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33 B Edgar 10/15/2009 Beautiful warm evening lots of Western Gulls heading south. View full report 0
33 B Edgar 12/16/2010 Great afternoon on the beach. Blue sky & light breeze. Our female Peregrine Falcon was keeping watch today! Lots of western gulls in the drift line feeding. The driftwood has really piled up on the point. One other human track on the beach. View full report 0
33 Bob Harvey 05/04/2017 DISPATCH

This is my first time here. 2 friends accompany me. We descend down the Northside of Otter Point on a badly eroded trail, with the welcome assistance of a rope. See first picture. The stretch is characterized by 50 to 75 ft bluffs topped with trees and occasionally  a private home. This one mile of Coast has suffered terrific damage in recent months .The pictures show landslides, boulder strewn beaches, private staircases damaged and unusable, and one house threatened and undergoing bank stabilization.        Tide was receding during our foggy walk. We saw no others. A beautiful , dramatic area. 

 The stairs do not belong to the threatened house. The street that serves those houses is S. Chantrelle Ln. The house's coordinates are 42°28'20.79"N. 124°25'15.90"W acc to Google Earth.

It seemed that every wooden staircase on that mile was damaged except for one built of metal.

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34 edbear 07/21/2007 Nothing very unusual except for the large number of dead baby seals this spring. We had a lot of rough surf around the time of birthing. I am sure that had something to do with it.Also, large amounts of beach trash this spring, more than usual. View full report 0
34 edbear 03/31/2007 See Comments. However, mostly normal.Very few people seen from Jan-Mar. View full report 0
34 edbear 10/30/2006 Dead seal (white). About 75 kG. Washed in and out with tides and weather. No visible injuries. Slow disintegration due to colder weather and no vultures (they migrate South around September). Finally, washed away prior to any significant disintegration. View full report 0
34 edbear 01/07/2006 100kg dead seal, finally disintegrated after about 4 weeks, helped by turkey vultures View full report 0
34 edbear 07/04/2008 1. Dead Seals:4 baby dead seals found on beach from early April to Mid-May. Two were badly mutilated, certainly before they washed up on the shore. One seal had no noticeable injuries, but was very dead. The last had visible injuries, but had bled out. The seal [population, in general, seemed about 1/2 to1/3 of what is was say 4 years back.2. BIRDS:A. Oystercatchers: Only about 4 maximum at one time observed. Usually, only 1 to 3 are present. This is much less than 2007 where up to 14 at one time were observed repeatedly.B. Cormorants: From Feb to June, about 5 mutilated Cormorantswere found. There is a sizable population on the Point(Hubbard Mound) just south of mile 34. Two quick observations oftheir location indicated no obvious problems.3. DEAD OCTOPUS: A large white with orange spots Octopuswas found in a tide pool, on 07/03/08. Weight, about 20 kg.About half of the tentacles were cut off apparently by a boat prop. The Octopus disappeared after two days, washed out to sea I assume. 4. TRASH: The amount of trash was significant from January to the end of April. Much less since then. The biggest trash item are the rubber strips from tire inner tubes. The source is unknown. From Feb to the end of April, I removed (typically)about 1 - 2 kg of trash on each beach walk, or about 3 - 4 timesa week. View full report 0
34 edbear 06/14/2009 Very little man made debris compared to thelast few years. Also, very little people traffic.BUT, the main pollutant are the rubber tire stripsreported above as fishing debris. In one week(week of 05/18/09), I picked up 5 Kg of these strips.Is there any way for the crab fishermen to preventthis? View full report 0
34 edbear 05/13/2010 PERIOD COVERED 01/1010 - 05/13/10TRASH: Very little trash up until April/May 2010. Very little driftwood this year as opposed to last year (2009). In April, I began to see a lot of the rubber innertube strips used by the crabbers on the beach or rocks. I was hauling off about a pound a day. Then in early May, a lot of plastic bottles appeared. Finally, thefirst week of May a lot of ground up colored plasticappeared for a few days. Maybe from a ship? But, theongoing problem is plastic bottles and the rubber innertube strips. Once in a while, a tire.BIRDS: Very few birds. This year I have been seeing 2-4 BLOY (Black Oystercatchers), whereas prior to 2009, I was seeing many, 8-12 routinely. The vultures appear when dead seals, birds, etc., appear on the beach.SEALS: In late April, early May, lots of baby seals. In late April, maybe 8-10 on the beach. I have not seen this many since 2003. No dead baby seals until last week.1. The first (05/07/10) was very small, 18 inches in length, with a bad bruise mark on the back of the head (right side),probably what did him or her in. The interesting things is that the entire carcass was stripped clean in one day.2. The Second (about 05/11/10), was bigger (about 30 inches long), and the entire lower portion of the seal was badly indented as if someone had bent it in half. This one is still being stripped by the vultures. View full report 0
34 edbear 07/01/2012 Some trash. I have found about 4 plastic bottles that are definitely from Japan. The rest are local. And, quite a lot of styrofoam. I thought some of the big pieces were not from Japan, and looked like they had beenin the water for years. BUT, upon a closer inspection,the stuff was loosely packed. Just picking it up (thiswas a piece about 3 ft long and 18 inches in diameter),caused a lot of pebbles to slough off. So, this stuff could very well be from Japan. This is the nasty type of styrofoam;fish eat the pebbles and die.A lot less Black Oystercatchers. Back in 2007 this time ofyear, I often counted 14 on the beach. This year (2012), the max is 4.Fewer seals. I have seen 2 pups only, one back in May and one just 10 days back. Very late!. Both seemed healthy.Ed Rossiter View full report 0
34 lordfamily 07/26/2018

Path through old forest south of Winston property is being maintained; recent bramble clipping evident. Some human footprints in the sand around the bottom of the Geisel Monument beach access (that was the only sign of humans using the area on our whole walk). New stairway to the beach here. This access is private and not open to the public.  No other human prints on the sand all the way to Hubbard. Some river otter tracks, some cormorants & oyster catchers, 2 seals in the cove below Hubbard. Masses of snails, lots of different anemones, lots of small China hat (conical) snails in Hubbard cove (we used to see these years ago all along these beaches, then stopped seeing them, so this was exciting). Good number of starfish, both purple and orange.

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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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34 tayloreandc 06/04/2019

Beautiful sunny morning on Wakeman Beach, with just a slight breeze.  I was unable to access the southern half of the beach because of rocks. (see attached photograph.)



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34 tayloreandc 03/04/2020

Was too rocky for me to walk very far south starting at roughly the halfway point, sand moves out in October and November. Walked north to promontory where sand build up was evident. Most debris, plastic and rubber strips, was near the northern promontory.  Only saw oyster catchers and seagulls.

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34 [email protected] 07/20/2020

We spent a good number of hours watching birds (cormorants, pigeon guillemots, adult and juvenile bald eagles, great blue heron, osprey carrying fish,  pelicans moving north, oystercatchers).

There is a large colony of river otters along these rocky little beaches, especially numerous coming out of a small creek which flows out of the Nature Conservancy property. We see many of their tracks of all sizes but this visit did not see the animals as we have in other visits. I am glad the beaches are seldom used so that these otters are left alone.

Very impressive numbers of new mussel beds, tegula snails by the million, small starfish, dog periwinkles. The snails in particular had been waning poulations for some years in my own experience, as one who has looked them for my entire life. The olive shells are not back, nor the gooseneck barnacles.

Powdery Dudleya is having a great comeback as well. I saw it in big clumps and in many places.

There has been a great deal of large rockfall as well as soft bluff slumping. What was once 3 separate little beaches is quickly becoming one.



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34 tayloreandc 10/03/2020

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

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35 Oceanhippie2 09/09/2013 DISPATCH Blue Whale spotted from first small view point just north of Nesika Beach about 200 ft off the shore. Appeared to be heading north along the coast possibly with a smaller whale. Sorry no photo this time. View full report 0
35 Oceanhippie2 07/27/2013 DISPATCH

A very large sea lion is decomposing right in front of the the rest area on the beach. Sadly a family with some boys felt it was ok to play in the sand next to the sea lion. The wind was blowing from the north to the south because you could still smell the sea lion decomposing. I was not able to walk the rest of Mile 35 due to same family's dog was off its leash and kept trying to start something with my dog. The one teenager kept retrieving to the dog but only to let it off to run at us. Finally I just left the beach.

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35 Oceanhippie2 05/08/2013 DISPATCH A gray whale stopped by this late morning and popped its head out to look at the group of travelers that pulled off on the small view point to take pictures, then it swam along the beach and back out to sea. And then shortly after another gray whale swam by at 11:15 am. View full report 0
35 Oceanhippie2 05/07/2013 DISPATCH Its been a bit busy today. I have seen about 8 Gray Whales swim by today and a few travelers pulled off to take pictures, One gentleman asked me if the whales swim in this close was normal. I said, Yes they have been swimming by a lot this month. The times for the whale observed started at 8:40 am, around 10 am, 11:30 am, around 1:00 pm and then again around 1:50 pm, 2:30pm, 3:35 pm, last one so far at 5:10pm They all seem to swim in and along the beach. Only seen their backs and a few tails but it was very nice to watch. View full report 0
35 Oceanhippie2 05/06/2013 DISPATCH Just one whale swam by and did stay in the area for a little while then back out to sea. So far I have not seen any of the whales jump out the water. Later that day a small group of 3 swam by and the smallest one swam between to 2 larger ones and they were about 200 ft off the beach. View full report 0
35 Oceanhippie2 05/05/2013 DISPATCH Another small group of just 2 swam by the beach for a short distance then out away from the shore. View full report 0
35 Oceanhippie2 05/04/2013 DISPATCH a few Gray Whales this morning than an hour later a very large sea lion checking out the crab pods. Around 12noon and then again close to 4pm just 3 gray whales same as the day before. This must be a great spot to work on the removal of barnacles. View full report 0
35 Oceanhippie2 05/03/2013 DISPATCH Today has been pretty busy with the small groups of whales swimming by I watched another 4 swim past but not together. 1 at 3:00 pm then another at 4:20pm and 2 later around 6pm View full report 0
35 Oceanhippie2 05/02/2013 DISPATCH A Gray Whale swam close to the shore about 2-300 ft off the beach and then in the distance there was a large pod of whales swimming by to many to count. View full report 0
35 Oceanhippie2 10/23/2012 DISPATCH I do see the whales come through this area a lot during migration north and south directions. There are a few small groups that come in close and swim over the shelf which if I'm fast I can take a nice picture. This whale in the picture was by it's self. View full report 1
35 Oceanhippie2 07/04/2014 DISPATCH Dead Stellar Sea Lion at the water edge with 3 GSW ..... Located south west of Ophir Rest Area. I did notify Mr Rice. View full report 10
35 Oceanhippie2 05/16/2014 DISPATCH Debris found at the end of my mile 35 next to the Ophir Rest Area. They seem to have been moved to be put on display, to let anyone visiting the Ophir Rest Area that Japan debris has reached us. View full report 2
35 Oceanhippie2 05/12/2014 DISPATCH View full report 0
35 [email protected] 12/23/2019

The beach was relatively clean of natural and organic material, driftwood included. Sand was piled fairly high. One area of uprooted pines pushed over the edge of the bluff was concerning. There is much piping, old cement structures (septic tanks and paving), primitive attempts at erosion control. These are not new concerns, we have seen them for years, but they need to be watched. I will send an inquiry to Calum Stevenson regarding the small house which is beginning to hang over the bluff edge, as well as the use of the beach as an apparent builder's dump. There are at least a half dozen homes within spitting distance of the bluff edge. 
On a happy note, the Powdery Dudleya seems to be making a comeback on our single stack at the south end, and in a few spots on shore in the conglomerate cliffs.

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35 lordfamily 11/18/2019 View full report 6
35 [email protected] 07/18/2020 DISPATCH View full report 3
36 colleen-e 05/31/2011 This was the first observation trip to this mile. We picked up 1.5 bags of trash. The trash included ropes, flip flops, lots of plastic water bottles, two ice tea bottles with Japaneses labels, paper face mask, 4 chew cans (tobacco), metal, gallon water jug, and lots of little plastic just to list some.The foam in the driftline was very green. View full report 0
36 colleen-e 12/21/2011 Beautiful day on the beach. The profile of the beach is much more gradual than our previous visit in the spring. View full report 0
36 [email protected] 09/24/2014 We were here a little past high tide. Rain had stopped and the surf was high but easing. Not much of a storm and the worst of it had past. Our view was of pristine sandy beach in excellent condition The only evidence of humans was were the trails back up to the rest area. No trash or debris of any kind. Not much evidence of wildlife either View full report 0
36 Lavenne22 04/07/2021 DISPATCH

Made a quick stop and saw 16 whale spouts! With binoculars. They were moving towards the horizon.

4 cars with people in them in the parking lot. No one on the beach. Noted lots of human and canine footprints. Picked up one burned beer can off the beach near a very small pile of charred driftwood.

Rest stop garbage cans were full but not overflowing. 

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36 Lavenne22 04/06/2021 DISPATCH

As I walked the path down to the beach, just to the north of the rest stop, a Canada Goose stepped out of the dunes and followed me. We walked about 3/4 mile south. I sat on the beach and it came within 10 feet of me, then flew in an arc, calling. It returned to the same spot, then came closer. It settled down about 4 feet from me, with its back to me. It settled down like a broody hen, tucked into the sand. When I stood and walked back, it followed. I thought maybe it is living here, maybe people are feeding it? (I returned the next day; it was gone.)

Sitting slightly to the south of the rest stop I saw two seals in the waves, close to shore.

The portion of beach I walked was clean/ trash -free. The beach is shaped in hills and valleys perpendicular to the water, and the drop to the water is steep. Sand bars are visible; the water is fairly clear at this location.

Driftwood is pushed up against the dunes, which show tidemarks up to maybe 6 feet, and some matted grass. The (January?) high tides look to have been very high. Today's high tide marks all end on beach, not dunes. 

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36 hobbins 12/05/2021

The king tides had pushed most of the debris up close the the highway wall of vegetation. I need to go back and collect the garbage. Below are the pictures of the whale and bird carcasses and debris.

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37 iggydog 09/03/2007 Calm day - moderate tide - less than usual beach debris - only two people on the beach (counting reporter)- many otter tracks View full report 0
37 iggydog 06/08/2007 The beach was very quiet today - the sand clearer of debris than in any recent month.Large dead seal above the mid-tide line View full report 0
37 iggydog 01/03/2009 Quiet day on the beach - Euchre creek very wide at the mouth. View full report 0
37 iggydog 02/20/2010 Concern for motorized vehicle on the beach - communicated concern to owner, who agreed to contact county officials re legality. More erosion of beach with loss of beach grass seen previous day - a continuation of that seen in last month's report. View full report 0
37 iggydog 01/23/2010 My husband and I were the only humans on the beach - we walked and observed the boiling sea and lots of wood debris on the beach View full report 1
37 iggydog 01/01/2010 Cloudy day - lots of small pieces of wood on the beach - appeared to have been high tides and washing away of sand. Less plastic debris than at some times of the year. View full report 0
37 iggydog 01/22/2017

The beach is almost entirely clean - grey sand has been covered by brown sand.  Signs of high tide are present along the land line - many floated trees pushed back against the land - much of the sand has been leveled all along the beach - previously obvious items such as "stuck" crab pots are no longer exposed.  Newly formed dune cliffs are present from midline of the mile most of the way to the Sisters.

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37 iggydog 07/03/2018

Beach fairly clean - lots of beautiful at the shoreline.  Thirteen sea stars near the cave - fewer than five years ago, but more than last year.  Pelicans flying - seven!  Again, more than last year, but many fewer than five years ago.

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37 iggydog 02/10/2021

We have been consistently checking the erosion for the last two months - it continues now at a much slower pace than last month, but it's visible.  

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39 [email protected] 06/04/2014 Beach is generally in excellent condition and it is clear that it hasn't had many recent visitors. Not recommended for the physically challenged. Despite the fact that the route to the beach follows and old road bed it is general disrepair and there are some opportunities for misfortune. Threats are more to limb than life. A little scouting as you go is a good idea. Coming back up was a snap. Not recommended for the solo hiker unless experienced and prepared. The shear beauty and the associated history of the place makes the effort well worth it. This place would be a good candidate for a botanical survey. View full report 0
40 azbeach 04/18/2010 Another terrific adventure along this wild mile. Spring flowers including iris, strawberry, aster, wild cucumber. We had to complete the mile from two access points because low tide still did not permit access around one point.Marine debris abounds. Challenge other mile tenders to always carry a bag or 2 or 4; so when beach strolling folks offer their thanks for what you're doing, you can produce a bag and . . . We're delivering our bags of marine debris (NO household garbage) to Art 101 just south of Bandon for the traveling Washed Ashore project. Angela Pozzi welcomes these deliveries. (She cannot take debris scaled with decaying animal shells, carcasses, etc.) Let's clean these Pacific Coast beaches, and engage others globally! View full report 5
40 azbeach 02/07/2010

This is an "interim" report. Mile 40 was mostly impassible, though a low .8 tide at 1:30 p.m. We observed from Arizona Beach and then walked as far as possible north from Frankport site, and viewed from highway. Mussel Creek was more swollen than on our December visit; major erosion of foredune. It was an incredible day, weather wise, but not possible to report the mile from every aspect. Much less drift debris than last visit. Ice plant observed in rocks between foredune and sand. (Will be removed on next visit.)

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40 azbeach 12/28/2009 Bicycle, road sign, tires, glass, plastic, styrofoam, tin - the only sign of humans was what they left behind. Garbage and debris, both discarded and drifted in from offshore activities, is very damaging and offensive to this beautifully wild and pristine area. However, where the beach travel was difficult, and humans did not further venture, the wildlife is natural and rewarding. Erosion in the area, above and down into the foredune, is very evident and somewhat extreme.Perhaps significant, the anchored staircase was not there -- removed for the season, or just gone?But wait. There is great news! The Brown Pelican juvenile, rehabbed at Free Flight Bird Rehabilitation for several months, and released by us at Arizona Beach in August '09, apparently went south with the flock!! Happy New Year! View full report 4
40 azbeach 05/24/2011 Although this stretch of coastline is remarkable in itself, nothing of moment to report this time. Mussel Creek has again altered southward, where it now opens. Must be waded for beach access. Waiting for warm weather to encourage the plentiful vegetation to bloom! View full report 4
40 azbeach 01/02/2011 Again, a great way to start a New Year, new decade. Most notable, the cliff erosion below established dwellings. On a positive note, marine and land debris minimal - less than a full SOLV bag. The concept of "pay it forward" is beneficial to us all, and especially the environment. Another fab day on our beautiful Oregon coast! View full report 3
40 azbeach 09/30/2010 Like having our own private beach . . . not another footprint. Another beautiful day on the mile. Most pleasantly, the marine/beach debris was significantly not present. Time of season? Awareness and action? Whatever the cause, it's a good thing. View full report 3
40 azbeach 07/15/2010 Beach to ourselves until the return trip. Mussel Creek shallower, easier to cross. Less marine and human/land debris this time. Lots of "bouldering" on this mile; had to complete the most southerly portion by access from Frankport area. What a beautiful, exhilarating coastal walkway. View full report 4
40 azbeach 08/12/2012 A mile of discovery and intrigue -- this time, domestic goats!Despite dog-days of summer being enjoyed by humans engaged in pleasurable activities, no dogs! Minimal debris, both marine and land-based. View full report 5
40 azbeach 05/10/2012 Very low tide permitted access to most of this mile, north to south (except for "the point" which was observed from above and from the south). Gorgeous day -- windy beach protected by Humbug Mtn. Minimal marine and land debris. The stairs at Pigeon Pt. access were removed. View full report 4
40 azbeach 04/15/2012 An abandoned fire took our time and attention on the south end of the mile (north from Sisters Rocks). Due to winter storms, we were unable to cross the hugely expanded Mussel Creek at the Arizona Beach end of the mile. Mussel Creek now travels a long distance north before making an abrupt turn to the sea.This report will be augmented by a further report when we are able to return and cross Mussel Creek to complete the mile, north to south. View full report 5
40 azbeach 11/27/2011 Mussel Creek now opens directly west -- wading to cross required. Seasonal sand removal makes this a "bouldering" mile -- difficult to walk it. Very little evidence of marine or human debris except for broken bottles on rocky beach below Frankport site entrance.Contrary to "What happens on the Mile stays on the Mile," if you bring bottles in, pack them out!Another lovely day at the beach . . . View full report 2
40 azbeach 07/28/2011 The outlet of Mussel Creek has significantly moved to the south. The portion of Mussel Ck. that traverses the sand has created a dividing line between the west side wave-swept beach where there is no vegetation, and the higher elevation east side beach which now has plentiful vegetation. Of note are beach morning glory, searocket, yellow sand verbena, lupine, seaside plaintain, beach silverweed, cat's ear, angelica, coyote bush, and bird's-foot trefoil. View full report 4
40 azbeach 07/29/2013 Another beautiful, exceedingly windy, yet warm day. Unable to cross Mussel Creek. Swollen, running south to north, with no visible outlet..Seasonal sand drifts covering boulder areas, so crossing easy.Always discoveries. View full report 6
40 azbeach 04/28/2013 DISPATCH Correction to previous reports, inadvertently identifying the grazing roamers on our mile as domestic goats. I've been informed, and confirmed, that these are actually sheep. I'm posting this in hopes that the 3 remaining renegades will be recognized by their owner. View full report 1
40 azbeach 04/04/2013 Starting in dense fog, and returning with the skies lifting. Mussel Creek, requiring crossing in SOLV bags, is full and flows due north into mile 41.Another intriguing trek, especially since the usually impassable-by-shore area on the south end of the mile, close the Frankport site area, presented a wide, flat expanse of beach -- at least 100' to water two hours past low tide -- a much easier way to go!The previously reported domestic goat foursome has been reduced to three. One remains collared with a brass tag. They appeared scruffy, curious, but cautious; munching seaweed on the rocks. There was what appeared to be a grave -- missing goat? -- in the area we first spotted them. View full report 6
40 azbeach 10/25/2012 DISPATCH Domestic goats again roaming, grazing at the south end of Mile 40, Frankport site area. View full report 1
40 azbeach 08/07/2014 This usually pristine, wild mile was wrought with human activity this day. Rogue sheep not seen except for the remains of one, replaced by horses bearing riders; a new trail for access across rocky area, and OHV track.Beach bummer! View full report 7
40 azbeach 05/07/2014 The welcoming Arizona Beach Motel office/dwelling has been lost to what appears to be a recent fire. 2 floats, "Made in Japan" Ubejushikako Co. with Common Goose Barnacle attached, approx. 12" in diameter, the other with tiny mollusks attached, all writing Asian.Sheep looking weary and rag-tag -- maybe just a seasonal shed. Where is the 3rd of this regular trio?While not abundant, Yellow Sand Verbena, Beach Morning Glory, Seashore Lupine, Pacific Silverweed, Beach Sagewort, and Yarrow, mostly all in bloom.Only nature and us on this beautiful, wild mile. View full report 8
40 azbeach 01/25/2014 The mouth of Mussel Creek has moved south, with the creek running north, meandering, and then west to the sea.Except for the 3 curious, cautious sheep, minimal animal life. Another beautiful day! View full report 4
40 azbeach 10/29/2013 Just another day in paradise . . . Heartened to continue to see less human-caused debris. View full report 5
40 azbeach 08/26/2015 Tracks of apparently illegal vehicle spotted. Black oystercatchers, turkey vulture, osprey observed. View full report 4
40 azbeach 06/22/2015 Seasonal sands have arrived, making this mile very accessible. No problem to walk the entire mile without bouldering or going overland. Lots of footprints, minimal debris, land or marine-based. View full report 4
40 azbeach 03/19/2015 Mussel Creek channel is meandering, narrower and deepening. This mile remains relatively free of human/marine-caused debris.The new signage at the Arizona Beach end and Sisters Rocks end makes clear what is permissible and what is not. Unfortunately, the sign at the Sisters Rocks is behind the access gate, so vehicles can continue to enter and claim "oblivion" to the sign -- "just didn't notice" -- prohibiting vehicle entry. View full report 5
40 azbeach 11/16/2014 Mussel Creek continues to flow south to north, and then west to join the ocean. The water volume is lower and sand mounds interrupt the usually free-flowing waters.From observation, the BLOY population appears stable in this area with 6 juveniles interacting with 2 attendant adults. View full report 4
40 azbeach 12/19/2015

The mile could not be accessed from Arizona Beach -- Mussel Creek was impassable; the southern access from Frankport site was flooded, we parked in the area south of that. Because of high seas with big surges, only a small portion of the south end of the mile could be accessed. "Every picture tells a story, don't it?"

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40 azbeach 04/02/2016

Mussel Ck. meanders and now enters south of AZ Beach -- the mouth has moved significantly south. ATV trail (approx. mid-mile) access from beach now blocked by large rocks. Sand now covers beach area of previously exposed boulders; large rocks in areas previously of sandy beaches.

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40 azbeach 09/09/2016

Beautiful day on beautiful beach.  Today's temperature was 79 when we started and 84 when we finished.  In August, 2015, one year ago, the temperature was 63 -- nearly 20 degrees cooler.  To the non-believers:  climate change is real and active!
Sandy beaches more abundant this time of year; next quarter will be different.

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40 azbeach 01/12/2017 DISPATCH

This is not a full report -- a placeholder for our 4th qrtr 2016 observations.  We started at the north end of the mile, Arizona Beach access, during the high King Tide.  The photos show wave overtopping obscuring beach access and travel.  Mussel Creek has seasonally changed its course, entering the ocean to the south.  Effects of bank erosion are shown on this north end.  The south end of the mile was observed from the top.  The gate has now been reenforced so that vehicles (prohibited on this mile!) no longer have access (photo).  We returned to the north end of the mile later in the afternoon where we could access a small portion of the beach along Mussel Creek.  We observed no marine or land-based debris; the driftline consisted of small pieces of wood and small rocks.

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41 [email protected] 06/15/2008 Oregon State Parks bought Arizona Beach Campground. It's still officially closed while maintenance is being performed. It might open July 1. Cape Blanco Mgt. Unit, 541-332-6774, is in charge. The RV sites on the beach are in the process of being taken out. A fence is being put up to keep cars from northern section of the area west of Hwy 101. Camping might not be available even next year or beyond. The beach itself was very wide with lots of sand piled up to the south near the Prehistoric Gardens and narrower going north. It was very windy with few birds and BIG waves. Lovely and finally public. View full report 1
41 colleen-e 06/20/2011 Very clean beach, almost no trash. The cliff to the north of the parking area is actively eroding. There was a family of 7 playing on the step bank of Mussel Creek near the mouth, having a great time jumping and rolling down the steep sand. View full report 0
41 colleen-e 06/20/2012 No notable trash on beach. New bluff erosion evident as shown in pictures. Noticed japanese knotweed on the beach for the first time, near the parking area. View full report 1
41 colleen-e 12/21/2011 Very beautiful calm and warm December day on the beach. The 20 cubic yards of material that was previously at the base of the cliff had been washed away and there was a new smaller pile of material. View full report 0
42 [email protected] 06/20/2008 Water lapped slowly against huge bolders poking out of the fog. A few oyster catchers were silouited as they searched the exposed monoliths. I'm trying not to think about the long climb back to the road or tiptoeing around the poison-oak. Just scramble up the slope of dirt as it meets this batch of large bolders. We saw no other humans, only a bit of garbage and one sealion. View full report 1
43 Dale Lee 09/15/2007 Mile 43 is directly south of Humbug Mountain. The mountain often intensifies NW wind,similar to standing on the top of a windy bluff. When the wind is from the NE like on Saturday, the beach is protected, and the light breeze from inland can be quite warm. Waves were about 3,4 feet, the ocean was very blue, and the water was clear. A whale was swimming near by for most of the walk. Of interest, the beach was covered with bear and cub tracks, but I did not see them. Also the resident Vultures seem to now recognize me as an individual and let me approach quite close. Hopefully this new social interest will not include any dining. It was beach clean up day, and of concern is always foam in various stages of disinigration. I can never get it all, and there seems to be a lot more tiny stuff in the winter and spring. Also there were over 50 water bottles in the one mile of beach, and I hope the deposit slated for 2009 will reduce this more recent occurence. Although there have been no real storms, erosion of the summer beach that has built up is underway, and the beach from west to east is much smaller than is was in July. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 06/14/2007 Interesting flatsum for late in the year. Japanese containers present. I also wanted to report a metal 55 gallon barrel that is sealed, and appears to contain some liquid. I realize this could be a small amount of ocean water. No leaks are visable. Barrel is located 100-200 yards north of where the sand portion of beach 43 ends. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 04/24/2008 Accessing mile 43 requires a 10-15 minute walk down a moderate slope on an informal game trail. With the rapidly growing vegatation, spring is the season where the trail goes from being the easiest to follow, to being the most challenging to follow. The ocean was fairly clear, blue green in color, and there was lots of young seaweed in the water. The seaweed was not espcially floating or on the bottom, but seemed to have netural bouyancy. Some seaweed was present in the high tide driftline, along with numerous foam pellets. Are the pellets from sea or locally uncovered and being redistributed? Many recent international items were present, including a few water bottles with asian characters on the lables, which I found interesting. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 12/20/2008 What a nice break in the weather, and break in the breakers for a walk on mile 43. This beach is coarse dark sand, but wrapped by bedrock cliffs, so it can be quite dangerous this time of the year when the swell is high, even during low tide. Today the swell was amazingly small, probably 2 feet or less. The water was clear, and a steel blue grey color. Some loose seaweed seemed to be in the water. This was quite a change from the summer muck, that was especially thick this year. The profile of the beach was steep. and as much as ten feet of sand has moved offshore for the winter. It was fairly flat during the fall. The two mico emerging dunes on the north end of the beach have both seen erosion. The larger dune that is mostly inhabited by European beach grass, has become smaller the past few year, being eroded on the west, and larger shurbs are becoming established on the east. Native beach grass is starting to get established on the south of the overflow for the first time I am aware of. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 06/22/2009 Sand movement from season to season, and year to year is always a draw of interest. Today with the am minus tide, the beach seemed especially flat and easy to walk. The grain size of the surface sand has sorted finer and is much firmer than most times of the year. Summer beach vs winter beach is easy to notice, but recently in the past few years I have noticed also the sand tends to move south in the winter and back in the summer. The recent south swell through the first three weeks of June seemed to cancel some of the typical n/ a movement, and sorting.A couple botany notes for the record: during the past decade the community of Hawk's Primrose has steadily increased on the northeast portion of my mile. Futher uphill larger numbers of Brodia coronaria var. macropoda are currently in bloom.(I'm told Brodia has been changed to Triteleia if anyone cares) the group are native onion like plants that I find mostly on very dry ground. This one on my mile is very locally abundant but I have not run across it elsewhere. View full report 2
43 Dale Lee 03/13/2009 Foam pellets always bother me. Does anyone have a good way to remove them from the beach? They are often mixed with small woody debris on my mile. There was none of the forest duff that concentrated at Crook Point, but the event did leave lots of new driftwood especially on the rocky portion of mile 43. It was medium sized, averaging around an 8 foot 2x4, but few pieces I would call saw logs. There was also lots of sand for this time of year. Often large piles of seaweed are present now, but evidently it landed elsewhere this year. This new medium woody drift was also void of plastic litter for the most part. There was some crab gear which is normal this time of the year, and the artifact of interest was an intact coconut. I never did really like the, 'have your cake and eat it too' chestnut, but it seems to apply here. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 07/15/2010 DISPATCH Walked mile on July 13 to find an unusual amount of debris. Most significant was a full, 55-gallon barrel marked "marine oil." There were two other 5-gallon sealed cans of mulitgrade oil nearby. State Parks, CoastWatch and the Coast Guard were contacted, and the Coast Guard hired NWFF environmental services to handle this. After opening the drum and determining it was full of oil, four employees removed it from the beach in 5 gallon buckets with lids. The job was completed about 3:30 pm today, July 15. View full report 3
43 Dale Lee 11/20/2011 Nice afternoon with exceptionally clean and clear air. Water was blue, swells were 6-8 feet, and erratic. All the sand had been recently erased of any activity by the surf that had been reaching the rock cliff at high tides and during stormy weather. Not a lot of litter, and no evidence of debris from offshore or Japan View full report 1
43 Dale Lee 09/18/2011 The ocean was quite foamy from a high swell at night but had subsided to around 5 feet when I was there. The water was blue and remarkably clear. I did not see many birds, but could hear lots of activity on mi 42 to the south.There was lots of summer beach sand between the cliff and waters edge. It was interesting that the northern portion did not have it's usual amount of sand, suggesting the currents and wave trains moved the sand southward this summer. Lots of annual seaweed was pretty evenly distributted along the beach and often several driftlines were present.Again this is common for this time of the year, and soon the pile of seaweed will become concentrated to the south end of my mile.I would also like to briefly note that conditions this winter has generated quite an impressive class of common barnacles on the rocky shores adjacent to mile 43. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 07/23/2013 Visiting my mile is traditionally a low tide, moderate to low swell event. Winter conditions can cause the water to reach the surrounding cliffs, which in most cases are too steep to climb. I visited during high tide for a change yesterday. Probably the most unusual thing I noticed was the transport of summer sand, not just to shore, but also along shore from the north to the south. Rock cobbles were exposed on the north end of the sand beach where I had never seen them before. About 10 feet of sand covered the resident boulders on the south end. There was a little probable Tsunami debris with the expected lumber, beams and construction remains. One item of interest was some timber 4"+ diameter bamboo, with attached anchoring rope. The water had been very red lately was mixing with very clear water, and many swirling patterns could be observed. View full report 2
43 Dale Lee 12/09/2012 Although it is about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the beach, ODOT did a major repair to the place I park and access my mile. Hwy 101 was raised about 10 feet along this stretch. My informal path was removed, but it is still very easy to pick up the old trail 100 feet or so north of the parking lot. There was a lot of surf grass and other seaweeds piled on the north end of the sandy portion of my mile.Last spring there were some large pieces of foam that I suspected were tsunami debris, but I would like to mention that there was not any more litter than normal, at this time. View full report 3
43 Dale Lee 12/23/2013 Over ten feet of sand has migrated from the north end of mile 43, as remnant bits of last summer's beach can still be seen high near the vegetation line. On the south end only about 2 feet has gone seaward, using a rock I often rest on as a gauge. Although nearly windless( steam was rising from the sand), the real event was a high swell. It was easily 8-12 feet and one wave would often break 3 times. That is to say, break out a quarter of a mile on a sand bar, then reform, break a second time before reforming and breaking near the shore. With all of the surf activity I saw no sea birds today. The flowers on the Garrya elipitca were forming,something I always enjoy in December and January. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 09/04/2015 Stepping on to be beach I was greeted by a healthy supply of summer sand, low swells and blue water with changing shades of color and contrast as the puffy clouds blew over from the northwest. The storms from last week had started to cut into the beach that had built all summer reminding me of more seasonal changes to come. Mole crabs were by far the big event of this trip, as I can not recall a bigger adolescent class. Other sand beaches in Curry County are also having the year of the mole crab. The beach was strewn with seaweeds and surf grass, which is not uncommon for this time of the year. Beach hoppers had emerged from the higher sand, again not unusual. There were an unusually high number of keyhole limpet shells here and on other beaches this year. This is somewhat troubling to me, in that this is a long lived species and many of the shells are quite large. The dead harbor porpoise pictured was from a previous visit this summer. Accessing this mile is still very manageable but climate change and succession has benefitted the poison oak community so beware. View full report 4
43 Dale Lee 04/04/2015 Save the Monkeyfaced Eel. There were 5 or more of these adult creatures that had died and were near the rocky shore's edge. Most of the Velella (thousands ) from last week were no longer present, but a few were still around. The wayward dock was right where I left it last week. It is located near the Brush Creek overflow. This is nearly a mile from the access trail on the south end of mile 43, but is clearly visible from the only viewpoint. Other items of interest include a strange clump of layered wax, and an electrical outdoor cap box that was scorched by fire from the bottom. Tsunami timbers that are notched continue to wash in. Again I do not feel the dock is tsunami debris, however it is constructed with fiberglass and lots of styrofoam. View full report 2
43 Dale Lee 03/28/2015 DISPATCH

Large dock on Mile 43. It has few to zero sea creatures attached to it and moss growing on the sides, plus little damage so I think it is somewhat local, and was probably lost from fresh water. Three sections are approximately 4x8 each. Bottoms are Fiberglas filled with low-grade foam. NOT tsunami debris, although there were a few timbers and other sundry Japanese items today.

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45 humbug45 09/06/2015 Beach was clean despite obvious human activities and full adjacent campground. No evidence of beach fires noted. Five dead birds apparently not related to human activities; fewer shorebirds and no marine mammals noted at this time ( brown pelicans, cormorants, osprey). Sand has moved in and covered some of the rocks at the north end of beach. Yellow abronia (yellow sand verbena) cover the sandy dunes above the shore. View full report 2
45 humbug45 07/05/2015 Adjacent campground full; evidence of previous day(s)'s beach activities with some leftover debris (cans, bottles, candy wrappers). Three areas with firework remnants including one used Roman candle container (illegal in Oregon) and many sparklers. Posted sign at access to beach underneath US 101 bridge ripped off and thrown aside. One tarp covered lean-to with foam mattresses and debris (beer cans) at less than 200 ft. from access exit into beach (beach ranger notified). View full report 0