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121 Emily K 03/11/2019

Lots of large wood on beach. More kelp beds than I remember offshore (low tide made visibility better).

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203 Beachwalker203 03/10/2019

The beach was unusually clean of debris.

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198 bahngarten 03/10/2019

Clear, calm 30' morning. Beachside campground being prepared for spring break opening. One person walking beach, 1 Western gull flying Drift line content- shells, pebbles and some crab and mole crab parts. Notable observation is that debris fro boats has lessened considerable in the past two years. Only a few pieces of plastic and food wrappers removed. No ropes, larger Styrofoam pieces, or bottles, that often were the bulk of what we removed were seen. CLEAN BEACH!

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275 allison 03/10/2019

Cleaned off beach -- not much beach due to sand migration I would guess.  Super quiet

 

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101 GarrettSEA 03/09/2019

Beautiful sunny morning, lite wind, a bit on the cool side.  No shore birds, some gulls, a few crab shells, not much on beach with exception of a lot of tree debris (driftwood) high on beach.  A little plastic debris and outside of the cabinet on beach pretty clean. 

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333 Merce and Michael 03/08/2019 DISPATCH

Came across a few patches of what look like Market Squid egg cases, the first we've seen on the Oregon coast.

Jean just sent this link about them: https://aquarium.org/market-squid-eggs/ Thanks, Jean.

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220 Hillsideshack 03/07/2019

Difficult to stay upbeat along Schooner South today as the "microplastic" debris is overwhelming. In doing a COASST survey on the same day in a 20"x20" survey square I had 225 (!!!) pieces of plastic with 62 nurdles, 57 pieces of styrofoam and multiple other pieces. We also had lots of plastic bottles on the south end of Schooner and many pieces of nylon and polyethelene rope. The erosion is revealing more of the plastic black pipes that are now starting to break mid-cliff level. No deceased birds seen. 2 crabs noted in high wrack line. 

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171 oldMGguy 03/07/2019

Nothing out of the ordinary observed on Heceta Beach today with one exception - an adult-sized purple Ochre sea star washed up at the high water line (photo).  Haven't seen any of these guys on Heceta Beach for several years.  They were commonly observed on the beach prior to the eruption of the sea star wasting disease several years ago.  One skate species egg case (Mermaid's Purse) also washed up on the beach (photo).

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102 beachnut 03/06/2019

The northern segment of this mile was a real shocker on this rainy morning close to low tide and 38 degrees: I couldn't access the beach at the lighthouse parking lot because the stormy/king tides had created a dangerous dropoff. So I drove north to backtrack and explore what winter has wrought. Lots of logs and branches and grasses, also stones and shell fragments and considerable plastic litter that came in with the tides: water bottles, milk jugs, sheets, pieces of nameless utility. No people (no surprise because it was raining), no dead things. A large flock of gulls was near the jetty, and several sanderlings ran along the wet sand. Erosion of the vegetated foredune was endemic along most of this segment.

The southern part of the mile had its share of storm-caused erosion, but not as severe. The drift line contents were similar to the northern segment's. Again no people or dead things. Gulls and crows numbered among the living.

 

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327 Merce and Michael 03/04/2019 DISPATCH

Evidence of driving on dunes where vehicles aren't allowed.

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295 Paulissen 03/04/2019

Very minimal activity noted today, likely as a result of the high tide and it being a Monday. We noticed a very high concentration of washed up moon jellies, unlike what we have seen in the past.

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193 SKMacK 03/03/2019

It was a gorgeous day on the beach. Quite a few people were out and fewer dogs than usual. I did not appreciate any major changes in the amount of erosion occurring along either Ocean View Drive or Yachats Ocean Road.  2 surfers were out where the Yachats River empties into the ocean. 

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286 beverly.stein 03/03/2019

Beach relatively clean.

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290 Foxglove290 03/02/2019

Dead cow elk.  It appeared to have broken a hind leg.  A mystery as to how it ended up on the beach. It did not appear to have been in the water very long.    It was a beautiful cold winter day.  The beach has alot less driftwood accumulated then in previous years.  We got just a few #'s of trash.  My guess is that I am not the only one continually picking up trash.  I am on this section of beach on average 4-5 times a week. It is nice to see an increse of people using the jetty and mile 290.

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254 Neskowin254 03/01/2019

Nothing unusual to report.

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297 NehalemBay 03/01/2019

This was a lovely sunny day with a strong wind from the northeast making it quite cold.  The water was far out leaving a clean bright beach.  Previous tides had cut away the sand leaving steep cliffs over 8 feet high at the north end, with the large wood deposited last year holding the rest of the sand behind.  One fat tire track had been made at the high water line, and there was a wrack of sticks up there.  No wrack had been deposited after that.  There was a couple of small flocks of shore birds, no debris and no bird carcasses.  9 people and 6 dogs were walking with only 3 cars in the parking lot.  What was noteworthy was a herd of elk grazing in the dunes by the parking lot.  And just south of this mile, the dunes have been completely bulldozed to eliminate the non-native beach grass and provide a gentle slope down to the beach proper, in the hope that the snowy plover would find this more suitable for nesting.  Right now it looks like a moonscape with nothing but bulldozer tracks back to the trees.  One last observation was over on the shore of the bay where there was a wreck of jellyfish left on the high tide line. 

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196 Pardiatthebeach 03/01/2019

Big winter waves pulled many feet of sand off the beach, exposing some rock and gravel beds. Sand is gradually filling back in. They also made an impact on the bluffs, creating some small erosion. Wrackline had hundreds of small plastic pieces in some areas, much more than is common. Large debris consisted of 8 pieces of lumber and plywood.

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255 bballentine 02/26/2019

Beach very clean, no man-made refuse noted. Beach very wide, sand has built up at foot of foredune.

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238 Cathy238 02/25/2019

Sand removal and riprap restoration taking place north of access 50A.  Some unofficial access points unusable due to erosion.  Beach at northern end of the mile wide for this time of year, but erosion threats on southern end.

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246 gianna70 02/25/2019

Walked the bulk of the mile with Wayne Hale and Starla Nelson. Beautiful day. Minimal debris/garbage (1 plastic grocery sack full as well as a piece of a red brick and 5 pieces of wood). Deposited collection next to the garbage cans at the Roads End parking lot.

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334 Merce and Michael 02/21/2019

Another bright clear day on the northern Oregon coast. Swarm after swarm of Dunlin & Sanderlings kept whizzing past us, always from north to south. In all... conservatively there were >1,500 Dunlin & >800 Sanderlings. Most amazing.

A pack of coyotes was caterwauling off in the distance by the 2 chunky concrete barricades on the way in. Or maybe, knowing how coyotes are, two of them were simply in concert, I'm not sure. 5 female Western Bluebirds greeted us from the Camp Rilea fence on the way in but were gone when we returned.

 

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181 lectricriderone 02/21/2019

Lots of wood in the tide line suggests to me the recent storm action is at work.  Driftwood was partly blocking the trail to the beach.  There was water surging up Blowout Creek when the water came up.    Small bits of colored plastic were on the beach but the waves prevented their removal.    A sneaker wave effect was occuring as waves stacked up and the water came way up.  Lots of foam on the beach was caused by the 12' surf.  

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227 heidilvz 02/21/2019

It was a cold February morning with little animal and human activity. Access is limited to observation well back from the surf in most spots and the housing complex limits observation of around 40% of mile 227. In this initial visit there was no attempt to gain legal access through private property. Vegetation appeared healthy, trails to shore were few and well used. Human impact was light, in my opinion, with very little litter found. My main concern is a recently erected tree stand in a clump of trees and the trail cut through the brush. I need to confirm land ownership where the tree stand and fire rings are found. Attachments: Map and Photos 

 

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220 DKPowell 02/20/2019 DISPATCH

Some King Tide photos

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146 SmithRiver 02/19/2019

Bluff retreat and wave-overtopping observed at the back of the beach on this mile.  One vehicle present in an area where they are allowed--the beach otherwise completely deserted during this visit.

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186 dbpcar 02/19/2019

Cloudy, rainy day.

41 degrees F

2 people walking on beach

4 people rockhunting

1 dog observed on beach

A lot of small plastic pellets found on Stonefield Beach

A lot of sand has been removed by wave action. Large amount of gravel has been deposited at outlet of Tenmile Beach causing the outlet to form an S shape and empty into the ocean further south then in the past.

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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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220 DKPowell 02/19/2019 DISPATCH

Some King Tide photos

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234 Oregon Beach Girl 02/19/2019

Wonderful day at my favorite beach during King Tide!           

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214 AnnaB 02/18/2019

Mild weather for President's Day brought out the beach-goers of all kinds. We spotted many people walking, (razor)clamming, surfing, and playing around. The tide was the lowest we have seen which is expected during the King tides. An hour before low tide we were able to walk out to the red spray paint on the South Jetty. A highlight of the beach walk was finding snowy plovers nesting in the wrack line. Upwards of around a dozen had dug shallow holes where they sat. So cute!

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253 neskowinwatcher 02/18/2019 View full report 4
220 DKPowell 02/18/2019 DISPATCH

Some photos at King Tide

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336 Merce and Michael 02/18/2019 DISPATCH

The Peter Iredale shipwreck in Fort Stevens State Park, from shortly after wrecking in October, 1906, to the February 18, 2019, maximum king tide.

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220 DKPowell 02/17/2019

I wanted to take this survey on Feb. 14th or 15th--middle of the quarter but there was rain. This survey was taken the evening before King Tide.

The winter has caused erosion exposing more pipes, more landslides, etc.

Nice weather, a negative tide, and got several photos of sea stars--Lincoln County Historical map called this section Starfish Beach.

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116 alaingamerica 02/17/2019

A very nice day. Went to try and get better photos of the Harlequin group I saw last time, but if they were there, they were out of range for photos. My battery ran dead fairly soon anyway. I observed a strange tidepool creature, but had no camera! This report should be taken with the last one I did as the last one I covered the Northern portion of my mile and this time I covered more to the South. I did find a lot more garbage on the Southern edge, but also found a nice number of sea stars. Good to see them coming back.

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332 Merce and Michael 02/17/2019

A bright sunny day with lots of people and dogs. The people and dogs may be why we saw far fewer birds than usual.

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210 mrkopplin 02/17/2019

We saw very little wildlife on our walk but it was the middle of a sunny day and there were many people out on the beach rock hunting so I'm sure that had some impact. As noted in our previous report in December, a lot of sand has washed off the beach, presumably due to wave action during storms. This has exposed large stretches of small rocks and cobbles making it attractive during low tide to people looking for agates. 

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333 Merce and Michael 02/17/2019

Lots of people and dogs on a bright sunny day. The people and dogs are possibly why we saw far fewer birds than usual.

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242 Bluewater 02/17/2019

It was a pretty calm day at the beach. I seen nothing out of the ordinary.

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215 JuliaAndLuna 02/16/2019

Had hail for part of the walk. I think that kept a lot of people indoors.

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198 bahngarten 02/13/2019

Cloudy afternoon, with light winds from the NW, only 1 person, walking seen on beach during our walk. High winter tide lines to edge of vegetation, with some kelp, wood pieces, shells and pebbles, along with 10 pounds of ocean based plastic, and rope-, removed. Only 1 gull seen at a distance. Usual winter high tide sand scouring at the S. entrance of Beachside campground path to beach. Beach walk a welcome outing after heavy rains, stormy past few days.

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262 Linda Fink 02/13/2019

Sunny windless morning with few people on the beach. Tracks of ORV up dune and down from earlier... some tracks on lower beach had been wiped out by earlier wave action. Dune shows sign of waves eating away still more of the bank, probably from earlier king tides. A Peregrine Falcon was north on the beach when we arrived, flew to the top of rock outcropping north of the McPhillips Park access road apparently chasing off two Ravens. Lots of stranded jellyfish on the beach, presumably Moon Jellies. Wrack line all the way up to dune in places.

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219 YHONA 02/11/2019

During the survey there were 8 total people and 1 dog recorded on the beach. Wind speeds were averaging in the mid to high 20's and about half way through this survey we had the onset of rain showers. Large amounts of driftwood and trash seem to be washing up along this mile. No unusual animal sightings. 3 black oystercatchers were seen feeding along the shoreline. 6 gulls were consistently feeding on clusters of mussels and urchins during this survey. A handful of jellies were seen washed up on the beach, likely crystal jellies.

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190 oldMGguy 02/10/2019

I normally don't report on Mile 190 but since I've been a volunteer naturalist/interpretive ranger at Cape Perpetua since 2008, I can report on those things that have been changing over the years.  I walk the Captain Cook , Cape Cove, and Restless Waters trails every Sunday.  Since the south half of Mile 190 is not accessible to casual pedestrian traffic due to a rough and jagged volcanic rock shoreline with no trails of any sort, this report will cover just the paved trails and accessible north half of Mile 190.

Easily the most commonly asked question we answer is "Where is Thor's Well?"  Signs were installed several years ago, but most were quickly stolen and have not been replaced.  Previously known in the 1980s as the "Toilet Bowl", this feature has a huge Internet-based presence and it seems everyone just has to walk out to it for photography with everything from el cheapo point-and-shoots, smart phones, to super high-end cameras.  Since the entire rocky shoreline is technically a state park, its all public property.  The latest trend is to march out there, stand at the edge with your back to the ocean and take your "selfie" with the waves crashing ashore behind you.  We frequently see people get knocked down by waves, causing lots of "rock burn", the occasional broken bone(s), ruined electronics, and a fatality/drowning two winters ago.  It's perfectly safe to go out there at low tide, but approaching Thor's Well near high tide or with large swells crashing ashore is hazardous to your health and potentially fatal.

Since the drowning, we have replaced all of the way-too-wordy "sneaker wave" signs with a simple graphic warning sign (photo).  We positioned the signage so that no matter how you approach Thor's Well, you must walk by two warning signs. The term "sneaker wave" does not translate well into Chinese or Texan, so we removed all references to that term and instead use internationally recognized symbology indicating "Danger!".  We have since observed a definite improvement in visitor behavior and concern for their own safety, although there will always be that 2% of clueless risk-takers we refer to as "Darwin Award Candidates".  They get knocked down frequently.

Oregon state parks have recently installed general warning, location identifier, and beach safety signs at Cape Perpetua.  New tsunami inundation and safety maps have also been installed at all highway trail access points (photo).

The recent "King" tides have swamped the Spouting Horn lower observation platform and damaged the stub trail leading to the tide pools (photos).  A collapsing sand bank undermined the Cape Cove trail alongside Hwy 101, requiring the Forest Service to build a temporary bridge over the collapsed section (photo).  The last set of King tides washed away the base of the slide, which will likely re-activate the bank failure. ODOT has been notified of potential undermining of Hwy 101.

The recent King tides also re-arranged the driftwood log pile at the base of Cape Creek, throwing huge stumps and logs high into the salal - never seen that before! (photo).

The Forest Service has approved a complete re-building and re-paving of the Cape Cove and Restless Waters trails this year.  The 1960s vintage asphalt is badly broken and buckled by tree roots, pavement edges are crumbling, and several pedestrian injuries have recently occurred here due to the uneven and broken surfaces (photo).  Mile 190 ends at the scenic bench out on the point. Mile 191 continues north past Devil's Churn and around the point of Cape Perpetua but there is no pedestrian trail on the north side of the "Churn".  I've scrambled around the point in the past, but it's rough, jagged basalt rock requiring serious scrambling and careful foot placement on slippery, crumbly rocks.  Due to cliffs and a large sea cave on the NW side of the Cape, it is impossible to continue north towards Yachats and to the north end of Mile 191.

FYI - The Forest Service will also be replacing all of the wood structure (roof, beams, posts, and shingles) of the West Stone Shelter, at the top of Cape Perpetua this September.  This will structured as a "Passport In Time" project, with a professional restoration team assisted by volunteers. The volunteer information should be posted soon.

 

 

 

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214 AnnaB 01/31/2019

There weren't many people out at the time of our survey, mostly just a few groups walking dogs. It looked like a fair amount of driftwood washed up recently. Also it looked like some sand was dumped near the 61A marker. 

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99 tbowspencer 01/31/2019

Mile 99 is showing the usual changes in sand shifts and creek configurations for winter. The major change from a few months ago is the large amount of non-organic debris in the wrack lines and along the bluffs. I picked up approximately 15-20 pounds of plastics, styrofoam and rope ( 3 five gallon bags) along mile 99 over 2 days on Jan 29 and 31.

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281 [email protected] 01/30/2019 DISPATCH

vehicle tracks (not car tracks; perhaps a motorcycle)? One person collecting driftwood

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238 Cathy238 01/30/2019 DISPATCH

Much of Mile 238 is being worked on due to erosion issues, and trucks/bulldozers are coming in throughout the day during the work week. Beach access 50B is usable, as is Seagull Lane. However, no other accesses north of that point are usable at this time until approaching 50. There is considerable drop-off eroded area at access 50A, and at accesses between lots 281 and 283, between lots 299 and 301, and between lots 331 and 333. Some equipment is left in place overnight, blocking areas around 307/308 and 349. These accesses are dangerous right now. Equipment has created some temporary accesses for their use only. Some days, walking on the beach from access 50 to 50B is possible, but most days there are several areas along that stretch where waves are coming all the way in to the rip-rap, no matter what the tide level. 

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245 TerryH 01/29/2019 DISPATCH

Little wire bundles in wrack line, around the Point, at the north end of Roads End beach.  (Mile 245 and into mile 246)  Coincidently, this area also marks the northern boundary of the Cascade Head Marine Reserve, where crabbers have been busy setting their traps.

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289 ollikainen 01/28/2019

There were a couple of firsts on this survey.  This is the first one we have done after missing the last equinox and solstice time slots.  It was good to be back at it.  We can blame bad weather,  high surf, and a nagging leg injury for the delay.  It was also the first time that we have seen a large group and bald eagles working on a carcass.  There must have been over a dozen of the big birds.  And lastly we saw a single gull over something in the surfline.  It turned out to be a possum.  How did it get into the ocean?  Maybe an eagle grabbed it and let it go over the ocean.

I do have to comment on the fencing and restrictions that are in force during the spring through fall.  This is for plover protection.  There are small signs directing people and their animals away from the fenced area and to the wet sand.  BUT on this sign is a dog icon with an slash throught it.  It is off limits to all dogs.  I searched for "Bayocean Spit Hike."  There are pages of sites.  All talk about a great family hike.  I only saw 1 that said dog restrictions are in effect.  But it said dogs must be on leashes.  This hike is widely promoted, but many famlies and individuals with dogs will be in violation.   If you really want to protect nesting birds,  put up large signs saying all dogs must be leashed.  And post a phone number to report violations.  The current situation is foolish and wrongheaded.

 

 

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185 Lfleming 01/28/2019

A beautiful day, sunny with very little wind.  The sand is mostly gone except for the first section of the beach by the parking lot.  All the rocks have brought out the agate hunters.  The big storms have moved the small cobbles inland to block the exit to Tenmile Creek which now zig zags farther to the south.  We saw very few birds, recording only four species.  4 Black Oyster Catchers, 4 Brandt's Cormorants, 55 Surf Scoters out in the water, and some gulls, but not very many.   We have been checking the mile since 2002 and that is only the second time we have had that few species, the other was in Sept. 2016.  Our highest numbers have been in June, with 22 species one year. 

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239 ORbeach 01/27/2019

Sitting on our sunny patio in 65 degrees this January day, we thought it would be a good day to do our Coastwatch mile.  It was a different story once we got out on the beach and were facing the hearty, chilly north wind.  More debris than usual no doubt due to recent storms and the large amount of driftwood pushed far up the beach, which tends to trap plastic bottles and styrofoam pieces.  There were NO SEALS at the tip of the Salishan Spit, which is their usual hangout, but we spotted a few in the water.  

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34 tayloreandc 01/27/2019

The most notable change has been the movement of sand from the northern half of the beach which occurs each winter.  Although it restores each summer and early autumn it has lessened over the past 20 years.

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111 TRBishop 01/26/2019

One of those beautiful, warm, calm January days.. nothing eventful to report...

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287 C Nelson 01/26/2019

This observation was most notable for the dramatic erosion that had occurred two months since I had last walked the mile. Just prior to this January visit, there had been a couple of major winter storms with high winds and seas that occurred in conjunction with king tides - and the powerful effect of the storm surf was quite impressive. Waves had carried driftwood far onshore, overtopping the foredune and depositing it in significant quantities behind the dune. There was also considerable erosion - at least 3-4 feet of sand (and maybe more) had been carried out to sea, leaving newly sculpted faces and breaks on the foredune. Photos below illustrate the erosion. The only before/after photos I have to show the full extent of the erosion are of the exposed root structure of the 'hobbit tree'. (I've called this large piece of buried driftwood the 'hobbit tree' in honor of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Years ago, when almost all of this root structure was exposed above the sand, someone painted the whole thing with blue paint and stamped white hand prints on top of the blue paint, much like was done in the Lord of the Rings movies. Small portions of the blue paint still remain on protected areas of the wood). In the December photo, only the very topmost branch of the root structure is visible above the sand, In the January photo, nearly four feet of the root structure is exposed.

The other observation of note was the extremely large amount of smaller pieces of plastic in the drift line. This is the first time I've encountered so much very small plastic (1 inch or less in width) in such huge quantities. The sheer volume of the plastic is of concern, as there is far too much to pick up manually. Maybe Coast Watch could invest in the invention of some sort of 'sand sweeper' to clean it up??

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198 bahngarten 01/26/2019

50' cloudy morning with light breeze from SW. Mod amount broken clam shells, pebbles, along tideline. 9 people walking beach, beachside campground closed, host present. Some sandy erosion present along grassy bluff line with recent king tide and winter storms. several med. size Styrofoam pieces, brown paper, 1 yellow crab bait packing strap removed, about 10 lbs. No wildlife- dead or alive present along beach. In campground several varied thrushes, and a small flock of kinglets were visible in the spruce canopy. Nice weather for a winter morning.

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116 alaingamerica 01/26/2019

Very quiet day, despite the fine weather. Saw a boat closer in than I've ever observed. 3 Cormorants and a flock of Harlequin ducks. Two Sea Stars. 3 Chiton, one a gumboot I'll swear I photographed years ago when it was a baby. Found an unusual net. Wasn't prepared to haul out any garbage. My bad.

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329 Merce and Michael 01/25/2019 DISPATCH

Digging out after January's king tides.

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23 Bob Harvey 01/25/2019

Since my October visit, large amounts of vegetated foredune has occurred along about 90% of Mile 23. The south end has escaped it. Up to as much as 30 feet of foredune has been lost especially in the region around the yellow location sign number 184. Much of  large pile of driftwood that has accumulated on the beach that is protected by the  huge offshore rocks has been re-distributed north and south of it's original spot.

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171 oldMGguy 01/23/2019

Lots of sea foam on Heceta Beach this afternoon.  This stuff is almost pure white compared to the greenish-tannish foam usually seen in the fall.  Small groups of sanderlings feeding in the surf outwash was about the only observed wildlife today.

The recent "king" tides sloshed up against the grass-covered foredunes, undercutting the hummocks in various locations, most notably on the south half of Mile 171.

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338 Randy and Beth 01/21/2019

A MLK Day hike on our beach mile--a very mild day with a beach that had been swept clean by a very high set of tides. We saw more sandpipers than usual and only a few gulls. On the return walk we walked close to the bluff. Areas that had collections of seaweed and small driftwood, also had small pieces of plastic of various colors. We noticed six boats (crabbers?) off shore in the distance.

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293 stu and barb 01/21/2019

A throwback to a couple years ago...the black sand is back along with some previously exposed remains of plastic rope and an assumed crab ring buried deep in the sand.  Very clean beach, probably the result of the King tide clearing out whatever was present.  Found just a small amount or plastic stuff but not a single plastic bottle...that doesn’t happen very often!  Thanks to the two Kings...Tide and M.L.K.

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214 PCTronquet 01/21/2019

I counted at least 47 folks on mile 214 at noon, high 10.3 King Tide, 50 degrees, full sunshine, and little to no wind.  Several children were playing in the surf at high tide.....and were chased by small "sneaker waves".

A number of large trees and many large logs had washed up on the beach with the high tide.

22 Snowy Plover were clustered right around the South Beach Day Use access to the beach, and ran south when dogs and people neared.  Also saw a Snow Bunting  which is uncommon here. 

The beach was remarkably clean from human debris, and the dunes were not affected by the high tide.

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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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203 JLcoasties 01/18/2019

The beach had a lot of marine debris such as polypropelene rope, fuel lines, expended shot gun/ fire works shells and other items that had washed in.  We filled two 3-gallon buckets with debris.

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299 cpendergrass 01/16/2019

16 people and 3 dogs noted. Recent stormy weather has brought in large driftwood as well as an egg case from a Big Skate (Raja binoculata). An egg case, sometimes known as a mermaid’s purse, is the casing made from collagen protein strands that surrounds the eggs of oviparous (egg-laying) sharks, skates (the only rays that are oviparous) and chimaeras. The ‘horns’ or ‘points’ at each corner secure it between rocks as well as protect against predators. Unlike most egg cases which contain only 1 embryo, that of the Big Skate can contain up to 7 embryos. Big Skates are common from California to Alaska.

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236 Streets 01/15/2019

Remarkably little debris - anticipating a different story after the King tides!

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308 John Markham 01/13/2019

Two new colverts installed.

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246 gianna70 01/12/2019

This walk was done in conjunction with the Marine Debris Shoreline Survey. We carried two pallets off the beach plus a few pieces of pressure treated lumber. 

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235 KWelsh 01/12/2019

A beautiful day on Mile 235. Sunny, warm, very light to no wind on the beach. Lots of people out walking, running and enjoying the day. The beach was very clean with only a few individual pieces of driftwood here and there, no rocks or shells, no animal casings, and only two pieces of debris that I came upon, etc. The most plentiful objects on the beach this day were footprints. 

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171 oldMGguy 01/08/2019

Pleasant afternoon stroll on Heceta Beach this afternoon.  The NE wind has beaten down the surf, but two surfers were out working a nice curl just north of the North Jetty finger.  Small bunches of Sanderlings feeding in the outwash, crows and gull busily chowing down on a fresh deceased yearling harbor seal (reported to the MM Stranding Network website - photo).  The north half of Mile 171 is heavily covered with a mass stranding of large 12-16" diameter Moon jellies with one specimen measuring an honest 24" across - easily the largest Moon jelly I've seen on Heceta Beach since 2008 (photo).  Must be perfect ocean conditions this year for growing really big jellies!

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243 garretta 01/07/2019

Resident logs show significant movement from recent high tides: King Tides but even more high tides January 4 and 5 which were higher than King Tides. Also, numerous new logs washed up to cliffs and maybe 15-20 islands of kelp on the beach. Beach has been scoured and very few rocks, no shells, and only driftline/tide line show debris. 

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238 ORbeach 01/07/2019 DISPATCH

Providing pictures of erosion at house #295 on Salishan Drive, Gleneden Beach

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199 seagazer 01/05/2019 DISPATCH

Upon arriving here on the 28th of December, I first went down to the beach to take a quick look. It was raining so I chose not to do a full inspection. What caught my attention was the amount of foredune that has been lost since my last inspection. I took some pictures for a later report. In late afternoon I observed a trackhoe being unloaded from a lowboy where it proceeded to drive to the Wakonda Beach access. It started to work the access to fix the four foot high dropoff. It eventually got onto th ebeach then a dump truck showed up and dumped it's load of large boulders that rolled down onto the beach. The hoe proceeded to prepare to base of the bank and start laying in courses of the boulders along the face of the bank adjacent to the first house north of the access. More rock was brought and dumped then the track hoe continued to place them using its work lights as it got dark. Then the machine was driven up off of the beach and parked. The following morning (January 4th), the operator arrived to find the waves coming all of the way up to the rocks laid the previous evening. He decided not to put his machine back onto the beach. As high tide approached, at 10 am the waves were aggressively crashing against the rocks eventually reaching above the highest laid course. By early afternoon, the waves were not reaching within 20' of the bank so the operator returned his machine to the beach as more loads of rock were being delivered. By late afternoon, the height of the courses of rock was doubled reaching 2/3 of the way up and from the access to just about the property line of the north second house. The houses north of these two have lost close to as much bank as these first two houses. The owners may not be aware of the conditions of the bank in front of their properties. The operator brought his machine back up on top and waited for a truckload of crushed rock that he worked down the approach and packed with his wide bucket to restore the access. It is actually much better than the way he found it. As it was getting dark, he proceeded to load his machine back onto the lowboy trailer that had just arrived and then left the site. An inspection of the rock work Saturday morning (Jan 5th), the rock appears to be well placed for temporary protection of the two properties except for a curious gap between the wall and the access road.  (Added Jan 6th) Further inspection helped me realize that the gap between the wall and the access point must relate to the operator placing rock only up to the southern private property line - not on State road right-of-way. The access road is not as wide as the State's right-of-way. Legally the rock could not overlap onto that ROW. The ocean was approaching high tide but the waves reached just to the rock, not near as aggressive as the day before. As another strong storm approaches, and with the upcomong King Tides, it will be interesting how this temporary work will fare. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has issued emergency permits for these two properties. Applications are being prepared for the installations of permanent armoring of these two properties.

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254 Neskowin254 01/04/2019

There was a very high tide. The accompanying photos show high wave occurrence and erosion at the Mt. Angel Avenue and Corvallis Avenue beach access points in Neskowin.

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244 Victoria 01/02/2019

The drainage pipes overhanging the cliffs are a real eyesore.

the erosion of the cliff on the chinook winds property is getting worse due to people carving in the cliff.

Beach fires are a real hazard on this mile. 

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238 Cathy238 01/02/2019 DISPATCH

Much erosion along Mile 238 north of beach access 50B. Bulldozers are adding boulders and sand and working daily. Some beach access points are currently unusable until additional sand can bring the paths to a level of walking directly off the beach. Right now, some rock climbing would be required, but it is recommended to avoid using those exits. Winter tide levels are high throughout the day, making a straight walk along the entire mile nearly impossible most of the day (between sneaker waves and erosion). 

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222 222Tender 01/01/2019

Overcast day on Mile 222....more people than usual observed due to New Years Day.  Access road had been cleared of major driftwood collected since high tides.  I did see young man climbing and sliding down fragile cliff.  I made him aware of the fragility of the bluff and he finished climbing up and left .  Also observed were 2-3 15', 4/4 partially painted green boards along with green painted plywood 2, approx 4x6 feet.  

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110 billberg 01/01/2019

It was a beautiful 1st day of the New Year!!! Collected about 1/3 bag of trash (water bottles, small pieces of styrofoam, small broken plastic pieces, plastic bags, rope, mesh bag, canvas tote bag from VA Administration, and one car tire). Quiet day. 

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245 TerryH 01/01/2019 DISPATCH

Talk about timing!  I was warning a family about the dangers of sitting directly under the cliffs, at the north end of Roads End beach, when a large rockslide came tumbling down about a 100 ft from us.  It reminded me of the video of Mt. St Helens exploding, where the whole side of the mountain bulged out before it came down.  Other than that, very nice day on the beach. At least 100 people and many off-leash dogs, perhaps 30, most under voice control.  Beach itself was clean of small stuff but many large logs.  Crabbers in the distance, beyond the Cascade Head Marine Reserve boundary, setting their traps for a Jan 4th harvest.

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182 mj6dolphin 12/31/2018

People were walking the beaches. Three people were rock hounding in Big creek. Two people were looking at rocks in the cliffs.The dunes beside Big creek were visibly worn down from high waves.The cliffs looked more exposed at the bottom on Muriel Ponsler making the cliffs look taller.There was plastic bottles, plastic debri and pieces of rope on the beach. I removed the plastics, rope and styrofoam.

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192 [email protected] 12/31/2018

Since much of my mile is rocky with steep embankments, I can't really get down to view it from eye level.  As such, the most significant things I notice are a lot more large stumps and more debris.  My house looks at the Cleft of the Rock seagull/harbor seal colony so I observe the birds and seals there every day.  I have two big observations this year.  The biggest change I've seen in my two years, is the number of sea stars that have come back to the rocks.  When I first moved here in 2016, looking at the rocks/island around me, I counted 6 orange and 1 purple sea star.  Now I can count 36 orange and 3 purple sea stars.  It could be I was just missing them before, but they are very pronounced now.  The one really sad thing is the Black Oystercatcher pair that live on the rocks on the west side of my house.  They sucessfully mated and had two chicks that grew to maturity in 2017.  They mated and had two eggs and two chicks this year, but they didn't even last a month.  I don't know exactly what happened, but there were a particularly agressive pair of eagles this year that came to the seagull colony every day and decimated the eggs, and then the young chicks.  In previous years the seagulls were able to run the eagles off.  This year the eagles pretty much did what they wanted.  They would come in the morning and evening and spend 30 mins on the colony jumping from nest to nest eating the eggs or chasing the chicks.  We had three seals die on the colony this year (2 babies, 1 adult), and one washed up on the rocks nearest to my house (where the Oystercatchers live).  I counted 5 eagles (3 adults, 2 juvenile) munching on the dead seal.  They were about 40ft from the baby Oystercatchers.  Two days later, the chicks were gone.  In 2017, the adults where so agressive, not even seagulls landed on their rocks.  In 2018, they didn't seem to care, even when the eggs had hatched.  Both parents would fly off and leave the chicks unattended.  They even left the eggs unattended.  Very strange behavior.  

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309 spinger 12/31/2018

beautiful Old Year's Day at the beach, lots of people, lots of dogs enjoying themselves!

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197 oceanloonie 12/31/2018

This was a beautiful, sunny, although chilly at 45 degrees Fahrenheit, New Year's Eve afternoon after a week or so of rains and blustery winds. The tide was low, so there was a large expanse of beach, and people were walking dogs, or just pleasure-walking or running. There were few birds, only occasional gulls flying by. The only notable changes from the last survey 5 months ago were some mud and rock slides and further erosion of the bluffs. Predictably, there was a lot of rainwater runoff down the face of the bluffs in rivulets and washes and an occasional small waterfall. Only a few spots had functioning drainpipes. The ocean had calmed after the King Tides and huge rolling waves and spindrift of last week, and was sparkling in the sun, just glorious. All in all, an optimistic prognostication for the year to come. Happy New Year!

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307 Bald Eagle 12/30/2018

I was the only person on the shoreline.  There was one bald eagle circling above.  There were no man-made or natural changes to the shoreline.

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246 kujira246 12/30/2018

Was unable to reach the northern half of mile 246 again due to water levels. There was miminal debris found on the second quarter and was able to carry it back with me. From the amount of debris deposited at the 3 car parking area, it looks as if beach goers pick up items in the southern first quarter and leave it there to be picked up. 

Noticed a purple tint to the sand starting at the 3 car parking area (labled with a "40" sign I believe) and then north until the beach houses end. Sometimes the color was evident at the surface, but if not, you could see it just under the first layer of sanding by scraping it back with your shoe. I'll attach photo examples. Further north past where the beach houses end, the coloring seemed to be gone.

There didn't seem to be any noticeable shifts in the hillsides since my previous visit.

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195 WetWabbit 12/30/2018

Many visitors were enjoying this coast walk in spite of warm, light rain. It was difficult to access the beach from the 804 trail because of a seasonal stair closing. I went up to the highway to bypass this point on the way back. The beach was washed clean of most natural and human debris. Whales were migrating, but none could be seen because large waves and low elevation obstructed views of the distant ocean.

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210 mrkopplin 12/30/2018

We noted a fair amount of bull kelp strewn about the northern part of the mile. Not so much on the southern half. Many more small rocks and pebbles esp on southern half. Beach not as sandy as in the warmer months. People we met were enjoying their time on the beach with dogs and hunting rocks. All friendly and no issues noted (ie, dogs either leashed and/or under control, not chasing birds, etc). We took photo of the mile from the north end looking south and from the south end looking north. Also, 2 photos of the 2 dead Cassin's Auklets and of cliff erosion near house.

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11 sandy beach 12/30/2018

A gorgeous morning and a vacation week lured 40 people to the Cape Ferrelo View Point this Sunday to test John, the whale watching volunteer, on his 'whale speak'. By the end of his 2 hour duty 3 whales were added to the count. Eight people hiked a portion of the Coast Trail on mile 11. Two more adventurous ones scurried down a hillside to a secluded little beach, then climbed the rocks for a better view of the surf below. The erosion on the hillside behind this beach makes it look like it's melting into the ocean. There was no visible driftline due to the lack of sand and all the rocks. Also, no birds! I usually see more wildlife than people. Today the opposite. 

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212 PhilBSB 12/30/2018

Nice day for a walk after the recent rains and huge surf.  Not much new except the short stairway on to the bech from neighborhood acess (For full disclosure I live in the neighbohood but don't know who added this).  It was not permitted and I will continue to follow up.

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254 Jennifer1 12/29/2018

Windy, damp day for the mile walk. Evidence of king tide from flatted grasses and newly exposed logs on bluff. Collected one trash bag of marine/plastic debris. Mostly styrofoam, rather than plastics from previous years at this time. Winds were strong, and blown sand over much of the wrackline making small plastics less visible. 

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171 oldMGguy 12/29/2018

Overcast andf slight drizzle on today's Heceta Beach walk-about.  The entire mile was coated with river estuary sourced grasses and small woody twigs/branches washed downstream during the recent King tides.  Just a few chunks of moon and sea nettle jellies in the high water line.  The high tides also removed a lot of the upper beach sand back to the beach grass hummocks.  Scattered groups of sanderlings and the occasional crow were feeding in the surf out-wash.  Lots of dogs on the beach today, most off-leash.  Several were chasing shorebirds.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 12/29/2018

The  King Tides really changed the landscape at the Tish-a-Tang beach access. Loaded with kelp and timber. As to be expected,  whole new waves of plastic also washed ashore, along with ropes and a large shingle was found.

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198 bahngarten 12/28/2018

Cool, cloudy morning with light SW breeze . Small groups of actively feeding sanderlings along entire tideline. Estimate 250 total. 2 western bulls present, 1 dead bird wing, probable western gull by coloring. 7 people, 2 dogs walking beach. Notable was overtopped in several low lying areas of campground, with deposits of sand, logs and bull kelp( usual in winter). No campground host trailer or car present.

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