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219 cindyashy 11/24/2007 This was an afternoon minus tide on a holiday weekend so the tidepool critters took center stage at Yaquina Head. The tidepools off Cobble Beach were crawling with visitors - an average of around 65 people at any one time during the ~2 hour span I was there. From the tidepool deck, I observed the whole gamut of human responsibility - from adults who were carefully teaching kids respect and awe for nature to some very serious violations. Some of the violations included walking right past the "please do not step on the mussel bed" signs and the "don't go any further" signs to one father/son team (?) ripping animals off the rocks (and pocketing some) as well as intentionally throwing large cobbles at the exposed tidepool fauna. I talked with management about this and we are talking about various ways to improve signage as well as developing a volunteer program to help patrol and interpret the tidepools - which I may bring up at the Rocky Shores Conference if I attend this weekend. If you think you might be interested in this type of program, please contact me. View full report 0
222 CoastalKaren 11/24/2007 Nothing exciting to report, it was a great afternoon for a stroll on my mile. The erosion continues around the construction by Beverly Beach. View full report 0
3 floral 11/24/2007 Was not able, due to tides, to walk the whole mile but took pictures of the 3/4 miles I walked. The coast guard was towing in a boat, and I noticed a concrete square I had not seen before that fell or was dumped. beautiful day to walk and was delighted to see no litter on the beach. View full report 5
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
254 SueGabriel 11/23/2007 Beautiful day with more than the usual number of people enjoying the beach. No unusual problems were seen other than a moderately large number of dead Northern Fulmars (13). View full report 0
300 JCampf 11/23/2007 Thanksgiving weekend -- unusual # (82) of people on beach. Sunny & bright. View full report 0
240 seacrater 11/23/2007 Enjoyed a beautiful day at the beach View full report 0
206 [email protected] 11/22/2007 Sand very high suffocating seaweeds and invertebrates in tidepools, 2 dead (pelagic?) cormorants and 1 dead seal View full report 0
109 Foggy 11/22/2007 Extreme highs (10+) and lows this week had scoured the beach of most debris. High tide line was right up next to the gorse (photo 4). Erosion of vegetated foredune. Very light human use(5)-3 walking and 2 using a metal detector. Wood pieces in driftline. Three allowed vehicles on beach but one motorcycle and one ATV illegally on beach. View full report 5
123 JoAnne 11/22/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, wood pieces and small amounts of sea grass in driftline. Shore birds moving in response to humans/dogs. Gulls and crows in and around shoreline. High tides reaching the foredune. Vehicles still accessing restricted beach from parking areas and near jetty. Very little litter. Heavy human impact (36)-22 walking, 10 playing in surf, 2 surfing and 2 flying kites. 14 dogs. View full report 0
2 floral 11/22/2007 I love to walk this mile, when the tides let me.beautiful day The Black Turnstones were so pretty in flight and was glad to see them again. View full report 2
173 LCosko 11/22/2007 It was Thanksgiving morning, the sun was out and the skies were clear. Starting out, the temperature was 33 degrees. By the end of the walk, the temperature had risen to 42 degrees. There was little to no wind. The tide was extremely high, as were the waves. The water went all the way up to the dunes. Sutton Creek basin was completely flooded. I was unable to cross over to Baker Beach. There were a lot of people out by Driftwood Shores Resort...mostly families watching the waves and taking pictures. There were many large logs that had been washed up on shore. I also noted quite a few dead birds, but they may have previously been scattered along the shore and just pushed up by the tide and concentrated along the dunes. There were a few birds out, but not as many as I typically see. View full report 0
300 [email protected] 11/21/2007 What a fabulous crisp, sunny, winter day. View full report 0
33 B Edgar 11/21/2007 One dead sea lion, total length 83", it has been dead about a week. Not much litter on the beach after the big storm last week! Lots of driftwood. On Nov. 5 I counted 21 Black Oystercatchers on ONE rock on this mile! View full report 0
224 malachite 11/21/2007 Beach is developing "winter" (higher energy) profile--noted the exposure of the ancient tree trunk/roots about 1/2 way through mile. Noted passage of one of "scenic ride" helicopters--this one out of Siletz airport (not quite as noisy as the one out of Newport airport) yet another visual and audio blight on an otherwise beautiful landscape. View full report 0
295 martyandchuck 11/21/2007 Beautiful weather. Lots of folks arriving for Thanksgiving weekend. About 1/2 dozen dead birds sighted in the sand. They aren't sea gulls but not sure what species. View full report 0
97 beachnut 11/21/2007 The body count on this stretch is higher than it has been in awhile (5 sea birds-1 gull, 1 Cormorant, 1 Common Murre and 2 unidentified birds, 1 Harbor Porpoise) during my almost daily walks. Though the wind still is from the north, the beach is beginning to show its winter flatness. The wrackline is quite heavy on the wood and straw content. Large numbers of Sanderlings foraging in the driftline. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
53 [email protected] 11/21/2007 This a very rough surf area of the coast with a sharp drop off. It appears to have very little use by the public. There are small driftwood pieces, some amazing roots of large trees ( stand 7 or 8 feet high ) and few to no shells. No birds running along this shore ! I suggest checking the tide tables before you walk this area and go only at low tide. From Paradise Point( starting point) to Elk River and back is about 3 hours. View full report 0
219 L Taylor 11/20/2007 There were NO live birds on the beach. No foraging, not even flying overhead. Very quiet. I did see what I believe to be 1 dead Western Grebe (see photo 1) with 2 zip ties on it's right wing, 1 blue and 1 red. Don't know what this means. I walked south about 1/8 mile from Lucky Gap trail which I don't usually consider a part of my mile, but saw 3 dead Northern Fulmars (dark) and another Western Grebe (?). There was one more bird I could not id because all that was left was the wings. Other than dead birds there appeared to be no change in the beach. Looked good. View full report 3
158 [email protected] 11/20/2007 Found 10 dead birds, 8 possibly Northern Fulmars. The Army Corps is still preparing the sand for snowy plover. Fishing line entangling kelp shows ODFW Permit # 96011, Tier # 300, Tag # 47, 2006-07 Season. View full report 3
173 LCosko 11/20/2007 It was a cool, sunny morning. There was a slight breeze of about 5-6 miles per hour. The tide was high and had washed up quite a bit of kelp and seagrass. A lot of the kelp had been washed up in large tangled clumps. There was also a greater than usual number of razor clam shells. There were relatively few people out on the beach. They were all walking on Heceta Beach. There was no-one on Baker Beach. Sutton Creek was running rapidly. It is cutting steep banks on the north side. It also is a little deeper and narrower than it was this summer. Both beaches had very little trash, at most, a few scattered plastic water bottles. The sand was clean and soft. There were about 3 newly washed up dead birds, the few others that were on the beach had been there for several days. There were three large groups of plovers feeding along the shore. Several seals/sea lions were swimming in the waves. There were relatively few gulls. I only saw one scoter among the waves. View full report 0
104 beachnut 11/20/2007 It's beginning to look a lot like winter on the beach now, apart from the usual northerly winds. The high tides are lapping at the dune base in the usual areas and the terrain is leveling out. Four dead immature gulls. Gulls and pelicans flying offshore. Sanderlings foraging in the surf. One vehicle on beach in allowed area. Sea foam thick along most of the mile. Ocean-based debris in driftline. Two bags of plastic trash removed. Low human impact(3)-1 walking,and 2 rockhunting. One dog. View full report 0
158 VKnox2 11/19/2007 My last Year's end Report (I've moved). The National Guard continues their work on the Snowy Plover enhancement project. A variety of animal tracks peppered the beach, including scavengers looking for crabs and dead birds. As usual, the deposition zones of miles 157 and 158, provided an abundance of food this year. August was especially productive with hundreds of large, dead, female dungeness crabs in the surf. Unusual summer and autumn driftline discoveries included: the head of a porpoise, comb jellies, coho salmon, salmon sharks, and immature pelicans. Human related trash onshore has decreased overall! Signs of oiling, including tarmat, were absent. View full report 0
187 turnstone 11/18/2007 A very rainy day, one of several in a row. All wood on the beach pushed up to top. Very little sand, mostly cobble and solid rock. Ocean very rough, big swells. Bob Creek very swollen. View full report 0
128 SCUUFmile 11/18/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. Recent beach erosion has exposed a wreck (keel and ribs) of an old boat,ninety feet long or more and located about 100 yds. north of "cut" in foredune for an access road, and 100 yds. west of foredune. Also found Sea Sandwort, Honkenya peploides, growing on foredune (most S. population of this plant is by Coast Guard housing in Charleston). Low human impact (0). View full report 0
244 Millie & Carl 11/14/2007 Although few people were on the beach in threatening weather, it was actually pleasant. Mostly I was counting dead fulmars (20 total), and making my periodic check on the caves perpetually carved at Roads End Wayside. View full report 4
187 [email protected] 11/13/2007 Heavy surf exposed the cobbles with only patches of sand at the bluffs, also leaving some large driftwood. Twenty-seven mature Sea Lions at Strawberry Hill. View full report 0
145 [email protected] 11/13/2007 Lots of driftwood washed up on beach. tide had been real high. View full report 0
195 oceanloonie 11/13/2007 A dramatically beautiful day, high tide with big surf after a big storm. Nothing really unusual...! View full report 0
324 NHolmes 11/13/2007 Many people on beach enjoying the warm sunny day in contrast to the cold windy and wet previous day. High tides and winds left 6 dead seabirds (petrels?) at and beyond the high water line. View full report 0
102 D Brittain 11/13/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Low human impact (3)-walking. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 11/11/2007 Piles of ribbon seaweed were being pushed up by the incoming tide. Sandpipers were noticably absent. There was a little plastic debris scattered on our mile. View full report 0
18 servant 11/11/2007 send photos, wanted to send alot more, but will only recieve one at a time, many more later View full report 2
274 tomanderica 11/10/2007 The only major change was in the sand. Whereas the sandy area used to be largest at the access to the campground, now there was little sand there, but large sandy areas to the south (day use area)and to the north. The waterfall to the south was full and lovely. View full report 0
5 Berner 11/09/2007 see above; stable, no notable changes over the summer View full report 0
20 D Bilderback 11/08/2007 At North Cove, sand had been removed exposing cobble stones at foot of headland. Invasive Ice Plants were found on the headland of North Cove and on the South Cove near Crook Point. Postelsia and Neurocystis in driftline. Porphyra and Mastocarpus growing on the rocks. Aggregating and Green Anemones on intertidal rocks. Large number of barnacle scars on the rocks indicting a mortality event. Water temperature was 51.9 degrees F., windspeed: 17.5 mph from Southwest. A very heavy driftline on the south beach consisting of a large amount of terrestrial debris (leaves, small woody pieces and Myrtle seeds) and the algae: Lessoniopsis, Postelsia, Egregia, Pterygophora, Nerocystis, Cryptopleura, Callophyllis, Constantinea, Desmarestia, Hymenena, Ahnfeltiopsis, Corallina, Serraticardia, and Arthrocardia. Small amounts of Gumboot Chitons, tunicates and Hydrozoa in driftline. Three Killdeer on beach. Harbor Seals swimming in the bay. Sea Stars (Piaster ochraceus) on rocks. Beach slope of 6 degrees. About 3 feet of sand removed exposing large cobbles at base of headland. Low human impact (0), but tracks of a person with a dog was observed. View full report 10
234 kfharcourt 11/07/2007 Very pleasant mild day. Some additional bluff erosion since last report. Excavation on beach infront of bluff. Continued slow erosion at Fishing Rock. Some additional erosion in front of Surfrider (m233, just south of m234) since last report. View full report 3
139 10mile2 11/07/2007 Normal windswept sections of remote beach. Little driftwood and man-caused litter present. Small amount of seaweed clumps present. Numerous broken shells and overturned and picked apart immature crabs along high tide line. Besides a dead seabird, I noted one Western Gull with a broken wing along the waterline- alive, but very weak. Snowy Plover fencing removed from site north of Tenmile Creek. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
203 Sandpiper 11/07/2007 A large number of pelicans were flying both north and south and sitting on the water beyond the breakers. Surf scoters were visible close to the shore. Many groups of sandpipers were feeding along the surf line. View full report 0
221 lipberm 11/06/2007 All seems to be well on our mile. View full report 1
99 Eric & Sue 11/06/2007 Nice calm day with only three people and a dog on the beach. The tide was very low, and I saw very little garbage on the beach. About a half dozen 2"-5" crabs on a rock near Haystack Rock had been eaten by birds. I did not cover much of the high tide line. There were two gulls on the beach, and one Western Grebe that had recently died by the creek. The low transverse dunes that were seen on my last walk had for the most part been washed away by the last storm. View full report 0
202 dddurrett 11/05/2007 There was the normal amount of logs and tree debris for this time of year. I picked what little litter there was,(hooray-not one plastic water bottle!). After a good two hours on the beach it remained deserted, maybe because of limited access. Overall mile 202 looked very healthy. View full report 0
173 ZASovers 11/05/2007 The huge flock of brown pelicans was a beautiful sight. They stayed for the following day as well, but were gone by Nov. 7. On the second day they were sitting in rows on both sides of Sutton Creek. Just a few sea gulls were among them. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 11/05/2007 Very clean and untouched beach. Driftline rare and spotty and very thin. Two unidentifiable old bird carcasses. No human impact whatever. View full report 0
1 floral 11/04/2007 This is not my mile but did want to see how the area is coming with the new construction. Big Hole and lots of work going on....beach was enjoyed by several on this beautiful day. View full report 5
197 [email protected] 11/04/2007 A great day to be on the beach. It was surprising there were so few people. Very clean beach. View full report 0
198 bahngarten 11/04/2007 Significant # of resting gulls, brown pelicans at Big creek. Sanderlings feeding along surf line. Eel Grass consistently along hi tide line, mod amount of brown tinged jellies-4"to 10" size. Smoldering beach fire in sand, with volleyball net nearby, much foot traffic here in last 24 hr. Clean beach. View full report 0
119 dpackard 11/02/2007 Did not see any aquatic creatures -- whales, seals or sea lions, this time around. Healthy seas. It looks like a moderate tide (quarter moon). Only two cars in the vast Shore Acres parking lot. Kelp/algae in driftline. Five sea gulls and one chipmunk. Moderate human impact (9)- 9 walking and 2 sitting. Two dogs. View full report 1
95 [email protected] 11/02/2007 I accessed the beach from the north end of Roaring Surf Lane trail. New River was about 8 inches deep, walked south along New River to the end of Bandon State Park and crossed the dunes to the ocean. I then walked north to the New River and Two Mile Creek convergence and exit to the ocean. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, and ocean-based debris in driftline. Northern Elephant Seal at high tide line on beach. It weighed about 80 lb and showed labored breathing. Low human impact (0). View full report 3
175 Caples 11/02/2007 Beach slope of 3 degrees Transverse dunes on high beach Very light wrackline with feathers, with small amounts of sea lettuce (Ulva), eel grass (Zostera) and Sea Palm (Postelsia) Shells on the beach (Macoma, large clam, Cockle, oyster, pacific razor clam) Polyorchis Jelly in wrackline View full report 0
97 beachnut 10/31/2007 Ocean-borne litter is less abundant than usual, mostly plastic bags of various sizes this time. As usual, there is little sign of heavy human traffic -- perhaps 3 other people today on my stretch, judging by the footprints in the sand. Sanderlings were not obvious on the tide line. Pelicans fishing offshore. Animal casings and small rocks in driftline. Northern Elephant Seal at high-tide line for two days. Low human impact (1)-walking. View full report 2
174 Foulkes 10/31/2007 It was a beautiful morning on a relatively clean beach. I was passed three times be a white Forest Service truck that was driving along the beach going north, then south, then north again. The truck did not access the beach at Baker beach nor at any point along mile 174. View full report 0
141 KerrieP 10/28/2007 Gorgeous day for a beach walk. Forest Service seems to be staying on top of blocking OHV access to the closed beach. I observed two recent tracks around MP143. The violators accessed from an opening in the foredune and went south about 1/2 mile before turning around. Otherwise things looked good and as always I treasured the remoteness of this mile. Shells, kelp/algae, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. Two groups of pelicans (33 and 13) flying off-shore. Low human impact (2)-walking. View full report 0
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
221 coastwalker221 10/27/2007 Saw ten people & one dog off-leash enjoying themselves. Very nice mile of beach, nearly empty of human litter. New evidence of continual beach bluff erosion on Mile 221 on the Moolack Slide portion: a moderate-sized land slip off of a sandstone/shale bluff approx. 1,200 feet south of Moolack Creek. This event happened within the last 4 months. View full report 2
295 martyandchuck 10/27/2007 Overall the beach looks much more like it did 4 years ago when we first began walking along it. The sand is more level and less debris on the shore with no sightings of any dead animals, the weather was too good to be true.. global warming??? View full report 0
16 Christine 10/27/2007 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint North. I viewed six Harbor Seals sunning themselves on the rocks near the cove area. Other than that, nothing out of the ordinary was observed. View full report 0
152 cmoore 10/27/2007 It was a beautiful day on Mile 152 and we were the only people (and dog) on the beach. There were no ATVs or vehicles. The beach was very clean, a nice surprise after our August walk. In fact, it was so clean, there were no shells, casings, driftwood, or anything on the beach. Threemile Creek runs into the beach on the southern edge of Mile 152, and it was also clean. View full report 2
162 papa troll 10/27/2007 Just a great day at the beach. Off highway vehicle riders were not offensive. The beach was clean. One dead 20" bottom fish on the sand. View full report 0
96 D Bilderback 10/25/2007 Very light driftline with a small number of the algae, Hymenena, Callophyllis, Macrocystis and Postelsia and a few stones. Beach with 5-8 degree slopes. Two large logs on low beach. Embayment has shifted northward. High tide flowed over ridge into runnel. Hight tide sweeping over entire beach just north of New River outlet. Live birds included 2 Snowy Plover, 1 Great Blue Heron, large flocks of Brown Pelicans feeding off-shore and large flocks of Western Sand pipers on the dry sand. Dead birds included 1 immature Western Gull, 2 Northern Fulmar, a Robin freshly killed by a raptor and a Brandt's Cormorant. One dead Harbor Seal on beach. Low human impact (0). View full report 10
97 D Bilderback 10/25/2007 Very light driftline with a few rocks and crab carapaces, eelgrass, and the algae: Nereocystis, Hymenena, Cryptopleura, Mazzaella, and Odonthalia. Beach slope of 6 degrees. 1 dead Northern Fulmar and 1 dead Brandt's Cormorant. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
213 vickiosis 10/25/2007 Nothing unusual to report. Bull Whip kelp is finishing its annual growth cycle and is tearing loose and washing in on the beach. A few flocks of shore birds chasing the waves. very peaceful and nice. View full report 0
104 beachnut 10/23/2007 A perfect day, a perfect beach. Sanderlings in surfline. Gulls on beach. Moderate human impact (9)- 6 walking and 3 sitting. Two dogs. View full report 0
211 Gibsjerry 10/22/2007 Flat sandy beach. No exposed cobble. Beach was very clean. View full report 1
187 turnstone 10/21/2007 There were still a few clumps of dead mussels, many mussel and barnacle shells on the beach, and many places where the mussels and barnacles are gone.Some sloughing of midden from the bank south of the parking area and possible digging in one spot View full report 4
245 lvoelker 10/21/2007 Dozens of uprooted sea palm and bull kelp -- LARGE specimens of sea palms, 16-20" tall. The sand movement is very early this year -- lots of exposed rock. View full report 0
14 artist 10/21/2007 Though there were more people than usual on the trail, there is nothing negative to report. As far as I can tell, no one was engaged in illegal or harmful activities. People were just picking berries and watching the big waves pound the rocky cliffs. What little beach there is along this mile is nearly impossible to access. View full report 1
185 Lfleming 10/14/2007 Beach was very clean. Parking lot was plowed out, making dunes around the edges of the lot that were higher than the cars. Also the entrance was newly paved part way into the beach.Interesting to see racoon tracks along the beach among the rocks.Last Oct. on about the same date, we didn't see any pelicans flying by at all. This time we saw 65. View full report 0
214 rensmere 10/14/2007 The beach was very "clean" with no driftline content. There were a lot of people out enjoying the day. View full report 0
106 Doug C 10/13/2007 This was our inaugural trip on our adopted mile. Since no reports had previously been filed, we came with camera, notepad, trash bags and provisions. We approached from the south at Bullard's beach, still nearly a 2-mile trek before getting to our mile and stopped within sight of Cut Creek which is in Mile 107. Wonderful day, clear, calm. Sanderlings were in the hundreds. Gulls flew over the area to congregate at Cut Creek where there were several hundred drinking and rinsing in the fresh water. Seaweed piles were on the beach from storms 3 days before, but they were not as numerous as miles 104 and 105. Only two people were seen, driving legally but in the surfline disturbing the Sanderlings. One Snowy Plover was seen. One Northern Fulmar was dead at the surfline. The beach and dunes appeared natural. Plants other than beach grass were very rare. Two areas of the dunes were lower and collected large amounts of driftwood. In one of these areas at the southern end of the mile, a 10x10 structure had been built out of the wood. Trash was more prevalent in that area. We hauled out about 30 pounds from the mile, mostly plastic bottles washed in from the ocean. More waste remains. Interestingly, we found an intact 12-inch, 500-watt light bulb from the Ushio company and an empty rusted tin of crackers (both with Japanese markings). View full report 6
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
31 B Edgar 10/10/2007 1 dead juv. sea lion. there was an exit hole that looked like a bullet wound on the neck. Was dead approx. a week or less.1 dead seal that had been dead for several weeksnot much litter on beach!! looks good View full report 0
149 flotsam 10/08/2007 Nothing unusual to report, other than a lack of trash and other alien debris. I don't know if SOLV worked this stretch of beach last month. I did see a lot of a certain plant growing in the high end of the beach, just below the foredune. See attached picture. If anyone can update me on what this plant is, or can inform me of some of the correct beach terminology, I welcome your comments. View full report 1
198 bahngarten 10/07/2007 Interesting find of Northern Fulmar. View full report 0
256 Lady S 10/05/2007 Beautiful day for strolling beach. Lovely sunset. Tangled piles of kelp as well as individual pieces all up and down the beach. More than I have seen there before. I had out of state guests who had not seen the ocean before. Very enjoyable day. View full report 0
213 skimmer 10/05/2007 A surprisingly beautiful day with very little activity. View full report 0
187 turnstone 10/03/2007 There were many large clumps of dead mussels and barnacles on beach, areas on rocks where mussel beds and barnacles were gone, dead smell in area View full report 2
95 [email protected] 10/02/2007 I crossed New River at Four Mile Creek Trail, the water was 29" deep. The river bottom was hard sand. I walked North along mile 94 to access mile 95. There were a lot of shore birds (gulls and sanderlings) on mile 95 especially near the New River mouth. There had been a lot of the ocean waves that had washed over the flat dunes. Kelp/algae,animal casings, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. There were new European beachgrass plants invading the northern end of mile. Walking South along the river I saw a dozen Snowy Plover feeding. I crossed New River at the trail end and returned to Lower Four Mile along Roaring Surf Drive. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
100 JohnnyCN 10/01/2007 The topography of the beach had changed from its usual flatness to hillocks, or piles of sand, with intervening gullies where the water washed quite far into the beach,leaving empty pools during low and medium tide. Mussel shells, kelp sea palms and wood pieces were scattered along the high tide line. Dead birds were a gull, a cormorant and a Mallard duck. A large flock of about 100 gulls on beach. Human presence was moderate (9)- walking, 1 dog. View full report 0
99 Eric & Sue 10/01/2007 There were at least eight to ten dead gulls. All had been dead for quite awhile and were near the high tide line. About a half dozen people and one dog. Lots of sea palms and some kelp on beach. Also clear jelly fish parts. More mussels on the beach than I have ever seen. The beach had changed a lot with low transverse dunes. It was fairly flat last time. I thought this was strange because there have been no storms since my last walk. About 150+ gulls hanging out near the water. View full report 0
229 SKrein 09/30/2007 We noted several concerns with newly-developed property at Little Whale Cove. The Property manager stated that there were State Lands people she could bring in to talk to the property owner. This had been effective in previous situations of similar nature. View full report 2
190 svenbrean 09/29/2007 For a cloudy post-Labor day week end there were quite a few folks out enjoying the views. View full report 0
178 Brien M 09/29/2007 My daughter and I have been doing the beach clean-ups twice a year at this site since 1997. This is the first time I've reported here. The gist of this summary can be found on the previous three pages of this report. I'll include photos and a better summary next time. View full report 0
16 Christine 09/29/2007 This is the mid section of Mile 16 I call the Minor Creek access. It was low tide and I could access the tiny beaches and saw nothing of concern. View full report 0
53 [email protected] 09/27/2007 This was my first time as a mile 53 Walker. View full report 0
111 J Grove 09/25/2007 Small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds moving in response to humans and dogs. Retreat of bluff and erosion of vegetated foredune. Moderate human impact (8)-walking, 3 dogs. View full report 0
100 JohnnyCN 09/24/2007 On a beautiful fall day I walked Mile 100 and saw 13 dead birds: 3 cormorants and 10 gulls. Two of the gulls had attracted turkey vultures. An immature gull appeared sick or injured, allowing me to come within ten feet of it before it tried to escape by walking away. It never did attempt to fly. The beach was also littered with mussel shells, some singly and some in clumps three feet long with many arrangements in between. There were also large piles of kelp and some sea palms,especially toward the south end of Mile 100. A large "pile" of sand has built up within the shadow of the cliff where the parking lot is for Face Rock. Moderate human impact (17)- 16 walking and 1 playing in surf. One dog. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 09/24/2007 No human disturbance or litter. 5 dogs, 3 horses. Saw 7 brown pelicans, flying + fishing. View full report 0
193 [email protected] 09/23/2007 There is still a lot of drift wood scattered on rocky and river sandy area's. Many have burn marks left from July 4th fires. The marine life observed appeared in good health. View full report 0
277 BCWolff 09/23/2007 Almost no debris of any kind. Enclosed photo copies 1997 (10 years of coast watching), 2003, 2007 View full report 3
181 [email protected] 09/23/2007 Beautiful day, calm and sunny. Lots of crab molts. Noticeable changes in sand levels creating uneven sand dunes and exposing some large rocks. Picked up two small bags of trash. View full report 0
157 bzenderson 09/23/2007 Beautiful early fall day at the beach with my friend Jim Weber; no one else on the beach, and interesting wrack, including at least nine dead birds, lots of dead crabs and crab parts, and other flora/fauna (and bits of garbage such as a few plastic bottles and lengths of frayed rope) that seem to have come from local sources, not blown in from the Eastern Garbage Patch. A glide of pelicans and a few sanderlings--otherwise not much bird life. View full report 1
335 mnfwhite 09/22/2007 Very uneventful. SOLV's beach cleanup occurred last Saturday, so beach was very clean. View full report 0
118 D Bone 09/22/2007 The mile had a good summer. Tree cone production was plentiful, and parts of the trail had good moisture content. The kelp forests were thick. This summer there were usually 4-6 summer Gray Whales in the area. The large numbers of Ca. Sea Lions indicates that the males have returned from the breeding areas. The 3 N. Elephant Seals although not totally unexpected are a rare sight this time of year. The suckling by the Steller Sea Lions was totally unexpected, esp. since one was much larger than you would expect. The one dead Ca.Sea Lion was being pecked at by gulls. There were large numbers of Harbor Seals. Hermann's Gulls with Brown Pelicans, Turkey Vultures and Cormorants were observed. In general, wildlife numbers were good.Did not see any signs of the lilies in the restoration sites-too late in the summer. The areas had been burned in the spring. Except for the vandalism of the bench, the area was in good condition-very little litter, erosion, and the people that I observed and worked w/ were enjoying a great day and the wildlife. Heavy Human impact (32)- 27 viewing wildlife, 3 taking photos and 2 fishing. View full report 0
238 Gertie C 09/21/2007 Quiet day in the early evening. Only two people seen, walking and collecting trash. View full report 0
151 Robhart 09/21/2007 Sands heavily blown up to result in gradual slope to foredune instead of eroded "cliffs" as usually there. View full report 0
224 acwasner 09/21/2007 Absolutely beautiful afternoon. Surf was high (low tide) and surfers were certainly enjoying it. Where there had previously been debris, many tiny pieces of plastic, there were new gently sloped dunes of fine white sand. It was very clean. Clumps of small purple flowers were blooming along the edge of the embankment. I saw at least one tree with the roots all exposed. No new slides. Noted very few birds and no shorebirds. No dead birds or animals. View full report 1
244 Millie & Carl 09/21/2007 Generally, the beach was quite clean appearing (SOLV beach cleanup just a week ago, and much sand build-up hiding who knows how much buried). Quite a few pieces of palm kelp washed up, not often seen in these numbers. View full report 0
209 bloeffel 09/21/2007 There were car tracks at Lost Creek in two tight circle patterns. On September 15 I was walking on this mile at 9:00AM and found a 4' log, still burning from some partying the night before. There were also cloths and fireworks remains around. I took the trail to the nearest house, where a man in his early 20s came out. I told him of the burning log, which he said was theirs. He said they covered it with sand, which I told him wouldn't do it. He agreed to do it properly. On my return trip he and three others had the area policed up well. On my thanks, he said they were doing it for the ocean. View full report 0
155 ploverlover 09/21/2007 I wasn't able to access my mile because the Tahkenitch Creek trail ,at its mouth, had been eroded back at least 200 yards. ODNRA says trail will be repaired in 3 months. We had 10 plover nests and 2 fledglings this year. View full report 0