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101 GarrettSEA 11/07/2018

Documented access signs to beach. 2 dead birds,  deer tracks  State park employee asked two people to get down off the rocks at Coquille point.  Noted debris on the bluff.

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238 Cathy238 11/06/2018 DISPATCH

Large dead sea lion on beach.

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200 KatAll 11/06/2018

Beach is clean and there were other people picking up small plastic. We came at high tide and the waves are nearly to the dunes south. The creek is wide and shallow. No creek definition. We attempted to walk further down, but sneakers were traveling from the south around high sand and around from the back so we turned around. We noticed the same while walking north toward the bridge on Saturday 11-3-18

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246 vleboeuf 11/04/2018

No major beach issues noted as people were primarily walking and exploring the rocky shore. However, significant erosion noted on the south side of Cascade Head bluffs. Was pleasantly surprised to see both giant and bull kelp in the close-in deep pools.

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198 bahngarten 11/04/2018

Balmy, cloudy 59" afternoon with light winds from SW.Mole crab body debris, bull kelp-1  large wrack along tide line.  Notable was 1 decomposed Cassin's auklet( ID per foot from COASST book).  Beachside campground closed for winter, but 5 people walking beach. Clean beach

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286 beverly.stein 11/04/2018

Generally the beach was clean with a lot of kelp clumps.  Very few people.

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240 midnite5484 11/02/2018

Three dead sea lions were reported to the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding hotline during the 4th quarter. High water brought in many logs to the Taft area. A restoration of the pier by Mo's Restaurant on the Siletz Bay was completed. The most common litter found was shotgun shells. Graffiti noted on the Beach Ave access (#48) stairwell.

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311 Ostj 11/01/2018

The beach was quiet. A low tide showing very smooth sand. 

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259 powston1 10/30/2018

The beach was not as busy as I thought it would be on a pleasant Fall weekend--only 6 people on the beach.  But, although it was sunny just off the beach, the fog over the beach itself may have cut down on beach activity.  My biggest surprise was a noticeable buidup of sand since my last visit, which was, admittedly, several years ago.  No interesting photos to post--too foggy.2

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238 Cathy238 10/30/2018 DISPATCH

Dead seal on beach in front of/near house #271.

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188 Joel Keller 10/29/2018

Although the tide was relatively low during this excursion, the surf was rough and I was unable to walk/climb to the southern-most sections of Strawberry Hill and Neptune Beaches.  Possibly due to the previous day's storm, there was a good amount of mussel and crab shells especially on the southern end of Strawberry Hill.  These appeared to attract a greater than usual amount and variety of birds.  The harbor seals were evident both on land and, later, in the ocean.  The green crabs that were observed in abundance in July were nowhere to be seen this time and, possibly due to the higher tide, there also appeared to be fewer sea stars.  There was a greater than usual amount of beach debris (primarily wood and shells but also some plastic) again possibly due to the previous day's storm.  The few people there appeared to be sight-seeing more than tide-pooling or rock/agate-hunting.

 

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187 Baller Leigh Anne 10/28/2018

No noteable changes to the beach. 

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129 mzlizee 10/24/2018

Dead sea lion. 7' length.  See photos.

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101 beachnut 10/24/2018 DISPATCH

A much-degraded pup of a marine mammal washed up on the night high tide several yards north of the 11th St. stairs at Coquille Point. Even Jim Rice couldn't tell for sure whether it was a sea lion or a seal fromthe 2 photos sent by phone this morning about 7:45. Length about 2.5 feet. Much of the fur coat was missing. Stranding was reported by me.

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228 DWhite 10/23/2018

All human activity was at the Rocky Creek wayside, not Whale Cove. 

The most notable change was on the Whale Cove beach where a dead sea lion was seen in June (not reported then, but see picture below). There was a noticeable height gain of sand on the beach since June and it has completely covered the remains of the dead sea lion. Residents report that over a period of a couple of months birds had picked at the carcass to the extent that bones could be seen.

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215 JuliaAndLuna 10/20/2018

The beach was very clean, I only found a single old toothbrush. Weather was comfortable on the walk south, but wind picked up severely on our way back up the beach.

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236 Streets 10/19/2018

Gorgeous afternoon, bracing wind, an unobscured sun as it nears the horizon

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185 Lfleming 10/17/2018

It was a lovely day, perfect weather, and the people were only in the first sandy part except for one agate hunter.  With no winter storms yet the summer sands were still there so the walking was easy.   The beach was quite clean.   All the baby jellyfish in the  driftline was very unusual.  They were all the same size, quite fresh looking, and went the whole length of the first sandy part of the beach.  After that it gets rocky and we didn't see any.   All the rocks in the water probably keep them from coming in.

 

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208 Batthecat 10/16/2018 DISPATCH

Not much happening on this beach except human invasive use (driving on beach)

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231 RangerBoy231 10/14/2018 DISPATCH

While I was unable to complete a walk of my full mile, I did observe a variety of human and marine life activity; most notable of which was the marine life, as it consisted of the observation of approximately 3-4 gray whales feeding off of the coastline, a myriad of bird species including, but not limited to, Cormorants and Western Gulls flying or nesting along the stretch of coast, and approximately 1 harbor seal swimming into the harbor, from the bay. 

As for human activity, there were approximately 90-100 humans walking/sitting along the bayfront in order to observe the occurring whale activity. I also observed approximately 5-6 humans climbing the cliffs across from the bayfront. I did not observe any fishing activity, nor any negative human interactions with the local wildlife. 

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242 Bluewater 10/14/2018

Today was perfect beach weather. So many people were out enjoying what will be one of the last nice weekends before the rains start in. I did not notice a lot of changes in the area, except that the "D" river was very narrow (of course not a lot of snowmelt for water) and it had made a large pool at the end (instead of going straigh into the ocean.

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23 Bob Harvey 10/12/2018

People enjoying Beach, foredunes stacked with summer sand from the northwest. New signage along Highway 101 such as "no overnight parking", yellow safety location signs 183,184,185

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245 TerryH 10/10/2018 DISPATCH

Contacted LCPD regarding unattended fire at the north end of Roads End beach, just below 7659 NW Logan Rd.  I tried to smother it with sand but did not have tools.  Fire was near vegetation and the wind was feeding the flames.  Also, a sick sea lion near the water and just south of the 72nd street beach access.  Reminded people on the beach to stay way back.  Contacted Jim Rice and submitted Marine Mammal Report.

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290 Foxglove290 10/10/2018

Beautiful Indian summer day to walk my mile.  I observed 15 people along with their dogs on the beach and northe jetty. One man was surf fishing. Usually there are people fishing off the jetty but not todya due to the rate the tide was comming in(1.4' per hour) The tide was fairly high, the drift line I was looking at was a few days old.(Dried sea grass)  I was surprised to find an Ocean Sunfish washed ashore. I read about them when I got home I found that Yes their habitat does include this area of the Pacific.  Alot less human activity this time of year with western half of the Barview County Campground closed until late Spring. I  found  very little trash in comparison to my other mile walks (see photo).  The fore dunes on the souther section of my mile have vegetation returning after last winters high tides erosion.  Campers burned 98% of the driftwood that had accumulated over the winter.  

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198 bahngarten 10/07/2018

Calm, cloudy, hazy morning. 11 people, 5 dogs, running or walking on beach( one runner had a small dog in a backpack).  Driftline content- some kelp, shell pieces, and crab molt. Clean beach.  Intermittent  southbound gulls in  groups- predomintantly immatures. Beachside campground about 1/3 full.

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171 oldMGguy 10/06/2018

Beautiful fall afternoon for strolling on Heceta Beach - sunny, light breeze from the NW.  Several small flocks of sanderlings were feeding in the shallow surf, crows digging out and eating mole crabs, a large flock of brown pelicans plunge-feeding in the shallows of the "lagoon" area north of the North Siuslaw River jetty.  An equally large flock of brown pelicans were resting on the jetty rocks.  The wet sand is coated with a thick layer of that greenish-brown algae scum from the seasonal near-shore phytoplankton die-off.  Several smashed moon jellies and a gazillion marble-sized clear comb jellies were observed along the mile today.

There is a very noticable increase in the volume and height of the wet sand in the "lagoon" area on the north side of the Siuslaw River north jetty.  In addition, the surf line was much further west than usual for this level of tide (1.8').  The river navigational channel was recently dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers, so maybe the off-shore dumped sand has migrated back to the beach??

It's been unusually windy this summer.  The new foredune building about 100 yards west of the original 2000's era foredune has dramatically increased in size and height (photo).  I suspect that since the European beach grass no longer permits sand flow off the immediate beach area, that our ocean beaches will be migrating westward, backed by an increasing series of foredunes like the Clatsop Plains geology.

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120 ronnijenni22 10/06/2018

A lot of people have a good time on the beach...

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222 KathyLJ 10/06/2018 DISPATCH

Beautiful, sunny & warm day. 3 cars parked at the Wade Creek acess parking area. 9 people including 3 children and 4 dogs were walking on the beach or sitting on the rocks. No trash observed other than a plastic bottle and some marine rope which I removed. A dead sea lion was up against the cliff at the high tide line. I filed a Stranded Marine Mammal report.

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339 edjoyce 10/06/2018 DISPATCH

All was calm and relatively undisturbed.

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299 cpendergrass 10/04/2018

The summer crush of tourists has passed...only 6 strolling people and 3 dogs were noted in addition to 4 dead common murres and 1 dead cormorant. More brown macroalgae (seaweed) had washed in than has been usual in the past few months. After an unusually dry summer, the build-up of salt spray on the cliffs of Neahkahnie Mountain had turned the dark basalt to white. 

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99 tbowspencer 10/04/2018

Last mile survey before upcoming seasonal storms. The wet sand is quite cluttered with kelp piles and clusters of muscles and barnacles. There was a minimal number of shorebirds and gulls. Johnson creek and Devil's Kitchen creek were both shallow and calm. It is very much an autumn-condition beach.There is still a lot of small plastic debris on the creek banks, bluffs, and around the bluff-side rocks. I collected a large bag of it.

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262 Linda Fink 10/03/2018

The ocean continues to move inland, undercutting the bank. "Dune stabilization" efforts don't seem to be working, mostly because of natural erosion apparently. Vehicle tracks show lots of vehicles have been driving on beach in allowable areas. Sand and rocks have filled in between Cape Kiwanda and offshore rocks where there used to be ocean water. Beach pretty clean of human trash. Wrack lines with lots of purple snail shells, seaweed, crab shells. A few Heerman's Gulls with other usual gulls at water's edge. Only excitement was opening the locked door of a stranded vehicle that the people had locked themselves into by mistake, only openable from outside. They were able to stick a hand out the small opening in window to wave at me. The keys were in the outside of the door. Someone had called to get a tow truck to get them out. The vehicle had been stuck in sand at the foot of the dune for a day and a half but they had been at their campsite across the road, apparently, and came back when they remembered they might have left their keys in the door. I have no idea why they went inside with the keys still dangling from the keyhole outside.

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274 rogans 10/02/2018

It was mostly a brsik but sunny afternoon. A few people were out on the beach enjoying the last of the summer weather.

There are still some brown pelicans in the area. A couple were seen foraging just beyond the breakers.

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28 AzaleaLane 10/01/2018

Our beach walk with Fawn Custer, October, 1, 2018.  We met at the Gold Beach Visitor Center, then 

walked south toward Turtle Rock and Kissing Rock.  Sunny day. Tide was low.  Fawn identified small

jelly fish, and a foot from a mollusk. Fawn talked about photographing this area during the King Tide.

We did!  On December 21-23, 2018. Always informative, Fawn makes beach walks fun.

 

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220 Hillsideshack 10/01/2018

A warm but wet day on Mile 220. 3 surfers and 7 walkers along with 3 dogs were out enjoying the spritzing. The bluff and vegetation continue to slide towards the sea. A small Harbor Seal has been slowly disintegrating on the north section of our beach, 7 dead seabirds along the length of Mile 220. Lots of sand and very little rock. The pelican were wonderful to watch...and plentiful today along with a mutitude of gulls. Crab shells were prevalent especially in the southern half of the mile. Large cement/conglomerate pieces (7) remain on our beach, also found plastic straws (4), a cigarette lighter, a surfboard leash (ancient and ripped), a bunch of small plastics, 4 pieces of rope (mostly small), a metal piece, 4 dog poop bags that had not been disposed of properly and a squeeze bottle top. All in all, productive and beautiful day on 220! 

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30 tree13tops 09/30/2018

9 people enjoying the sunny day.  Noted two dead gulls and one badly decomposed sea lion

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308 John Markham 09/29/2018

 Exotic pampas grass (native to South America) on face of seacliff.

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309 spinger 09/29/2018

Beach sand deposition is extremely flat, causing increased distance of tide line variation

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315 JDPphotography 09/28/2018

On this visit to Crescent Beach, I concentrated on the north section of beach directly beneath Ecola State Park parking lot.

There were seven (7) people on the beach when I and my party of three arrived (total 10). Then, three women with a dog walked along the shore playing with the dog. Later, a single man was observed photographing and two additional women were sitting on the large log by a beached sea stack. The other woman in my party was sunbathing during our visit.

Driftwood was lodged amongst the rocks, and dead trees sticking up from the sand.

This pristine beach showed only minimal touches by humans such as cairns by a small waterfall, a feather sticking straight up from the sand, and a love note written in the sand. I also saw a dead jellyfish on the beach. There is a fence that is in disrepair on the side of the bluff and the purpose for its being there is not obvious. See photos.

 

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219 YHONA 09/25/2018

During the survey there were 105 people and two dogs on the beach. 38 cars, 10 SUVs, 4 Pickups, and 2 RVs were recorded in the parking area at the end of the survey. There was a great deal of algae present in the wrack line. One notable find was a log covered in an unknown species of barnacle. Several animal casings were discovered (crab, chiton, limpet, etc). 9 dead birds and one Black Rockfish were present on the beach as well. 

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338 Randy and Beth 09/24/2018

Second day of fall was almost cloudless and temps in the 60's. Most notable wildlife spottings were two dead murres and one dead black bird (possibly a crow). Very sad to see a dead seal pup on the beach also. Only two pelicans flying low over the surf, gulls and terns. "Our" mile was very clear of man made debris; mostly crab shells scattered around.

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195 WetWabbit 09/23/2018

It was a pleasant fall day for a beach walk with my canine companion, Westly. He helped me with the only unusual finds, a series on dead birds on the drift line, most probably Murres. They will likely be gone with the next high tide. Most of the visitors seen were on the 804 trail section of the mile. The beach was largely deserted.

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102 beachnut 09/23/2018 DISPATCH

Jellies of platter and plate size, as well as many smallers ones, are scattered along the southern stretch of Mile 102 between 8th St. stairs and the big rocks clustered below the Madison Ave. beach access. I stopped counting at 100. There were many more. Also saw a few on Mile 101 today.

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257 P B VanB 09/23/2018 DISPATCH

This beach (our favorite) remains in wonderful shape.  The beach is wonderfully clean.  We have witnessed several families picking up trash and on this walk, we found only one trash item, a piece of broken glass (the top portion of a bottle) which would have seriously cut someone who stepped on it.  NO other trash!!  Usefully, the state has provided a trash pickup site beside the parking lot.  The major change in recent months is that the tides are washing away the sand of the lower beach, leaving a 4 to 5 foot bank to the upper beach which sees only occasional water  flow.  This cutting away has continued for the last four months.  Further north, the Nestucca River has swung slightly to the north, leaving the south bank of the river exposed and accessible.  This time, no birds other than gulls and the only mammal was a seal, briefly glimpsed in the surf.  No dead animals on the beach.

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226 gsmeyer 09/21/2018

As is usual, no people were observed directly along the shoreline of this mile where access is very difficult and dangerous. But, there were a number of vehicles parked at the Lookout at Otter Crest Wayside where a number of people were observing the grey whales. And, cars were stopping along Otter Crest Loop where people were also observing whales. Nothing notable was observed along the shoreline and no physical changes are apparent in the past three months. The number of tourists that I observed visiting the Lookout area late in the afternoon might justify considering extending the hours of operation of the Lookout building, which currently closes at 4PM.

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245 TerryH 09/21/2018 DISPATCH

Squid egg sacs have been showing up on Roads End beach the past couple weeks.  Today's find was at the far north end of Mile 245, at the Point.

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331 alkarbeck 09/21/2018

Observed three brown pelicans on shoreline along with several gulls . Once again, the beach seems far cleaner this year!! Hoping this continues!

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239 ORbeach 09/20/2018 DISPATCH

Had time to walk the Taft side of our mile this afternoon.  About 60 people out enjoying the beach.  At least 10 fishing from the shore.  Four boats in the water at the mouth of the Siletz River - also for fishing.  There were NO SEALS at the tip of the Salishan Spit ... must have all been out in the water fishing themselves.  Almost no trash which is commendable since this is a highly-used beach.  One abandoned campfire which I couldn't put out but was not threatening the driftwood or grass.

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238 Cathy238 09/19/2018

This day was similar to several other days I walked this mile since it was assigned. Very little activity of any kind. No trash or other signs of pollution. No people this day, only 4-5 on the other days I walked it. No pets. Very mild weather - little wind, low wave action, warm temperature, sunny with few low clouds.

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121 Emily K 09/18/2018

Access to beach improved. Rocks on trail down to beach.

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294 Paulissen 09/18/2018

Nothing out of the ordinary.

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99 tbowspencer 09/18/2018

A lovely sunny Fall day to walk the beach. I focused on collecting beach debris along north and south banks of Johnson Creek. There was a signficant amount of plastic debris pieces between 1/2 inch up to 5 inches diameter. Collected 10 pounds ( 3 gallon bucket) of primarily plastic. Due to the multiple large rock formations along the bluff of this mile, the configuration of the east half of the beach is ever-changing, now with many lovely, flowing sand dunes. 

 

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210 mrkopplin 09/18/2018 DISPATCH

Observed a California sea lion, alive, on beach close to Lost Creek.

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221 KathyLJ 09/17/2018

I accessed the beach from NW 68th St which is just south of Schooner Point and the southern end of mile 221. Soil erosion on the trail down to the beach on the north end of the mile by Moolack Creek has made it too difficult for me to use it for access. The 19 people observed on the beach included 5 children. That is a lot of people for this stretch of beach especially on a weekday. I often see no more than 6 or so even on summer weekends and they are usually clustered on the north end of the mile by the Moolack Shores Inn. Today's group was spread out over the entire mile. I found only a minimal amount of trash that included a glass jar, a can, a few small pieces of plastic, food wrappings, men's boxer shorts and a bag of dog poop. All but one piece of plastic were found on dry sand. There was more crab molt in the drift line and on the soft sand areas near the cliff walls than I usually see here. There seemed to be less driftwood than I observed earlier in the summer. 

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185 Lfleming 09/17/2018

A lovely partly sunny day and very few people.  The sand had moved in over the summer so it was easier walking.  We saw 18 bird species which is a total we rarely get to.  One Turkey Vulture, flying into the wind, flew closely overhead several times, a very slow trip.  He didn't locate the smell so moved on down the beach.  The Savannah Sparrows fed along in front of us for a long time.  We did see one red dead Sea Star, three legs were good, one was regrowing, and one was only half there.  A very nice visit.

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56 Bob Ivey 09/17/2018

This summer like last, I volunteer with Cape Blanco Lighthouse.  Enjoy wind and no wind day, visitors from all over the world.  Observe whales, seals, various birds and local ground squirrels plus small herd of deer up on the headlands.

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244 rainydaywalker 09/16/2018

Dog:            1

People:      39

Problems:   0

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237 Walden 09/16/2018

3 unknown species due to level of decomp.

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200 bluemoonjoanie 09/16/2018 DISPATCH

Just a pleasant day on Mile 200.  No litter, clean beach.  

 

 

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281 [email protected] 09/15/2018 DISPATCH

Dead sea lion on beach halfway to happy camp. Obviously recently washed up; birds had eaten its eyes and blood was on the sand. 

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271 yakinsea 09/14/2018

This stretch seemed in good shape.  I saw a large mora, aka ocean sunfish, lots of gulls, cormorants, and pelicans, as well as a smattering of various diving birds.  I spotted a lone seal on one side of the cape and another seal or sealion on the other side. No new erosion of any significance, no pollution noted other than a small omount of trash in a cave.

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211 Chad101 09/14/2018

Beyond about .5 mile from beach access, there were no people on the beach and the beach remained relatively pristine, at least south of Thiele Creek.  The area at base of cliffs is flattening out and some areas of standing water were forming (I counted at least 6 small areas).  

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285 Charyl285 09/14/2018

This is a recreated report!  The first one was sent by mail but never arrived.  This is my best estimate of what we saw...

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182 mj6dolphin 09/12/2018

10 people walking with one sitting. One dead bird that appeared Raven size. Sea gulls resting on the sand.Very large muscles with barnacles in the rack line.Large clumps of sea grass in the rack line. I jelly fish.

someone had made steps in the dune beside the rock path chute that is the entryway to Muriel Ponsler beach.

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103 beachnut 09/12/2018

I was not the only person walking this beach in the predawn dark on a calm day that became overcast. Some guy with a flashlight preceeded me in his quest for rocks. Another rock hound appeared later. At 6:15, not much wildlife was in evidence, though gulls and sanderlings appeared later. Surprisingly there was no litter. High-tide line showed small rocks, wood pieces, an occasional log, shell fragments, bull kelp and snatches of smaller kelp.

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218 dderickson 09/11/2018

Most of the people were at the north end of the beach. The creek sported "Brass buttons" (Cotula coronopifolia). Several turkey vultures were feasting on an unidentifiable bird carcass, and what appeared to be a seal pup. They allowed me to get pretty close. There were two great blue herons along the creek. There was also a bird in the trees by the creek which I couldn't identify due to lack of binoculars, but it looked like it might be a common tern. The sea weed content in the wrack was bull kelp, eel grass, surf grass, feather boas, and rockweed. Dunes are still pretty prevalent, temporary "tide pools" forming between them in the high tide zone.

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102 beachnut 09/11/2018

Both halves of this mile were mostly the same: no litter, live gulls, not-so-live kelp, bull kelp, jellies, Dungeness crabs, mussels, shell fragments, stones, gravel beds, wood pieces, some driftwood, a sea palm or two. The main difference on the northern half was absence of  crows and presence of sanderling-type flocks. Both days of viewing were around low tide and 51 degrees with scant wind at about 6:15 a.m. Three vehicles south and two north. Two people south.

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297 NehalemBay 09/09/2018

This was a nice partly cloudy early fall morning with a strong breeze from the south.  The beach sand is high, and extends far out creating a long gentle slope.  The large logs along the dunes are still mostly covered, with a foredune gradually building behind them.  7 cars were in the parking lot.  5 horseback riders and 3  people walking were on the beach.  There were only 3 shorebirds seen, and one vulture.  The Pelicans are migrating south, some stopping to fish in this area. 4 carcasses were identified, 2 Murres and 2 crows.  One of the Murres was quite small and could have been a Murrelet.  There was no indication of any vehicle traffic or man-made changes. 

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239 ORbeach 09/08/2018

A calm pleasant day.  There were THOUSANDS of squid egg cases in the tide line ... both along the ocean and on the Siletz Bay side of the Salishan Spit.  People on the Taft side of the river were yelling at us because they thought we were getting too close to the seal colony.  I appreciate their concern for the seal population but didn't appreciate the names they were calling us.  I couldn't really get into a conversation explaining who we were across the river mouth so I just had to wave.  No seals jumped in the water as a result of feeling disturbed.  Regarding trying to view and count the seals, I realize we are supposed to stay 50 yards away.  I find if I walk very slowly in their direction and don't look at them, kind of turning sideways so they don't think I'm getting too close, they do not get spooked.  Once too many heads pop up, I back off.  Also saw a skate egg case and a shark skeleton.

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165 enriquezag 09/05/2018

Nothing much to report except for the driving in dis-allowed areas.

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240 midnite5484 09/05/2018

Found two fires left unattended, called the fire station.

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220 Hillsideshack 09/03/2018

Another stunning day on Schooner South! Quite windy but beautiful sunshine. 23 folks out enjoying the beach along with 4 dogs and a bike had gone by as well. The cliff/bluff continues to erode and further exposes the drainage pipes all along this mile. In doing large debris surveys for COASST I also am much more aware of the large debris on our beach, we have 22 pieces that are over 50cm. There were 5 deceased Common Murres (no COASST zip ties yet) and 2 other dead birds. No mammals today which was a relief after seeing the sea lion on the beach 2 days ago (alive). On a side note, one of my photos today is of just the cigarette butts that I collected as I returned from my beach up 68th to 1/2 way up Avery...pretty depressing....we all know where these would have ended up! 

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187 Baller Leigh Anne 09/03/2018

Overall a surprisingly quiet day at the beach. There were far less people than I anticipated giving that it was Labor Day weekend and the past few days had been abuzz with tourists. The quiet did allow me to get a good look at a heron though who was exploring some shallow water. The tide was higher than it usually is when I visit so I wasn't able to cover as much ground as usual, but it was really interesting to see how different the beach looks with the tide higher. 

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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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198 bahngarten 09/02/2018

Strong  chilly N wind, clear skies- with distant haze over whitecaps at sea.  People, dogs enjoying holiday weekend. Beachside campground full.  Notable was one cormorant carcass, and 1 first year gull carcass- decomposed and partially buried in sand, so specific ID not possible.  Broken shells, sand dollar pieces, pebbles, and mole crab parts. along driftline.  Sea rocket blooming along bluff.  Clean beach!   

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231 RangerBoy231 09/01/2018

Human Activities - Observed a multitude of tourists and locals alike along the bayfront taking photographs, walking, and whale watching. Humans walking along the rock face and humans fishing along the coast were also observed. There was a multitude of trash observed along the coast (cigarettes, plastic wrappers, plastic bags, etc...), close to the sidewalks. 

Shoreline Wildlife - Bull kelp and algae were observed on the coastline. I observed a plethora of Acorn Barnacles and Clams, as well as harbor seals, Western Gulls, Cormorants, and Gray Whales along the coast. 

Physical Changes - I observed no new man-made changes to the landscape. 

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196 Pardiatthebeach 08/31/2018

Since it is the Friday before Labor Day weekend 6 people and 4 dogs were out. A couple of wood "forts" are built on the upper sand. Since there have been no big tides vegetation and grass is growing back on upper sand in some places. Very little debris has washed in. Previously reported salmon shark body is still there although decomposing. A couple vultures were around too. 

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224 malachite 08/30/2018

Foggy, still day at the beach, at high tide.   Other people on the beach were mostly surfers.  There was one loose dog that seemed to be one of the dogs that surfers bring and then just leave to do whatever while the person surfs.   However, that dog seemed relatively quiet, did not, for instance, charge my dog while she was retrieving a ball.    Its primary activity seemed to be staring off over the ocean, waiting for its person to reappear.   However, I did not look behind me to see if the dog migrated to other parts of the beach, i.e., towards groups of people, etc.   Looked as though some of the stairway treads or planks were replaced since I last took the long stair way down to the beach.

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154 Eugene Hikers 08/30/2018

10 Eugene Hikers walked Mile 154 with Fawn Custer, Volunteer Coordinator.  Took Tahkenitch Dunes Trail, entered beach at Emerg. Sign #115, then back on 3 MIle Lake trail (Emerg. Sign #115A).  Many areas roped off for snowy plover protection both near north access and along sand bluff on beach.  Good snowy plover protection signage on beach (e.g. no dogs or vehicles), but these signs also should have been posted at trailhead.  Generally, some evidence of older erosion of vegetated foredune, and little debris on beach.  Observed one person walking, and tire and dog tracks in sand outside roped off area.  We found a dead mola mola sunfish and whole sea nettle jelly fish about 100 yards north of Emerg. Sign #115A.  There were gulls, sanderlings, and a vulture on the beach.  The driftline had shells, crab molt, snail egg casings, seaweed dead mole crabs, kelp, algae, wood pieces with barnacles.   

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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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188 casparboy 08/30/2018

A beautiful, foggy morning. Most of human activity was at Strawberry Hill. Somewhat less at Bob's, and no one at Neptune. Notable summer sand accumulation at Neptune and Strawberry Hill. No unusual wildlife sitings, though from various visits, sea stars are making a good recovery!

 

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293 stu and barb 08/29/2018

Reported the 4’ long dead seal to the local Beach Park Ranger

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229 njwhite 08/28/2018 DISPATCH

Observed young Black Oystercatcher and parent on the rocks near the whale watching platform. We took part in a Black Oystercatcher study this past spring to see if a nesting spot could be located. While we were not able identify where two pair of oystercatchers were nesting in our area, we were glad to see a young and what we presumed was the parent on the rock near the whale watching platform. Photo by Dennis White. 

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206 shelgeson 08/26/2018

This is my first mile report with coast watch! I enjoyed becoming acquainted with my mile and walking it! Attached you will find pictures of what I saw. 

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188 Volunteer Coordinator 08/26/2018 DISPATCH

Hiking group from around the states and some of our awesome locals including the new adopter for the mile.  Observations:  sea stars are all healthy, many anemones, aggregating and solitary, mussels and barnacles healthy, seals waiting for the tide to come in and newly molted Pacific Rock Crab

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236 Streets 08/25/2018

The winds of July have subsided; lots of beach activity, and not enough debris to warrant carrying a sack

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278 Andy G 08/25/2018

Much sand covering beach, both tide driven and wind driven up to the base of hte dunes and covering 3-5' of base.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 08/23/2018 DISPATCH

Found a small dead shark while walking the beach this morning. It is about 3-3.5 feet in length.

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186 dbpcar 08/20/2018

Survey done on August 20, 2018 starting at 1500 hours.

  • It was a foggy day with smoke from wildland fires intermixed.
  • 58 degrees F.
  • Winds moderate to strong on beach but light on Hwy 101.
  • 9 humans and 4 dogs seen on beach just walking.
  • 3 cars in parking lot on south side of Tenmile Creek.
  • Driftwood stacked into a pile on the north side of Tenmile Creek where the creek reaches the beach. (see pic 54)
  • Small windbreak made with driftwood stuck into the sand in the middle of the mile near Sea Perch RV Resort. (see pic 33 & 34)
  • Driftline was clear of debris which is different from survey's in the last year.
  • 12-18 dead crabs found. Noticed seagull eating crab (pic 28). Talked with residents in the area and they stated that there have been a lot of crabs on the beach recently and that seagulls have been eating them.
  • Two flights of 10-12 California Brown Pelicans were observed flying north above the beach. (see pic 10 & 11)
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307 elsecobb 08/19/2018

Many pelicans again, mature as well as immatures.

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282 [email protected] 08/18/2018

Staircase handrails deteriorating. Driftwood bridge across creek. Gravel on beach has flattened out since last visit. More dirt coming down cliff at north end. No litter. 

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245 TerryH 08/17/2018

Busy summer day with over 100 people on a very clean beach, little garbage.  Warned some kids about climbing and carving on the bluff at Roads End State Park, pointed out the posted danger signs.  They moved on but when I came back around, they were right back at it.  Couldn't determine who their parents were.  Saw a couple young men climbing the loose scree portion of The Point at the north end.  Tried to warn them but only got flipped off.  And so it goes.......

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220 DKPowell 08/16/2018

It was a pleasure to walk the mile as the sand has filled in the cobble near NW 68th Street and rock sections near Yaquina head.

I have a new hiking Garmin -- there are several changes in positioning. First, the landslide at Yaquina Head has caused me to move to another spot. Second, since there are now two concrete sections on the beach, I have moved the co-ordinates to the concrete on the beach (formerly was with second pipe at equivalent of NW 62 Street)

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287 C Nelson 08/16/2018

Despite the high level smoky haze in the sky, it was a pleasant summer day to be on the beach. There was remarkably little trash visible on mile 287, maybe because much of the usual debris had been covered by the large amounts of sand accumulating on the beach over the course of the summer. While this is an entirely subjective observation with no measurements to confirm it, it appears that the foredune on the northern half of the mile has retreated to the east somewhat and is now closer to the hills immediately behind it than it was in past years. There were several areas where driftwood had been moved further inland onto and behind the foredune than had been previously observed. While there was evidence of folks having camped on the beach recently, I was pleased to note that there was no garbage or debris left behind. All in all, things looked well on mile 287!

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254 Neskowin254 08/15/2018

Nothing unusual to report.

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255 bballentine 08/15/2018

Appeared to be very low tide, wet beach area larger than we have seen in the past. Some large areas of crab molt. Beach was clean, almost no man-made debris. There was a dead sea lion at the southern end of the mile with turkey vultures eating the carcass. 

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237 bksouthwick1 08/14/2018

Unusual "carving out" of the shoreline by wave action.

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