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245 TerryH 08/20/2019

Noticed an increase in dead birds, mostly common murres and on the north end of Roads End beach.

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202 samdel 08/19/2019

A beautiful day at the Beach. Some days earlier a juvenile humpback whale was beached around the middle of mile 202. It was eventually euthanized and buried somewhere on mile 202. 

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220 Hillsideshack 08/19/2019 DISPATCH

Second Harbor seal found in as many days on Mile 220, this one bigger and a bit more decomposed than the smaller one found yesterday (who is also on the beach today- further south). 10 turkey vultures waiting in the trees on the bluff above.

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189 gailrobbw 08/19/2019

In general area free of significant litter, but much new graffiti spray painted at the outlet of Gwynn Creek just north of the North Neptune parking lot.  Also a large graffiti painted inside the culvert at same location, though we do not know if this is new.  Graffiti and firering inside large cave on far south portion of Section 189.  Visitors have been moving a lot of large driftwood around to make sculptures, and there are some recently used fire rings throughout section.  We observed gulls and ravens, dragonflies, lots of healthy starfish (no wasting diseases seen), green anenome, tadpoles and small fish in the tidepools.  One dog off leash chased gulls.  A visitor has made a small dam with rocks across one area of Cummins Creek as it nears the high tide line.  It was not tall enough to really hold water back and we thought it would probably wash away when rain and storms begin again.

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300 mccannavc 08/18/2019

Mile 300

8/18/19

Sunday Morning

6:30am - 9:00am

The surf was 3-4 feet waist to chest high. The scent of beach fire was notable.

There was evidence of human beach activity prior to my arrival - 6 sand castles, 4 large holes in the sand, misc. clothing and some trash.

Tide pool sightings included 1 sea star impaled with a feather and a sea star being consumed by a gull.

Photos attached.

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220 Hillsideshack 08/17/2019

A wrackline filled with eelgrass, jellies and crab carapaces. Also a dead young harbor seal noted by the South end where the houses are over the bluff. 3 Turkey Vultures were nicely starting to clean it up for us. 

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8 lovlielovie 08/16/2019 DISPATCH

Found today 10-12’ decomposing body of a sea lion washed up on the rocks at the cove at the most northern point of mile 8 

appears to have been dead for some time and is very fragrant 

Turkey vulture activity has been high here for the last several days and I guess I discovered why!

photos attached 

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222 222Tender 08/12/2019

Beautiful warm, calm day.  Both Wade and Coal creeks quite dry/very little runoff.  25 people 5 dogs all having a great day most walking and getting feet wet!  Some concern about tent/camp on beach north of Coal Creek.  also dead fire with gas can in debris.  

1 very dead bird observed.  Seaweed and casings on beach

Very little trash on beach

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293 stu and barb 08/12/2019

More trash than our last few walks...possibly due to the kite festival last week.  Lots of twine from bundled beach firewood, some fireworks remains, lots of plastic and leftovers from s’more party’s.  A long dead skate and seagull.  10 or so brown pelicans gliding over the waves, and numerous seagulls on the dry sand.

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99 tbowspencer 08/11/2019

Summer conditions bring very changed conditions on mile 99 since the last survey. Johnson Creek on the south end and Crooked Creek on the north are following significantly different paths and now empty into the ocean much farther south. North winds have created sand dunes against the bluffs and along the dry sandy beach. No signs of new bluff erosion noted. A dead large skate was in the tide line, approximately 6 feet long. 

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185 Lfleming 08/09/2019

A lovely overcast day with not much wind.  The sand was back for the summer making walking the beach easier.  We saw 12 orange seastars out on the rocks.  Hopefully they are coming back.  One dead on land.   Two new things for us, the worm like creatures on one part of the beach and the strange fish skelton.  Both pictured.  There were a lot of people out enjoying the beach, and one group having a marshmallow roast.  There were 14 species of birds seen and four seals.   The path to the beach is getting overgrown with vegetation and the former parking lot by the beach is now a sand dune.

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306 Frankie 08/08/2019 DISPATCH

Numerous violations observed, including campfire in unsafe location and harvesting tidepool organisms in the marine reserve.  There has been an uptick in problematic activity on the mile due to more visitors, partly caused by an increase in short-term rentals.

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243 garretta 08/07/2019

Overcast, slightly cooler than the rest of the week, typical summer people doing typical summer things. No drama, no crisis. High sand even at low tide limited tidepools and created bank near tideline. 

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180 lectricriderone 08/06/2019 DISPATCH

I saw 12 people and two dogs on the beach.  No dead animals or trash.  Small waves.  The tide comes almost all the way up to the rocks and flattens the beach.  Cool cloudy weather seems to keep people from swimming.  

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181 lectricriderone 08/06/2019

There were lots of people enjoying the roads and campground at mile 181, but not many people on that paticular beach.  Cool and cloudy weather on a weekday may explain part of the reason.  A few campers told me they like to visit lots of places and use the campground as a base camp.  It seemed mostly quiet and deserted on the beach.  People were having lunch or exploring somewhere else.  The waves were small and it was easy to walk close to the water.  The tide line showed fewer tiny sand crab shells than my last visit a few months ago.  

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141 KerrieP 08/05/2019

Miles 141 and 142 provide nice solitude and good wildlife viewing.  Noted several snowy plovers near marked nesting areas, 11 brown pelicans, a Caspian tern, along with the usual sanderlings (~75 total), Western gulls (~20 total), cormorants (7), and a few western sandpipers (7) were noted along the waterline. Two large harbor seals noted (one in mile 141 and one in mile 142) were sitting in the shallow low surf zone and appeared to be waiting fish or other morsels to come their way.  They only moved when we passed close by. 

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142 KerrieP 08/05/2019

A nice quiet stretch of beach.  Wildlife sitings for both miles 142 and 141 are noted on the 141 report.  Active plover nesting with good signage and protection. 

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220 Hillsideshack 08/05/2019

Still restricted access to 220 due to the sewage project. Quite a large rock fall off the southern end of Mile 220. The bluff continues to eraode and slide. 6 COMU noted. Small amount of plastic debris. 

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338 Randy and Beth 08/04/2019

Lot's of people enjoying the ocean on this beautiful summer day. We walked the low tide line north and followed a steady stream of crab shell debris in the high tide line on the way back south.

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198 bahngarten 08/04/2019

Calm overcast morning, 59'.  6  people walking beach, 1 dog.  Usual  late summer amounts of brown and green kelp clumps along beach. 1 immature common murre carcass. Of note was large amount of about 5" crab carapaces and legs scattered along tideline. Did not appear to be molt as quite a few were female, and  somewhat intact. 5 people, 1 dog walking beach.  Clean beach.

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188 casparboy 08/02/2019

A beautiful and pleasant day for checking out the year's lowest tide! Having witnessed the sea star wasting epidemic, I am always amazed by the ongoing recovery. I only saw one harbor seal at Strawberry, a place where there are usually many more. I am not much of a birder, but the swallows (?) that nest in the sand cliffs at the north end of the Strawberry beach are gone for now.

People were being respectful of the fauna, flora and physical environment- a pleasure to see.

An aside- Please list my name as Bill Watson, rather than casparboy. Thanks.

 

 

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169 oceanwalker842 08/01/2019

Beautiful near windless day at he beach. Felt much warmer than the 66 degrees noted.

Big surprise of the day was two turkey vultures dining on a dead crab. Plus, a colony of 19 seagulls...usually there are between 0 and 4 birds total on this stretch of beach.

All the people debris was hiding today.  Also, most of the broken shells, crab casings, small rocks and seaweed were also hiding. (note the photos) .A very clean beach.

The occupants of the vehicles in the parking area seemed to be heading towards mile 170 where the south jetty is located. 

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295 Nedonnaman 08/01/2019

Could have been most any day this summer  when tide is very low in morning ... less dune erosion  than usual last winter, more driftwood on beach.

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254 Neskowin254 07/31/2019

As noted regarding live animals, on the day prior to this report I saw numerous whale spouts along Mile 255.

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339 edjoyce 07/31/2019 DISPATCH

Everything was normal - typical summer day - nothing unusual.

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259 powston1 07/24/2019

From my perspective on horseback, the beach looked in great shape and was being used by visitors just like a beach should be on a nice summer day.

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336 ParkroseUCC 07/24/2019

Another fantastic day for debris surveys at the Peter Iredale. Sunshine with slight breeze made for suitable walking conditions. One carload of folk thanked us for picking up litter and debris. We engaged another out of state visitor with a dog, that was interested in what we were doing. Great oppotunity for chatting up Oregon Shores. (These are the folks that may have been in a no permitted area, possible mobility issues?? ) 

We noticed many concentrations of Cellphane worm casings and crab molt(older, as shells were rather bleached out) on our walk.  Coast line was rather clean with a few noted items. We filled one bag of litter/debris. 

We noticed that when we placed our trash in the garbage cans, someone else had previously come along and cleaned up additional debris/litter. That was a pleasant surprise.

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261 Linda Fink 07/22/2019 DISPATCH View full report 1
262 Linda Fink 07/22/2019

Most everyone enjoying the beach in a responsible manner. All cars but one in allowed area. Always seems to be one group that thinks the rules are not for them.

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222 KathyLJ 07/21/2019 DISPATCH

I walked through mile 222 on the way to and from my mile which is 221. I entered from the Wade Creek access where there were 8 cars parked. (Last Sunday there were 17 cars parked here which is by far the most I've seen.) I observed 23 people including 6 chidlren. The tide was low and 4 people were searching through exposed rocks for agates and fossils. Another was searching for fossils along the base of the cliff. There were 2 groups picnicing. I observed a total of 6 dogs, 5 of them unleashed. Unlike mile 221 which had no birds, there was a large group of birds along this mile. I do not know what they were but I've seen them several times and attached a picture taken last year. There were no gulls. There was some picnic debris and bits of sparklers and other fireworks debris near Wade Creek as well as evidence of 2 campfires but in general, the beach was clean. 

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298 Sue R. 07/21/2019

From the entrance to the beach from the state park, walking north, I saw about 40 people, eight dogs, three horses, lots of washed up upside-down crabs, and several small beached jellyfish.  There was one pair of car tire tracks.

Walking south from the access point there were large two signs above the high tide line prohibiting seasonal beach access to people and horse and dogs beyond the sign. Access to the area was restricted to walking on wet sand only. From March through October the sandy beach and dunes are closed to protect the nesting snowy plovers. In the 30 minutes we were in the restricted area I encountered six people and five unleashed dogs who said they didn’t see the sign noting restricted access. All parties I encountered were polite and left the area after I informed them about the snowy plovers.

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242 Bluewater 07/21/2019

I did not get any pictures as my camera is not working correctly at the moment. I picked up a bag full of garbage on this jaunt. Most of it was gathered on my return from NW 15th St to the "D River WaySide". Other than the garbage things were looking pretty good. Lots of people hanging out and having fun.

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221 KathyLJ 07/21/2019

It was a beautiful, sunny day with no wind and a very low incoming tide. Of the 22 people observed, 20 were walking and 2 were surf fishing. I observed 2 dogs: 1 leashed, 1 unleashed. No picnic debris or marine debris was noted but there was a lot of bullwhip kelp, sea palms, sea grass, etc near the driftline especially on the south end of the mile. There is more sand built up on the beach than I usually see in July. There is moderate cliff erosion on the north side of Schooner Point as shown in the attached photos and one fallen boulder. Most notably, I did not see any shore birds along the mile. There is usually a large group of gulls near Moolack Creek and sometimes others further south on the mile but today, not a single one. 

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203 JLcoasties 07/19/2019

The major concerns are the number of fires involving the logs that are piled high up on the beach and the quanity of jelly pieces on the beach was much above anything we have ever seen.

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209 scottmillman 07/19/2019

Beautiful day with a lot of human activity. No new changes noticed. Possibly a higher than usual amount of small to medium dead crabs washed up, but possibly a normal seasonal thing?

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333 Merce and Michael 07/14/2019 DISPATCH

Came across these 2 mystery egg cases this morning.

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296 JMorris 07/14/2019

North of the Nehalem River mile 296 is accessible only by an ~2 mile beach walk (or bicycle or horse) or a similar distance on a sandy track running down the center of the spit. Human use is relatively low, moreso during Plover season when bicycles are banned on the beach. Most notable feature was the high number of dead invertabrates in the wrack line. South of the Nehalem River there was much higher human use and impact, including debris (much of it fireworks) and drift log fires. The photos are quadriped printsfrom the Snowy Plover protected area north of the Nehalem River that did not correlate with human footprints. Possibly a coyote?

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306 Frankie 07/13/2019

36 people and 11 dogs on mile 306 at low tide. 7 surfers, a higher number than usual. Adult bald eagle. Continuing bluff erosion.

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101 GarrettSEA 07/12/2019

Beach walk include 9 SEA members and new Coast Watch coorinator Jesse Jones.  More dead birds than we have seen in past, one dead Harbor seal (old & has previously been reported to MMS network) and a dead fish (Cabazon).  Evidence of bluff sluffing in back yard of home on the bluff. Did not include all photos of dead birds.

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243 garretta 07/12/2019

Classic mid-week summer day with lots of people enjoying the beach. Unusual concentration of mussels on the beach for about 150 yards around NW 24th Street. Also, unusual number of small clumps of kelp along drift line and spread on beach. 

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246 gianna70 07/11/2019 View full report 13
208 Batthecat 07/10/2019 DISPATCH View full report 1
198 bahngarten 07/07/2019

Warm ( 63') sunny morning with light winds, distant cloud line to West.  17 people 3 dogs enjoying beach.  Mod. amounts Dungeness crab molt and crab parts along driftline. Few western gulls and crows seen.  Of note was an Ultralight flying at about 30-40' altitude over beach- people and children present.  No identifiying number. Shook my fist at it at third pass over people.  Removed one plastic bottle from beach, clean beach, well used this holiday weekend. 

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214 AnnaB 07/06/2019 View full report 0
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290 Foxglove290 07/05/2019

My husband and I spent 3 hours (6 man hours)  picking up trash.  We ran into one other couple who were doing the same.   I added their trash lbs to our total count  of 80lbs.  It is reallly frustrating that people don't clean up after themselves.  We did find 2 pair of sunglasses.  Mismatched shoes.  A coat.  And lot's of kids beach toys.  Next year I will probably contact SOLVE  and create and official clean-up event for my mile.

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116 alaingamerica 07/04/2019

A beautiful 4th of July at the South Cove. Many people accepting the invitation by the Park to explore the tidepools. Most people on their best behavior, though I did see some kids climbing a crumbly cliff. 

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339 edjoyce 07/03/2019

Everything was about the same as last report.

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197 mudslide 07/02/2019

A pleasant afternoon on the mile, with fewer visitors than I would have expected two days before the 4th. Quite a few crabshells scattered along the driftline. All the big chunks of bluff that were visible in my April visit have now been either washed away or covered by sand. A new small cave is forming about halfway down the mile.

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340 Merce and Michael 07/01/2019 DISPATCH

Lots of Grey Whales spouting, as seen from the tower at Parking Lot C. Apparently some were there the night before, too.

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183 Sandy Watch 06/30/2019

Busy day at the beach with 22 visitors, all but 2 people, were at Ocean Beach Picnic area. Only a few sea gulls spotted on Rock Creek.  An unusual amount of juvenile crab parts, backs measuring 2-3 inches across and legs. Rock Creek has fewer smalls rocks showing on beach and more sand. Graffiti! Graffiti on rock at Rock Creek. Gorgeous day at the beach.

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101 beachnut 06/29/2019 DISPATCH

A very thin Guadalupe fur seal is dead in the high-tide zone below Coquille Point, north of Elephant Rock. It was roughly in the same area yesterday and barely alive. Photos sent to Jim Rice and Stranding Report filed.

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255 bballentine 06/28/2019

Beautiful day to walk on beach. Beach continues to be very clean, almost no man-made trash. Beach is very wide at this time and easy to access from the public access point. 

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309 cadonofrio 06/27/2019

No one on the beach yet; of note:  extremely clean driftline (cleanest seen all year); no birds.

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239 ORbeach 06/23/2019

Calm, partly cloudy day.  More visitors than usual on the beach.  Very little trash.  A number of Dungeness crab shells noted in the wrack line, but they appeared to be molts, not due to any trauma.

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238 Cathy238 06/23/2019

Little activity and few people. No debris or garbage. No animals today. Seems to be little difference between low tide and high tide. Beach access 50A is still closed with a sign and barriers on the road side but no sign on the beach side. Unsafe to access from the beach unless one has bouldering skills. Damage to some homes during the winter seems to have been repaired.

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218 dderickson 06/22/2019

I first attempted this survey on June 17. Although the weather app said the wind was at 21mph, I'm guessing it was closer to 30 so I gave up. Too hard to walk into wind, sand whipping my face, getting into my eyes and mouth; the wind was actually shaking my car as I made these notes.

June 22 was a better day -- still moderately windy, but manageable! The dunes are building up. There was a lot of human activity (see above), typical for a summer weekend afternoon/evening. Nothing particularly remarkable about the beach or wildlife, except for a high concentration of small dead mole crabs. I noticed there is a lot of growth of English ivy taking over the tree trunks in some areas along the creek; I don't think it has previously been this noticeable. Brass Buttons in bloom along the creek. The creek is low and shallow.

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226 gsmeyer 06/21/2019

The summer solstice provided a nice day for the numerous tourists visiting Otter Crest Wayside, where there were about fifteen vehicles in the parking area and approximately 35 people at the viewpoints and in the gift shop. In the gift shop, a video camera was set up in extreme telephoto mode with a live feed to a large screen TV, where it was possible to see the previously mentioned birds on distant rocks.  The gift shop is the best single location for viewing the shoreline of mile 226.  Human activity was entirely confined to above and to Otter Crest Loop, where there was more traffic than usual, with people stopping at turnouts to take in the views.  

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245 TerryH 06/21/2019 DISPATCH

"No Fireworks" sign posted at 72nd street beach access.  Thanks!

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331 alkarbeck 06/21/2019

Just like our March report, the beach was quite clean and relatively quiet.  There was a big group which looked like a clamming party digging and hunting for clams.

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210 mrkopplin 06/19/2019

People were enjoying a beautiful day on the beach. No notable changes or comments.

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289 ollikainen 06/16/2019

This is a partial survey.  In the spring,  the southern end of Mile 289 was posted as a bird nesting area.  Now the beginning of the restricted area is about a quarter mile closer to the jetty.   The family dog always accompanies us on surveys and on previous reports,  I strongly questioned why dogs were specifically banned even if they were leashed.  I do have an answer now.  State Parks say the presence of dogs even out of the fenced area and on leash spooks the nesting birds.  Dogs are a big predator.   Kites are banned since they too spook the nesting birds.  They are similar to raptors.   Autos and bikes are also disruptive.  But I do qustion the effectiveness of the signage.  The signs are small and up in the soft sand well away from the normal hard sand walking area.  If you wanted to prevent encroachment, put up large signs in the parking areas warning walkers and bikers.  (This trip is widely published as a great beach loop.)    

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307 Bald Eagle 06/16/2019

There were 8 people and 2 dogs walking on the beach.

The one razor clam shell has not been seen for awhile.

The 15 murres is a much lower number of nesting birds on Gull Rock than just a few years ago.

There was no land based or ocean based debris on the beach.

 

 

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102 beachnut 06/16/2019

Windy, overcast or foggy, and 51 degrees marked my visits to both halves of Mile 102 at 5:30 a.m. Tides were -1.3 or .4. Gulls, crows and sandhoppers were doing their thing, as were 2 walkers and 1 fisherman. Wrack lines showed kelp, algae, small stones, shell fragments and driftwood. Sand blown by moderate northerly winds has covered much wood in places and created drifts in others. No new shoreline modifications were obvious since the winter storms' erosion of vegetated foredunes and wave overtoppings. I found no litter on either stretch; either it went south on the winds or was buried in sand.

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244 garretta 06/14/2019 DISPATCH

Significant trenching/channeling in the sand at Chinook Winds ramp covering about 40 yards. Deep channels, piled sand could be hazardous to evening and night time walkers. May take a KingTide to smooth out. 

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327 sultanym 06/13/2019

A quiet, cloudy mid-morning walk on Del Rey Beach, mile 327 with people clamming, walking, and sitting on the beach. Little wind and mild day. Observed a dead California sea lion on the beach near the Highlands road beach entrance attracting some attention from curious beach-goers. Saw California market squid eggs, some kelp, and rocks at the low tide line. Plastic debris and fire pits past the high tide line and into the dunes. Contacted Dr. Debbie Duffield at PSU and Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network about the dead California sea lion. 

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211 Chad101 06/12/2019

Most of the people were within 100 yards of the Lost Creek beach access.  Standing water has begun to appear on beach, both near base of embankment and near water's edge (see photos).  Pleasant day, mostly sun plus fog, as well as low clouds over ocean.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 06/12/2019

A perfect day to be enjoying the beach, as only a slight breeze and warm temperatures prevailed. School bus dropped off a lot of children at Face Rock. Possibly a field trip! Tide was low, so lots of room to explore on the sand. Beach area very clean.

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243 garretta 06/12/2019

Barefoot on the beach day with brilliant sun, clear sky and temps that felt warmer than weather app reported. Quiet waves, people casually enjoying the beach without drama or conflict. 

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262 Linda Fink 06/11/2019

very wide beach at low tide with people widely separated enjoying themselves in various ways

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294 Paulissen 06/11/2019

Very calm day with more activity than usual due to the presence of a middle school class doing PE on the beach. No concerning observations made.

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193 SKMacK 06/05/2019

It was a cloudy day. Not many people out mid-week and mid-afternoon. By and large there have been no significant changes south of the Yachats River on the beach next to Yachats Ocean Road. However, the stairs and railing at marker 77 had to be replaced a couple of months ago because of significant wave damage. North of the river, new asphalt is being laid down on the west side of Ocean View drive; no repair of guard rails yet. Apparently the road will remain where it is, and no bluff/shoreline reinforcement is anticipated, making the whole exercise seem futile. Also at end of mile by 7th street, from the beach one can see on bluff a sign indicating "restoration in progress," presumably to prevent further human caused damage to the bluff below the house above. 

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182 mj6dolphin 06/05/2019

There was a lot of gravel beside China creek as a lot of sand had washed away leaving gravel beds exposed.the cliffs have more undercutting on Muriel Ponsler.Some logs had washed up over the cliffs.

The wrack line had feathers, kelp, crab,sea weed.

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34 tayloreandc 06/04/2019

Beautiful sunny morning on Wakeman Beach, with just a slight breeze.  I was unable to access the southern half of the beach because of rocks. (see attached photograph.)

 

 

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217 digincommunity 06/04/2019

Last month we had contacted State Parks regarding the need for a Doggie Poop Station. To our great surprise in just a couple of weeks they installed the station as well as a new pedestrian bridge. A big thanks to State Parks. They also visited the homeless camp near the mid-point of Mile 217 and cut away the willow hiding the camp from view. Unlike our previous walks we saw only Seagulls, one Osprey and a group of a dozen brown Pelicans. The sands that comprise the beach change day to day. Most recently the dunes have become shorter and the high tides have left small ponds of water high up the beach. In and around the Cow Parship we also found some Sea Watch or Wild Celery, and Ovate spike rush, both near the entrance to Agate Beach Wayside and found near the other small drainages along the bluff. Although we did find plastic, plastic bags and other garbage in our several outings, it was less than in our first report despite the fact that many people visited the area.

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217 digincommunity 06/04/2019

Last month we had contacted State Parks regarding the need for a Doggie Poop Station. To our great surprise in just a couple of weeks they installed the station as well as a new pedestrian bridge. A big thanks to State Parks. They also visited the homeless camp near the mid-point of Mile 217 and cut away the willow hiding the camp from view. Unlike our previous walks we saw only Seagulls, one Osprey and a group of a dozen brown Pelicans. The sands that comprise the beach change day to day. Most recently the dunes have become shorter and the high tides have left small ponds of water high up the beach. In and around the Cow Parship we also found some Sea Watch or Wild Celery, and Ovate spike rush, both near the entrance to Agate Beach Wayside and found near the other small drainages along the bluff. Although we did find plastic, plastic bags and other garbage in our several outings, it was less than in our first report despite the fact that many people visited the area.

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216 NHS Leadership 06/03/2019

Just a usual day on the beach, nothing noticible as far as errousoin. Some dune movement. There were spotty clouds. About 15 people walking, low number possibly due to the high winds making it cold.

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245 TerryH 06/03/2019 DISPATCH

Clean beach with the usual organic matter in the wrack line, including the papery remains of an old velella velella stranding.  Very little garbage and I did not see any dead birds.  First beach walk since January, due to foot surgery, and it felt real good.

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206 shelgeson 06/02/2019

It was a pleasant Sunday evening on Mile 206! Despite the cloudy overcast and wind, several individuals were enjoying the coast. I saw several shorebirds (being undisturbed), 2 sea stars, 3-4 seals beached on a rock several yards into the water, and 5 sand crabs that were alive. It was fun to see so much marie life on my mile this visit. It is the most I have noticed since starting to report on mile 206 this past year. There was barely any human debris on my mile this weekend, which is always nice. The vast majority of debris on the shoreline were sea shells and mussle shells.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 06/02/2019

The last few months have brought in driftwood along the high tide line, including some large logs. Minimal plastic debris at this time. 

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220 malachite 06/02/2019

This report was filed primarily to note observation of black oystercatchers feeding/hanging out on rocks exposed by low tides on this mile. On June 1, I observed between 4-6 black oystercatchers, on June 2, 2-4. I haven't been seeing them often on this mile in the past year or so I believe it's because of the increasing number of people w/dogs (often unleashed and too often unsupervised/allowed to harass shorebirds). At this time the # of human visitors is somewhat limited because the NW 68th Street access is closed to enable the city of Newport to replace the pumping station (or the pump) for its sewage treatment system at NW 68th Street. The intertidal zone rocks are located off the beach near the NW 68th street access. My visits occurred from 3 to approximately 5 pm. Low tides at South Beach were 5:35pm, 2.3', and 6:17pm, 2.5' respectively. I walked from north of Yaquina Head to Moolack shores. 1/4 mile south of Moolack shores I saw several youngish (20's) people w/2 dogs that they permitted to chase seagulls again & again & again. However, they did keep their dogs from harassing my dog when I leashed my dog to walk by them. On Saturday, it was foggy, windy (up to 30 mph or so) & a bit chilly on the beach, on Sunday, partly sunny & warmer, mild breeze. On Sunday, I observed illegal campers (camping on the beach is illegal w/in the city limits of Newport, however this rule is rarely enforced), the campers were also violating a state park rule by building a campfire in an area w/trees (mostly dead trees). The latter rule is also rarely enforced. The campers were not far from the base of the north side of Yaquina Head, near NW 56th-NW 58th streets (if those streets ran all the way down to the beach), or definitely within the Newport city limits. Beach looked pretty clean both days. To all those who visit the beaches on this mile, please respect the need of shorebirds, some of whom are nesting/raising their young at Yaquina Head, to feed on species on exposed rocks or the sand (mole crabs, etc) and GIVE THEM PLENTY OF SPACE, to go about their lives. Please don't let your dog(s) get anywhere near them, let alone chase them and don't chase or get close to them yourself. The beach is a fun place for you, for the birds, it's where they forage for food for themselves, for their young, rest and in the fresh water, bathe.

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198 bahngarten 06/02/2019

Light breeze from NW on a cloudy morning. Mod. amounts of Velella velella , pebbles, crab molt, and mole crab carcasses along high tide line. 2 people walking along beach. Notable was one 3 rd. year eagle flying northbound, few crows on beach, several vultures flying. Swainson's thrush songs heard in Beachside campground.

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224 malachite 05/31/2019

Very pleasant day & time for a walk on the beach, very few people. Most of the people I saw were walking/sitting near the long stairway down to the beach at the north end of the mile. Saw 5 whimbrels, a crow or two, seagulls (mostly flying overhead) & one vulture, soaring. Rarely see many birds on this mile & was surprised to see the whimbrels, I haven't been seeing them (lately) further south. I've not seen as many this spring as last spring (not that I consistently visit the same beaches at the same times, etc., from year to year). Until today I thought they'd departed from this part of the coast (this part = north jetty of Yaquina Bay to Otter Rock). On the beaches w/in the city limits of Newport, so many people allow, even encourage, their dogs to chase shore birds (or chase the birds themselves, I've seen adults do that too because you just can't harass other species that are 1/50th of your weight enough) that it's hard to for me to know when migrating birds like whimbrels are leaving of their own will (i.e., time to get moving) or leaving because human/canine activity have made the beaches unsafe and useless as a place to rest & refuel for the next step of their migration. I stayed upslope/upbeach from these whimbrels & made sure my dog did as well (not like that's hard to do). While the low tide was listed in the tide table as 2.1, the water seemed further out then I would expect to see at that low tide level, there was a vast expanse of beach for part of the mile. Winter/continued erosion of beach bluffs noted, seemed as though there might've been a little more then usual this past winter. Overall, beach seemed clean despite a little snack food left on the beach which my dog immediately scented & ran to. I buried it.

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183 Sandy Watch 05/31/2019

 Beautiful sunny day with a strong wind on the beach.  The wind was stronger on the north side of the Rocky Knoll.  Ocean beach picnic area had little rock or debris on the sand, drift line was full of By the Wind Sailor.  Rock creek, southside of  Rocky Knoll, normal amount of small rocks and expose sand.  Someone has tied a rope at the trail leading to the beach which is very helpful.16 people and three dogs, most on the north side of the Rocky Knoll, enjoying walking with one gentleman at the tide pools.  Seagulls, crows and 10 Whimbrel.  The remains of one dead bird, one wing with feathers and partial skeleton.  Not enough remains to identify bird .No trash found on beach or in parking area. 

 

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209 scottmillman 05/29/2019

Pretty usual day. Some Velella velella washed up. Minimal litter or man-made debris. Oregon State Parks truck driving on beach near Beaver Creek. One photo shows a property owner's landscaping bricks on unstable/eroding ground. Unsure if new or old, will monitor.

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227 heidilvz 05/28/2019

It was a cloudy cool morning with little human activity. There is little change from last observation witn the exception of a newly established fire ring. The are has seen light human use as evidenced from the trail conditions, obvious recent fire ring use. Dog tracks were only seen near point 4 fire ring. Shore birds were present in small numbers. At the south end of mile 227, 5-10 birds were observed either nesting or in the process of building nests on the cliffs. The area looks healthy and litter was almost nonexistent. 

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214 PCTronquet 05/26/2019

Over 150 people enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, velella in wrack line, no areas of concern....beach clean of trash

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282 [email protected] 05/26/2019

Increase in human activity, new path along bottom of cliff. Need for bathroom facility. 

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99 tbowspencer 05/26/2019

This survey was conducted on Sunday of a holiday weekend, which is likely why more people were on mile 99. The expected shorebirds and seabirds were seen on the offshore rocks, including a large population of pigeon guillemot around Haystack Rock. No erosive changes were noted along the bluff since last survey, and several sand dunes were developing along the middle section of the mile. There was less inorganic debris than on previous surveys. 

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214 AnnaB 05/24/2019

It was a calm evening on Friday with few visitors at the beach. The Velella velella have started washing up and can be found in high numbers just above the water line. The snowy plover nesting area is still under protection with snowy plovers present.  

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213 PaulJulia 05/23/2019

Little human activity on the beach.  Beach relatively clean with very little litter.  Snowy plover study occurring.  One beached bird with green/yellow bands but only its upper wings found.  Truck tracks -- ranger?

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203 JLcoasties 05/22/2019

Today was a bit chilly with the cloud cover but is was a great day on the beach.  The natural change processes of the beach were evident from the last two months.  We do not have any concerns about human activity impacting the beach except for the debris that washes up on the shore.  Most of what we found had been in the water for a long period of time.  The build up of alge, dirt, and the state of decay is what tells us the items have been in the water for a while. 

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153 bebdhm 05/22/2019

Mild day on the beach, amazing amount of log debris near the dunes.  Foredune has not been replaced in area where it is now missing, but grass beginning to repopulate the big dune front.  3 trucks from Univ of Portland Research driving south from Takenitch Creek area in the restricted Plover area.  Very few birds.

 

 

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297 NehalemBay 05/21/2019

This was a cool, blustery day with the sun peeking out just overhead.  There was no human activity on the beach but there were 4 cars in the parking lot.  The beach is long and clean except for the seaweed and small velella in the driftline.  The cliffs of sand mixed with wood are quite tall in some areas.  And the area that has been bulldozed south towards the jetty still seems stark even though the beach grass is sprouting up again.  No bird carcasses were found, and no snowy plovers although some pairs have been sighted by others.  Except for a few Vultures, Whimbrels, Crows, Gulls and shorebirds, there was not much activity on this mile.  

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244 garretta 05/21/2019 DISPATCH

Significant increase in cliff caving and carving approximately 100 yards north of Chinook Winds. See photos attached

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293 stu and barb 05/21/2019

Beach continues to be very clean...no bottles, no cans, no styrofoam!!!  Found only 10 or 12 items of plastic, an empty sand bag, and about 10 feet of crab ring rope that I was able to untangle from sticks ,branches, and dried seaweed. It’s likely to be a different story after the summer crowds arrive.

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189 Volunteer Coordinator 05/20/2019

Report submitted for new volunteers GailRobbw.  no dead animals 12 people on the beach evidence of someone climbing on the cliffs- carvings  overnight camper in the parking lot,

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