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54 mvolson 09/03/2007 Although the beach had obviously been heavily used over the Labor Day weekend, there was virtually no human-generated trash. Everything looked fine except for the tire tracks in the dunes near the south end of the mile. Improvement to the beach access road has made it much easier for vehicles of all kinds to get onto the beach. View full report 0
300 [email protected] 09/05/2007 Nothing extraordinary. Dead harbor seal, sculpted sands. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 09/05/2007 Nothing unusual nor of concern View full report 0
274 tomanderica 09/06/2007 No major changes to report. A beautiful fall day with many birds on the beach and flying over the waves. The old folks are reclaiming the sand - saw only 2 school aged kids. The dogs were pretty old too!!! View full report 0
215 NewportNancy 09/07/2007 Beautiful day, not much activity post-summer tourist season, few interesting birds but not many people. View full report 2
214 rasmussenschramm 09/08/2007 Close to the jetty was the "Gathering Longboard Classic", the annual surf competition, in progress. Rogue Ale sponsering the event was to serve food and beer and wine. On the beach at the gathering, numerous surfers were riding the waves (incoming tide). A big tent had been set up and several cars were parked around the tent and many people were milling around. At the State Park we counted about 50 vehicles.Many people walking on the beach, digging in the sand, no horses this morning. We walked to the handicapped access platform. We noticed big areas of American beach grass around and in the vicinity of the platform. Very few dogs were present. Five bikes were parked at the platform entrance. View full report 0
216 Ranger Bug 09/08/2007 Business pretty much as usual along this stretch of Nye Beach, though people seem to be doing more sitting, sunning and swimming this year, perhaps due to the frequent failure of the customary strong north winds of summer.Sewage contamination continues to be a problem, particularly considering that this is summer, not winter. Beach advisories were issued for 6/12-6/13, 9/6-9/7, and 9/12-9/14. A raw sewage spill estimated to be between 80,000 and 100,000 gallons occurred on 9/3, but the contamination notice wasn't issued until 9/6, perhaps related to the schedule of water sampling. This is troubling. View full report 5
245 The Druid 09/08/2007 A bright sunny day, with strong wind ...good for surfing and kite surfing...about 10 surfers. One large telescopic type instrument on or spyglass type pointed toward ocean. All dogs leashed or well behaved./ Clean, clean beach. View full report 0
143 twright 09/08/2007 Less than the normal invertebrates. One wood box on beach 2' x 2' x 4' View full report 0
173 ZASovers 09/09/2007 No problems observed. Sutton creek is meandering and flowing slowly into the ocean. Sea gulls are sitting at the mouth of the creek. View full report 0
198 bahngarten 09/09/2007 Beautiful morning, few winged orange termites drifting to beach. Clean beach enjoyed by all. 09/02/07 9:50-10:15 am, dragonfly migration to S.( warm sunny day, E. wind) Yachats Community park, 1 block from ocean. Count- 103/3 min. Orange winged and bodied(guessing it was sympetrum a meadowhawk?) Reported to Range Bayer. B View full report 0
257 [email protected] 09/09/2007 Two people on Straub Spit; no vehicles. No harbor seals observed. Four boats fishing near entrance to Nestucca Bay. Four gulls and 12 sanderlings observed. View full report 0
264 rbourke 09/09/2007 Beach was very clean and uncrowded. View full report 0
109 Foggy 09/09/2007 Heavy human use (22 people), many dogs (6), on a gorgeous day. Almost no trash of any kind on beach. On 8/13/07, there was a 10-20 acre wildfire in the gorse along the top of the bluff south of WR access road. Shells, animal casing, kelp/algae (Postelsia) and small rocks in the driftline. A dead Steller's Sea Lion just south of the beach access. View full report 8
202 dddurrett 09/09/2007 Beautiful day but very few people on the beach for a Sunday.Very little litter, picked up 1 bag full. Found remnants of small drift wood fire. View full report 0
23 Bob Harvey 09/09/2007 My first trip, so information is baseline for me. Very little litter , lots of driftwood, few people. No facilities except a portapotty at S end. Many rocks, monoliths seastacks in the sandy beach and in the ocean. Too foggy to see much of those just off shore. Some support small vegetation (no trees) on top. View full report 1
57 [email protected] 09/11/2007 Removed 1 small bag of trash, is all -- left 2 heavy nets. First time saw 3 floats in line, 50' apart, 100'out. View full report 0
3 floral 09/12/2007 no new developments that I could see. lots of fine sand. two water ways from the cliff coming down to sea..normal springs busy parking lot, people reading paper, watching the waves, walking the sidewalk and the beach.flora View full report 0
176 CMHarvey 09/12/2007 I repeat my last message: the degradation of the slopes at the north end of this mile could be catastrophic to the daily use of highway 101. Some attention should be paid to mitigation of the growing problems with the degradation of this area. View full report 0
169 [email protected] 09/12/2007 Beach sand shifting with undulations above high tide exposing snags and logs previously covered with summer sand. Many Gulls scavenging crab remains, small scattering of white jingle shells, and very little trash as per usual at this site. View full report 0
307 Bald Eagle 09/13/2007 Looks very good today, with no activity. View full report 0
52 [email protected] 09/13/2007 It was a very peaceful, foggy, calm morning. Lovely for a walk. The ocean breakers were very LOUD, cracking like whips, but the sea was calm. The beach was very sandy and clean, not too many areas for rock gathering but I did come back with a good handful of agates. Mile 52 had a good summer re: tourists and dogs. The ATV's continue to come and from observations (but no proof) they are not disabled individuals. View full report 0
208 kittyhorse 09/13/2007 I was in Africa most of August .. The sand did not come entirely back in this summer. But several substantial sand castles since Labor Day and "forts" made of driftwood! Beaver Creek down to ~6 foot diameter and ankle deep reaching ocean. 4 brown pelicans flew north. Report at 9:30 am but returned to beach at 7:30 pm to note campfire and a lone great blue heron further south. View full report 1
240 seacrater 09/13/2007 Two small fires were burning in driftwood.Road along the cliff at the end of the parking lot at Siletz Bay has been inmproved, with rock out to the dune area. Improved road is wider. View full report 0
104 beachnut 09/13/2007 Small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. Two groups of pelicans flying north over the waves. Gulls at the surfline. An unidentified raptor on the beach. For a change, little litter from shore or sea was observed on this stretch. The mile continues to be underpopulated by humans, odd for its proximity to a large campground with constant occupancy as well as being a favorite venue for area residents. Low human impact (10)- 7 walking, 1 sitting and 2 fishing. 2 dogs. View full report 0
101 [email protected] 09/13/2007 Wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in the surfline and moving in response to humans and dogs. One dead bird. Heavy human impact (32)-20 walking, 2 photographing and 2 tidepooling. Children climbing on seastacks. View full report 0
217 rensmere 09/14/2007 There was nothing that stood out. My concern is really that water quality is an issue at Nye beach and there were lot's of people walking in the creek. We picked up some garbage but there was not an unusual amount. View full report 0
176 Zurflueh 09/14/2007 The mile was clean and serene. View full report 0
188 claretucker 09/14/2007 North side and south side like two different beaches. North Side still has lots of sand, clean drift line, lots of sea life showing on rocks.South side has little sand, lots of seaweed, palm, grass, kelp in drift line, not much sealife showing on rocks. View full report 0
323 Auto_Trader 09/15/2007 We had a great time! We scheduled our office trip the same weekend SOLV was doing their clean; met lots of people. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary and it was a great morning for walking the beach. There seemed to be a strange amount of dead birds as well as 100s of crab shells. Certain areas looked like a battle field with all the cracked shells. View full report 0
105 Doug C 09/15/2007 We visited this mile as part of the SOLV Beach Cleanup. This section was not as clean as Mile 104. Modest amount of plastic bags and bottles were found (15 lbs) and removed mostly from high dunes below the beachgrass. Surf line was relatively free from non-natural debris. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood in driftline. Numerous clear jellies (12" diam.), dead gull and small shorebird noted. Numerous gulls and Sanderlings on beach. About 12 people were out on a beautiful day, fishing (3) walking or beachcombing (5) or sitting (4). 2 dogs. One unleashed dog attacked an injured gull. 2 vehicles on allowed beach. View full report 0
176 CMHarvey 09/15/2007 The user-maintained path to the beach from the Overlook shows signs of being pushed toward the sea. Over the past year it seems to have settled and been pushed toward the ocean by pressure from traffic on highway 101. This could be the beginning of a degrading of the fill under the road, not a good sign! View full report 0
124 B Gray 09/15/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, and small rocks in the driftline. Shore birds foraging in the driftline. Many dead and dying crabs being fed on the Western gulls. One BLM truck within allowed area. Low human impact (3)-removing Snowy Plover signs. View full report 0
298 nkn pete 09/15/2007 Beach was clean of debris. We collected less than 1/2 SOLV bag. This project was done with NKN Nat'l Resource Club members from the NKN Middle + High Schools. We also completed an Ocean Conservancy Cleanup Data Card today.We also walked and collected debris about 1 mile south through mile #297. At this observation site we found 3 dead birds + each was triple-tagged with color coded tags on their right wing base. I have this information if needed. I think this was done by a COASST volunteer. View full report 0
127 tsunchoi 09/15/2007 Gorgeous day on the North Spit! A combination of light winds and small swell created very clean surf. Shells, animal casings, wood pieces, land-based debris, Styrofoam and fishing net in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in surf and moving in response to humans. One unidentified dead bird. Erosion of the vegetated foredune. Moderate human impact (9)-2 walking, 3 sitting, 4- viewing the wreck of the New Carissa. 1-2 sets of tire tracks within designated area. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 09/15/2007 Mile 43 is directly south of Humbug Mountain. The mountain often intensifies NW wind,similar to standing on the top of a windy bluff. When the wind is from the NE like on Saturday, the beach is protected, and the light breeze from inland can be quite warm. Waves were about 3,4 feet, the ocean was very blue, and the water was clear. A whale was swimming near by for most of the walk. Of interest, the beach was covered with bear and cub tracks, but I did not see them. Also the resident Vultures seem to now recognize me as an individual and let me approach quite close. Hopefully this new social interest will not include any dining. It was beach clean up day, and of concern is always foam in various stages of disinigration. I can never get it all, and there seems to be a lot more tiny stuff in the winter and spring. Also there were over 50 water bottles in the one mile of beach, and I hope the deposit slated for 2009 will reduce this more recent occurence. Although there have been no real storms, erosion of the summer beach that has built up is underway, and the beach from west to east is much smaller than is was in July. View full report 0
29 JimandJoan 09/15/2007 Nice warm day despite the fog. No sign of any birds except for one dead cormorant. One couple on the beach was there to collect agates... Otherwise a quiet day on mile 29.We did note undercutting of the dunes with roots showing along the first half mile, north of the jetty. View full report 0
33 B Edgar 09/15/2007 8 of us helped out on the SOLV beach clean up. We picked up quite a pickup load of trash and tires. View full report 0
104 Doug C 09/15/2007 We visited this mile as part of the SOLV Beach Cleanup. This section was fairly clean. Small amount of plastic bags and bottles were found (5 lbs) and removed mostly from high dunes below the beachgrass. Surfline was relatively free from non-natural debris. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood and Styrofoam in the driftline. Shore birds moving in response to humans. Numerous gulls on the beach. Dead gull noted. About 14 people were out on a beautiful day, mostly walking or beachcombing. View full report 0
108 K Fassett 09/15/2007 Very large sand dunes which made it difficult to traverse and pick up trash. Might be alot of debris under the sand dunes. The mile north of 108 (109?) has changed considerably. Large rocks seem to have disappeared (covered by sand?) and even the large rocks out in the surf seem to have diminished by half. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, ocean-based debris and styrofoam in driftline. Sea gulls feeding on several washed-up crabs. Many shorebirds foraging at surfline and moving in response to humans. Brown Pelicans feeding in surf. Turkey Vultures feeding on Steller's Sea Lion carcass. Dead Cormorant, Common Murre and gulls on the beach. Large Concrete/styrofoam boat docks on beach. Some algae noticed in pools under the golf course, but water looked clean and clear. Alot of small debris, broken glass, etc. in areas where there had obviously been a party or picnic. Fireworks also. Moderate human impact (2)-8 walking, 2 playing in surf, 6 sitting, 4 taking pictures and 4 windsurfing. 6 dogs. View full report 5
186 Joy186 09/16/2007 RV park has been completed with 33 pads. 2 new houses,one finished, other near completion. Bluff slippage in two places north of RV park. Ten Mile Creek has changed course again. Public cannot access beach north of bridge due to the construction material and vehicles in area west of the highway. Repairs to the bridge appear to be completed. View full report 0
217 [email protected] 09/16/2007 Luxury condos are finished on the bluff overlooking Jump off Joe. House built close to the beach is just about finished. There is more erosion of the bluff and vegetation, mainly due to people walking on the slopes probably. View full report 0
242 oceanwalker842 09/16/2007 Light useage this walk due to weather. Very light drizzle but comfortable to walk. Moderate breeze 5-6 mph. Very little scattered debris from weekend visitors. Most around D River. The sand carving in the sand cliffs north of Canyon Dr looks as though it has caused some erosion--this could lead to a real problem. View full report 0
52 Laurie Prouty 09/16/2007 We still have to put our kayaks in and go to Agate Beach via Garrison Lake. It was the Fall Beach Clean Up Day so we cleaned our mile. Only 1 bag of trash and two big clumps of rope. There was alot of sand on the beach, probably covering many plastic bottles. We talked to a state park ranger and he said Agate beach should open up within the month. Clean-up and inspection is what they are waiting for now. It has been many months of closure, it will be nice to have it open again. Sunday was a lovely day, a bit windy but very pleasant. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 09/16/2007 New River begins to fill up again, in places 100 to 150 feet wide and up to 4 feet deep (where it could be crossed without getting wet at time of last report). People seen crossed river by kayak or boat. Considerable amount of sand built up along shore. 3 carcasses of sea lions on the beach. Little trash on beach. Shells, animal casings and wood pieces in driftline. Low human impact (2)-1 walking and 1 fishing. View full report 0
110 BH 09/16/2007 Great day to be on beach. Little wind and warm temperatures. Normal amount of kelp/algae, large number of crab casings and clam shells, small rocks and wood pieces. Many gulls roosting and feeding near surfline unconcerned about nearby human activity. Much more water drainage across beach from headlands indicating more moisture in area than normal for this time of year. Moderate human impact (14)-8 walking, 2 playing in surf and 4 picnicing. 6 dogs. Illegal campsite with canvas coverings, barbeque and empty beer cans and trash around it. ATV tracks at campsite. Tracks on prohibited beach coming from Whisky Run around point at low tide. View full report 1
120 yogabigail 09/17/2007 People out enjoying the beach with their pets and kids. A beautiful day and everyone had a happy grin breathing this fresh air and soaking up the sunshine. The walkway along the road is much more convenient than making a mad dash along that stretch of road. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, and wood pieces in driftline. Gulls along shore. Squirrels seen along trail. Heavy human impact (28). 4 dogs. View full report 0
172 Oyster 09/17/2007 From July to current date, beach occupation ranged from 9 to over 200 depending on day and temperature. generally, summer watch was calm, non destructive, and enjoyed via surfing, sitting, surfing, walking, running w/ or w/o dogs. Only concern is the many dog feces rolling along tide line and just under surface of sand. Children playing may contact these, not to mention bare feet. View full report 0
309 cadonofrio 09/18/2007 The tree mentioned in the last report appears to be dead and hasn't fallen any farther down the hill; there are "new" trees that have begun to fall since our last report. View full report 0
97 D Bilderback 09/18/2007 The kelps: Postelsia, Lessoniopsis, Cystoseira, Hymenena, Nereosystis and Ulva, in driftline or higher up on beach. Very light driftline with a few shells, crab carapaces, snail egg cases, and small rocks. Sanderlings foraging in the surfline, driftline and clustered as groups of 50 and 15 on the dry sand. Beach sloped 13 degrees at northern end of mile deminishing to six degrees at the south. One dead Common Murre. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
229 [email protected] 09/18/2007 Calm; no remarkable observations of concern. View full report 0
174 Foulkes 09/18/2007 A single lone seagull was the only living thing I observed. Diatoms marked the high tide line. Collections of horse droppings were the only unpleasant aspects of an otherwise beautifully clean beach. View full report 0
96 D Bilderback 09/18/2007 Kelp/algae (Nereocystis, Macrosystis, Postelsia and Cystoseira), shells, crab carapaces, small rocks and wood chips in light driftline. A few Polyorchis jellyfish and Ctenophores in driftline. Harbor Seals swimming in surf near mouth of New River and Two-mile Creek. Dead birds were: three Common Murre, one Western Grebe, one Ring-billed Gull, one Surf Scoter and one immature gull. A Great Blue Heron flew over the beach. Ring-billed Gulls, Western Gulls and Pelican at mouth of Two-Mile Creek/New River. Osprey successfully fishing in the surf. Beach sloping from six to 18 degrees. High tides washing over ridge into the shallow runnel. Sand moving in on the large embayment at southern end of mile. Low human impact (5)- 1 walking and 4 removing Snowy Plover fencing. View full report 7
228 TMarie 09/18/2007 A Whale was sighted just off-shore. View full report 0
289 ollikainen 09/18/2007 Busy day on mile 289 due to Air Force training. Sand has built up during the summer. The normal pattern is for the winter storms to scour away most of it. But since I have lived nearby, the tip of Bayocean Spit is showing no sign of erosion. Sand seems to be building. View full report 0
192 mcrobbins 09/18/2007 Like our last mile observation, today was uneventful. There were a few people taking in ocean views at Yachats Ocean Road, but elsewhere there was little evidence of human activity. The rental house at the end of Windy Way in Yachats has been bulldozed and there are now 2 grassy, empty lots for sale. There is no damage to the adjacent bluff, but there will doubtless be construction to follow. Seasonal changes are much in evidence. Sand has returned to the rocky inlets, and there is much sand on rocky ledge formations adjacent to the water. As always there are many piles of freshly emptied mussel shells, indicating the popularity of this rocky feeding area. We were able to view four oystercatchers on a rock feeding on mussel colonies. We didn't see a lot of birds, but there were gulls, cormorants, surf scoters, pelicans, about a dozen black turnstones, two rock sandpipers, and no dead birds at all. Gender Creek is down to a trickle, but there is still seepage from many bluffs, maintaining mossy, algal growth on the rocks with many small freshwater pools containing tadpoles and water insects. View full report 0
138 comubp 09/19/2007 Sunny and windy day. Steep beach angle to water with some evidence of waves overtopping the summer sand barrier. Variety of shells and casings between the sand barrier and the sea wall. Some bull kelp and plastic bottles on beach. Green plants evident and plentiful in the 50 feet leading up to the sea wall. One set of human tracks, 4 sets of deer tracks. No sign of the elk whose tracks were observed on previous visit. 5 Snowy Plover, 6 Sanderlings and 29 assorted gulls on beach. One dead Brandt's Cormorant. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
121 LouiseW 09/19/2007 Much kelp/algae, many animal casings, some shells and much wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in surfline. A large dead decomposing Humpback Whale on south end of beach. Gulls and Turkey Vultures around the carcass. New landslides onto beach, especially around large structure made with building blocks. Lots of sand on beach and the only exposed rock below tide line. Steep incline to the beach with ocean undertow. New concrete structures on beach with metal steps above it. Moderate human impact (8)-walking, 2 sitting and 3 surfing. View full report 1
160 zbstotz 09/19/2007 Nice day, beach clean, two people enjoying the day. View full report 0
137 comubp 09/19/2007 Another sunny, windy day at the beach. Normal signs of ATV usage, one firewood cutter, and the usual variety of wrack items of shells, animal casings and wood pieces. 8 dead birds-2 Brandt's Cormorants, 1 gull, 4 Common Murres and one small unknown seabird. Four of the dead birds found were "refinds" previously tagged for COASST by this mile reporter. Heavy human impact (23)-3 playing in sand and 12 in sightseeing vehicles with paying passengers. Many ATV and OHV vehicles observed enjoying the beach on a sunny day. View full report 0
311 TomandGretel 09/19/2007 all in all a pleasant day. Lots of sand washed up and built up all over. Very clean beach, as this was just several days after the SOLV cleanup. Wish it remained that way. Evidence of beachfires in large driftwood piles, but none smoldering. View full report 2
293 ducks73 09/19/2007 Beautiful morning to be on the beach - too bad no one was there to enjoy it. Sand still has not covered the lower base rocks of the riprap at NW 3rd. The beach access was blocked with yellow tape, and it is very difficult to climb up and/or down those rocks. The stream modification was at Rock Creek where a City crew was using a mini-dozer to clear the creek near the railroad tracks - probably a good idea before the winter storms. View full report 1
196 bertjohnst 09/19/2007 A sunny day with a strong north wind carrying sand southwards. Thirteen people, all quite bundled up, were moving about on the beach, along with the usual sparse contingent of gulls, crows, and sanderlings. Considerable number and variety of dead birds. A few new bluff constructions: added steps, and an overlook with chairs and flag-pole. View full report 0
168 bwholler 09/20/2007 Beach appears in late summer pattern of sand at the foredune showing evidence of wind from the north. Most people on beach are local, one couple visiting from CA. Except for the couple from CA and the preschool children, everyone else had their dog with them (including me!). The dogs facilitate easy communication between the beach walkers, giving a sense of community. View full report 0
226 Geoshe 09/20/2007 We stopped at various points along Otter Crest Loop Road to do initial obsrvations with binoculars, since there is no beach access. These are baseline observations, and any changes will be noted subsquently. We did observe Gray Whales from Otter Crest. View full report 0
245 TerryH 09/20/2007 Only concern is with the caves dug into the bluff at the Roads End Wayside. They have gotten deeper over the summer. Reported problem to the State Parks department. Dave Woody said he'd follow up. View full report 0
254 SueGabriel 09/21/2007 Lovely day on the beach. Very little human activity. Only saw one dead common murre. There is a new large residence on the beach front at the end of Amity Street. Oregon State Parks is considering a request for installation of permanent revetments on beach front properties near Corvallis Street. At the public hearing assuring beach access was the concern of most speakers. View full report 0
129 [email protected] 09/21/2007 Our beach was remarkably clean. No trash, and only 2 plastic bottles. The foredune is eroding. The topography comes off of the foredune at 90 degrees, then the beach levels off to a mesa-like flat area that is approximately 50 yards wide. There is then another drop off at about 15-45 degrees to the shoreline, approximately 5-10 yards away.The North wind was approximately 25 mph, and seagulls were plentiful but resting (hunkered-down) on the beach. Sands was blowing across the dry areas. There were a number of scallop-type shells and a few razor shells. Small piles of bull-whip kelp, sea grass, and a few sea palms scattered on the beach. Crab carapaces were found close to the foredune, probably from the last molting season. Beach waves carried in green scummy algae. All in all it was a pleasant walk South to complete this task. The walk back against the North wind took twice as long as the walk out. Moderate human impact (9)- 7walking and 2 horseback riding. View full report 0
155 ploverlover 09/21/2007 I wasn't able to access my mile because the Tahkenitch Creek trail ,at its mouth, had been eroded back at least 200 yards. ODNRA says trail will be repaired in 3 months. We had 10 plover nests and 2 fledglings this year. View full report 0
209 bloeffel 09/21/2007 There were car tracks at Lost Creek in two tight circle patterns. On September 15 I was walking on this mile at 9:00AM and found a 4' log, still burning from some partying the night before. There were also cloths and fireworks remains around. I took the trail to the nearest house, where a man in his early 20s came out. I told him of the burning log, which he said was theirs. He said they covered it with sand, which I told him wouldn't do it. He agreed to do it properly. On my return trip he and three others had the area policed up well. On my thanks, he said they were doing it for the ocean. View full report 0
244 Millie and Carl 09/21/2007 Generally, the beach was quite clean appearing (SOLV beach cleanup just a week ago, and much sand build-up hiding who knows how much buried). Quite a few pieces of palm kelp washed up, not often seen in these numbers. View full report 0
224 acwasner 09/21/2007 Absolutely beautiful afternoon. Surf was high (low tide) and surfers were certainly enjoying it. Where there had previously been debris, many tiny pieces of plastic, there were new gently sloped dunes of fine white sand. It was very clean. Clumps of small purple flowers were blooming along the edge of the embankment. I saw at least one tree with the roots all exposed. No new slides. Noted very few birds and no shorebirds. No dead birds or animals. View full report 1
151 Robhart 09/21/2007 Sands heavily blown up to result in gradual slope to foredune instead of eroded "cliffs" as usually there. View full report 0
238 Gertie C 09/21/2007 Quiet day in the early evening. Only two people seen, walking and collecting trash. View full report 0
118 D Bone 09/22/2007 The mile had a good summer. Tree cone production was plentiful, and parts of the trail had good moisture content. The kelp forests were thick. This summer there were usually 4-6 summer Gray Whales in the area. The large numbers of Ca. Sea Lions indicates that the males have returned from the breeding areas. The 3 N. Elephant Seals although not totally unexpected are a rare sight this time of year. The suckling by the Steller Sea Lions was totally unexpected, esp. since one was much larger than you would expect. The one dead Ca.Sea Lion was being pecked at by gulls. There were large numbers of Harbor Seals. Hermann's Gulls with Brown Pelicans, Turkey Vultures and Cormorants were observed. In general, wildlife numbers were good.Did not see any signs of the lilies in the restoration sites-too late in the summer. The areas had been burned in the spring. Except for the vandalism of the bench, the area was in good condition-very little litter, erosion, and the people that I observed and worked w/ were enjoying a great day and the wildlife. Heavy Human impact (32)- 27 viewing wildlife, 3 taking photos and 2 fishing. View full report 0
335 mnfwhite 09/22/2007 Very uneventful. SOLV's beach cleanup occurred last Saturday, so beach was very clean. View full report 0
157 bzenderson 09/23/2007 Beautiful early fall day at the beach with my friend Jim Weber; no one else on the beach, and interesting wrack, including at least nine dead birds, lots of dead crabs and crab parts, and other flora/fauna (and bits of garbage such as a few plastic bottles and lengths of frayed rope) that seem to have come from local sources, not blown in from the Eastern Garbage Patch. A glide of pelicans and a few sanderlings--otherwise not much bird life. View full report 1
181 [email protected] 09/23/2007 Beautiful day, calm and sunny. Lots of crab molts. Noticeable changes in sand levels creating uneven sand dunes and exposing some large rocks. Picked up two small bags of trash. View full report 0
277 BCWolff 09/23/2007 Almost no debris of any kind. Enclosed photo copies 1997 (10 years of coast watching), 2003, 2007 View full report 3
193 [email protected] 09/23/2007 There is still a lot of drift wood scattered on rocky and river sandy area's. Many have burn marks left from July 4th fires. The marine life observed appeared in good health. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 09/24/2007 No human disturbance or litter. 5 dogs, 3 horses. Saw 7 brown pelicans, flying + fishing. View full report 0
100 JohnnyCN 09/24/2007 On a beautiful fall day I walked Mile 100 and saw 13 dead birds: 3 cormorants and 10 gulls. Two of the gulls had attracted turkey vultures. An immature gull appeared sick or injured, allowing me to come within ten feet of it before it tried to escape by walking away. It never did attempt to fly. The beach was also littered with mussel shells, some singly and some in clumps three feet long with many arrangements in between. There were also large piles of kelp and some sea palms,especially toward the south end of Mile 100. A large "pile" of sand has built up within the shadow of the cliff where the parking lot is for Face Rock. Moderate human impact (17)- 16 walking and 1 playing in surf. One dog. View full report 0
111 J Grove 09/25/2007 Small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds moving in response to humans and dogs. Retreat of bluff and erosion of vegetated foredune. Moderate human impact (8)-walking, 3 dogs. View full report 0
53 [email protected] 09/27/2007 This was my first time as a mile 53 Walker. View full report 0
16 Christine 09/29/2007 This is the mid section of Mile 16 I call the Minor Creek access. It was low tide and I could access the tiny beaches and saw nothing of concern. View full report 0
178 Brien M 09/29/2007 My daughter and I have been doing the beach clean-ups twice a year at this site since 1997. This is the first time I've reported here. The gist of this summary can be found on the previous three pages of this report. I'll include photos and a better summary next time. View full report 0
190 svenbrean 09/29/2007 For a cloudy post-Labor day week end there were quite a few folks out enjoying the views. View full report 0
229 SKrein 09/30/2007 We noted several concerns with newly-developed property at Little Whale Cove. The Property manager stated that there were State Lands people she could bring in to talk to the property owner. This had been effective in previous situations of similar nature. View full report 2
99 Eric & Sue 10/01/2007 There were at least eight to ten dead gulls. All had been dead for quite awhile and were near the high tide line. About a half dozen people and one dog. Lots of sea palms and some kelp on beach. Also clear jelly fish parts. More mussels on the beach than I have ever seen. The beach had changed a lot with low transverse dunes. It was fairly flat last time. I thought this was strange because there have been no storms since my last walk. About 150+ gulls hanging out near the water. View full report 0
100 JohnnyCN 10/01/2007 The topography of the beach had changed from its usual flatness to hillocks, or piles of sand, with intervening gullies where the water washed quite far into the beach,leaving empty pools during low and medium tide. Mussel shells, kelp sea palms and wood pieces were scattered along the high tide line. Dead birds were a gull, a cormorant and a Mallard duck. A large flock of about 100 gulls on beach. Human presence was moderate (9)- walking, 1 dog. View full report 0
95 [email protected] 10/02/2007 I crossed New River at Four Mile Creek Trail, the water was 29" deep. The river bottom was hard sand. I walked North along mile 94 to access mile 95. There were a lot of shore birds (gulls and sanderlings) on mile 95 especially near the New River mouth. There had been a lot of the ocean waves that had washed over the flat dunes. Kelp/algae,animal casings, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. There were new European beachgrass plants invading the northern end of mile. Walking South along the river I saw a dozen Snowy Plover feeding. I crossed New River at the trail end and returned to Lower Four Mile along Roaring Surf Drive. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
187 turnstone 10/03/2007 There were many large clumps of dead mussels and barnacles on beach, areas on rocks where mussel beds and barnacles were gone, dead smell in area View full report 2
213 skimmer 10/05/2007 A surprisingly beautiful day with very little activity. View full report 0
256 Lady S 10/05/2007 Beautiful day for strolling beach. Lovely sunset. Tangled piles of kelp as well as individual pieces all up and down the beach. More than I have seen there before. I had out of state guests who had not seen the ocean before. Very enjoyable day. View full report 0
198 bahngarten 10/07/2007 Interesting find of Northern Fulmar. View full report 0
149 flotsam 10/08/2007 Nothing unusual to report, other than a lack of trash and other alien debris. I don't know if SOLV worked this stretch of beach last month. I did see a lot of a certain plant growing in the high end of the beach, just below the foredune. See attached picture. If anyone can update me on what this plant is, or can inform me of some of the correct beach terminology, I welcome your comments. View full report 1
31 B Edgar 10/10/2007 1 dead juv. sea lion. there was an exit hole that looked like a bullet wound on the neck. Was dead approx. a week or less.1 dead seal that had been dead for several weeksnot much litter on beach!! looks good View full report 0
52 [email protected] 10/11/2007 Lots of natural debris from the recent storm, kelp and driftwood. One dead sea lion. There was evidence of someone having had a fire and there was a structure of driftwood in a teepee form. I intend to knock this down when the weather is better. View full report 0
106 Doug C 10/13/2007 This was our inaugural trip on our adopted mile. Since no reports had previously been filed, we came with camera, notepad, trash bags and provisions. We approached from the south at Bullard's beach, still nearly a 2-mile trek before getting to our mile and stopped within sight of Cut Creek which is in Mile 107. Wonderful day, clear, calm. Sanderlings were in the hundreds. Gulls flew over the area to congregate at Cut Creek where there were several hundred drinking and rinsing in the fresh water. Seaweed piles were on the beach from storms 3 days before, but they were not as numerous as miles 104 and 105. Only two people were seen, driving legally but in the surfline disturbing the Sanderlings. One Snowy Plover was seen. One Northern Fulmar was dead at the surfline. The beach and dunes appeared natural. Plants other than beach grass were very rare. Two areas of the dunes were lower and collected large amounts of driftwood. In one of these areas at the southern end of the mile, a 10x10 structure had been built out of the wood. Trash was more prevalent in that area. We hauled out about 30 pounds from the mile, mostly plastic bottles washed in from the ocean. More waste remains. Interestingly, we found an intact 12-inch, 500-watt light bulb from the Ushio company and an empty rusted tin of crackers (both with Japanese markings). View full report 6
214 rensmere 10/14/2007 The beach was very "clean" with no driftline content. There were a lot of people out enjoying the day. View full report 0