northern Fulmars. Lots of new or fresh(still has bark and roots) driftwood likely because lots of local flooding along the coast this past 2 months. Invertebrate appendages unknown to me in fair numbers. Helped one fish get back in deep water.

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130 mzlizee 12/12/2016

Down to the beach for King Tide event.

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129 mzlizee 12/12/2016

Down to the beach for King Tide event.

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198 bahngarten 12/11/2016

Blustery cloudy day with intermittent heavy rain squalls.  2 mature eagles, about 150 feet apart on beach. Large wracks of bull kelp intermittently along beach. Clams shells( razor mostly) along beach.  Significant were small amount of nylon ropes in bull kelp, and one 20 lb tightly clustered piece of green fine fishing net- all removed.  There was one 1/2" long piece of nylon rope tangled in a large wrack of bull kelp which we could not remove.  

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307 Bald Eagle 12/10/2016

Four people walking on the beach.

Some kelp in on the shoreline.  A bald eagle was trying to take an immature seagull, but the adult chased the eagle away.  I was about 100 feet from this activity.

There were landslides on the south end of mile 307

An earlier photo of pelicans on Gull Rock is attached.

 

 

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285 Cynthia and Kevin 12/10/2016

We arrived around noon, but the rain was intense so we waited about an hour. By then the rain had stopped and the clouds gave way to sunshine. Due to recent storms, there was a lot of trash along our mile. Plastic pieces, fishing rope, broken toolbox, large amounts of plastic bottles. We did a through cleanup, hauling away several trash bags. Finished right as the rain started again. Many large and small logs had been deposited along the shoreline.

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171 oldMGguy 12/06/2016

The loons are back!  Several Common Loons and Western Grebes feeding in the Siuslaw River at the North Jetty.  Lots of Bull kelp, Small Perennial kelp, and Feather Boa kelp scattered along the mile today.  The previously reported dead sea lion was not found today.

Very crisp and clear morning on the beach due to east off-shore breeze.  High tides are continuing to uncover long-buried driftwood debris (see photos).

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224 Leo Poole 12/05/2016

Coast Watch - L. Poole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile Number

 

 

 

 

 
  

Date

             
  

9/16

10/2

10/4

10/8

10/17

10/27

11/1

11/9

11/11

11/15

11/18

12/5

Average

 

Observations

MP 223

224

            

Total People and Dogs

25/3

22/0

6/0

21/3

1/0

10/0

10/3

0/0

26/1

0/0

2/0

4/1

11/1

 

People Walking

21

7

4

7

1

3

8

0

20

0

0

4

6

 

People in Surf

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.2

 

Playing in Sand

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0.3

 

People Sitting

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0.5

 

Tide Pooling

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.3

 

Surfers

 

0

15

0

14

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

 

Dogs Leashed

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.25

 

Dogs Unleashed

1

0

0

3

0

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0.7

 

Vehicles in Parking Lot

15

9

(d)

14

0

6

1

0

8

0

0

2

5

 

Wildlife

 

0

0

0

(f)

0

0

(i)

0

(l)

0

1

0

 

 

Dead Birds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 gull

 

 

Driftline / Wrack

(a)

©

(e)

(g)

0

(h)

(h)

(k)

0

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Notes - (a) Bull kelp observed in good concentration; (b) visible erosion on rock bluff ~100 yards north of Johnson Cr. Confluence; © large wooden deck (local, picture) washes onto beach; (d) State Park employees cutting up felled tree in parking lot; (e) High level Bull kelp; (f) ~75 pelicans observed in flight - half landed at point near devils punchbowl and half flew south; (g) moderate volume of Bull kelp washed up; (h) large volume of bird feather molt in driftline; (i) 8 brown pelicans in flight; (j) 8'+ tides beginning and working rock walls from Johnson Cr. north; (k) high concentration of small plastic bits observed; (l) coot like diving birds working the wave break/driftline (fun to watch); 9.9 high tide working rock walls from Johnson Cr. north; (n) Johnson Cr. area - fresh rock wall exposure, logs at confluence moved south several hundred yards; (o) moderate concentration of sea grass and small amount of bull kelp observed;

 
 
 

General Notes - Crows observed feeding on mole crabs (9/16); found US made plastic tote washed up (picture), date 10/4; Large woody debris moved around on beach during recent storm events (11/9); Trail from Highway 101 to Johnson Cr. Confluence eroding in big way (picture).

 
 
 
 

 

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197 mudslide 12/03/2016 DISPATCH

I paid a quick visit to the mile on 12/3 to see if the recent storm had uncovered any interesting rocks. It hadn't, but since my 11/13 visit additional cliff erosion had taken place. Contrast photo 1, taken on 11/13, with photos 2 and 5, where a fallen fence post can be seen. Photos 3 and 4 are different views of the same spot, a brand- new failure since 11/13.

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237 ORbeach 12/01/2016 DISPATCH

Found this interesting item near the Beach Grass Lane access to the Salishan Spit ... a plastic bottle printed in Russian!  No barnacles or evidence of being in the water a long time so possibly off a fishing ship (like just outside the territorial limit).

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171 oldMGguy 11/30/2016

Sea foam day at the beach!  The NW winds were blowing the thick surf sea foam along the beach, covering just about all of the entire mile.  A very dead Steller sea lion has washed up on the high sand about midway between Driftwood Shores Resort and the Siuslaw North Jetty.  Appears to be about 6' long, no observed tags, entanglement, or shark bites.  Western Grebes were feeding in the near-shore surf - first observation this season.

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211 Chad101 11/29/2016

I have walked this beach maybe a dozen times since my September report.  At the moment it is well-drained and devoid of standing water.  Large boulder-sized rocks have fallen from the cliff onto the beach in several places as the cliffs continue to erode.  Over past weeks I have seen an additional bald eagle and a pair of  blue herons in the surf, and a well-scavenged sea lion carcass with exposed rib bones.  As of 11/29, most of the smaller seaweed and most of the crab shells have disappeared.  11/29 was the first time I have found no dead birds at all on the beach.  It continues to be a relatively deserted (at least south of Thiel Creek) and beautiful stretch of beach. 

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14 artist 11/29/2016 DISPATCH

Indian Sands: While watching the big surf from the rocky bluffs 60 feet above the ocean, I was struck by a wave that splashed up and over the rocks in front of me. I have a 24-second video of the event, but it is 10 MB. I did post the video on Facebook on November 29.

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194 Volunteer Coordinator 11/28/2016 DISPATCH

28 Nov 2016 Smelt Sands Beach, Yachats Oregon. NOT JTMD. Polystyrene filled concrete float washed onto beach in late morning. Broken on impact of beaching.  Remaining surfaces that had been below waterline were covered with, primarily, Balanus nubilus (up to 80 mm diameter) and Semibalanus cariusus. The balanoids of all sizes and full of flesh. Not lean looking like normal long-range barnacles. Also, there were numerous local limpets, a light coating of Enteromorpha / Ulva, bryozoans, shell boring sponges, and one Phascolosoma agassizii. There was also a light cover of less than 5 mm length Lepas. Called in by Ryan Parker, OPR. ~1:30 PM sampled ~ 2:30 PM Samples #916 and #917.  To help John Chapman and State Parks employees were Surfrider and CoastWatch volunteers

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238 KiwiMcK 11/27/2016

There were few peole and one dog on this mile today.  Driftline had the normal type of plastic polution we see here bottles, cups, styrofoam, plastic bits and some rope pieces from vessels.  The physical changes have been in the foredune and addition of grading and riprap from last years storms over the summer months.

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291 cemilligan 11/27/2016

My family and I chose to spend Thanksgiving and the weekend after in Rockaway Beach.  It was a blustery, wet vacation, but a great one all the same.  Sunday we decided to make the trek down the beach to report on my mile.  Due to the large amount of rain we have been getting lately, we entered the mile from the south rather than the north.  The tide was coming in and the wind was blowing consistenly from the south, making the trip up the beach not too bad.  We collected about 3 large garbage bags of trash.  Most of the debris was located high up the shoreline and consisted of debris from ships/fishing vessels, with a minimal amount appearing to be generated from shoreline visitors.  The one, really odd, deviation was there were about 50 cabbages and a very large pumpkin on the beach.  This really puzzled us as we weren't sure if someone had dumped them, or if they had washed up from a ship.  Interesting conversation topic.  I'm guessing the positioning high on the beach was due to the recent king tides we've had.  There was also less evidence of partying and firework detination.  There were not very many gulls on the beach today, however there were 7 deceased birds along the driftline. In regards to human activity, there really wasn't much of anyone on the beach today, as we were the only humans and dogs on the beach the entire time we were there.    

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307 elsecobb 11/26/2016

Heavy rains have caused serious slippage of the bluff. Waves hitting the bluff. No beach access anymore due to slides in the central area of Cove Beach.

 

 

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239 ORbeach 11/25/2016 DISPATCH

Walked the Taft side of the Siletz River mouth, part of our mile that we don't get to often.  42 people, 9 dogs enjoying the beach.  Some debris noted, mostly very small plastic pieces and bottle caps.  Lots of driftwood and beachgrass washed in due to recent storms.  No seals on the Salishan Spit (across the water) but we spotted a few in the water.

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309 spinger 11/25/2016

Unusual amount of plastic debris, photo below is items found in first 100' north form Sally's Alley:

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171 oldMGguy 11/23/2016

For once, I managed to walk this mile between rain showers, instead of during one.  Upper beach sand continues to wash away by the higher tides, exposing long-buried driftwood.  Lots of mole crab shells this year - were notably absent the last few years.  At the north end of the mile, close to the Driftwood Shores resort, a small cluster of "Pyrosomes" have washed ashore.  The biggest was about 5" long, 3/4" in diameter.  Scattered pieces of Moon jellies along the mile.

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228 DWhite 11/21/2016

No significant changes to Whale Cove. Some styrofoam fragments were noticed, but the beach remains quite clean.  Higher tide level meant that the seals were unable to perch on the rocks at the east end of Whale Cove and were therefore scattered in the water and elsewhere.

Dog feces was found at Rocky Creek Wayside, so some owners do not pick up after their dogs.  Since the State maintains the restrooms at Rocky Creek, it might also make sense for them to add a sign, bag supply and repository for animal waste.  Secondly, there are hazard signs behind the wooden railing at Rocky Creek, but there is evidence of well-worn paths on either side of the rail leading down to hazardous areas on the rocks.  A visitor from Georgia walked down on the rocks and was swept away last spring. Perhaps more warning signs should be posted at the places where visitors walk past the safe area.

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195 WetWabbit 11/21/2016

The clear day was a welcome break in the recent storm activity, bringing hikers and dogs to the beach. The beach was mostly washed clean of natural and human debris, but there were tube worm castings in the drift line. An unusual bird seen was either a red or red-necked phalarope. Starr Creek was raging and split into two branches as it entered the ocean. I "solved" the problem of a dry crossing by wearing SOLVE bag over my shoes.

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102 beachnut 11/19/2016 DISPATCH

In many years of walking this stretch of Mile 102 south of the Coquille River, I've never encountered so many Black oystercatchers gathered in one spot as they were today just west of the 8th St. stairway: 15 apparent adults in the wet sand. There also were vocal groups further south, past Elephant Rock, but not as many.

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171 oldMGguy 11/17/2016

Pleasent late afternoon on Heceta Beach, with several dozen people out on the sand.  Recent high tides, storm waves have significantly eroded the high beach accumulation of summer sand dunes, with drift logs being re-distributed on the beach.

Very clean wet sand area - little man-made debris observed.  The high wash line is full of cellophane tube worm feeding tubes (1 inch long very thin fibers).  After the poor worm loses its feeders, do they grow new ones??

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310 newton 11/17/2016

3 dead birds (2 Fulmar and one possible Rock Sandpiper) no leg bands, or oil.

No dogs or other humans.  No marine mammals. 

Cloudy, low tide (maybe around 3 ft.).

Shoreline had grasses, driftwood, micro-plastics.  Collected a plastic clothes basket, bottles and plastic bags. 

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3 Volunteer Coordinator 11/15/2016

The photos were taken during breaks in the storm.  The tide was to be 8.49 ft.  In relation to the large woody debris from previous greater tides, there was no concern with impact on the surrounding area.  People were out walking their dogs and taking photos.  No noticible concern of debris, or dead animals.  Small amount of marine debris, including plastic bits, styrofoam, and plastic rope.  Small amount of land-based debris, straws, flipflop, food wrapper.  All vehicles were parked in the parking lot. 

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327 Simonetal 11/15/2016

Windy, cloudy wintery day on beach at high king tide.  Surf comes up to edge of dunes and near the end of the asphalt surface of access road to beach at Del Rey entrance.  At 9:30 am we saw 8 fulmars struggling in the surf or at surf line.  When we finished our COASST survey, we found only 1 fulmar struggling and we took it to the Astoria rehab center.  

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197 mudslide 11/13/2016

A quiet afternoon on a very clean beach with few visitors: approx. 8 people and  3 dogs, all leashed. A couple of big chunks of cliff had come down, one just N of the campground’s N stairs and the other within the first quarter-mile S of the campground. Moderate quantities of tube worm casings in the drift line; negligible manmade debris. 

There were a moderate number of gulls scattered along the beach, along with a few crows. At the back of the beach in the soft sand, some white/gray/black plover-size birds were hanging out, alternately flying short distances and nestling into the sand chest first. When I saw their behavior I immediately thought of killdeer. I wasn’t aware they ever occurred here, but a friend said they could have been migrating through.  

About three quarters of a mile S of the campground I found a mysterious (to me) object resting on a natural shelf in the cliff. Its shape reminded me of a ray, but its surface was rigid — my best guess is that it was the carapace of some sea creature. It was maybe 7-8” long and 5-6” wide. Sorry, photos would not upload.

 

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326 Simonetal 11/12/2016

25 people enjoying beach.  About 12 cars in parking lots, and 12 cars driving beach in allowed areas.

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293 stu and barb 11/10/2016

A calm and mild morning for our walk.  Modest amount of seaweed in spots but the beach is very clean with just a few rocks & shells visible.  It's a different story up at the high tide line near the dune grass where we filled a kitchen bag with garbage.  Glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plastic twine & fragments, a few flip flops, and a broom.  Not many people or dogs but lots of seagulls near Rock Creek next to the Wayside.  That's where several of the gulls were taking turns feeding on the scattered remains of a small seal that had apparently been carried in on the tide.  On the N. side of the stream, condos undergoing repair are creating a temporary mess.  Will keep a watch on that.

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198 bahngarten 11/06/2016

After a day( yesterday) of heavy rain, we walked our mile at low tide, which was not low (3.5)- about 100 feet of beach from the bluff to surf. Moderate winds from SW on a balmy 61' day, with 14 people and 4 dogs walking along beach. Large amounts of seafoam along tide and surf line, and scudding across the beach. Some Western, Mew, and Ringbill gulls feeding in shallow surf.  Tideline had some mole crab parts, and broken clam shells. Beachside campground closed. Clean beach.

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243 sciencedave 11/06/2016

Pretty good crowd at the beach that day.  Bull kelp and surf worm castings in the wrack line.  Gulls mostly grounded.

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186 [email protected] 11/05/2016

We have to schedule our ENHS Project six or more weeks in advance, we almost cancelled due to the weather. It really was not as bad as we feared, but it rained constantly. There was no cobble beach at Ten Mile Creek access, water right up to the cobble bank and driftwood. Did not seem or wasn't more eroded than last year. Access barely, through a hedge path to the homes was possible but we didn’t want to trespass. Not knowing how long we could stand on the beach we went to Stonefield which was sandier than last spring. Debris and garbage present, diapers, bottles, but mostly bits of rope and tiny plastic chips. The surf was enormous but it was low tide so that was not a problem. The gulls were foraging at the tide line, not flying about, no dead birds.The mighty surf was hiding against the cliff. Sea Pack’s sand beach wad smaller than 2015.

No photos too wet for cameras!!

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