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254 Neskowin254 05/03/2018

This is my first mile report since becoming a volunteer and therefore I do not have a previous report with which to make a comparison. However, having routinely walked this mile for ten years it would appear that there is nothing out of the ordinary to report. No recent wash-up of Velella velella. All Velella velella remains were about three weeks old. There was a large number of small (less than half-inch in diameter) crab molts at the water line. Bald eagle observed on land and flying over the water line.

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153 bebdhm 05/02/2018 A beautiful sunny, windy day for a walk on the beach.  Saw an Osprey, 7 seagulls and over 300 Sanderlings flying along the water line. 100's of Vellallas along high tide line still blue and wet from the morning high tide. Disturbing to see that an ATV had driven from past the north of our mile down to the bottom 1/4 of our mile in the Plover Nesting Protection zone. It drove mostly on the wet sand but several times near the front of the dunes. We did not see any evidence of plovers actually nesting along our mile. View full report 4
309 spinger 05/02/2018

Sand deposition low, exposed basalt in sand at Austin Point west of bluff, Vellela Vellela drift from late March still present, Mole Crab casings lower in rackline

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218 dderickson 04/29/2018

Better late than never -- I missed reporting in March! Chilly, windy gray day... A lot of scotch broom in bloom on the vegetated foredune immediately east of the creek. There was a Bald eagle picking at something in the creek toward the north end, who flew into the trees as I approached. When I got to the point that I think the eagle had been, there were remains of the wing scapulars of a large bird, with associated bones: I suspect it was a Great blue heron. Also saw a suspected beached Sooty shearwater. Dozens of "peeps" along the tideline, perhaps Least sandpipers, and some larger shorebirds with downturned bills, about the size of dunlins but with slimmer necks and longer bills. It was hard to judge the size of the birds. The lighting was such that I could only see their silhouettes, and I had no binoculars, alas. Beach was windswept and relatively clean with minimal plastic and rope pieces in the wrack.

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216 NHS Leadership 04/29/2018

Everything was normal on the beach. There was not erosion or anything that was bad. One group of people was smoking but there was no sign of litter.

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324 annadavidcrow 04/29/2018

It was nice to pack out a very small amount of plastics and trash. Very few people were out this afternoon. We have noticed some natural changes at the river. But because this is our 1st report we will wait to get a little more in tune with things before we report.

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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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50 SRMcMillan 04/29/2018

Didn't do watch on mile 51. Used mile 50 instead.  Dove in Nellies Cove. Nellies Cove is a catchment area for marine debri/garbage.

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201 kalninsp 04/29/2018

Was a very calm morning, we walked on the south side of the Alsea Bay first entering at the Wyziata access point at the stairs. It was raining on and off, about 48 degrees. No other vehicles were parked there for access. Tide was out and we looked to see it was a minus tide due to full moon. 5 walkers on the south side 2 people with 1 dog each. Observed dog feces left on the beach. We picked up two bags of trash consisting of plastic bottles, ropes and many plastic peices. We noticed lots of Velella Velella in the shore line. One dead black rock fish carcas that was aprox 24" long, also one dead seagull and bird carcass unidentifyable in a brownish looking water-pic attached. We saw a staircase that was fallen down due to erosion. The runoff from homes above beach observed was very discolored and appeared to be growing blue green algea-unsure took pictures. 

On the North side of Alsea bay we parked at Alsea spit access in Bayshore. No other cars were parked there. we noticed 5 people walking with three more dogs. Observed beach grass planting to help stabalize beach erosion. many homes had sand piled up onto their back porches. Also appeared equipment used to push sand from homes back onto the beach. We noticed a dead bird that I couldnt identify see pic. we picked up another bag of trash with plastic, buoys, and a boot. More rain on and off but still calm with no wind. Observed many logs and debris. The north side has much more debris-logs and such. Appears to get a much more sustained flow of water wind and push up from the sea. We saw 4-5 different wood log forts that people had made out of drift wood. Found one dead sea star-orange. 

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285 beachmike 04/28/2018

April report submitted on behalf of a mile-adopter.

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254 Jennifer1 04/25/2018

Large numbers of Velella Velella in driftline thoroughout the entire length of the mile. Collected kitchen size trash bag amount of ocean debris, plastic bottles, bags, balloons, fishing gear. 2 asian bottles. One large Skate casing, approximately 10" long. 

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171 oldMGguy 04/23/2018

This doesn't happen often - 72F and calm winds at Heceta Beach today!  Another stranding of Velella velellas of various sizes, mostly 3-4" in length, all along the mile.  Only a few Pyrosomas observed, along with the occasional bits and pieces of Moon and Sea Nettle jellies.  Large flocks of sanderlings feeding in the wave run-back, with lots of unidentified gulls flying northbound.

There is an unusually large die-off of Mole crabs (Emerita analoga) all along the mile, except for the very southern end of the mile near the Siuslaw River North Jetty "lagoon".  Rarely seen until just a few years ago on Heceta Beach, they now seem to be all over.  I don't know if these crabs shed their exterior shells like Dungeness crabs, so I tried to disassemble a few only to find they still had the soft inner tissues inside including one crab who was still alive and highly offended by my efforts to take him apart. (photo)

A dead adult Steller sea lion (female) is one the beach about 1/4 mile north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty.  Looks like Dr. Jim Rice's crew had just performed a necropsy on it, as the head was cleanly cut off and appears the internal organs removed.  A trio of Turkey vultures were happily dining on it. (photos)

Some scumbag dumped a stripped and abandoned wheel-less Honda on the North Jetty Road.  The car already had a state patrol tag on it.  Shouldn't be too hard to track down the scufflaws as they forgot to remove the license plates ... (photo).

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339 edjoyce 04/23/2018

Everything is just fine.

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262 Linda Fink 04/23/2018

About 20 people, all but 2 from cars parked below the dune, walking on beach and climbing the north side of the dune, with 2 dogs. Jillions of little sand crabs in the low tide zone burrowing in the sand and gathering in little pools. I have never seen the tide this low here with a totally clean and flat beach abruptly ending at the vegetated cliff. The storm of early April created a neat edge to the now-level beach. Resident Peregrine on his usual perch.

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292 wilsonriverhs 04/23/2018

Groups of people were playing ball and picnicking. This was the spring break for some schools.

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193 SKMacK 04/23/2018

It was a beautiful sunny day. Very little wind. I did not notice any significant changes in extent of erosion along the road north and south of the river. Most appears to be occurring along Ocean View drive north of the Yachats River. 

I had some concerns about the safety of the ground at the Lions Club bench near 3rd street and Ocean View Drive.

 

 

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338 Randy and Beth 04/22/2018

This was a windy and sunny day on the beach on Earth Day 2018. We encountered clam diggers, windsurfers, horseback riders, families playing in the sand, people walking--lots of recreation going on. Lots of driftwood and structures on the south end of our mile and medium size rocks on the north end of the mile. Sandpipers were present in goodly numbers and a few terns and gulls.

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52 Peacecoaster 04/22/2018

Routine day at Agate Beach.  Very little litter.  What a beauftiful way to celebrate Earth Day!

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 04/20/2018

Picture shows the plastic pieces and other debris from the small area I cleaned up along a small section of the dunes. The driftline along a large portion of the Mile is littered heavily with small plastic pieces.

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256 jeanrcameron 04/18/2018

There is very little change to the sand or dunes along mile 256. The most remarkable observation was of the number of Velella Velellas and their large size. 

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256 gordonleslie 04/18/2018

Nice day at the ocean, people seem to be enjoying themselves.

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171 oldMGguy 04/16/2018

Managed to walk Mile 171 between the spring showers.  Few people out today.  A bald eagle was perched on one of the foredune high spots, trying to ignore the squadron of gulls and crows hovering around making lots of "Go away!" noise.  No recent large stranding of Velella velellas observed, just a few here and there.  An unusually large flock of probably 100+ sanderlings were feeding in the surf outwash (photo).

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310 newton 04/12/2018

3 people walking on beach 2 dogs running woody debris in wrack line.  Cleaned up a full 5gal bucket of human trash. 

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208 Batthecat 04/09/2018

Most notable is the extent to which large chuncks of the cliff have worked loose. Also first time I have seen horseback riders on this section of the beach.  Hoof prints indicted they didn't go very far south from Ona Beach park.  I documented them coming back (very friendly).  Beach was clean, very few Velella velella.

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188 Joel Keller 04/09/2018

This was the first time I was able to monitor Mile 188.  Over three to four hours of climbing cliffs and outcroppings, checking tidepools, and walking on rocks, I realized what a workout this was.  Also, as it was, I was unable to connect the Strawberry Hill area with the Neptune Beach (South) area due to time (and tide) - there was a section of approximately 400-500 feet that went unexplored.  I was amazed at the amount of life in the tidepools - innumerable anemones as well as at least 20-25 sea stars (in all three areas) were enjoyed as well as mussels, barnacles, sea lions, and a few birds (what appeared to be swallows on the cliffs).  There was also an area (south of Strawberry Hill access) that had human-made plastic trays and dish scrubbers bolted into the rock--inquiry led to the knowledge that these are implements for ongoing monitoring and experimention in rocky shore ecology by the OSU-based Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO).  Although the water in the tidal pools appeared cloudy/murky, there was a lack of trash and/or plastic except for some particles in the north Strawberry Point area (also, most of the driftwood and erosion from the surf appeared in this area).  

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216 NHS Leadership 04/08/2018

Nothing out of place. No noticible physical changes were observed. There were just a few people were walking and only one dog at the time.

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340 edjoyce 04/07/2018

Nothing unusual

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171 oldMGguy 04/05/2018

Numerous smallish Steller sea lions (yearlings?) observed swimming upriver in the Siuslaw or heading south along Mile 171 in the near-shore surf.  About a half dozen harbor seals feeding in the surf.  Mallard ducks, double-crested cormorants, and western grebes in the river on the south side of the jetty.  Large flocks of sanderlings and a half dozen "Ruddy Turnstones" feeding in the wave outwash.  This is the first time I've spotted the turnstones, although several field guide references say they are common winter visitors along sandy shorelines.  There has been a recent stranding of Velella velellas (By-the-Wind Sailors) along the entire mile.  Sizes range from 1/2" to 4" in length, although the vast majority are less than 1".

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187 Baller Leigh Anne 04/04/2018

It was a mild, overcast day with no strong winds. Upon first arrival there were only two other cars, one belonging to a large family with children, the other to an older couple who were exploring the rocks with buckets in hand. By the time that I returned from my walk, the parking lot had completely filled up and there were a number of families exploring the tide pools closest to the parking lot. Only a few people were going beyond those initial pools I noticed.

There were several groups of sea lions out in the water with their flippers in the air. There were also some small birds who seemed to be nesting in the cliffs. They were too far up  and too small to get a good look at them, but I could hear them chirping for most of my walk. There was also a plethora of anemones and sea stars in the tide pools as well as several different types of plants and algaes.

I didn't notice any physical changes to the area.

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306 Frankie 04/03/2018 DISPATCH Wave erosion down to sandstone bedrock. View full report 2
244 Victoria 04/03/2018

The scene at the beach today was more typical except for many ? washed ashore on the tideline. The mallard pair is still here too.

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198 bahngarten 04/01/2018

Calm, cloudy morning 46', beginning to rain lightly.  Moderate amounts of very small mole crab carcasses all along high tide line.  8 people 4 dogs, walking.  Shells and pebbles along high tide line.  Notable was a new, in-use, garbage compactor at Beachside State Park campground, clean beach. Campground about 1/2 full with spring-break vacationers.

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172 Ariana172 03/31/2018

A partially cloudy and cool day. Fewer people and fewer dogs than typical on the beach and in the water. Fewer gulls than I usually see or encounter here. Maybe a total of 12 Gulls in all. Fewer dogs disturbing wildlife than in past observations.

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169 oceanwalker842 03/31/2018

Beautiful, sunny, windy Easter weekend day at the coast. Birds couldn't compete with the wind...didn't see one bird on this walk. Human generated debris also couldn't compete with the wind...didn't notice any trash...it evidently was all blown away. There was less than normal small rocks and broken clam shells plus a few beached jelly fish and crab casings noted this walk.

Notice the ratio of vehicles to people. There was a large concentration of people just north of the boundry of Mile 170 nearer to the South Jety. 

Also, seems that all the dune buggy parking lots before getting to the south jety (and Mile 169) were filled to capacity with lots of activity in the designated off road areas. Only one set of tire  tracks noted in this mile.

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339 edjoyce 03/28/2018

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

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184 bluemoonjoanie 03/27/2018

Calm winter day, with an outgoing tide.  Large amounts of water draining from the cliffs/bluffs.  

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16 wild1234 03/26/2018

Some erosion.

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30 tree13tops 03/25/2018

There has been a lot of erosion to the dunes in the last two years. However, it is much the same now as in the last report

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244 Victoria 03/25/2018

This was a holiday weekend. The parking at Roads End State Park is not adequate for the number of vehicles trying to find a parking spot on a sunny day. Cars were parked into the neighboring streets.
People were carving names into the cliffs, particularly the area below Chinook Winds resort. 
2 young men were surf fishing. I did approach them and tell them that it isn't allowed as I looked into their bucket holding a small perch. They said they didn't know and continued fishing. I did them  it's a marine reserve with no fishing and it's posted on the signs at the park. 

Except for a lot of people, not much notable except a pair of mallard ducks who seem to be nesting nearby as I have seen them at the beach in the shallow waves a number of times recently.

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242 Bluewater 03/24/2018

For it being a rainy first day of spring break the beaches were pretty busy. The work being done at the "D" River parking lot may be casue severe damage to the Northwest corner of the parking lot seawall. A large portion of the wall has fallen since survey in January.

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313 HaystackRock 03/23/2018

A cold, beautiful day with hail on the beach and snow in low elevations on the western coast range visible from the beach. About 50 people enjoying the beach, some tidepooling, a few walking/jogging. Many invertebrates washed ashore including dungeness crab, which gulls and crows were feeding on. Shifting sands have unearthed velella carcasses buried last year. A common murre carcass was found, likely preyed upon by a bald eagle earlier that day. At time of reporting (3/30), a large colony of sea lions (many dozen if not a hundred or so) was spotted just offshore and north of Haystack Rock rafting for several hours with their tails and flippers elevated above the water's surface. See photo. Peregrine falcon observed today (3/30) as well.

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309 cadonofrio 03/22/2018

Quite a few people walking on the beach, despite the cold, windy conditions.  Waves were "angry" - churning sand as they came in; looks like a storm is coming in.

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331 alkarbeck 03/21/2018

It was a nice quiet day for our observation. Just slightly north of our mile was a huge group of about 40+ men from the Army playing football on the beach having come from Camp Rilea. They were dominating a very large area of the beach with this activity. Otherwise it was an easy day to make an observation.

Here's hoping the beach is as clean as it is today for the Great Beach Clean-up this coming Saturday.

 

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289 ollikainen 03/20/2018

The main impression on this survey is how clean the beach is from the wrack to the foredune.  It was almost difficult to spot manmade objects.  Mile 289 survived the winter big waves and storms without erosion.  That is the norm.  Further down the spit erosion is evident to near Cape Meares.  This is as predicted with the shortening of the south jetty.  I have included photos of the Bayocean townsite to give some prespective of this erosion though it is not on Mile 289.

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226 gsmeyer 03/20/2018

The only human activity was at the lookout where several people were observed at the observation points overlooking the ocean. Note also the three people observed trespassing beyond the locked gate at the lookout and approaching the 500-foot high sea cliff. Shoreline activities by humans are essentially non-existent due to the inaccessibility of the shoreline. The drift line was only visible at one packet beach and it contained mostly beach cobbles with minor pieces of small driftwood. The only wildlife observed was some gulls flying north. Nothing dead was seen. Physical changes since the last visit were not observed, a common situation along this mile of very erosion-resistant basalt.

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292 wilsonriverhs 03/19/2018

There is a beach front house at 6th street that has a back deck sliding down the grass dune due to dune erosion.

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186 dbpcar 03/18/2018

Cloudy, approx. 58 degrees with light wind

 

11 people and 1 dog were seen on the beach-8 walking, 1 playing in the surf, 2 rockhunting

 

Approximately 3 dozen seagulls seen just north of Tenmile Creek

 

2 dead seagulls found on beach south of Tenmile Creek by walking path to parking lot 86.

 

One dead crab found on beach north of 95480 Hwy 101 S

 

Several areas of the bluff north of 95500 Hwy 101 S had erosion of the dirt bluff with the dirt sloughing off onto the beach.

 

Smaller amount of debris seen today than in previous days on the north side of Tenmile Creek but in the same 200-300 yard area. There was considerably more small debris found in driftline on the beach south of Tenmile Creek.

 

There was more driftwood on the beach this day.  Manager of the Sea Perch RV Resort at 95480 Hwy 101 S stated that during the storm the first week of January the storm surge threw large pieces of driftwood up over the bluff and onto their grass areas

 

Several areas of the bluff north of 95500 Hwy 101 S had erosion of the dirt bluff with the dirt sloughing off onto the beach.

 

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211 Chad101 03/17/2018

Mile 211 is relatively unspoiled, at least south of Thiele Creek.  The mud and standing pools of water have disappeared for the moment, and the level of the beach has dropped several feet, uncovering rocky substratum that is covered in sand in summer.  The beach is beautiful, broad when the tide is out, and has relatively few people walking it.

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171 oldMGguy 03/16/2018

Some scumbag dumped a truckload of house remodeling debris into the Siuslaw River lagoon alongside the North Jetty Road (photo).  Honeyman State Park personnel notified.

Harbor seals and black surf scoter ducks observed in the near-shore surf.  Mole crab bodies and bits and pieces of Moon jellies along the mile today.

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239 ORbeach 03/11/2018

Pleasant day.  First time I have seen surfers in the "jaws of death" Siletz rivermouth.  One appeared to be temporarily pulled south by currents but he managed to get back.  Almost no trash to pick up.

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28 AzaleaLane 03/11/2018

A beautiful sunny day.  First time I have seen a Raven on the beach. It is good to see the Osprey with a fish.

Previous concern about near-by dredging has been helped by equipment problems. The company packed

up their trucks and left.  Small amount of garbage, picked it up, and disposed of it.

 

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147 Lyndell 03/11/2018

Since my last visit in June 2017 there were noticable difference to the bluff on the southern end of mile 147 before the Jetty.  The beach had been swept clean of driftwood and the usual amount of garbage by wave action.  The bluff had become more pronounced as evidenced by the ATV entrance to the beach from the east side by the river.  What was a walkable and drivable grade from the beach to the foredune area is not a drop off and to steep for people or vehicles to climb up and over. 

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307 Bald Eagle 03/10/2018

A very nice day at Cove Beach.  Sixteen people were enjoying the nice weather.  There is nothing unusual to report.  The beach was very clean.

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190 LyndaC 03/10/2018

Beautiful day at the beach, large number of people enjoying nature. Parking at Cooks Chasm and Devils Chum, only four parking spaces open.

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237 bksouthwick1 03/09/2018

Pleasant Friday morning after a big wind. Handful of people on the beach. One man with 2 kids playing in sand. Two people with dogs, one on leash. On man fishing for surf perch.

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23 Bob Harvey 03/07/2018

The vegetative foredune all along mile 23 continue to recede as evidenced by fallen clumps of dune grass in front of the dunes.   A few starfish are evident on the rocks. Driftwood is being cut and and perhaps removed. Trash is limited to one pickup bed liner partly buried in the sand.

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220 lmabeggs 03/06/2018

The beach was clean of debris except for some scattered items coming in from the water.  There were significant plastic pieces in the driftline along the sandy areas of the beach.  Lots of rocks exposed today.  There has been a great deal of erosion over the past year.  There are places where recent slides have occured with debris and rocks at the bottom of the bluff.  It was a beautiful March day with a nice low tide so there were more people on the beach than we normally see.  

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255 bballentine 03/06/2018

Beach is very wide. Foredune appears steeper and lower than previous visits. Public access trail in Mile 254 across foredune is trench like. Very little trash on beach. Beautiful view up and down beach.

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290 Foxglove290 03/05/2018

It was one of those rare sunny and almost calm winter days.  Erosion has been less severe than last year.  Overtopping brought more drftwood and sand inland than I have observed in the last 5 years.  

Where oh where are all the pcs of yellow rope coming from?  

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220 Hillsideshack 03/05/2018

A sunny day on 220. Lots of rocks and very little sand on the first 1/2 of the walk South , then lots of sand. Texted Fawn to have State Parks come and pick up garbage at Marine Debris sign as it was piled up quite high. The cliffs have had a lot of errosion over the winter, many huge boulders have fallen, large sections of cliff have sloughed off. More drainage pipes from the cliff are exposed. 

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198 bahngarten 03/04/2018

39 degree, calm morning with scattered clouds.   1 person walking.  Beachside campground closed.  1 pair Canada geese flying SE.  Scattered 2-3" Velella velella  at tide line.  Shells and small pebbles along drift line.  Clean beach.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 03/01/2018

Winter waves have been washing all the way up to the bluffs and vegetation zone. Some damage to stairs and railings. A dead porpoise or dolphin washed in 2/19 and now is mostly just a carcass due to scavengers.  Our debris survey found very little small or mediium debris. However there were 8 lengths of rope and 15 lengths of white plastic strapping material over 2 feet long, much more than normal. Possibly output fom the crab boats that are active off shore.

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308 John Markham 03/01/2018

Pleasant late-winter day on the beach between showers.

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340 edjoyce 02/28/2018

Dead harbor seal (see photo)

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171 oldMGguy 02/27/2018

More dead critters on Heceta Beach.  The previously reported recently deceased sea lion yearling was nowhere to be found on Mile 171 today, but I found another mangled sea lion corpse up in the high beach log pile about a 1/4 mile south of the Driftwood Shores Resort.  Looks like a shark bit off the head, plus a lot of scavenger damage.  This one has been deceased for several weeks. Two very happy turkey vultures were hanging out nearby.

Several "Sea Nettle" jellies observed along the mile.  The high tide line of the north section of Mile 171 is heavily coated with 1" long fiberous cellophane tube worm feeding tubes/feelers/tongues (?).

The Army Corps of Engineers has sent out a crew to paint over the offensive spray-paint graffitti on the Siuslaw River North Jetty vehicle barrier rocks.  They did a nice job of matching the natural rock colors - thanks, guys!

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171 oldMGguy 02/24/2018

Lots of dead things on heceta Beach today.  The north half of Mile 171 had a major stranding of Velella velellas (By-The-Wind Sailors) with individuals up to 4-5 inches long - easily the biggest specimens washed ashore in several years (photo).  There were also scattered bits and pieces of Moon jellies and Sea Nettle jellies along the mile.

A deceased yearling Steller sea lion had just washed ashore (photos) halfway between the North Jetty and the Driftwood Shores Resort.  Appears to have died just an hour or two before discovery as the scavangers had not touched it yet.  About 5 feet long, no obvious signs of trauma (sharks or bullets), no tags or tattoos.  Appears to have been well fed with normal body fat.

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254 Jennifer1 02/24/2018

I still need to compare to last years photos but section north of .7 miles appears to have more erosion (photos included) from our last report. beach edge is cliff-like with shear face and drop-off from grass dune area above. visible roots and old logs within the cliff face. 

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293 stu and barb 02/23/2018

Way more people than expected on this cold and windy day.  The usual shells & small rocks decorated the sand and a handful of seagulls braved the elements.  Not a lot of beach junk but more plastic rope and styrofoam than average...most found near the R.B. Wayside area.  High seas over the past few weeks have taken away some of the dune build up that covered the almost 20 year old rip rap...hopefully the sand will return as it did before.  Some banks south of the Wayside and near St Mary By The Sea Church have experienced substantial erosion, with up to 6’ drop off.

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54 rtempesta 02/23/2018

Wind started out from the SW, then rotated up to the NW. Also, there were 15 or so sheep feeding on the bluffs and cliffs. Quite a bit of erosion on the bluffs close to the Elk River. A large hole has appeared in the clog face, about 20’ up—some water was running from it. Surf was from the W, 1-2 ft. Sets 3 ft.

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185 Lfleming 02/17/2018 DISPATCH

Cement buffer destroyed by the ocean in 2018

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220 DKPowell 02/14/2018

A nice beach walk. Good weather (50F, calm breeze, mostly sunny) added to neutral tide (0.0ft. at 5:50PM) plus more sand this winter than usual on the beach.

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262 Linda Fink 02/13/2018

Very clean, flat beach abruptly ends at vegetated hillside. North side of dune gently sloped enough for 1/3rd of the way up for vehicles to have gone up that far, judging from the tracks in the sand. Lots of little rocks on beach at north end. Lots of big rocks at south end, base of Cape. Access road at McPhillips Park is deeply eroded but trucks still driving it.

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296 Coopersmith 02/13/2018

Gorgeous day: low temperature brought out only the hardiest, well-wrapped walkers. Beach looks good. As usual in winter, high waves and loads of driftwood.

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245 lvoelker 02/11/2018

Clean, beautiful but bitterly cold the recent storms have cleaned the erosion at the base of the cliffs and deposited sand.

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310 newton 02/07/2018

Few people walking on the beach, dogs present, few gulls and beautiful weather.  

Stairs that washed away with the storms a few weeks ago were replaced, no other modifications. 

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185 Lfleming 02/07/2018

A sunny day so there were lots of people enjoying the beach.  There was one section of debris and tree trunks up against the bluff, probably from the king tide.   The rocks in the water most likely keep most of the from landing on the beach.  The tideline was pretty clean with only small colorful plastic pieces and woody bits.  The beach was mostly cobbles with the sand gone for now.  We saw 5 orange seastars out in the water.  The Yellow-rumped Warbler was a new bird for the mile.

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161 dpavlis 02/06/2018

It was a beautiful winter day, with sun and gentle breezes from the northwest. 46 degrees when we arrived and an empty beach for the first hour. People began arriving around 11:00. It was 59 degrees when we left shortly after Noon with visitors enjoying the day beachcombing and dog-walking, among a few other activities as noted in the report.  

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274 rogans 02/05/2018

Today was my first visit with a camera since the January storms. Most of the mile is part of Cape Lookout State Park. There has been considerable damage to parts of the park itself. The spit has been seriously eroded in places. Wave overtopped the spit north of the campground for about a 300 yard stretch as well as parts of the campground itself. Sections of the picnic area  were also damaged by waves. The south section of the mile cannot be accessed, even at low tide, due to beach erosion. Photos of the damage and erosion are attached.

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198 bahngarten 02/04/2018

Quiet foggy morning, slight breeze from NW. Few crows, 1 mature bald eagle  flying S,carrying twig. 5 people, 2 dogs walking.Tideline contents: pebbles, clam and sand dollar pieces, very few small  pieces of plastic removed.  Campground host notified of 1  wet crab bait waxed cardboard box, too heavy  to to carry. It will be removed.  

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237 Walden 02/03/2018

The attached photo was taken to show the change that has taken place to shoreline erosion. At this time of year, the shoreline is fairly smooth with a small hump near the water with a gentle slope toward the land. The photo shows that the ocean has carved out the sand almost up to the bluff.  The location of this photo is just north of beach access marker 50B.

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225 driscolke 01/30/2018

Exceptional low tide for this time of year. COASST survey and Marine Debris conducted.  This was an unusual winter day for tide pooling >23 flora/fauna identified along with COASST dead bird Cassin's Auklet along with live birds and seals. Thirteen people on the beach.

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287 C Nelson 01/30/2018

A lovely winter day at the beach. The most notable physical changes since my last visit in December were the foredune erosion and deposition of large quantities of driftwood high on the beach, as well as on top of and behind the foredune - evidence of the size and strength of the high waves in last week's storms.

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101 Mike Mueller 01/29/2018

Observed normal high and low tide movement of sand and exposure of rocky areas.

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208 Batthecat 01/28/2018

First beach visit after the major storm surges.  No dead animals.  Documented movement of the Giant stump, 2014 to the present.  This last storm broke it apart (deep crack up the middle) and moved it another .25 mile, almost to Ona Beach entrance.  Beach was scrubbed off.

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187 Baller Leigh Anne 01/28/2018

Beautiful day on the beach. Lots of families respectfully exploring the rocks and tidepools. One woman wearing far too much patchouli. I could smell her long before I could see her. There was far less garbage on the beach then I had expected to see, especially for how many people where on the beach, which is always a pleasant surprise.

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213 PaulJulia 01/28/2018

Lots of activity on the mile this time with people with dogs, people riding on horses, a cyclist, and 5 helicopters.  It was very mild with some sun.  Storm evidence more apparent in the area south of Henderson Creek.  4 dead birds which may be gulls.  Awaiting confirmation before posting their photos.

   Updated on 2/16/18:  Fawn Custer has identified the 4 beached birds as being Northern Fulmars - 2 in light morphology, the other 2 in dark morphology.  COASST will be notified of these findings.

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340 edjoyce 01/27/2018

Nothing special.

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199 seagazer 01/24/2018 DISPATCH

This dispatch is following up on a rip-rap project going on at the second house north of Little Creek/Big Stump Beach. Dump trucks are continuing to bring large rock to the site and the track hoe is setting what I understand to be backing rock. The track hoe also appears to be trenching at the base of the embankment where the larger boulders will be a starter course and then more boulders set on top of each row to eventually make a robust and protective rock wall. 

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306 Frankie 01/23/2018 DISPATCH

At 1:30am, our NOAA radio announced a tsunami watch for the Oregon coast, predicting a possible tsunami at 5:10am in our area. We immediately started packing up necessities for an extended stay away from our house (which is 43 ft above sea level thus definitely in the inundation zone.) What we want to highlight is this: there are 6 houses near ours, all within the inundation zone. None of them turned on lights, meaning that they did not know about the potential tsunami. If the "tsunami watch" had changed to "tsunami warning", hopefully they would receive automated emergency calls, however they would not have as much time to respond as we did. We were dismayed that so few people had NOAA radios, an inexpensive lifesaving communication method. Several of these houses are short-term rentals; those visitors would be disadvantaged in a real emergency. At 4:45am, the all-clear sounded. We went back to bed. 

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199 seagazer 01/22/2018

This report is primarily an addendum to the report I filed for January 20th (and before) where a rip-rap project has resumed after it was previously halted by strong storm/extremely high and rough surf.

***NOTE***

Edit - January 23, 2018 - Starting with image #6, these are added to this report rather than in a new report because they are the continuation of the operation to repair the rip-rap armoring. No other inspection was made of mile 199 due to stormy conditions. The plan was to get pictures of the track hoe setting the rock in place and doing the 'finishing touches' but the weather was not conducive to getting the additional pictures.

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171 oldMGguy 01/20/2018

The recent high-energy storm waves washed a lot of the high beach sand away, exposing long-buried driftwood logs and stumps, along with re-arranging the larger driftwood logs all along Mile 171.  At the beach access trail just to the south of the Driftwood Shores Resort, high tides/big waves have blown huge logs on to the access trail, making beach access/egress challanging (photos).

Numerous reddish Pacific Sea Nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens) and common clear Moon (Aurelia labiata) jellies are washed up on the northern half of Mile 171.

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199 seagazer 01/20/2018

The following images identify activities of contractor activity accessing the beach and preparing for a permitted rip-rap project to the north. Also, changes to a septic system repair(?) with changes in the bank. Finally, images that show some of the changes that took place from the extreme wave action against the bank/foredune and beach debris changes like logs that have moved.

They go along with the previous text of this report. Some are from months/years past so that comparisons can be made. Dates of the previous images will be provided.

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240 midnite5484 01/19/2018

A high water event occurred on Jan. 18, 2018. Waves came up the the bottom of the steps at beach access #48 and deposited new sand a few steps up. Water entered the parking lot (up the ramp) at Canyon Drive City Park (#46), and the Inn at Spanish Head had sand deposited on its lower level wrap-around porch and had to board up all its lower windows. Mo's Clam Chowder house was flooded inside, along the Siletz River (and was closed for weeks afterwards).

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228 DWhite 01/18/2018 DISPATCH

Although not king tide level, high waves at high tide on Jan 18, 2018 reached all the way into the inner reaches of Whale Cove's sandy cliffs. The beach is normally exposed at high tides (king tide excepted). High waves picked up large driftwood logs hurling them against the ladder to the beach breaking one of the rails.  The ladder has been used by local residents for access to the public (State) beach. 

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245 TerryH 01/16/2018

Quiet day, beach was quite clean, no sea pickles (pyrosomes), numerous bits of jelly or sea gooseberries, and an old black tire.  Got an email off to the park ranger about the tire.  Seems to be the same tire that's been around for years.

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171 oldMGguy 01/15/2018

Large flocks of Sanderlings busy feeding in the surf wash along the entire mile this morning.  Surf Scoter ducks and harbor seals out in the near-shore surf.  Big waves and high tide were setting up frequent "sneaker waves", necessitating the occasional dash to the high beach to avoid getting wet.  Lots of huge and small driftwood logs and woody debris were rolling in the surf zone.  The extensive summertime accumulation of driftwood logs and stumps at the "lagoon" next to the north jetty structure have been mostly washed away.

The Portland regional office of the Army Corps of Engineers have said they will have a work detail out to the jetty "within 3-4 weeks" to remove the spray-painted graffitti on the jetty vehicle barrier rocks.

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195 WetWabbit 01/14/2018

It was a rare warm, dry day with numerous beach walkers. Nothing unusual was sighted. I just enjoyed the beautiful surf and a walk with Westly.

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299 cpendergrass 01/14/2018

Martin Luther King holiday weekend...mild weather. Breezy enough for kite flying. 14 people, 1 dog, 1 dead Northern Fulmar, 1 dead seal, algae at the driftline.

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242 Bluewater 01/14/2018

It was very noticable since I surveyed in october that the "D" river was flowing straight into the ocean. In October it was crooked and channel like from the sand. Notice new graffiti panted on the wall below The Sea Gypsy Hotel. Sunday was a great day for the beach, perfect weather.

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182 mj6dolphin 01/13/2018

A beautiful afternoon at the beach. It was low tide but there were many swells from an oncoming wind or storm. I had never seen dead crabs with one to two small holes in their backs and legs and claws intact? There are less pyrosomes on the rack line.

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