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340 daveincamas 02/28/2015 DISPATCH

This was actually taken up the Columbia at the Julia Butler Hansen NWR but I thought it would be of interest to folks here.There were hundreds of sea lions in the river. I believe they were following the smelt run: http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/feb/28/outdoors-survey-marine-mammals.... But the coolest thing was a group of about 40 sea lions swimming upriver as a group. They would all splash and jump out of the water for a couple of minutes, then disappear underwater for 3-4 minutes, then appear on the surface upstream, jumping and splashing again. They did not appear to be catching fish, this is just how they were traveling.I took videos of this. Go to https://www.facebook.com/RefugeStewards/videos and watch the videos in order (1, 2, 3) to watch them swim up the river.

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340 edjoyce 06/20/2017 View full report 3
340 edjoyce 10/05/2017

No pictures of dead crabs at shoreline.

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340 edjoyce 12/26/2017

Significant eroision of dunes --  See Pictures.

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340 edjoyce 01/27/2018

Nothing special.

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340 edjoyce 02/28/2018

Dead harbor seal (see photo)

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340 edjoyce 04/07/2018

Nothing unusual

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340 edjoyce 06/22/2018

Vehicles have obviously been entering an area closed for nesting birds that extends from the So. Jetty for approx. 1 miles.  I left a message for the ranger alerting him of the issue.

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340 edjoyce 09/03/2018 View full report 2
340 Merce and Michael 12/22/2018 DISPATCH

King Tide Photos, December 2018

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340 Merce and Michael 01/19/2019 DISPATCH

King tide photos taken at a few locations (note photo captions).

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340 edjoyce 03/12/2019 DISPATCH

Not much going on.  No new apparently erosional issues.  Except for some tire tracks little evidence of human activity.  As always, I cleaned the beach as I walked.

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340 edjoyce 05/15/2019 DISPATCH

All looks about the same.  Much marine debris including plastic bottles, shoes, large hunks of mfg. wood, shell casings and much more.

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340 Merce and Michael 07/01/2019 DISPATCH

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

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340 edjoyce 10/18/2019 DISPATCH

All looked the same.

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340 edjoyce 01/18/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.

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340 edjoyce 09/16/2022

There's a tree stump that is gradually being progressively exposed (see photo).  I marked this with red paint.  This should be an excellent opportunity to measure the rate of dune retreat.  Wish I had thought about this a year or so ago when I first saw it.  I've been monitoring it for the last months and have taking photos.

Also, somthing else I will start doing and should've started years ago, that is, measuring dune profiles using an Abney level.  I'll begin this next month.  This is valuable data, easily acquired, and something we could ask CW'ers to do.

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340 edjoyce 10/26/2022

Have not done this walk in a long time due to work being done on south jetty.  Looks the same.

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339 RKAdams 01/16/2007 Nice sunny day on beach; little car traffic, but lots of birds foraging. Plastic litter retrieved and removed. View full report 0
339 McB's 339 04/26/2014 Collected a lot of tsunami debris... especially floats and water bottles with Asian character writing. Clams growing on floats. Not much wildlife due to windy rainy weather. Elk tracks in abundance on trail leading to shore access. View full report 0
339 srhoads 02/26/2016

Surveyed some foreign debris on the South jetty (parking lot C) at Fort Stevens State Park. Found a brown bottle with the name Paolyta Co. The article (link below) mentions, "Four people in Taichung City were poisoned yesterday after consuming energy drinks from Paolyta that are suspected to be contaminated with cyanide." The bottle was empty. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/2005/05/19/62605/Energy-drinks.htm Also found a interesting item with a lot of Asian writing and numbers. Lettering said "Wash-Pong." There are several websites and images. Might have to do with "Beer Pong wash cups" for ping-pong balls.

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339 edjoyce 09/20/2017

All looks stable.  See attached picture.

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339 edjoyce 11/09/2017

Very usual.  See photos.

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339 edjoyce 12/26/2017

Nothing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 03/28/2018

Not much going on. Very large plastic drum found on beach, contacted Ranger.

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339 edjoyce 04/23/2018

Everything is just fine.

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339 edjoyce 05/11/2018

All was fine, however the dune shows signs of recent dune erosion.

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339 edjoyce 06/22/2018

Everything was calm and a-ok.

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339 edjoyce 08/01/2018

All was quiet - nothing to report.

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339 Merce and Michael 08/30/2018 DISPATCH

5 dead Common Murres found on the beach below the high tide line. No evidence of oiling or bites. They all appeared to be adults based on size, but plumage doesn't vary much with age.

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339 edjoyce 09/03/2018

Notice in photo that beach grasses are populating the foredune area.  This is a summer phenomenon and does not occur in winter due to higher tides and storms.

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339 edjoyce 10/06/2018 DISPATCH

All was calm and relatively undisturbed.

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339 edjoyce 11/10/2018 DISPATCH View full report 3
339 edjoyce 12/21/2018 DISPATCH

Photos taken at King Tide Max.

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339 edjoyce 01/21/2019 DISPATCH View full report 2
339 edjoyce 02/19/2019 DISPATCH

Watch carried out at maximum King Tide.  Nothing unusual to report.  The beach has assumed a typical winter profile and dune erosion was evident (see attached photos).  It was an unimpressive King Tide  with just a 6', 13 second, NW swell.

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339 edjoyce 05/08/2019 DISPATCH

Nothing significant to report.

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339 edjoyce 07/03/2019

Everything was about the same as last report.

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339 edjoyce 07/31/2019 DISPATCH

Everything was normal - typical summer day - nothing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 08/28/2019 DISPATCH

All looked normal.  Northing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 09/25/2019

All looked normal - very summery.

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339 huisee 10/02/2019

More tire tracks than we have ever seen.

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339 edjoyce 10/23/2019 DISPATCH

All looked about the same as last month.

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339 edjoyce 11/20/2019

Everything looked normal for this time of year.

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339 edjoyce 12/18/2019

Except for dune erosion, everything looked normal.

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339 edjoyce 01/15/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.  Typical winter erosion of dunes.

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339 edjoyce 03/11/2020 DISPATCH

Everything looked very similar to the last survey.

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339 edjoyce 05/20/2020 DISPATCH

More plastics than usual.

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339 edjoyce 06/10/2020 DISPATCH

Everything looked stable and little change since last month.

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339 edjoyce 07/15/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 08/13/2020

All is well!

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339 edjoyce 09/16/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing much different than last month.  Typical summer beach.

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339 edjoyce 10/14/2020 DISPATCH

All was normal for this time of year.

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339 edjoyce 11/18/2020

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

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339 edjoyce 12/16/2020 DISPATCH

Very little beach due to storm and high tide.

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339 edjoyce 02/17/2021 DISPATCH

Dune face angles are steep reflecting winter conditions.  Nothing unusual to report.

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339 edjoyce 03/17/2021 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.  

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339 edjoyce 04/15/2021

Nothing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 05/12/2021

Nothing unusual except for the lack of marine debris especially noticeable was the lack of plastics.

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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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339 edjoyce 07/14/2021

All looked normal.

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339 edjoyce 08/18/2021

All looked normal for a summer day.

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339 edjoyce 09/22/2021

Nothing unusual except for the 6 dead Common Murres.  Dead murres have been reported all along the coast.

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339 edjoyce 10/13/2021 DISPATCH

Nothing noteworthy.

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339 edjoyce 11/17/2021

Typcial beach for this time of year.  Dune erosion + more marine debris.

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339 edjoyce 12/15/2021

As the photos show, the tide was very high - not a good time to walk the mile.  I was able to walk about 80% of the mile while viewing the remainder from a distance.  On coming waves kept me from properly walking the beach.

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339 edjoyce 01/12/2022

Lots of winter storm erosion - see photos.

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339 edjoyce 02/09/2022

Nothing unusual except for the eagle. (Note from CoastWatch volunteer - Before Ed walked his CW Mile, Myself and another CoastWatch volunteer joined him for the NOAA marine debris survey on the north end of CoastWatch Mile 338. We found a handful of items in the 100 meters we surveyed. According to Ed it's notable that on this Mile, 339, there is always more trash accumulated than on Mile 338. Also of note, the bluffs at the end of the trail from Parking Lot B were much more difficult to ascend than the last time I was at this location.)

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339 edjoyce 03/09/2022

Everything looked normal - typical winter day on the beach except for the 3 eagles (see photo).

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339 edjoyce 04/20/2022

Beach still has a very wintery appearance with steep dunes and a relatively narrow beach.

The flock of eagles was startling - I've never seen 10-12 eagles eating together before.

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339 edjoyce 05/18/2022

All looks about the same except for dunes being less steep.  We could help quantify changes in beach/dune steepness via beach profiling techniques.

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339 edjoyce 06/26/2022

Dunes/beach are taking on a more gentle slope due to less summer waves and storms.

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339 edjoyce 07/13/2022

Dunes taking on less steep summer profile.

Observed a dead pup seal.

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339 edjoyce 08/10/2022

Nothing out of the ordinary.  Dunes have taken on a typical summer profile being less steep than winter.

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339 edjoyce 10/19/2022

Nothing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 11/16/2022

Nothing unusual except for essentially no marine debris at all found.

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339 edjoyce 12/19/2022

Dunes have taken on the typical winter shapes: steep with obvious erosion and retreat.

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339 edjoyce 01/17/2023

Lots of erosion and dune retreat.

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338 Randy and Beth 06/24/2007 As usual, a clean, quiet mile. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 04/03/2008 Due to SOLV cleanup the previous weekend, we saw no trash on our beach mile. There was still lots of driftwood piled up at the base of the cliffs. Very little bird activity--only one lone seagull flying overhead. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 11/11/2007 Piles of ribbon seaweed were being pushed up by the incoming tide. Sandpipers were noticably absent. There was a little plastic debris scattered on our mile. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 09/22/2008 A very clean mile due to beach cleanup (SOLV) weekend just occurring. We picked up 2 empty plastic containers; also saw a vulture eating a dead seagull. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 07/29/2008 A very blustery, misty day with pelicans, terns, gulls and sandpipers enjoying the beach. The only other beach walkers encountered were in the parking lot. The terns, needing to harass someone or something, squawked loudly at my friend's dog, Katie, as we walked our mile. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 07/06/2009 Many more birds than usual on our mile; streams of pelicans and cormorants cruising the water and several bald eagles eating on the carcass of a baby seal. We couldn't identify what had happened to the seal. We walked a ways with a group of boy scouts and leaders from Washington doing 50 miles total over a number of days. There was no manmade litter and driftwood is increasing over the last few visits. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 03/23/2009 A cold spring day with southerly wind and rain. Very little human activity and also very few birds. Only several plastic litre bottles on the beach--otherwise a very clean mile with scattered driftwood. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 01/02/2009 This walk started out with sleet, then blue sky and cumulus clouds emerged. A very cold, brisk walk. The beach was clean except for 3-4 pieces of plastic. Birds alerted us to a dead sea lion and a dead cormorant in two different places on the beach. The sea lion was about 6 feet long and must have died fairly recently as there was no smell. Reported to Fish and Wildlife. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 04/22/2010 Earth day on our beach mile: wild strawberries and vetch blooming on the beach approach. Surf clam diggers were getting clams. A number of shorepines were distressed at the beginning of our beach approach from the start of Parking Lot A. The dunes were altered from a series of high tides and there was minimal driftwood on the beach. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 12/28/2009 A beautiful day on the beach. Lots of driftwood and an absence of shorebirds today. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 10/27/2009 DISPATCH There was a dead sea lion at the start of mile 338 this morning. No presence of stranded birds which is why I wanted to walk our beach mile. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 09/18/2009 A tall driftwood pole has been erected on the beach to mark the trail to parking lot A; a driftwood campfire was still smoldering but not endangering other driftwood or the beach grass. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 04/20/2011 Scotch broom and wild strawberries both starting to bloom on the approach to our mile. Many people recreating on the beach today/clamdigging and surfing. The beach was relatively clean of debris, man-made and natural thanks probably to the beach cleanup done within the last month. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 12/27/2010 Very little driftwood. We watched a seagull catch a crab and proceed to keep flying it around the beach. Several bags of debris, mostly plastic, were collected and taken to a dumpster. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 11/03/2010 An unusually warm November day and the end of a good clamdigging tide made for more beach motorized traffic than we normally encounter on our mile. The return mile produced a large garbage bag of plastic bottles which we are allowed to put in the dumpster at Fort Stevens State Park. Lots of small jellyfish noted on the wet part of the beach sand. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 06/21/2010 First day of summer with two groups of people flying kites. Very little driftwood. On our return mile we are now walking the high tide line to collect debris and finding mostly plastic water bottles. Fort Stevens allows us to use their dumpster for any garbage found on the beach. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 06/27/2012 A very sunny day with lots of human and horse activity on our beach mile. We picked up styrofoam on our way back at the high tide line, but filled our large garbage bag fairly quickly and will need to go back again soon. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 03/20/2012 We were surprised how high the near mid-tide was on this first day of spring. Nothing out of the ordinary to report, but a great way to start a new season. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 12/14/2011 An overcast, windy day with pounding surf, some driftwood and no other people on our mile. We saw five dead seabirds and one very decayed carcass of a seal or small sea lion about half way on our mile. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 09/28/2011 Strong surf and incoming tide left for only a small amount of walkable beach. Piles of kelp and some logs dotted the beach. Dragonflies flew around us on the beach approach. We saw a seal heading out into the surf and groups of pelicans, sandpipers and gulls. The high tide line was lined with small pieces of and whole jellyfish. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 09/04/2011 Labor Day Weekend and sunny weather brought many families to our beach mile. They were building sand structures, walking with children and dogs and playing in the surf. There was not much driftwood or man-made debris on the mile. Groups of pelicans (up to 20 in a group) flew close to the water, all seemed to be flying north as the seagulls flew in a southerly direction. View full report 0