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45 humbug45 06/14/2015 Birds spotted included numerous Rhinoceros auklets and two Black oystercatchers, along with gulls. View full report 0
45 humbug45 04/22/2015

Sunny moderately windy morning; mile 45 access is through Humbug Mt State Park which was completely empty (no park host or campers). No persons or dogs seen at the beach. Sandy portion of beach was clean and mostly free of debris; some debris found at the rocky end towards Coal Point; mostly seemed to be from fishing boats; no obvious tsunami debris noted. Abundant seaweed and invertebrates seen covering rocks at tide line (-1.0 tide). A few gulls and a single Canada goose feeding and ambling at the end of Brush Creek.

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45 humbug45 11/11/2015

Very quiet beach with no human activity noted except for one set of footprints. Adjacent campground closed for the season; open portion of campground empty except for camp host. Some debris from fishing boats (bait pellets, plastic parts and rope)collected; two rusting crab rings noted (one has been there for a long time; second one just appeared). Wood pieces and wrack pushed against bluff probably due to storm activity. Single dead juvenile seagull near Brush Creek high above surf line; a flock of Black turnstones and four Black oystercatchers hanging out on the rocks near Coal Point.

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45 admin 02/07/2016

Quiet beach with no visitors; rare wildlife: single foraging black oystercatcher and a few gulls. Found five crab pots in varying degrees of deterioration. Also other fishing boat debris (buoys, ropes, bait containers) plus other more common debris (Styrofoam and hard plastic pieces). The dune/bluff has eroded with visible plant roots,probably secondary to high tides, storm activity and high surf.

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45 humbug45 02/17/2016

One of the crab pots found earlier this month (previous report) was removed from the beach and is now at the trail head to the beach on Humbug Mountain State Park. Does anyone have the story regarding this vessel?

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45 humbug45 11/14/2017

Some erosion near large drainage pipe from highway.

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45 humbug45 01/19/2020

No unusual events or observations to report. 

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46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 07/12/2012 Dave Lacey and Pete Stauffer completed this mile, and said there was hardly any trash on the walk. There was nothing to note of special importance, but both suggested updating the CoastWatch forms, and I agree as well.Another suggestion for our mile was to begin GPS marking the erosion spots and photo points for better observations and connectivity to future data collection. View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 05/15/2012 All in all, it was a lovely day! A gorgeous, sunny day on the coast and we did a beach cleanup that day as well. Mr. Betz's 8th grade class was along for the day to make special tide pool observations, and then help the Community Team with a beach survey and cleanup. It's great to be a part of a community that cares so much for its environment! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 02/05/2012 It was a beautiful day, near dusk, low tide, few people, no garbage. View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 03/04/2012 TBD View full report 0
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 12/11/2011 It was a beautiful day for a stroll on our lovely Mile 46, overlooking the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. It was cool outside, however the sun was shining brightly, keeping us warm.Lacking much debris, this beach had one large block of styrofoam (from a dock, perhaps) and a few small pieces of plastic, but mostly just driftwood and some sea kelp. It did not appear that there had been any new slumping or erosion on this hike, and the waterfall was flowing nicely today.Gorgeous walk! View full report 2
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 09/17/2011 Beautiful day with the Sole Pursuits group talking about Fishtracker and the Redfish Rocks Community Team. Nice weather for walking and talking. A bunch of Kelp and seaweed had washed in from large storm surf early in the month. There was all kinds of critters still living in the washed up habitat. View full report 1
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 08/14/2013 How the beach does change! Since our last visit the sand has moved in and covered/filled in most of the tide pooling areas and our rocky boulder beach areas are now 75% covered! Tons and Tons of sand. We noticed lots of biological matter on the beach. In the areas where we once used to have thriving tide pools, the algae and kelp has been scrapped off and washed in with the sand. Please see the attached photos. It looks like more JTMD has washed in. We found some wood that looks to be of Asian construction at Coal point. See attached photosAlso, I have uploaded some photos from Mile 49. Both these animals were found ~100yrds east of Battle Rock. View full report 8
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 06/12/2013 Dead Gumboots were interesting, why so many? The specimen of squid we found was really interesting too! Not sure why the person clamming was so dodgy, but at least they got dinner for the night! Great day on Mile 46! View full report 0
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 04/08/2013 Good Day out on the Beach. We found a couple of 4"x4" 10' long pieces of lumber. When we returned to town, we also heard that there was many more scattered along mile another CoastWatch Mile north of ours, around the Battle Rock area (mile 49?).Upon investigation we found 2 more 4x4s, both about 10' long. One was found out by the Mill Rocks and the other on Dog Beach. We also found a large 12"x 12", also about 10' long, right at the base of Battle Rock, it was Covered in large Goose Barnacles. View full report 7
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 03/11/2013 DISPATCH Nice warm day out at Rocky Point/Retz Creek! We were greeted by a couple of Killdeer who were present, active, a little skittish, and fun to observe! On our way down the beach, one of our volunteers, Janet London, found a stranded "dock" looking structure. Hard to say what it was, but it had obviously been in the water a long time and contains species of "barnacles" and "mussels" (if our assumptions are correct) that appear to be non-native. We took samples and have them frozen at the POORT offices in Port Orford. We contacted the proper authorities upon our return. Japanese Tsunami Marine debris? Stay tuned and we will find out! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 02/11/2013 Nice warm day out at Rocky Point/Retz Creek! We were greeted by a couple of Killdeer who were present, active, a little skittish, and fun to observe! On our way down the beach, one of our volunteers, Janet London, found a stranded "dock" looking structure. Hard to say what it was, but it had obviously been in the water a long time and contains species of "barnacles" and "mussels" (if our assumptions are correct) that appear to be non-native. We took samples and have them frozen at the POORT offices in Port Orford. We contacted the proper authorities upon our return. Japanese Tsunami Marine debris? Stay tuned and we will find out! View full report 4
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 01/14/2013 It was another beautiful day down on Mile 46! Once again we completed our CoastWatch survey in conjunction with our Marine Debris Monitoring project. Stand-up paddle boarding was the order of the day, as the three boarders were out riding waves from the time we arrived and were still doing so when we left. Not much to note on the wildlife. We did find a dead octopus/squid and some dead fish, but everything seemed to be in order. No physical changes or unusual finds. We will have to wait and see what next survey brings! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 11/12/2012 Monday, November 12, 2012 was a nice fall weather day. Good wind, but not too much, 51 degrees and overcast. A good warm up beach walk in preparation for the winter to come!Not much observed this day. Beaches were pretty clean from organic debris in comparison to the month before. Some kellp, some shells, etc. A good low tide allowed for some quick tide pool observations! Observed (Photos are attached):Possible debris from 101 construction, however we cannot be 100% certain, and more dead Common Murres.A great day to be on the beach! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 10/10/2012 Monday, Oct. 10 was a beautiful day for a walk on the beach! The tide was to high for any good tide pooling activities, but we observed many new things!One thing we were able to observe was the construction happening on Hwy. 101 (onto of the bluff). As it had nearly come to a finish we were able to see new drainage pipes, and a drain field that they have created. We assume the drain field is there to allow the water to run off of the road effectively and to slow the flow of water so it does not cause the cliff side to erode any further. Only time will tell if these mitigation efforts will be effective! We also found some debris from the construction down on the beach (asphalt).Another interesting observation is the accumulation of dead Common Murres. We counted 11!We also made an interesting find in relation to Marine Debris. We found and Oil Sample bottle. Janet called the company and after telling her to go and recycle it somewhere, they called back to ask her to send it to them. The company said they have strict guidelines for keeping track of oil samples. They think it came from a Chinese Vessel. See attached photos. View full report 6
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 04/16/2012 DISPATCH This observation was NOT made at mile 46. It was a few miles up the road in the town of Port Orford at Dock Beach, the beach is directly next to the Port of Port Orford. I believe that it is on Mile 49. Found 100yd East of the DockWe were alerted to a washed up whale and immediately went to see for ourselves what the situation was. It turns out the whale has been dead for a long while, as the body has already gone through a bit of decomposition. We are assuming in washing up in this state. It was roughly 6' long and a juvenile. We were unable to determine the species. Whale was still observed on the beach this morning on 10-17-12 View full report 6
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 02/10/2014 This trip to the beach proved to be very interesting. The rocky intertidal zone has become completely exposed again as the sand has washed away. The rocks uncovered are completely devoid of all barnacles that once used cover them. A strange and complete disappearance.We also noticed many more small plastic pellets covering our beach. Much more than normal. Overall, a good day at the beach with some very noticeable changes. View full report 5
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 07/10/2015 A few dead animals and many live ones! 2 dead gumboots, 1 dead dolphin, 1 dead harbor seal. We have also pulled 3 tires from the beach over the past 2 months. Geez the ocean can be a harsh place to live! Thanks to everyone who joined. View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 05/14/2015 Overall, it was a great day on the beach. The sand is coming back in and beginning to cover the bedrock that it was scoured down to over late summer, fall and the winter months. Algae is also starting to cover the rocks in the rocky intertidal zones! View full report 3
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 02/13/2015 It is AMAZING the amount of sand that has been removed (naturally) by scouring. Take a look at our photos. The rock that Janet cannot reach the top of used to be almost completely covered up top with only 1 foot or so exposed. The scouring has been taking place for about the past 6 months. We have heard that about 10 miles or so up the beach to the north, they are being inundated with sand washing in. Is the sand from this beach moving north? We have not submitted a report in the past several months, but we continue to watch at least once a month as we also do our NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring Surveys. View full report 4
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 11/12/2015

It was a beautiful day on the beach! As usual, we coordinated our NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring survey with our CoastWatch survey. We counted 203 pieces of foam. The sand is moving in. The beach is covered in about 6' more sand that at its most scoured point earlier this year. Tidepools in the intertidal zone are still fairly open, but have been filled a little bit by the influx of sand. Bull kelp has started to pile up. We also found a couple of salp-like creatures on the beach (shown in the photographs).

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46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 05/12/2016

It was a very normal day down on the beach. The only thing different was the presence of 6 or so dead Pacific Rock Crab (at least that's what we think they are). We left one tire on the beach as it was just too far down the beach for us to move. We also picked up multiple large plastic marine debris items. One jug had Asian characters on it. From Japan, maybe. Wea also saw the R/V "Miss Linda" and her crew out by Mt. Humbug working with ODFW and performing Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)surveys. Unfortunately the ship was to far out to get a photo.

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46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 08/11/2016

Just another great day on the beach with good people. We were the only people on the beach. The sand scouring that has occurred in the area next to the access trail all the way down to Rocky Point is quite impressive! 

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48 cprince 05/07/2008 eveything was relatively peaceful and clean! this will be my last report for this mile, as i am moving to portland.thanks everyone for caring for our beautiful coastline! View full report 0
48 cprince 02/16/2008 another beautiful day, more than average human/dog/vehicle traffic on the beach. the small black and white birds i saw last week were gone, found a few dead seagulls and one black and white gull, smaller than a seagull. also i took pix of the rock piles that formed up. there is a lot of sand gone.i hadn't gotten quite down to hubbard creek last walk, so this time i did, and noticed how much erosion and wood removal occurred from the recent winter storms. not much flotsam/jetsam. View full report 3
48 cprince 02/11/2008 the most notable difference from the last time i visited, about a month ago, was that there were large piles of rocks 1/2 way down the mile. it was difficult walking over them, and they lay from the cliff base all the way into the waterline. usually there is a good sandy strip at all but very high tide.there were a few dead birds, not unusual lately, but it seems like there are more than there used to be a few years back. these were like a mud hen, with black head, back and wings, white underbelly, black webbed feet. about the size of a small duck. maybe a western grebe? the fisherman i spoke with said the sandcrabs are back, including the large females, tho there are no eggs on them at this time of the year. View full report 0
48 Muriah 04/04/2012 DISPATCH Finder of the huge float said that it looked like the one in the photo in the newspaper that was said to be possibly from the Japanese Tsunami. I sent this photo to meteorologist who sent it to NOAA who responded that Large floating objects could be arriving early because of being more easily wind-driven. View full report 2
48 alaingamerica 07/04/2015 DISPATCH

Just taking a walk on the beach, and noticed a large amount of immature sand crabs in the wrack line.

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48 [email protected] 11/05/2014 DISPATCH First time ever walking this beach after many many times observing it from the public rest area on the bluff above. Surprised at the amount of people using the beach at this time of yearVery surprise by number and variety of dead sea birdsQuite surprised to find a fairly large dead marine mammal, possibly recently washed up on the beach View full report 12
48 alaingamerica 10/23/2019 DISPATCH

Took a short walk on the beach and found 10 "intact" beached birds, most likely Common Murres. (no gloves!)

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48 alaingamerica 08/22/2020

Very pleasant day. Many people enjoying the beach. Dead birds distributed throughout mile, at least 3 different species. Removed a grocery bag full of litter including firework leftovers and dog poop in bags.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 10/16/2020

The beach was quiet on this beautiful autumn day. We saw two people riding horses on the beach, which we had not seen here before and someone flying a kite. The ride was dropping toward a minus tide a few hours later. It was a Friday afternoon, which may explain why there were not as many vehicles as we saw this summer and the outgoing tide may explain why we didn't see the surfers we often see near Hubbard Creek.

Much less litter than last visit. We only saw that tarp, one plastic bag, a forgotten tee shirt and a bottle cap.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 01/14/2021

This visit was just a day after a series of king tides and heavy rain. More logs on the beach than usual and one massive new landslide. I asked a two of the few people I met on the beach about the "sea pickles" in the drift line and nobody knew what they were. As I was getting ready to write this report I saw an episode of Oregon Field Guide that mentioned them: Pyrosomes. I guess they are a new thing on the Oregon Coast

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48 Skip-Jane-Legacy 04/18/2021

Saw a cement culvert in the water near one of the sea stacks. Found a piece of coral that still had pink on it - not sure if that means it's fresh or not. Did not see any others. Sand was still high enough to cover the shipwreck pieces that I know are on the beach in a few places, one of those being between two mid-point rocks that have arch-tunnels in them. Anemones looked fat and happy. A Canada goose was sitting on a sea stack, almost looking like it was nesting. 

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 07/31/2021

Hubbard Creek has "drifted" pretty far north/northwest, but it appears to be natural.

There were several groups of people on the beach and coming down while we did the report. I only counted the cars in the lot when we arrived. There were more when we finished. Most activities appeared "normal" and didn't see anything of concern.

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48 Skip-Jane-Legacy 11/06/2021

Couldn't get to the south end of the mile due to the King Tide waves running up too high. Risked getting cut off from being able to get back to the parking lot. Took pix down the beach from the middle. Didn't see any huge issues or concerns, other than the amount of debris that had been washed up and wondering about cleanup efforts after the series of King Tides is over. Looks like it would take a LOT of effort to clean up, and curious to know if anything is planned. We drove to Hubbard Creek access and went down on the south side of the creek (not Mile 48) but couldn't get across the creek to walk the southern section of the mile.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 12/31/2021

The beach looked good today. Not much litter or storm debris. The previous high tide packed down the sand all the way to the boulders so it was easy walking. A few unique objects: an office chair at the foot of the dunes, a stuffed animal on a rock, and a wood pallet in Hubbard creek

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48 jessejones 03/29/2022

A group of nine people today were part of a training for a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) marine debris survey training. CoastWatch coordinated and led the training, which was hosted by Redfish Rocks Community Team. This beach is a drive on beach, though no vehicles were on the beach while the training happened. 

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 05/05/2022

The beach looked clean, people and dogs were well behaved. The landslide from January 2021 is stabilizing.

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48 Skip-Jane-Legacy 08/20/2022

Beach was looking pretty clean of trash at the surf line and above in the dry sand. Hubbard Creek has "drifted" very far south/east, exiting much farther away than typical. 

Beautiful day to be on the beach. Wind started out light, but by the time we got back to the wayside it was up to moderate. We only counted people on our way out from the parking lot, not on the way back.

 

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 11/18/2022

On a mild, sunny Friday in November we found the beach pretty quiet. We saw 15 people on the beach, most walking. There were 2 kayaks or in the bay. We have not seen them there before, though there is a kayak rental business at the Port. This was also the first time we saw seals (3 of them) sunning themselves on small rocks out in the bay. They might have been young as their fur was pretty light in color.

Someone cut up a driftwood log into field firewood lengths and hauled the pieces to the access road. (note from CoastWatch Coordinator: Cutting up driftwood on the beach is a violation. Carrying driftwood to your vehicle is allowed.)

We checked out the abandoned campsite I noticed on a previous visit and the rotting tent is still there, draped over a branch. We didn't go all the way up to it because it was too creepy.

There's a few healthy clumps of Pampas grass on the hillside just west of Hubbard Creek.

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49 Tichenor 09/05/2007 Nothing unusual nor of concern View full report 0
49 Tichenor 06/16/2007 Little activity on the dock; the few people on the beach were there because of the low tide, I think, because you can walk around some of the headlands at very low tide. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 03/15/2007 A beautiful day: people, dogs and one horse enjoying the beach. I found a large number of dead birds, 12 which seemed to be of the same type (auklets). View full report 0
49 Tichenor 06/06/2008 The most unusual factor was the extreme low tide (-2.4). Usually, a lot of people are on the beach at such times, but not today. I did not find one bird carcass in my short "mile" and that seemed unusual, based on past experience. the beach was very clean, with a minimal amount of litter. Perhaps the extreme high tides of last week swept everything away.Most of the fishing boats were on their trailers on the dock; probably due to reduced fishing at this time and the low tide when they could not be launched. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 03/12/2008 A very calm day, even at the dock. Empty beach; only a few gulls in the surf. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 12/20/2007 Although the bird carcasses noted above were of varying ages, I think it likely that most of them were victims of the Dec. 2-3 storm. Several pelicans died in Port Orford during that storm.We have had a storm this week, too, of lesser intensity. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 12/10/2008 One of a string of calm, beautiful days at the beach here. Beach very clean, quiet. No problems noted. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 09/18/2008 A typical day at the beach and on the dock. Weather very pleasant (no wind!). The only thing unusual was the large number of jellies on the beach, flat, roughly circular, mostly brown. I counted 57, so upwards of 60, I would guess. I saw a similar situation some months ago, but could not find anything in my Coast Watch file about it. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 06/09/2009 As I sat on a rock to watch the activity at the port, I observed one fishing vessel come in and the fish in containers were hoisted to the dock. One man had apparently just come in from kayaking. He made several trips up the ramp, unloading and transfering items to his car, the kayak last.Another man walked to the beach from the parking lot with his kayak and launched it, taking a short ride. I'm sorry I didn't have my camera. I could have photographed the kayaker going out, with a commercial fishing vessel being lowered from the dock to the water right behind him. This shows the versatility of our port.It was a good day for sea kayaking with calm water and no wind. As I walked up the hill I looked back and saw two other kayakers going out and a sport boat being hoisted up to the dock. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 03/18/2009 Little beach activity; sands mostly clean. On the pocket beach between Battle Rock and Fort Point--where the waves do not wash things away as completely as on the open beaches--there were piles of tangled grass, kelp, and pieces of wood. These might be the remains of some of the land-based debris reported earlier on our southern beaches (following heavy rains and flooding in Curry County) View full report 0
49 Tichenor 03/12/2010 2 people on 2 different sections of beach, one with a dog. Dock very quiet; fishing boats waiting out the storm View full report 1
49 Tichenor 12/10/2009 A warm, sunny, calm day at the beach. Most of the people and all but 2 of the cars were on the dock. Crab season is in full swing and the fishers have had good weather since it started December 1. The beach was clean; no dead birds and almost no litter. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 09/16/2009 We have had rain off and on; no big storm. But, even so, the sand patterns change on the beach.As I walked the day that started with rain was changing to a warm, sunny late afternoon. Very pleasant.Large piles of bull kelp on some areas of the beach. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 06/18/2011

Calm weather, calm sea. Several people quietly enjoying the beach in their own ways. The dock seemed busy with several boats out and one coming in while I was there. There seemed to be more live birds around than is sometimes the case. The only dead ones (4) had been there awhile and carcasses had parts missing. However, I had a chance to use my newly-acquired information to try to identify them, thanks to the COASST training June 12 in Gold Beach.

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49 Tichenor 03/23/2011 This was the first time I have been to the beach since the recent tsunami. Erosion in a couple of places at the top of one beach could have been from those waters.There seemed to be more trash than usual, including a lot of pieces of broken plastic. Time for the spring beach cleanup.People were quietly enjoying the beach on this calm morning. A kayaker was just offshore. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 12/03/2010 I decided to do my quarterly walk a little early as it was a very pleasant day and low tide. Sky was partly cloudy, air and ocean quite calm. It was a good decision, because it seems as though the weather has been stormy ever since.The few people on the two beaches (Battle Rock and the Dock Beach) were quietly walking, one couple with their dog. The people on the dock were working on boats or standing in groups and talking. There is always tension until the crab season gets going. This year, so far, is not good for our local fishers who usually make most of their money during December and into the next year with the crab harvest. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 09/21/2010 On this edge-of-autumn afternoon the sea was calm, the beach quite clean with few footprints.Business-as-usual was going on at the dock (fishing boats returning for the night)and people who work at the dock were doing their jobs. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 06/16/2010 A quiet day on the dock and on the beaches. Four people were quietly enjoying the beach at the cove just west of Battle Rock. I was the only person on the dock beach.No dead birds or animals today.Several pelicans were flying, swimming, or resting on a rock near the beach. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 06/20/2012 People and a few dogs were enjoying the beautiful sunny day. I saw the fewest dead birds I have seen on any of my Coast Watch visits to this area.The beach was very clean and smooth. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 04/03/2012 I missed an opportunity when the sun came out late the afternoon of March 18. Due to my busy schedule and the continual intense storms since March 19, I am just over two weeks late with this spring report.Piles of wood -- from small twigs to logs and rooted stumps -- are on the upper beach above the driftline. A very strong wind last Saturday cancelled the Beach Cleanup so plastic bottles and other debris are tangled with the piles of wood.The dead birds I saw seemed to be recently dead; they had no missing parts and the bodies were in good condition except for the pelican which had been partially eaten. I'm guessing the deaths were mostly because of the intense storms. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 12/06/2011 Light activity at both Battle Rock and Dock Beach. On the dock people were busy with boats, hoisting boats, or working in the restaurant. Crab pots are stacked, awaiting the signal to start the season. Beautiful day. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 09/19/2011 The beach was extremely clean with almost no litter (1 soda pop can, 2 bottle caps). Charred wood, remainders of beach fires, were evident but had not been near piles of driftwood, so were apparently extinguished easily and completely.There was not as much natural material in the wrack lines as sometimes occurs. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 03/09/2013 The beach was very clean with no dead birds or animals and almost no litter. Dog feces were numerous, as many people ignore the sign at the main entrance to the Dock Beach about picking up after your animals.A variety of people, including several children, were enjoying the beautiful day on the beach. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 12/18/2012 There was a brief "window" of partial sunshine with showers of hail and light rain. Dock Beach was nearly deserted; one man and his enthusiastic dog were walking and exploring driftwood piles.On the dock the boats are on their trailers and crab pots are stacked, awaiting the official start of the commercial crab season. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 09/18/2012 Quiet day on the beach and the dock View full report 0
49 Volunteer Trainer 08/10/2018 DISPATCH

Marine mammal survey training with Dr. Dawn Golay. Stranding report for juvenile Stellar sea lion, female. Had been dead for a bit before washing in. Apparent trauma to muzzle and back end. Apparent signs of predation by Cookie Cutter sharks.

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49 Volunteer Trainer 08/10/2018 DISPATCH marine mammal survey training with Dr. Dawn Golay. Stranding report for juvenile Stellar sea lion, female. Had been dead for a bit before washing in. Apparent trauma to muzzle and back end. Apparent signs of predation by Cookie Cutter sharks. View full report 1
49 alaingamerica 08/22/2020

A family of six was playing in the surf in the little Cove south of the dock Beach. The actual dock area seems very quiet, although we did see some dredging activity.

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49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 10/16/2020

There was a sea lion carcass on the port side of the beach. It has been there long enough to be partly covered over with sand, smell bad and have maggots spilling from a tear in the belly. We did not see a head, so we're not 100% sure it's a sea lion, but the color was right. It was on the small size for sea lions I have seen.

There was a lot of fresh kelp in the rack line: stems on the port side and leaves on the Battle Rock side.

There's were 19 dead birds and that seems like a lot for such a small section of beach. Could something at the dock be killing them or is it just that dock activity draws so many more birds? (I missed the space to put the number and am afraid to go back because I lost my whole report when I tried to go back before)

There was an elaborate drift wood shelter next to Battle Rock.

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 01/14/2021

I saw something that looked like sea pickles on the shore. I have never seen them before. I found out from an episode of Oregon Field Guide tonight that they are Pyrosomes. I guess they are a new thing on the Oregon coast.

More trash and human debris than I have seen here before, probably brought in by the king tides the previous few days.

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49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 04/17/2021

Tide was just coming in, and the wet sand area was very clean, but up higher there were a lot of plastics in the process of breaking down - smaller pieces and broken things. Lots of driftwood up high, old wood, likely driven in during winter storms. 

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 07/31/2021

Was a very nice day, but very few people on the main beach. The largest concentration was a family of 7 chatting up the 3 men fishing in the surf on the little beach to the north of Battle Rock. Some of the kids were playing in the sand, there. We did not try to go out very far onto the rocks around the headland. The beach was free from much in the way of litter, and the main beach really only had one person and dog besides the three of us. Not much to see and report on, other than the signs of the beach fires, especially one that looked like it was a giant bonfire. See photo.

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49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 11/06/2021

All in all it was quiet, cloudy weather probably keeping people from visiting - that and there were more action-packed places to see the King Tide in action. We didn't spend too much time because we were going to hit Mile 48 and knew the tide was coming in fast. As noted in the debris section, the "pocket beach" on the north side of Battle Rock had a lot more trash than the rest of the Port Beach, far too much to clean before the tide rushed up. 

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 12/31/2021

The beach was very clean. There was some industrial trash on the rip rap of the dock and other highway trash on the slope above. 

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 05/04/2022

The beach was very clean, no real wrack line. Not the usual kelp pieces or chunks of wood. Just smooth sand and small rocks.

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49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 08/20/2022

It was a gorgeous day to be on the beach. Not much going on, wind went from light to moderate in the course of our visit. The beach looked quite clean and people were behaving themselves.

Of note, the information gathering and survey only took about 45 minutes, but posting this report took another 30 minutes, mostly to upload and identify the pictures. Then I got an error message about the photo file size being too large, and the only option was to submit the report, not knowing whether the photos I had uploaded previously were still there. Had to submit, and will come back and add photos.

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 11/18/2022

A quiet, sunny day on the beach. The guy sitting in a lawn chair reading next to Battle Rock had the right idea.

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50 mvolson 09/01/2013 Despite being adjacent to the Port of Port Orford, this is one of the most pristine segments of the South Coast.There is a little access to the eastern segment, particularly at low tide, from the Port; also, there are some visitors to the shoreline in Nellies Cove via the Port Orford Heads State Park, but the old steep stairway leading down to the Cove from the site of the former Coast Guard Station is now nearly impassable so recreational usage of the shoreline is light. I toured the mile by kayak, which is the most practical way of observing the shoreline. Nellies and Tichenor Coves accumulate some washed up debris, but I can usually keep up with it through twice-a-year cleanups by kayak. View full report 0
50 mvolson 05/17/2014 Although there has been some residential development above the cliffs at the east end of mile 50, the shoreline is largely inaccessible and remains remarkably wild for a populated area that once had an active Coast Guard Station. Everything looked good. View full report 0
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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51 mvolson 09/01/2013 I am not officially assigned to this mile, but I have starting doing the adjacent mile 50 and noticed that no reports have been filed on this mile. I toured both mile 50 and 51 by kayak on 9/1/13. This mile covers most of the shoreline of the Port Orford Heads State Park. The shoreline is largely inaccessible, except by kayak and even in a kayak there are few landing places. Mostly the shoreline is at the based major cliffs or steep bluffs. Only the little beach at the north end of the mile has occasional visitors, who primarily access the beach from Tseriadun State Park at low tide. This beach is largely self-cleaning and was free of debris today. View full report 0
51 mvolson 05/17/2014 This mile is entirely within the Port Orford Heads State Park and the actual shoreline is largely inaccessible, much of it at the base of steep cliffs. That is why I toured Mile 51 by kayak. To avoid disturbing the many seals hauled out in the small coves along Mile 51, I did not examine these coves as closely as I can in the fall. However, everything I could see looked normal. The only people I saw were at Tseriadun State Park, at the northwest end of Mile 51. View full report 0
52 Laurie Prouty 09/16/2007 We still have to put our kayaks in and go to Agate Beach via Garrison Lake. It was the Fall Beach Clean Up Day so we cleaned our mile. Only 1 bag of trash and two big clumps of rope. There was alot of sand on the beach, probably covering many plastic bottles. We talked to a state park ranger and he said Agate beach should open up within the month. Clean-up and inspection is what they are waiting for now. It has been many months of closure, it will be nice to have it open again. Sunday was a lovely day, a bit windy but very pleasant. View full report 0
52 [email protected] 09/13/2007 It was a very peaceful, foggy, calm morning. Lovely for a walk. The ocean breakers were very LOUD, cracking like whips, but the sea was calm. The beach was very sandy and clean, not too many areas for rock gathering but I did come back with a good handful of agates. Mile 52 had a good summer re: tourists and dogs. The ATV's continue to come and from observations (but no proof) they are not disabled individuals. View full report 0
52 [email protected] 06/18/2007 I notified Robin Sears of the Parks and Recreation Dept. of the illegal ATV operation. I was unable to verify registration or handicap sticker with certainty. View full report 0
52 Laurie Prouty 06/10/2007 Lovely day. We picked up about 3/4 of a big trash bag of trash; 75% plastic bottles. Hopefully with the new water bottle bill that will make them worth a few cents, there won't be as many of them thrown away. There looked like some kind of algae bloom that was streaking the ocean. Beautiful day for a stroll and kayaking! View full report 0
52 [email protected] 06/08/2007 Beautiful day. High tide was at 5:22 am so tide was "in-between" somewhat when I walked at 8:15 am. Beach really clean. I was able to picked up all the debris I found except for some broken wood pallet pieces. Normal amount of driftwood of random sizes. Cormorants had yellow-orange throats so I am assuming they were double-crested cormorants.Many kelp air-bladders on the beach. Beach morning glories and other beach wild flowers were abundant.Lots of pelicans and some barking CA sea lions in the water. View full report 0
52 [email protected] 04/20/2007 This is not a full report, as I was just walking a part of the mile with my visiting sister. I am sending a report because of finding the dead sea lion. I contacted Dave Bilderback of the Marine Mammal stranding network about the animal. I also found one dead Rhinoceros auklet and an amazing cabezon fish, quite large, about two and one-half feet. I had never seen one of these fish before but am quite sure of the identification which I did on returning home. I have GOT to get accustomed to taking my camera along on ALL walks! View full report 0
52 [email protected] 03/07/2007 This is my first report on this area, but I have been walking this area for three years. Things look pretty usual for this time of year.There were bull whip kelp knots, much driftwood, some very big trees from the winter storms and some dead birds.It was a beautiful afternoon's walk. View full report 3
52 [email protected] 02/23/2008 A very quiet morning on the beach. My dog and I were the only ones there. Everything was very clean. There was quite a bit of sand build up on the foredune. There was evidence of ATV activity but no vehicle actually observed. View full report 0
52 Laurie Prouty 11/25/2007 Just wanted to let everyone know that Tseriadun State Park (Agate Beach) in Port Orford has re-opened after being closed almost 11 months. The Park reopened on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. It is wonderful to have access to the beach again and the public has definitely been coming out to check out all the work that has been completed. These past rains put the culvert to the test and it seems that the water is flowing through the culvert when the lake reaches 14.5 ft. As always, it will be exciting to see what happens with the first really big storm and high tide. View full report 0
52 [email protected] 11/24/2007 Lots of beach driftwood and rocks from high tide and rough surf. Not much trash around. The people I encountered on an ATV, not a street legal one, claimed to have handicapped permits. There are still ATV's that ride on top of the dunes. It is hardly ever possible to really see if they have a license plate or a handicapped permit unless I am down on the beach at the exact time. Most often, multiple people are riding. I think illegal ATV activity is the most common concern I have. View full report 0
52 [email protected] 10/11/2007 Lots of natural debris from the recent storm, kelp and driftwood. One dead sea lion. There was evidence of someone having had a fire and there was a structure of driftwood in a teepee form. I intend to knock this down when the weather is better. View full report 0