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203 JLcoasties 08/01/2021

Large number of people on the beach today.   The dunes are growing and the wind has pushed back a lot of the sand areas that were lost in the storms or last winter.

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239 ORbeach 08/01/2021

We thought it would be foggy on the beach, given the weather the past few days, but it turned out clear and sunny.  Persistent chilly north wind, though.  The harbor seal colony was a little closer to the mouth of the Siletz River than normal, but all grouped together.  Social distancing is not a thing with them.  Estimated 150 seals or more in the group.  Saw several crystal jellies stranded in the sand at the edge of the rivermouth.  Very little trash ... we picked up 5 small items.

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121 brentlerwill 08/01/2021 View full report 16
204 Jon French 08/01/2021

With the closure of the Driftwood Wayside parking area for construction of OSU's PacWave South wave energy testing project, hardly anyone was on the beach despite this being a beautiful summer weekend. In the Driftwood parking area (and unseen about 120 feet below the seafloor), work continues on the PacWave project. See attached photos, and for details and construction updates see:

http://pacwaveenergy.org/constructionupdates/

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116 alaingamerica 07/31/2021

A pleasant weekend day out at the Cape brought several groups to the South Cove, despite it not being a minus tide (when I typically do my reports). Three people fishing reported catch 3 fish each. A new water source at the base of the access trail will be monitored. We found two dead animals we couldn't identify. See picture. It was about 6 by 2 inches. An inside of a mussle, maybe?? The underside seemed to have a sort of foot. Didn't take a picture of that.

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222 222Tender 07/31/2021 View full report 0
283 CherieE53 07/31/2021 DISPATCH

The whole state park was in the fog. The visitors stayed on the trails and had their dogs and children under control.

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195 WetWabbit 07/31/2021

I walked Mile 195 with my dog Westly on his eleventh birthday. It was a pleasant day, not too hot or cold. There were fewer beach walkers than I expected at this time when many visitors are escaping heat in the valley. The only unusual item to report is the observation of vehicle tracks along the whole mile of beach, originating farther north. This is evidently a violation, as the beach is posted just north of Starr Creek for "no vehicles."

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1 mmcdowell 07/31/2021

Beach looks super clean; no litter except for one dog poo bag. People activity concentrated nearer to Vistor Center on south side of river and closer to mouth of river on north side. Activities: surf fishing, family gatherings, walkers; everyone behaving nicely and happy even in the fog (warm with no wind). Observed vehicle tracks in soft sand mid slope. I walked past park boundary south to rental cabins at south end of beach where there were several more people, some with a beach fire and some playing in the ocean. I was on the beach 1.5 hours.

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 07/31/2021

Was a very nice day, but very few people on the main beach. The largest concentration was a family of 7 chatting up the 3 men fishing in the surf on the little beach to the north of Battle Rock. Some of the kids were playing in the sand, there. We did not try to go out very far onto the rocks around the headland. The beach was free from much in the way of litter, and the main beach really only had one person and dog besides the three of us. Not much to see and report on, other than the signs of the beach fires, especially one that looked like it was a giant bonfire. See photo.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 07/31/2021

Hubbard Creek has "drifted" pretty far north/northwest, but it appears to be natural.

There were several groups of people on the beach and coming down while we did the report. I only counted the cars in the lot when we arrived. There were more when we finished. Most activities appeared "normal" and didn't see anything of concern.

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202 Jon French 07/31/2021

The fog and north wind of the past few days eased this morning, and although there was no sun to speak of, plenty of people and their dogs were out enjoying the beach.

This year's Western Snowy Plover breeding season seems to have concluded, with 48 nests located and monitored on the sand beaches of Lincoln County, 33 of them between Alsea Spit and Seal Rock. This compares to 21 nests located in Lincoln County last year. Unfortunately, only one of this year's nests is known to have hatched a chick, which apparently didn't survive. It's difficult to identify the cause of a nest failure, but predation (probably mostly by crows), tidal over wash, and windblown sand seem to have been major factors. Snowy Plovers winter here on Mile 202, and I encountered 8-10 today in the area where they congregate, perhaps gathering now that the breeding season is effectively over.

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220 Hillsideshack 07/31/2021

Chilly windy morning on 220. Lots of birds: 2 squadrons of pelicans flew over, 4 eagles, 9 Turkey vultures, a bunch of shorebirds and 2 separate gulls who were behaving out of the ordinary. One gull was up against the bluff sitting and not moving (other than his head) and another (pictured) who was in the higher beach area also not moving. This is really uncommon on 220 as most gulls will walk or fly off as you approach. I left lots of distance but tried to see if they were entangled by something (didn't see anything from afar. I post it here only because it was unusual behavior. The usual huge drainage pipes are still becoming more exposed from the bluff. Some plastics but not much with the wind blowing pretty hard.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 07/31/2021

Quiet cloudy morning with a sprinkling of rain. Very little debris. Sand is building back in on top portion of beach. 

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143 kmwifish 07/30/2021

We arrived at Wincheser Bay smack dab in the middle of Dune Fest.  The campgrounds were full and the number of people and vehicles of all kinds, including what seemed like a dune buggy for every human, was staggering.  Vehicles were parked on both sides of the road leading out to Umpqua Dunes.  Needless to say, I'd never attended Dune Fest and will avoid it, in the future.  It's a complete invasion of the natural world by humans and their noisy machines.  

We walked the beach all the way down to the STOP/Do not enter area sign, warning about poison bait (for crows, magpies and ravens).  There was a lot less trash on the beach than on previous trips, perhaps due to high tides?  There was less driftwood piled up on the beach, too.  I picked up half of a large bag of trash, mostly plastic.

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244 Victoria 07/30/2021

A foggy morning on mile 244. Not much not covered in sand due to continuing strong afternoon winds on the beach.

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29 AzaleaLane 07/30/2021

A beautiful, calm morning. Such a joy after all the recent winds. Lots of pelicans on the beach, and at the north jetty. Ospreys catching fish and lampreys. 

The sand has moved in, and covered most of the rocks on shore. Our favorite stump is shorter. It sticks out about 3 feet. Three years ago, it was exposed about 10 feet. 

A dredge has just been installed in the Rogue River. Supposed to be there for three months.

Very little trash, thankfully. 

 

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194 tietjenl 07/29/2021

It was cool and breezy and the fog bank limited visibility of the ocean much past the surf. But many people were out enjoying this special environment! Happy 50th Birthday Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition!

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262 Linda Fink 07/29/2021

lovely morning on the beach with people enjoying themselves. Very low tide allowing access to normally water-surrounded cliff-side rocks. More cars and people were arriving for the afternoon when I left. A training tepee had been set up in the McPhillips Park access parking lot, by the time I got back there, where some folks were being trained for hang gliding.

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26 hobbins 07/29/2021

Lots of people using the beach mosly near Hunters Creek. Four large RVs in the parking lot. People frpm Medford and Southern California were enjoying the beach!!

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197 mudslide 07/28/2021

A pretty, quiet morning on the mile; only about 30 people and 5 or 6 dogs (unleashed) were out on the beach. People included a kite flyer, a bicyclist, and 4 kids building sand castles. For bird life there were only a few solitary gulls, although a squadron of 16 brown pelicans flew by without stopping. It was a very clean expanse of sand right around the time of a minus tide. A berm has formed at the water's edge, and behind it a depression holding water punctuated by rippled hummocks of sand.  At places there were double berms and depressions. There was hardly any wrack line, only some bright-green seaweed in spots, one site of a gull-led crab massacre, and two spots with relatively small groups of translucent, cigarette-filter-looking creatures, or maybe casings. I've seen these before but have forgotten what they are. 

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217 alexgrobbins 07/27/2021

Business as usual. People seem to clean up after themselves and be responsible. Suspect a handful of people live on the beach with the number of fire spots and where they were located [next to large driftwood logs in the sand, up close to the vegetation, etc.] The one small "party" spot is to be expected at this time of year I suppose. No major issues or concerns.

Site of "party" campfire and continued erosion of ground under Jumpoff Joe's in attached photos, if desired.

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243 garretta 07/27/2021

Calm people, high sand canceled out low tide for tide pooling, moderately windy summer Tuesday with marine layer that lifted about 11:00 to clear skys. 

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129 [email protected] 07/26/2021

Injured murrelet.

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291 BerrieC 07/26/2021 DISPATCH View full report 0
290 BerrieC 07/25/2021

Everything pretty normal as far as human activity and physical status of beach and jetty area.

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21 PaulSherman 07/25/2021 View full report 0
303 shattuckf 07/22/2021 View full report 6
202 JLcoasties 07/21/2021 DISPATCH

Possible dead Harbour Seal with ODFW tag.  This was reported to Jim Rice at the OSU Marine Mammal Institute

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274 rogans 07/19/2021

A pleasant day to be on the beach.

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295 nedonnaman 07/18/2021 View full report 0
261 beattieb 07/16/2021 DISPATCH View full report 1
212 dougdawson 07/15/2021 View full report 4
219 YHONA 07/14/2021

Walked along the wrack line at Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach after low tide exposure concluded. Did not observe anything out of the ordinary at either locations and amount of trash was low compared to previous wrack walks. 

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339 edjoyce 07/14/2021

All looked normal.

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23 Bob Harvey 07/13/2021

1 dead murre.  Low tide reveals mussel and seastar beds. Small temporary dunes have formed. Dune grasses have greened since May. Very clear day....happy people

 

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203 Nancy Thomas 07/12/2021

There were a lot of crow tracks, the sand has been shaped into many new dunes. One vulture hanging out near Sandpiper Shores beach entrance. Could hear the Driftwood Project in the distance. A lot of microplastic in wrack.  Wrack mostly small stones.  A few medium logs about.  One Snowy Plover enclosre is still up.  There have been 12 nests in the general area.  11 have failed due to high tides, crows eating eggs, disturbance by people and dogs, blown in sand which covers the nests.  Firework trash found on beach and many signs of campfires or wood that has been scorched or burned.  

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184 bluemoonjoanie 07/11/2021

With a low tide, it was a pleasure to be able to see so many sea stars and other creatures in the many tide pools on this rocky section of the Oregon coast. No human debris...ie plastics, glass...garbage! I did not have to pick up not one single item today; a record!  The driftwood fire is a video, 10 seconds. I can email. Would like to have for this report. Too large an area for a still photo.

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315 tabeag 07/11/2021

Quite a few people enjoying a Sunday morning walk on the beach at low tide, able to walk to Crescent Beach via the sand bridge by the first Bird Rock.  Significant amount of mussel harvesting on the first Bird Rock at Chapman Point, big bags of mussels carried away.  A variety of nesting seabirds, most still incubating, some with hatched chicks.  Many people tide pooling.  

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154 Eugene Hikers 07/08/2021

9 Eugene Hikers parked (2 cars) at Tahkenitch Campground parking lot - 3 other cars were there.  They hiked the beach access trail to the beach and south to Emergency Sign #115A.  Beach was sunny, 65 degrees, light wind from NW.  Observed 5 snowy plovers (Inc. 3 chicks) within roped protected area, a few seagulls flying by, no other birds.  There were 3-4 animal tracks from bluff direction to water (deer?).  Just one person observed, hiking and no dogs.  In the driftline there were a few shell pieces, rocks, stringy seaweed and "wormlike" marine life (pyrosomes).  There were hundreds of crab shells, adult and juvenile.  Eugene Hikers collected debris including building wood pieces and plywood, strofoam tubing or insulation, plastic bottles, marine rope, pieces of foam floats and notified beach ranger for removal.  

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254 Neskowin254 07/06/2021

Around mile 256 there was a sign lying on the beach that appeared to have fallen down at Bob Straub State Park, was swept into the water, and either floated across the Nestucca River or out to sea and then washed up on the beach (see attached photo).

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261 beattieb 07/06/2021 View full report 2
261 beattieb 07/05/2021

The holiday weekend was busy, fireworks, a championship lawn game, Dory fishing, and parking lot full most all day.  Heavy use.  The afternoon was much calmer and the beach cleaned up and dumpster emptied. 

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244 Victoria 07/05/2021 DISPATCH

Hot fireworks and smoldering fires on beach.

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220 Hillsideshack 07/05/2021

So thrilled to only find one (!!!!) piece of fireworks debris this morning ...in years past it has been 2 large trash bags on the 5th of July. It's possible that someone picked it up before me but I also didn't see any 4th of July remnants near the trash can. The black pipes coming out of the bluff have been joined by a fourth. Broken glass in the parking area. Lots of kelp in the wrackline.

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290 Foxglove290 07/05/2021

I choose to go out the day after the 4th purposly.  It is heart breaking to see what the public left on the beach and in the parking area.  We hauled off more then 200 lbs of '4th' trash.  

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246 TerryH 07/01/2021 DISPATCH

Dead harbor seal and the remains of a baby dolphin.  Noticed the baby dolphin a couple weeks ago but unable to get photo (no battery).  Now its pecked clean by the scavengers.  Submitted Marine Mammal Report.  Also, a lot of pelicans, perhaps a hundred feeding offshore and roosting on Poly Rock.  Nice to see.  

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338 Randy and Beth 07/01/2021

This was a barren/scoured clean mile. Only three gulls sighted. The approach to the beach from the parking lot was steep, but gentler than our visit in January. 

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285 Charyl285 06/28/2021

With the exception of the increased number of people on this mile, it was a very calm"day at the beach" group.  The high temperatures in Portland have brought folks streaming to this area.  This next weekend - July 4 - will probably break records with numbers.

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116 alaingamerica 06/27/2021

A lovely day during a minus tide event had many visiting the tidepools. I found my first Sea Cucumber! Also got several views of a lemon dorid. Did a Sea Star survey and did not find any wasted Sea Stars.  A gorgeous day and minus tide exposing beautiful boa kelp and and the summer season seems to have provided a nice increase in the kelp plant life.

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109 skimmer 06/26/2021 DISPATCH

I noticed the bright white color near the bluff through the very thick fog while walking at the waters edge.  Upon closer observation saw the sandbags and trail work so I returned the next day to take some pics.  Also, there is a disconnected pipeline.

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309 spinger 06/26/2021

Folks and dogs getting ready for a great day at the beach

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287 C Nelson 06/24/2021

Lovely early summer day on coast. Most notable wildlife observations were flocks of brown pelicans. It was nice to see how completely the sand has filled in previously eroded foredune areas. Also remarkable was absence of trash - only saw and retrieved one plastic water bottle, the fewest I've ever seen on the mile during a visit, and the bag of trash I carried out was the smallest I've ever collected.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 06/24/2021

Wanted to clean up the beach area before the wind increased. Surprised at how many people were walking the beach at around 8.30am. They must have had the same idea. Very few dogs and only a few seagulls feeding. Not much debris today although it may have been covered by sand as we have had strong winds especially over last weekend, Father's Day weekend.

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307 Bald Eagle 06/23/2021

There were 5 people walking on the beach.

There were a few sand dollars and crab casings on the beach.  There were 3 sea stars near Arch Cape.  The beach was very clean.

There were about 30 brown pelicans on and around Gull Rock.

 

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201 kalninsp 06/22/2021

Nice calm foggy day. No body else on the south side of the bay during our visit. 4 people observed walking on the north side of the bay and crab pots were set in the bay but no boats observed. 

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201 kalninsp 06/22/2021

Nice calm foggy day. No body else on the south side of the bay during our visit. 4 people observed walking on the north side of the bay and crab pots were set in the bay but no boats observed. 

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193 SKMacK 06/21/2021

Very foggy evening. No obvious change in coastline appearance. 

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226 gsmeyer 06/21/2021

Human activities were typical for tourist season, with numerous people taking in the views along Otter Drest Loop and at the Lookout.  Nobody was parked at access points and nobody was on or near the shoreline. No notable wildlife was observed, just the normal common murres, gulls, and cormorants.  The only notable item on the shoreline was a large cylindrical chunk of what looked to be styrofoam on the first cobble beach north of the Lookout.  (Note the tree platform construction on the marine terrace remnant just north of mile 226.)

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238 Cathy238 06/20/2021

Low tides have resulted in quite a wide beach at this time of year. Accesses need to be carefully scrutinized before attempting, as they have changed at least and (some) have become unusable at most.

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102 beachnut 06/20/2021

Despite a fierce north wind and closure of the road to the lighthouse until 6:45, I was surprised that 6 vehicles parked at the lower beach lot. The upper lot appears destined for the sea. Only 3 people, 2 with 3 dogs, were walking north on this half of the mile. A few gulls and lots of wee sand hoppers were the only other life forms. No litter or dead critters, possibly buried by the blowing sands. Drift line was occupied by small stones and shell fragments.      What a difference on the southern half of this mile the next morning. It was calm and foggy at 5:30 and a bit warmer at 55 for a runner and a guy with 2 dogs. No litter or dead things here either. Stone beds, shell fragments and some kelp in the drift line. Gulls, crows and hoppers also here. Beach is building up noticeably closer to the South Jetty, covering large logs for the most part.

 

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244 Victoria 06/19/2021

Wind is in charge on the beach on this day highlighting rocks and shells on little sand pedestals.

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239 mlbutowitsch 06/17/2021

A beautiful, but extremely windy day.  Finding the sea stars was a first.  One orange one and 3 purple ones.

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185 Lfleming 06/17/2021

The walk started on a lovely day with people out enjoying the beach.  Then the wind picked up quite strongly and the beach emptied.  The sand has come back in so the cobbles were partially covered making it easier to walk.  On the cliffs were potentilla, armeria and in the wet areas, mimulus.  We counted 17 different species of birds.   The barnacle covered shoe was the most unusual thing we saw.  It had to have been in the water a long time for the barnacles to get that big. 

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130 [email protected] 06/17/2021

The sunken Sujameco is exposed.

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281 dianalt333 06/17/2021

Overall the beach was very clean, did not see any trash or plastic.  Wind was somewhat gusty at times and on the cooler side.  It was low tide with calm waves. 

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327 sultanym 06/17/2021

A quiet, cloudy morning walk on the southern end of mile 327 reveals considerable trash from human activities around fire pits on the dry sand area above the high tide line. We removed 15 pounds of trash in a SOLV bag and left at mile marker 5, Del Rey beach access entrance road (where the concentration of trash was highest). Notable wildlife sightings: 9 brown pelicans and 2 turkey vulture feathers. 

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283 CherieE53 06/16/2021 DISPATCH

There were a lot of visitors from all over the USA and Canada, enjoying the park, interested in how the Oregon coast was doing after the bad wind storms earlier this year.

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284 CherieE53 06/16/2021 DISPATCH

The visitors were just taking pictures 

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101 GarrettSEA 06/16/2021

Nice day on beach but very windy (20kts), clean beaches very little debris. Lots of people (more than I've ever seen on my walks). Fish & Wildlife/SEA volunteers at Coquille Point (2) protecting nesting/pupping ares and doing interpertation for visitors. 

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282 [email protected] 06/16/2021

Fairly crowded for a weekday. Stairway still in poor condition, handrails missing in many places. Beach clean. Portapotty now available at beach entrance. 

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315 tabeag 06/16/2021 DISPATCH

A tourist attempted to climb the west end of the first Bird Rock at Chapman Point for a photo opportunity, flushing two black oystercatcher parents from their nest and away from their chicks.

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339 edjoyce 06/16/2021

Everything looked normal.  The only thing unusual was the lack of marine debris.  Typically, there's lots of plastic.

Heavy-duty work continued on the So. Columbia River Jetty (see photo).

 

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339 edjoyce 06/16/2021

Everything looked normal.  The only thing unusual was the lack of marine debris.  Typically, there's lots of plastic.

Heavy-duty work continued on the So. Columbia River Jetty (see photo).

 

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315 tabeag 06/15/2021

Hiked in and out to Crescent Beach.  Tide pools look healthy and abundant.  Live mussels were dropped at regular intervals along the trail from Crescent Beach to Ecola Road, left to die and decay.  Quite a few of them were crushed or stomped on.  

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203 JLcoasties 06/14/2021

There are four Snowy Plover nesting sites roped off on Mile 203.

Parts of the beach lost a large quanity of sand over the winter and the sand has not come back.

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189 gailrobbw 06/14/2021

Graffiti covered up.  Steps to beach repaired.  Beach access to North Neptune rerouted around hazard tree.  A fire ring near entrance to North Neptune Beach.  Beach very clean other than a pallet, one piece of fence post and a beer can.  Lots of visitors enjoying picnic on a beautiful day.

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184 simmonsk 06/14/2021

It was a warm day with a low tide bringing lots of visitors to Ocean Beach.  I found an unusual amount of kelp on the beach both in the debris line and along the beach.  It appears that the crab molt is beginning.  I found a large plastic pallet at the foot of the stairs onto the beach.  It has been reported.  I also found some fishing line and a marked buoy, also reported.  There were a significant amount of large plastics on the beach as well.  The exposed rocks today had lots of mussels and sea stars.  I didn't observe any signs of wasting disease.  This was my first visit to the beach since last fall that I have not observed any rock fields. At the north end of the beach by the cave there was a large concentration of driftwood.   

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291 BerrieC 06/12/2021 DISPATCH View full report 2
293 stu and barb 06/10/2021

A fair number of people and dogs, but just 10-12 seagulls.  Debris collected was typical...beach toys,pieces of plastic, cans and bottles, plastic bags and wrappers, small pieces of rope, and way too many poop bags.  Also found a large tangle of crabbing rope that had been at sea for a very long time based on the rotting sea life on it.  We collected the smaller items in garbage bags, but we were only able to drag the rope pile up to a beach access for later pick up.

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290 BerrieC 06/09/2021

I walked for 2 hours from our home at the north end of Ocean Blvd to the Jetty and through Barview Jetty Campground. Only one hour (combined observation and reporting) was spent on Mile 290. Beach condition was typical, with no concerns noted. 

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316 tabeag 06/09/2021 DISPATCH

We carried out a fair amount of trash left behind by visitors.

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182 mj6dolphin 06/09/2021

No new changes noted. Small jelly fish and pyrosomes in the wrack line, rocks, pieces of shell and plant material. No plastic noted today.

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219 YHONA 06/08/2021

Walked along Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head. In addition to seeing live common murres, harbor seals, and cormorants, remains of a dead seal pup and 2 dead murres along with cracked murre egg at Cobble Beach were also located. 

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314 FOHRAP1 06/07/2021

A beautiful day on the beach, with lots of visitors for a Monday.  The beach was clean, very little litter.  The tide line had brown foam (diatoms, algae).  Only other remarkable observation was the erosion noted in 2 adjacent backyards. See photos.

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313 FOHRAP1 06/07/2021

Beautiful day on the beach, cloudy and pleasant. There were a surprising number of people on the beach, especially at the Tolovana walk on.  The tideline included brown foam (diatoms/phytoplankton) and algae. 

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210 mrkopplin 06/06/2021

A quiet day on the beach. Not many people and calm surf.

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204 Jon French 06/02/2021

Construction has begun on OSU's PacWave South wave energy testing project at Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site (see my previous reports). The Driftwood parking lot is closed to vehicles, however PacWave has created a walking path through the woods to provide beach access for local residents. Shipping containers line the western and northern edges of the construction site to reduce noise. The wayside's native Kinnikinnick plant, on which the threatened Seaside Hoary Elfin butterfly depends, has been protectively flagged, and a PacWave biologist monitors Driftwood Beach to insure that no threatened Western Snowy Plovers are negatively impacted by the project. It's an odd sight, walking the beach and looking up at a row of shipping containers, but it's nice to see that this long-planned project is finally underway.

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26 hobbins 06/01/2021

Warm windy day. The insects were out on the sand. One beautiful bug was blown over on its back. Its belly was bright irridescent red. When I went to flip it over the back was a bright irridescent green. Amazing colors on this bug. There were a couple ravens looking for a meal and a couple gulls. The sand was being blown hard so for the most part people were on the other side of the rock at the parking lot playing in the stream. The black flying insect that was 3 cm long looked like a termite of flying black ant or wasp. There were thousands of them there. I would have taken pictures of them but the battery went dead on the phone.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 06/01/2021

Sand is building back up on the beach. Virtually no debris even after the holiday weekend. Wrackline of empty crab shells, algae, and some sand crabs. 

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271 yakinsea 05/30/2021

The pigeon guillemot population here is by far the highest that I have ever seen.

Ladder that is at the tip, south side, may have impacted nesting common murres, none nested on the long ledge near the ladder. This is usually packed with nesting birds. I reported this to a Oregon State Parks ranger.

A motorized para-sailor skimmed the south side above the nesting murres. I reported this to Oregon Fish and Wildlife.

We picked up four kayak load's of trash from a shallow cave just north of where the cape begins. This is usually a tough landing, but reasonable on this day. 

 

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294 dmachuca 05/30/2021

Not much change from last report. Maybe an extra inch or two of rootline, but that could also just have been the wind moving loose sand below.

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297 NehalemBay 05/29/2021

This was a sunny day over the Memorial day holiday which meant lots of people around.  However, only 22 with one dog wandered down where the beach is marked to protect Snowy Plover nesting. One large group of horses from the rental went a short way along the wet sand, and two other riders leading a third horse came up from the jetty.  The sand was high up on the foredune with no steep cuts as has been the case in past years.  The beach was very long because of the low tides.  There was little wrack or human debris.  No dead birds were found, and only a few crows and gulls were fighting the blustery wind. 

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291 JGarcia 05/28/2021 View full report 2
245 TerryH 05/28/2021

The calm before the holiday weekend.  This report focuses on the new riprap added to several properties just south of Roads End State Park.  Update 6/15:  per Jay Sennewald with Oregon Parks "the “new” riprap you kindly sent photos of is actually the result of a recently completed riprap repair project across two properties.  Riprap structures tend to become damaged over time from wave attack during storms, and these two properties had been previously armored, but the structure was in poor condition.  OPRD has a record of the original  riprap permit (Permit # BA-285-85), issued in 1985 for the structure.The property owners hired a contractor to restore the riprap and the contractor obtained the necessary permit from OPRD to repair the structure.  Unlike new riprap projects, repair permits are issued without a public notice.  In fact, owners are responsible for maintaining and repairing their riprap as needed over time, and repair permits are commonly issued up and down the coast."  Thanks Jay!

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286 [email protected] 05/26/2021 DISPATCH View full report 2
244 garretta 05/26/2021 DISPATCH

Did regular observation of Chinook Winds rocks, NW 44th, Lincoln City, at very low tide and population of sea stars was noticiablely less than in past years at same time of the year and tides. Sea Stars that were there were large and plump. Photos from today and from June and July 2019 for comparision. 

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199 seagazer 05/25/2021 DISPATCH

First of all, the Wakonda Beach access at mile marker 159, which was a 12' dropoff due to heavy wave errosion, has been repaired to accommodate trucks and heavy equipment access to the beach. It is once again passable although care must still be taken when going up and down. Pedestrians must be aware of the activities of the trucks and equipment going up and down the access and driving on the beach. The badly eroded property south of the access is not permitted to be armored.

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203 Nancy Thomas 05/23/2021

Beach is very flat in most areas and not suitable for Snowy Plover nesting.  Snowy Plover signs have been placed at beach access points. Dogs are not being leashed. Poles being placed vertical is not good for nesting birds.  Serve as perches for birds of prey or corvids to hunt from. Very little bird activity.  Did see 15 migrating whimbrels, the one Black-bellied Plover in winter plumage, a few Western Gulls and Common Crow.  Found tide pool areas interesting and the natural sand formations incredible. 

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316 tabeag 05/22/2021 DISPATCH

A visitor was waaayyy out on the rocks at Ecola Point, disturbing nesting seabirds.  Quite a few people walking, tidepooling and playing on the beach.  Five eagles, lots of harlequin ducks and cormorants, a few pelicans, two black oystercatcher pairs (one is nesting).  Some huge sea stars in this area.  

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