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281 [email protected] 04/20/2014 25 foot long notched log noted just south of the tunnel, along the eastern side of the beach. ? Could this be tsunami debris? See the photo. View full report 1
281 Kathy C 02/28/2014 Clear sunny Friday. Some beach erosion noted just south of tunnel. More cobble exposed north of tunnel. Sparse wrack and debris. Some razor clam and other shells. View full report 3
281 [email protected] 01/25/2014 Very sunny day, lots of happy people out enjoying the weather. Most dogs generally well behaved or on leash; 2 dogs were chasing gulls south of OceansideVery little evidence of wrack line, scant eel grass, agates or shells. View full report 3
281 [email protected] 11/30/2013 We walked the southern half of the mile in the morning, and the northern half in the afternoon. We were able to cover most of the mile north of Oceanside as the tide was low. About 3/4 of the dogs we saw were not on leash. However, they were well behaved and under voice command. We saw no shorebirds. We did find one oystercatcher on an offshore rock, 3 pelagic cormorants in the water, a few Western gulls along the beach, and one hermit thrush as well as 3-4 juncos in the berry bushes by the Oceanside entrance to the beach. The dead Western Grebe, and one dead gull species remain in same location and are likely the same birds as in the 11/03/13 report. We removed a large amount of fishing line with a hook that was caught on one of the large tidepool rocks north of Maxwell point. The beach was cleaner than usual, with fewer bottles and no styrofoam. View full report 0
281 Kathy C 11/09/2013 Pleasant day with little wind. Many people (70) out enjoying the beach on this holiday weekend. Dog walking and photography were popular with 1 group playing jump rope with a bull kelp and 1 surfer. About ten dogs.Seemed to be plenty of drift, mostly eelgrass, although Bull Kelp was common north of the point. Two beached birds, one western grebe and one probable glaucous winged gull. One large wood beam. View full report 3
281 [email protected] 07/22/2015 There were quite a few people for a weekday, walking, skimboarding and playing in the sand. We saw a family, including children, in wetsuits walking north of Maxwell point, near the cave. There were 15 fire rings but fewer dogs than usual. We saw shallow water with high algae content high on beach. There were three adult breeding dead common murres. View full report 2
281 Kathy C 06/24/2015 View full report 5
281 Kathy C 04/29/2015 Rafts of Vellela, still getting fresh ones, lots of dried ones remain. Quiet day on the beach, rainy early, high and choppy surf. Sand has moved back in to area just north of Maxwell Pt. One odd alga. View full report 3
281 [email protected] 03/22/2015 A quiet weekend for the beginning of spring break. We saw just 21 people and 2 dogs. There was more bull kelp than usual. We found one dead bufflehead, and observed gulls and crows on the beach. Happily, there was less trash on the beach than usual. Recent heavy rain may account for the new small landslide south of Maxwell point (see photo). Unfortunately, as we drove home we saw an RV discharging waste water (not sewage) onto the ground along the highway, at the roadside parking just south of Oceanside. View full report 1
281 Kathy C 02/25/2015 There was a notable shift in the sand to the north end of the cove north of Maxwell point. The shore by Maxwell point was eroded to bedrock and the exposed rocks at the north end of this cove had a buildup of sand around their bases. Three dead birds were found. One relatively fresh common murre and 2 fairly decomposed birds that had been tagged in December (a murre and a Cassin's auklet).A modest number of healthy starfish were seen on the rocks; previously empty after starfish wasting hit. View full report 5
281 [email protected] 12/21/2014 Incredible number of dead Cassin's Auklets, part of a large "wreck" up and down the coast from WA to CA, most notable in northern Oregon and southern Washington.New netting placed against cliff below the Capes housing development, probably just south of our mile. View full report 0
281 birderjackie 12/25/2014 December Report View full report 0
281 Kathy C 10/31/2014 October Report View full report 4
281 [email protected] 10/11/2014 Foggy but warm lovely day. Note large amount of eel grass from tunnel south to the Capes. In this same area, unusually large number of dead murres. Saw one raven eating one dead murre. Examined notched log north of Oceanside access, reported in April, thought by Fawn Custer to be tsunami debris; did not see any unusual organisms( See photos).Birds seen or heard: wrentit, pelagic, Brandt and double crested cormorants, guillemots, scoters, gulls, song sparrow, raven, towhee, oystercatcher, white crowned sparrow, Horned grebe.More starfish than last time, all north of tunnel, seen only at low tide.Less trash but more beer cans and bottles than previously. View full report 4
281 Volunteer Trainer 08/09/2014 DISPATCH This unusual jelly was photographed by Bob Kreinberg. It was about. 20 inches in diameter. It's the biggest we've ever see in 20 years of owning our house here. The photo was sent to two scientists for verification. Response: With those feathery tentacles it is almost certainly Cyanea capillata. Not seen as often as the sea nettle because they are usually found farther offshore and are solitary rather than a “bloomer.”This is an excellent example of the importance of people knowing our organization and being able to report their findings. Thank you for your observation and photograph, Bob. View full report 1
281 [email protected] 09/04/2014 There were at least 20 fire rings at the Oceanside wayside beach, none in current use.The notched log that is likely tsunami debris is still just south of the tunnel, up against the dunes. The rock cairn north of the tunnel, that was present in January but gone in May is back again in the same place. View full report 4
281 [email protected] 01/15/2016

Unable to visit entire mile or area north of the tunnel due to very high tides and storm surge. Lots of small rocks on beach, new logs at entrance to Oceanside beach walkway. Very Little litter.

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281 [email protected] 01/16/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
281 [email protected] 07/05/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
281 [email protected] 08/11/2018 DISPATCH

Dead crabs in large numbers near north end of Tunnel 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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281 [email protected] 01/30/2019 DISPATCH

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

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281 [email protected] 06/24/2020 DISPATCH

Graffiti at shallow cave entrance at north end of beach (past Maxwell point but before Lost Boy Beach).

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281 dianalt333 11/01/2020

Lots of seaweed/kelp on shoreline. 

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281 [email protected] 11/11/2020 DISPATCH

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

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282 nicgartland 06/28/2009 The mile was in really nice shape on this particular trip. There was a bit of sea plastic washed up on the southern edge of it, but otherwise the area was clean of litter. The tides were very low that week, and I was able to observe lots of caves and rock formations that I hadn't noted before. There weren't a lot of tide pool creatures, but I did see more than on previous trips.Also, there were no fishermen on the rocks this time (and there usually are), so that was nice. View full report 1
282 nicgartland 03/21/2009 The mile was very rocky this day. There was a small area at the far southern end that had a lot of sea plastic, small plastic pellets and styrofoam.Rock hunters were carrying out lots of bags filled with agates and several people were climbing onto the rock walls and digging (with picks and shovels that they'd obviously brought along for this purpose) into the wall. View full report 1
282 nicgartland 09/12/2009 The weather was nice, though cloudy but the tides were pretty high throughout the day so parts of the mile were inaccessible. Visitors were friendly and the ones I saw were all being very tidy with packing up their litter, etc. Their dogs all were well behaved and kept under control.The big difference this visit was the appearance of several temporary driftwood structures. Most seemed as if they'd been used a day, but one was very sturdy and large and included a carved (but hidden) log path and tarp. There was plenty of litter around it and I can't guess how often it's been used. View full report 1
282 [email protected] 05/13/2016

This was our first official visit to this mile. Last winter's storms left a veritable cliff of rocks, topped by large logs, close to the bluff. We found a small amoint of litter including a plastic boat toilet. There is a slide toward the north end of the beach; not sure how old it is. The pond under the waterfall is larger than in the past.

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282 [email protected] 01/16/2017

Beautiful day. Beach very clean overall. Recent rain and snow have resulted in very full waterfalls. One small tree has slid down the hill in front of the house that has some long-standing drainage pipes. There is a new yellow sign "30A" facing the ocean, meant to help locate vicitims in case of an emergency. Did not visit Lost Boy Cave, as tide is seldom low enough to do that safely.

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282 [email protected] 07/09/2017

Increased human and dog activity at this beach, which has no bathroom facility at the trailhead or on the beach. 

Common Murre seen on beach at north end. 

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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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282 [email protected] 05/26/2019

Increase in human activity, new path along bottom of cliff. Need for bathroom facility. 

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282 [email protected] 05/15/2020

Beach quite clean despite being popular. No porta-potty as usual; I anticipate human sanitation issues. 

Staircase in poor shape, and missing handrails have been draped in yellow danger tape. 

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282 EJD 08/04/2020 DISPATCH

I walked this mile today and just wanted to note the abundance of newborn sea stars inside Lost Boy Cave and the surrounding tide water. I have just never seen them this small before in the wild!

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283 Bluebrau 05/18/2008 A beautiful sunny and slightly hazy day at the coast... many people were enjoying the weather, taking pictures, etc. Nothing unusual. View full report 0
283 Bluebrau 03/02/2008 It was a gorgeous day at the coast and there were several people out enjoying the atmosphere. The main issue that we noted at Cape Meares is the lack of trash cans--there was quite a bit of litter, but nowhere for people to throw things away--even at the picnic site. View full report 0
283 Bluebrau 12/30/2007 We accessed mile 283 from three different access points--one in Cape Meares state park, one at a pull-out down the road, and another was beach access located in Cape Meares National Wildlife refuge. Even though the weather was crazy (hail, sun, rain, clouds, everything!) there were several people out--mostly walking, taking pictures, enjoying the scenery. There was also a group of whale watchers at the state park. Once we have visited again, it will be much easier to say if anything was out of the ordinary! View full report 1
283 Bluebrau 12/29/2008 It was a very chilly and windy day on the coast, but there were still people out and about... we saw very few animals, but no physical changes. The main concern we had was litter. At one access point of the mile, there is no trashcan, and we saw lots of litter (and of course picked it up) but since we're only there four times a year, that's a lot of time for litter to accumulate. View full report 0
283 Bluebrau 06/19/2009 There were more than 100 people at Cape Meares enjoying the summer weather. We didn't observe anything out of the ordinary--or disappointing (like littering, etc.). View full report 0
283 Bluebrau 03/28/2008 As it was cold and wet, there were not many people out. Nothing was out of the ordinary. We were there less than an hour because of the poor conditions. View full report 0
283 Bluebrau 02/05/2011 Quiet, foggy day at Cape Meares. By the time we left, we were the only people there. It was tough to get a good view of things due to the weather. View full report 0
283 Bluebrau 08/08/2010 Beautiful day--LOTS of people out at Cape Meares! View full report 0
283 [email protected] 01/06/2017 DISPATCH View full report 0
284 MotaiAukski 07/27/2008 Very cloudy and cool start to the day which left me nearly alone on the beach when I started out. Mugginess increased, the sun peaked through and suddenly people came out from all sides. The South end of the mile is the most interesting because it's where mountains meet the sea. Multiple trees are down at the edge; likely from the December storm, but a few clearly dropped many years before. There's a cove at the Southern most end where shrimpers drop their nets. It's also where all the toilet paper, junked coolers, abandoned nets, etc. are. The woods were empty, which at this tide level is the only way to reach the cove at the Cape's edge. Outside of the gulls and the tide, there was no sound, but a plethora of color with foxgloves and thick greens. Photos soon, but I have dial-up, so it takes a bit. View full report 0
285 [email protected] 09/02/2008 Near mile 285/286 the Netarts Sewage pipe will be connected to Netarts Wastewater station to go out into the ocean. DEQ has approved. View full report 0
285 wthwaites 03/19/2010 Mile 285 is in good shape with no serious developments noticed. View full report 2
285 wthwaites 03/25/2013 The uploaded pictures are from mile 284. We didn't get to our mile, 285. Wood apparently from a temple site has been found in Oceanside. We suspect that the timbers mentioned in this report are from some type of religious site. The wood-working details appear excessively elaborate for a commercial building or private residence. The source appears foreign, in any event. Most of the timbers appear to have been afloat for a considerable period. View full report 2
285 Cynthia and Kevin 09/25/2016

A perfect day on the coast with a light breeze and sunshine. Lots of folks walking the beach, some with their dogs. A few ladies sunbathing and 2 on horseback. The beach was very, very clean.

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285 Cynthia and Kevin 12/10/2016

We arrived around noon, but the rain was intense so we waited about an hour. By then the rain had stopped and the clouds gave way to sunshine. Due to recent storms, there was a lot of trash along our mile. Plastic pieces, fishing rope, broken toolbox, large amounts of plastic bottles. We did a through cleanup, hauling away several trash bags. Finished right as the rain started again. Many large and small logs had been deposited along the shoreline.

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285 Cynthia and Kevin 04/29/2017 View full report 0
285 Cynthia and Kevin 08/06/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
285 beachmike 04/28/2018

April report submitted on behalf of a mile-adopter.

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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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285 Charyl285 07/01/2018

Beautiful day.  Lots of people and dogs enjoying the beach.

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285 Charyl285 04/04/2019

The beach was extremely clean.  We always have somesort of Goldsworthy type art - this time is lots of cairns and some rocky pictures in the sand.

Really pleasant walk!

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285 Charyl285 09/19/2019 View full report 0
285 Charyl285 01/03/2020 View full report 0
285 Charyl285 04/25/2020

The beach is quiet although the same number of folks are there as there usually are!  No one in parking lot but parking along the street.  The erosion on the northern part of the mile is new.  We hear - but didn't see it - that there have been some unpleasant interactions with Cape Meares residents with those they deem to be "outsiders disobeying the beach closed injunction" due to the pandemic.  The community has rallied asking folks to calm down and be kind.  Very few birds.....

 

This report is a month late due to COVID19.....

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286 [email protected] 09/18/2010 DISPATCH There were 5 people noted on our walk, which took 1 1/2 hours. One dog with one of the people. All were walking. The driftline had mainly pieces of wood, rocks, lots of crab shells. Some land-based debris, and a few ocean based items such as a wooden hatch, and another metal pot of some kind. There was one dead seal, quite decomposed, however with some identifiying gray skin. One dead bird, apparently a pelican as noted by beak. Banded with red, yellow, and orange bands on one leg. Also quite decomposed, but no sign of oil or netting. There was evidence of humans constructing shelter at the mid section of our mile - several logs in teepee like structure, with some tarp. The most exciting thing was the hundreds of brown pelicans flying in formation, flock after flock flying south. Some were coming from the Cape Meares lake area, others from the north. 250 to be exact. I believe they were brown pelicans, but they did have white necks and sometimes gray bodies rather than brown. Evidence of two horses entering and exiting from the Bay Ocean parking lot. View full report 1
286 beverly.stein 09/24/2017

Four of us walked the mile for the first time so we now have a baseline to compare for the next walk.  This area of the coast has no development.  SOLVE had been through the day before so not much debris on the beach. 

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286 beverly.stein 01/13/2018

It was a beautiful winter day and many people were out enjoying the beach.  The beach was quite clean probably a combination of the fact that the OR Parks Department had recently been on the beach cleaning up debris and the King Tide.  We did see a very large piece of debris (see photo) that was about 20 feet long with 3 pieces connected together --- probably a retaining wall.  We saw this piece about 1.5 miles down the beach a few weeks ago -- reminder how powerful the ocean tides are!

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286 beverly.stein 04/29/2018

Not much to report.  Debris from winter storms was evident and a lot of crab shells.

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286 [email protected] 05/28/2018 DISPATCH

Very clean beach, despite the holiday weekend.Some squid egg cases present. One dead sea lion.

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286 beverly.stein 07/29/2018

Very foggy day.  Many more people on the beach than usual probably because it is Sunday in July and Portland is very hot today.  A number of groups camping in the dunes (but no sanitary facilities are available) and evidence of horses on the beach and footprints coming from the spit to the beach. Very little trash on the beach. 

 

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286 [email protected] 08/04/2018 DISPATCH

Illegal camping in dunes. No bathrooms, so waste management is a concern. Reported to Tillamook County Parks. 

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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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286 beverly.stein 03/03/2019

Beach relatively clean.

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286 kunkelwa 09/29/2019 View full report 0
286 kunkelwa 02/09/2020

Two days ago we had very strong west winds for an extended period. The Velella were back in the driftline. A lot of water bottle caps and small platic garbage as well. The sand and dunes have been eroding from wind over the winter.

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286 kunkelwa 05/16/2020

This beach walk was done during the COVID beach closure. 3 local and 2 nonlocal people on the beach. Someone had an overnight tent perched on the dunes in a noncamping closed area. 

There were several pairs of Willets in the surf. There was a 25 foot dead Pacific Gray whale, male at the beginning of the mile. The whale had been reported 24 hours earlier and authorities had already been out and had taken samples. The rest of the beach seemed quite clean.

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286 [email protected] 05/27/2020 DISPATCH

Dead whale on beach. Intact. 

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286 kunkelwa 09/16/2020

Pretty uneventfull observations today. The dead whale from last report is still composting on the shore. Beach seemed pretty clean of garbage. Only 4 dead birds. Many crab shells. Very few jellyfish. Muggy warm weather following a week of fires in the hills east of here.

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286 kunkelwa 11/20/2020

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

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287 wthwaites 10/28/2007 The wagon did prove handy as we were able to bring back much more trash with it than we could have without it. (See photos.) We [picked up far more trash] than could be carried in one trip without the aid of the wagon. View full report 3
287 wthwaites 09/28/2008 A perfect day for a walk on the beach, nothing upsetting was noted View full report 2
287 C Nelson 06/13/2010 This was my first official visit to Mile 287. Given the sunny afternoon, there were fewer folks on the beach than I'd expected, possibly because of fairly strong winds and blowing sand. The 3 hikers I did see headed back inland after only a brief stay. I had last visited here during the SOLV 2010 spring beach clean-up and was surprised at how much ocean-based human debris had been deposited on the beach since April by the late spring storms. Of note, there was significant erosion of the dunes on the southern portion of the mile (see photos) which I'll continue to track in future visits. View full report 2
287 C Nelson 06/19/2011 A quiet day on mile 287, cool and cloudy with few people on the beach. Most notable observations were: 1) tire tracks on the beach (the first time we've observed evidence of vehicles within this closure area) and 2) substantial sand deposition over the course of the spring that has largely filled in the previously eroded foredune area in the center of mile 287. See photos for reference. View full report 2
287 C Nelson 03/26/2011 SOLV beach clean up day - started out rainy, but the skies cleared by 11am, the sun came out, and conditions were ideal the remainder of the day. In contrast to previous SOLV clean ups, my husband and I were the only volunteers on the central section of Bayocean spit. We were able to complete a very thorough clean up of Mile 287, including hauling out a large amount of trash from the large, frequently occupied camp site behind the foredune at the north end of the mile. We filled 12 bags with the usual detritus (plastic bottles and bags, flip flops, fishing nets, crab pot buoys and line, glass containers, light bulbs, beer cans, etc., etc.). In the category of most perplexing were the 6 toothbrushes and 1 tube of toothpaste strewn over the course of the mile; the most miraculous find was the damp iPhone deposited on the foredune above the high tide line, and it still worked!! (We delivered it to the Tillamook Police Department to be reunited with its owner.) Two of the plastic containers we picked up were labeled in Japanese - it seeems unlikely they would have arrived as a result of the tsunami, but I did wonder about the possibility. In the early afternoon we were gratified to see the pickup and trailer from the Netarts Fire Department retrieving the garbage we'd collected - it's the first time we've been there to see the final stage of the clean up. View full report 0
287 C Nelson 02/19/2011 Beautiful start to President's Day weekend - while fairly windy, it was sunny and relatively warm. Lots of folks had come to enjoy a dry day at the beach. The Bayocean Spit parking area was full; people in the parking lot were outfitted for hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding. View full report 1
287 C Nelson 01/22/2011 The large numbers of fresh trees and new driftwood logs high on the beach were no doubt a result of the recent heavy rains and flooding in the coast range. Tides in the past several days have been very high; at the northern-most end of the mile the foredune had been overtopped and new driftwood logs had been deposited either on top of or behind the dune. Photos taken at the same location in October 2010 and January 2011 illustrate the increased depth of the sand and degredation of the foredune. View full report 2
287 C Nelson 11/21/2010 This was my first observation since the first major storm of the winter season. There was evidence of wave overtopping in several areas where driftwood had been newly deposited on top of dune grass in the vegetated foredune. In the mid-section of the mile, foredune sand had been cut away, exposing previously buried, rotting driftwood. For the most part, the beach was windswept and clean. View full report 0
287 C Nelson 10/23/2010 A cloudy, showery day on the coast - only one other person with a dog was braving the weather and walking on mile 287. A large flock of sandpipers foraged actively, unfazed by the less than perfect conditions. The first large winter storm of the season is on its way, so we took pictures of the sand accretion in front of the foredune to use as a reference for estimating erosion over the course of the winter. In the flotsam and jetsam on the beach, we encountered broken pieces of a boat (bench seat covers, splintered pieces of fiberglass hull) - a sobering reminder of the power of the sea. View full report 2
287 C Nelson 09/25/2010 A gorgeous morning for the SOLV beach cleanup – warm, sunny, light onshore breeze. My friends and I had been preceded by two groups of volunteers (Intel employees, a youth group) who had tackled beach cleanup on Bay Ocean peninsula earlier in the week. We followed up on their efforts and I’m happy to report that several long-established and well-used camp sites were completely cleared of trash.There were a number of folks enjoying a perfect fall day on the spit: hiking, picnicking, birding, and horseback riding. It was a great day for observing nature: In addition to the usual sights, we saw elk tracks in the sand on the northern end of mile (didn’t see the elk, but did see bow hunters in the parking lot) and an emaciated California sea lion hauled out on the sand.However, the most astounding thing I witnessed was something I’d never seen before – a flight of thousands (even hundreds of thousands, maybe) of the same species of dragonflies, all heading south, flying along the dunes just inside the fore dune and just above the dune grass. I had no idea such a thing could occur – I’ve never seen more than a handful of dragonflies in one location at a time. As I stood still, I’m sure I was passed by a steady stream of 30-50 per minute – the air was dotted with them as far as I could see both to the south and to the north. They were flying in a relatively narrow formation, no wider than probably 25-30 feet at any given location. None of them landed anywhere – they all just kept resolutely heading south. It was absolutely beautiful – their wings glistened golden in the sunlight as they flew and it looked like a sparkling insect extravaganza. I regret that I don’t know enough about dragonflies to identify the species. A truly miraculous spectacle, one I feel blessed to have seen! View full report 0
287 C Nelson 08/22/2010 A beautiful, sunny Sunday with more people on the mile than I've typically seen in the past. In addition to the horses/riders I saw while I visited, there were many more hoof prints in the sand - obviously a good weekend for taking horses to the beach! A large driftwood camping structure (photo attached) showed evidence of recent use and has accumulated a large collection of trash (food and beverage containers, camp bedding, tarps, etc.). I'll focus on getting it cleaned up during the SOLV beach clean-up next month. View full report 1
287 C Nelson 07/15/2010 Despite sunny weather, only a handful of people were on walking or picnicing on the beach. The large amount of left behind picnic debris and discharged fireworks casings suggested that the beach had hosted a number of informal 4th of July festivities earlier in the month. It was a delight to spend time observing 4 whimbrels foraging in the incoming tide.The moderately strong NW winds were driving drifts of sand up against the base of previously eroded sand dunes (see attached photo). It will be interesting to see if the erosion I observed previously is substantially reversed over the course of the summer. View full report 1
287 C Nelson 07/21/2012 Perfect summer day at coast - sunny, warm, pleasant breeze - lots of folks out taking advantage! Most folks were strolling next to the surf. Two of the parties we saw walking northward were carrying large, fully loaded backpacks and looked as if they were planning to camp for the night. Two families were picnicing, building sand castles, and swimming in surf. The development on and immediately behind the foredune at the mid-point of the mile now looks to be abandoned. Goats, goat shed, and animal enclosure posts and fencing have all been removed. The picnic table, iron cookstove, and firepit are still in place, but there is no evidence of recent use. The wooden structure at the top of the foredune is also still in place, but stairs along the back side of the foredune are now completely covered with sand.Enough new sand has been deposited along the foredune that the previously eroded areas are now completely filled in, and the stump we are using as a marker of sand depth remains almost completely covered.As part of our contribution to the tsunami debris clean up effort, we collected and removed 4 bags of trash during our survey. Nothing we saw was obviously of Japanese origin, and neither the amount or content of the trash looked any different than what we've encountered previously - with one exception. There was considerably more styrofoam than we've found before, of types and colors we've not seen in the past. Several of the pieces were covered with goose neck barnacles and were removed from the beach. View full report 1
287 C Nelson 01/14/2012 A very wintery, blustery day on the spit - few people out braving the less than ideal conditions at the beach. Noted far more beached pacific sea nettle jellyfish in driftline than have seen before, no doubt due to high winds and stormy seas in previous week. Sand continues to build up on the beach; the driftwood stump being used for reference as evidence of sand levels has now been almost completely buried. The structure erected on the foredune at the midpoint of the mile, along with adjacent developments first noted last fall, are still in place and being extended. View full report 4
287 C Nelson 10/08/2011 A couple issues of concern noted during this visit:1) Incursion on foredune and development of area adjoining foredune at midpoint of mile; and2) Evidence of vehicle driving on beach in closed area.Am providing photos of foredune development. View full report 6
287 C Nelson 08/31/2013 Conditions largely unchanged from last visit. No evidence of recent deposition of Japanese tsunami debris, although noted at least 8 timbers that appeared to be of Japanese origin, several of which had been moved above high tide line and incorporated into campsites for seating. Sand had been sculpted by windy conditions; little evidence of litter or other human or marine debris. Lots of folks taking advantage of dry (albeit foggy) conditions to camp for the Labor Day weekend. View full report 0
287 C Nelson 07/28/2013 Beach looked clean and remarkably clear of debris, which may have been due to a covering of windblown sand (campers reported that the weekend had been quite windy). Saw a couple of mortise and tenon beams which may have originated from Japan; otherwise no apparent tsunami debris noted. Lots of weekend camping activity in evidence, but folks appeared to be packing out their refuse. Continue to be concerned about incursion and clearing on foredune at site of private property ownership; otherwise all looked as usual on mile 287. View full report 5
287 C Nelson 03/30/2013 A terrific day on mile 287. There was less marine debris than I had expected for a spring beach clean-up. (Apparently a group of Boy Scouts had done a clean up project the previous week.) In addition to the usual marine debris (crab floats and pots, plastic bottles and containers, ropes, etc.) there was a large quantity of Styrofoam of differing densities and colors and more lightbulbs of different shapes and sizes than we have encountered in the past. We also saw a number of notched and dovetailed timbers that were waterlogged and covered with fine seaweed - likely building materials originating from Japan and part of the tsunami debris that is beginning to wash ashore. Photos of one of the timbers are attached to this report. View full report 2
287 C Nelson 09/22/2012 Walked from bay to beach on roadway that accesses the property on which development has been previously noted. Goat pen had been moved to midway point of parcel between bay and beach but was no longer in use - no goats present, fences bent and breached. No evidence of recent use of roadway or picnic area just east of the foredune. Participated in SOLVE beach clean-up - noted a bit more styrofoam than in the past, but did not find anything recognizably Japanese; overall, picked up less trash than last fall. Between July and September someone else had thoroughly cleaned out all campsites on mile 287, removing tarps, lines, and other garbage. Of note, on north end of spit saw vehicle tire tracks from the jetty access road ending approx 1 mile south. Remains of a large campfire and considerable left behind picnic/oysterbake refuse were located where vehicle had parked on beach. View full report 0
287 C Nelson 05/31/2014 With exception of large quantities of marine debris, conditions and human activities were typical of prior visits. Most notable about this visit was the extent of likely tsunami-related marine debris that was washed up along the mile. There were extensive deposits of objects marked with Japanese symbols (gas cans, plastic bins/basktes, plastic and glass bottles, plastic packaging, shoes/shoe parts, several different types of light bulbs, land-based timbers and building materials, refrigerator doors, bait holders, medication containers, pump action bottles, a TV monitor, even a toothbrush), as well as items that were not marked with Japanese characters but appeared to have been in the water for extensive periods of time, including fishing line, floats, buoys, plastic jugs, foam of all types, small plastic pellets, automobile tires. Several of these objects, including two large fishing floats and 3 automobile tires, were covered with a barnacle resembling a common goose barnacle (see attached photos). We had visited with the intention of carrying out any trash we encountered, but there was simply too much debris for that to be possible. We hauled out two bags of trash, and also created 5 piles of debris along the mile (above the high tide line on the foredune) in the hopes that someone authorized to bring a vehicle on the beach could pick up the debris and transport it to a dump site. View full report 2
287 C Nelson 03/22/2014 The northern end of Bay Ocean spit had been thoroughly cleaned by a large group of volunteers the day before the official SOLVE clean up, so there was very little remaining trash to be picked up on the shore from the north end of mile 287 southward into the town of Cape Meares. The mile was as clean as I've ever seen it - it's gratifying to see the positive effect of volunteer efforts! Although there were several Japanese timbers in the wood accumulated at the high tide line, none had been deposited recently. There was also virtually no styrofoam debris like there has been in the past couple of years. All the campsites on mile 287 had been completely cleaned up as well. With exception of the single hardy bicyclist on the beach, the 23 other folks we saw were strolling on the beach enjoying a lovely morning and afternoon at the coast. View full report 0
287 C Nelson 01/26/2014 All in all, a lovely, calm day on Mile 287. There were lots of folks out enjoying the sunshine and calm, warm weather. Although tracks of horses were visible on the beach, and there were two trucks/horse trailers in the parking lot, no one was observed riding. Sand levels are as high as they've been since I began observing the mile, and the stump used as reference for sand depth is now completely buried. There are several places on the northern half of the mile where there is evidence of waves overtopping the foredune at high tide, possibly in part as a result of the high sand levels. No new depositions of Japanese tsunami debris were observed. The only notable 'wildlife' was the deposition of large numbers of small, clear, round jellyfish in the driftline. We also found a heavy metal windlass at the very northernmost end of the mile, still attached to fiberglass boat material and deposited near the high tide line. It was so heavy there was no way it could have floated there on the relatively small piece of fiberglass to which it was still attached, so it was somewhat puzzling how it might have been moved onto the shore. View full report 0
287 C Nelson 12/14/2013 Because the SOLVE beach clean up was cancelled this year, I was expecting to see more litter than usual on the beach. However, little debris was visible, likely because accumulating sand had covered it. There was no evidence of new deposits of tsunami debris, although there were several pieces of Japanese construction wood that has been present since last spring. Interestingly, one of the larger Japanese beams had been carried behind the foredune and incorporated into the construction of the large camping structure located at the mid-section of the mile. There were more dead birds than usual, maybe due to the unseasonably cold winter conditions of the last couple of weeks. View full report 0
287 C Nelson 09/27/2014 A great fall day to be at the beach! It was notable that all the regularly used campsites were clean, in contrast to prior years when considerable trash had been left behind. Lots of sand has been deposited over the summer, so that nearly all the driftwood and other detritus has been covered. It was great to see the number of volunteers that had come out for the SOLVe cleanup. We were all rewarded by magnificent weather and sunny skies. View full report 0
287 C Nelson 02/22/2015

Beautiful day. Large amount of plastic debris; notably a number of plastic children's toys including a doll house and several super hero figures. Created several large debris piles above the high tide line; I hope lots of folks participate in the upcoming SOLVE beach clean-up.

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287 C Nelson 03/28/2015

Satisfying beach clean-up day, able to collect a large amount of flotsam and jetsam and leave the middle section of the Bay Ocean spit looking natural.

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