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238 Cathy238 10/02/2020 DISPATCH

Dead beached whale on Mile 238, either a new one or the recently buried one has been unearthed. Horrible smell extends up and down the beach.

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254 Neskowin254 10/03/2020

Nothing unusual to report.

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34 tayloreandc 10/03/2020

Foggy morning hike of mile 34. I saw evidence of someone using a chainsaw on downed trees along the shoreline. I've attached photos.

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243 garretta 10/05/2020

Bright, sunny Monday with normal activity. Sand level is receeding somewhat based on rocks at NW 26th.  

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313 FOHRAP1 10/05/2020

A beautiful day on the beach today. What was significant is the small amount of debris left on the beach, after the weekend. COmpared to other Mondays when I picked up litter, there was very little on the beach today. Only 3 masks in the debris pile (compared with over 20 a few weeks ago).  The sign near Tolovana regarding the contaminiated runoff remains - the sign indicates the runoff is contaminated, don't play in it. There were a few dead birds, some kelp along the tide line.

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109 ksvineyard2012 10/05/2020

Beautiful morning, sunny with light breeze. Beach was clean. Low tide. Active sea birds. One dead seal.

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314 FOHRAP1 10/05/2020

A beautiful day on the beach, Chapman point and Ecola Creek continue to be popular spots for visitors and walkers. Lots of activity in these areas. 

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253 LisaL 10/06/2020

The beach seems pretty busy for a Tuesday in October. It was a beautiful sunny day and I suspect people were trying to soak up the last of the sun while they could. There have been significantly more people at this coast this summer. Since people were not able to travel out of the country and other activities being canceled, it seems they have all come to the beach! There has been a huge problem with litter at our beaches this summer with the increase in visitors. SOLVE just did a big beach cleanup so it was pretty clean today. Today I wanted to document what high tide looked like at a swell of 6 feet to compare it to the big storms this winter and the King Tides. There was still some dry sand, but the beach was very narrow at the far south end. Along the north end, the water comes all the way up to the riprap in places. OPRD has filed for a permit to convert the stairs at Carlton street to a ramp for emergency vehicles. Carlton street would be graded to drain east to Hawk Creek. 

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262 Linda Fink 10/07/2020

A foggy day with few people. Vehicle tracks on beach show that vehicles had been there the day before, where they are no longer allowed. One pickup was on the beach today. McPhillips Park access is blocked off so they must have come from Tierra del Mar direction. Perhaps people don't realize no vehicles except those needed for boats are currently allowed from Tierra del Mar to the mouth of the Nestucca River. Although the people in the black pickup today acted nervous when they saw us so i suspect they knew full well they were not supposed to drive on the beach.

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185 Lfleming 10/09/2020

Rather an uncomfortable day with strong winds from the south and a low overcast sky.  We did see 12 species of birds and 10 Harbor Seals.  The Great Blue Heron was standing in the ocean near the edge of the water.  The first section of beach by the parking lot had 314 dead Moon Jellyfish stranded in two different tide lines.  They were all sizes, the biggest being 15".   The beach was clean without any trash.  Very few people and they mostly stayed in the first section except for the rock hunters.  The sand has moved back in so it is not so rocky.

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239 mlbutowitsch 10/12/2020

It was a lovely day with sun and hardly any wind.  We did note a dead and partially eaten seal on the bay side.   

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339 edjoyce 10/14/2020 DISPATCH

All was normal for this time of year.

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244 Victoria 10/14/2020

Fishing in the marine reserve which i called into the wildlife tip hotline.

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204 Jon French 10/16/2020

The woman ahead of me on the path down to the beach from the Driftwood Wayside parking lot cried out "Yes! Yes! The beach!!!"  I don't know where she was from, but that's how beautiful it was today. I walked in the dunes looking at some of the driftwood for which the beach is named, old stumps and logs that have been deposited in the beach grass at the base of the cliffs. I counted tree rings ranging up to 110 years old, and these old logs were obviously not new to the beach. Driftwood Beach is very wide, and it's hard to visualize the kind of storm surges that must occur here. Where Buckley Creek flows onto the beach, in addition to the petroglyphs inscribed in the sand cliff, people have left little memorials to departed loved ones on a driftwood log next to the creek.  For when the wind blows, someone has reconstructed the nearby lean-to and added an entranceway. Despite the human traces, you'll almost certainly be alone here.

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49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 10/16/2020

There was a sea lion carcass on the port side of the beach. It has been there long enough to be partly covered over with sand, smell bad and have maggots spilling from a tear in the belly. We did not see a head, so we're not 100% sure it's a sea lion, but the color was right. It was on the small size for sea lions I have seen.

There was a lot of fresh kelp in the rack line: stems on the port side and leaves on the Battle Rock side.

There's were 19 dead birds and that seems like a lot for such a small section of beach. Could something at the dock be killing them or is it just that dock activity draws so many more birds? (I missed the space to put the number and am afraid to go back because I lost my whole report when I tried to go back before)

There was an elaborate drift wood shelter next to Battle Rock.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 10/16/2020

The beach was quiet on this beautiful autumn day. We saw two people riding horses on the beach, which we had not seen here before and someone flying a kite. The ride was dropping toward a minus tide a few hours later. It was a Friday afternoon, which may explain why there were not as many vehicles as we saw this summer and the outgoing tide may explain why we didn't see the surfers we often see near Hubbard Creek.

Much less litter than last visit. We only saw that tarp, one plastic bag, a forgotten tee shirt and a bottle cap.

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116 alaingamerica 10/17/2020

The weather cleared during my visit. The sea was very calm. I decided to spend more time in the high tide zone and so noticed evidence of a land slide that happened earlier this year. The extra attention could account for my impression of more trash than usual. I found a dead gumboot chiton displayed on a rock. I believe it was "loved to death".

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290 Foxglove290 10/17/2020

Four of us walked mile 290 collecting abt 40lbs of trash.   A good percent of which was from the fishing industry .  We saw 2 dead sea lions . One appeared to have been shot.   The second had had it's teeth removed and had no visble wound.  We also found 5 shate egg sacks in the drift line.

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327 sultanym 10/20/2020 DISPATCH

Walked south of the Del Rey beach entrance 0.5 miles to cover one half of mile 327. I collected about 20lbs of trash from this part of the mile. Notable debris included fishing gear (ropes, bait bucket, rubber worm), plastic bottles and bottle caps (including one bottle with Korean writing and one bottle with Chinese characters on the label), a large wooden pallet covered with live pelagic gooseneck barnacles, and large chunks of styrofoam. I found one dead seabird: a juvenile common murre. 

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238 Cathy238 10/21/2020 DISPATCH

Be aware of bulldozing activity on Mile 238. Even when they aren't working, equipment, piles of sand and rip rap are on the beach. I will attach pictures.

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227 heidilvz 10/22/2020

There were 6 people present, 2 fishing and 3 surfers likely resting and waiting to go out again. The surfers were located at an establish fire pit where soil erosion progresses slowly due to use. There were very few birds and no other marine creatures observed. Overall the area appeared lightly used with the exception of the trail to the tree stand and a trail going north from Rodea point parking area. Actually, other earlier established trails appeared to be filling back in with vegetation. Most of the vegetation appeared to be in as good or better shape than earlier visits. The exception was the area below the parking/observation area by Ben Jones bridge. Very little litter was observed. The tree stand is still a concern for safety reasons. 

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101 GarrettSEA 10/23/2020

Very nice day on the beach, very little wildlife or debris on beach, lots of people & kelp flies.

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143 kmwifish 10/23/2020

The beach was mostly deserted and there were few birds.  We saw one seal peeking over the whitecaps at us.

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129 [email protected] 10/23/2020

2 Nutria sited at Weywehauser pond.

Sorry, photos poor.

 

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213 hancherclan 10/24/2020 DISPATCH

1000s of washed up jelly fish and 1 washed up recently deceased sea lion

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202 Jon French 10/26/2020

The north wind was brisk today, with hardly anyone on the beach.  On the southern portion of Mile 202, I counted a cluster of 17 Western Snowy Plovers, which winter here, all sheltering in ones and twos on the downwind side of beach vegetation which my new iNaturalist app "Seek" identified as American Searocket. The app is pretty neat, you just take a photo with your mobile phone, and within seconds an identification pops up on your screen.  It can be hit and miss (it identified a raccoon photo as a "placental mammal"), but it's free and fun to use.  Just one man in a small crabbing boat on the bay today, close to shore but not that far from the mouth of the bay, which they call "the jaws."  The tide was going out, and they say you need to be especially careful here during outgoing tides because the current can be strong, and Alsea Bay has no jetty.

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327 sultanym 10/28/2020 DISPATCH

Mid-morning walk south towards Gearhart beach at a very high tide along the tide line I saw a dead Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) carcass with bands on its legs. I submitted a banded bird report to the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory, and I am waiting to hear back about additional information on this bird. 

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253 LisaL 10/30/2020 DISPATCH

Lost plastic beach toys - I went out for an early moring walk. It was raining, no one else was on the beach. I found several toys including 2 childrens plastic beach shovels, aparently left from last night or before. I find alot of plastic buckets, plastic shovels/rakes, and other children's toys left on the beach. The buckets get smashed by the waves and broken down into smaller pieces, I often find pieces and broken handles. These plastics continue to break down and create microplastics. This is something I have been observing and not heard others mention it. I decided to start documenting catagories of beach debris, including a catagory for beach toys. I counted the trash I collected this morning, and lost beach toys accounted for 25% of the debris I found on this mile this morning. See attached pie chart and photo. 

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183 Sandy Watch 11/01/2020

Sunny day with a good amount of  people enjoying these beaches. Beaches are sandy with little or no debris or rock/gravel showing. Nancy Creek waterfall has very low water volume with only wet soil.

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246 TerryH 11/01/2020 DISPATCH

There's a tree swing, not far from the beach, on the property of 7975 NW Logan (northern most house in Roads End).  I question whether the property owner installed it.  I'll check it out.  Photo-bombed by a couple of deer.

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281 dianalt333 11/01/2020

Lots of seaweed/kelp on shoreline. 

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243 garretta 11/02/2020 DISPATCH

Bad time for Jellies. Starting at the NW 34th access, #42, for about 200 yards north, hundreds and hundreds of jelly fish on the beach. 200 or more 10"-18" and hundreds of smaller and pieces. Most look fairly fresh and some were clearly very recently beached and had not flattened but were firm and tall but not pulsing. North of Chinook Winds, Mile 244, number was normal.. a few spaced along the beach. Took more photos but the iPhone did not catch the reflections so did not show the jellies. 

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292 highamm 11/02/2020

Beach and shoreline were clean with little activity.  No apparent violations to report.

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295 Koptiuch 11/08/2020

Beautiful sunny Sunday at low tide, breezy and chilly at about 48°. Pretty big surf. Saw 25 people and 4 dogs upon entering at north end of Nadonna Beach, and saw 38 people and six dogs walking back up my mile from the south. Most people were walking in family groups or occupying the many "forts" built of driftwood. One fisherman was in the water with bare feet, otherwise everyone wore shoes and stayed on dry land due to the chill. Beach looks swept clean by the high tide, with barely anything left in the driftline besides small stones, occasional broken shells (no crab; mostly razor clams), very minimal seaweed, a couple of jelly fish, and incongruously, a pomegranate. Saw only a couple of pieces of human-made trash. We're expecting King Tides next week (15-17) so I wanted to do a "before" for comparison, even at low tide. To this end I include photos of mouth of Crescent Creek to the south and between the jetties of Nehalem River to the north.

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307 patecobb 11/09/2020

Very quite day on the beach today with only a few shorebirds.  The tide line was remarkably clean with nothing but a few jellyfish.  

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214 AnnaB 11/09/2020

A calm day on mile 214 with sporadic people enjoying the beach. The summer crowds have gone and the cool temperatures brought even fewer visitors. Exciting news between the 61A and 61B sign posts -- snowy plovers! They were hiding from the wind behind little sand lumps above the driftline. 

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160 mbbsmile 11/10/2020

It was a beautiful cold windy day. A few clouds overhead. More cars in the lot were for ATV activity because at first we were the only two on the beach. The waves were huge and in rapid succession and it was at the near the end of low tide so lots of beach. I love this mile because I love walking to the siltcoos river and checking out the lagoon or lake or pond. 
The lake was huge this time, I'd never seen so much water there but this is my first time reporting on this mile. I've always loved this section of the beach near Florence. I would have explored more but our dog did something to her foot. Had to head back. Very little debris on the beach or in the dune grasses. Buts lots of oyster shells tucked in the dunes south of the lake.

 

 

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281 [email protected] 11/11/2020 DISPATCH

Graffiti inside Maxwell point tunnel. Contacted Netarts Bay WEBS and Oregon State Parks. Received this response from The Oregon State Park ranger. "Thanks for the pictures, I’ve passed it up the ladder to get a decision on how to move forward. Sad to see such disregard of our recreation areas."

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220 DKPowell 11/11/2020

It was a nice day. About 50 degrees, a slight wind, and clear skies. Since I didn't get down at a negative tide, I had a longer scramble along rocks to get to normal "Keyhole" position and didn't get any good pictures of Sea Stars. The lack of plastic in the driftline was nice. The one question I still have is the picnic table--will someone reclaim it, or will it become flotsom in the ocean with winter storms.

Other notes: I normally do the beach at the middle of each quarter. I was early several days because next week is King Tides. I also was mid-afternoon, hence many more people. Of the 4 dogs, only 1 was on a lease. With birds being fledged, only about 75-100 on my walk rather than hundreds, thousands at breeding season.

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220 DKPowell 11/15/2020

A good day for King Tides.

High tide of 10.4 feet at 11:27AM. NOAA had Surf Height at 20-25 feet.

I was able to shoot from my normal beach spot-75 feet from normal beach access, didn't take a photo--took a movie clip. At the cliff top where I normally take a photo looking north to 68th street--TWO trees have have fallen down.

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202 Jon French 11/15/2020

Alsea Bay was fairly calm at noon for today's 8.985' King Tide, but on the ocean side the surf was high and roiled up after last night's rain and 60-plus mph wind gusts. This what it looked like, with surf all the way up to the dunes at times. I didn't think I would find any of the wintering Snowy Plovers which normally rest during the day on the beach south of access 67D, but as I got closer I could make out their little shapes darting back and forth along the surf, probing for food in the wet sand. Visual and photo conditions weren't great, but I counted nineteen. It was a treat to watch them all so active, making the best out of a challenging day after what had to have been a really hard night. 

 

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220 DKPowell 11/16/2020

Another good day for King Tides.

High Tide was at 12:08PM at 10.3 ft. NOAA had a surf height of 10-14 ft. The weather was 50 degrees, with wind blowing from the south at 20mph. Cloudly sky, and what felt like ultra, ultra, ultra fine mist--so didn't count it as rainy. My rain gauge showed NO difference between start and end of excursion.

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184 simmonsk 11/16/2020

November 15, 16, and 17 marked the first of the King Tides for this season on Ocean Beach.  The winds were calm and the temperature was warm when I observed.  The beach was covered with large amounts of driftwood, some very large.  The tide level reached the stairs before, during and after the high tide time.  Nothing but sand and driftwood was visible on the beach.  A few people drove into the parking lot and observed the tides from the parking lot.   A new development since my September report is the installation of a gate on the road to Ocean Beach.  Also, a park ranger drove through when we were there.  Thanks for all you do Oregon Parks service people!

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225 CherieE53 11/17/2020 DISPATCH

The park was filled with about at least 20 or more storm watches. They all wanted to know when high tide was going to happen.

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339 edjoyce 11/18/2020

Lots of erosion from last week's storm (see photos).

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286 kunkelwa 11/20/2020

This was three days after the first of the King Tides. The beach was quite clean and firm. There was evidence of wave overtopping and the dunes took some erosion. Eel grass was on the wrackline. One week ago the wrackline had alot of jelly fish. This day all of the jellyfish were gone. Only one dead bird was found, a Northern Fulmar. The whale carcass that had been there for several months was either washed away by the tide, or moved to another location. 8 people and 4 dogs. No parking violatons.

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239 ORbeach 11/21/2020

A calm, sunny but cool day.  More people out on the beach than normal, given the time of year - probably glad to get outside after nearly a week of heavy rain and storms.  No trash ... I picked up one candy wrapper.  There was a large (and very heavy) piece of compressed styrofoam almost at the tip of the spit up against the vegetation line; I could not carry it out.  There were NO harbor seals in their usual resting place at the tip of the spit, where we often see 100-200; I spotted only one in the water.  Maybe the recent King Tides disrupted their normal patterns.  There was a jet ski, a kayaker and several fishing boats in Siletz Bay.

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236 Streets 11/22/2020

It has been a while since I've been able to cover my mile. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back to quarterly reports. Easy walking today - lots of hard-packed sand; even soft sand areas near bluff were quite walkable. Very little debris; picked up one empty pet poop bag and a few pieces of plastic.

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171 oldMGguy 11/23/2020

Nice sunny afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach.  Lane County parks staff continue to improve the North Jetty parking lot, filling potholes, etc.  Graffiti taggers have once again painted up the vehicle barrier rocks on the North Jetty.  I notified the Portland OR office of the Army Corps of Engineers via email and attached photos.  They've been very responsive in cleaning up past graffiti events.  Mostly political statements this time, unlike the pornographic imagery in the past.

Mile 171 is again very clean with almost no man-made debris noticed.  There are about 10-12 large bundles of washed-ashore bull kelp strands, rolled up into big tangles by the surf.  Almost all of the strands are missing their holdfast root feature, likely snapped from their anchor by the recent big swells.

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