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129 mzlizee 09/21/2007 Our beach was remarkably clean. No trash, and only 2 plastic bottles. The foredune is eroding. The topography comes off of the foredune at 90 degrees, then the beach levels off to a mesa-like flat area that is approximately 50 yards wide. There is then another drop off at about 15-45 degrees to the shoreline, approximately 5-10 yards away.The North wind was approximately 25 mph, and seagulls were plentiful but resting (hunkered-down) on the beach. Sands was blowing across the dry areas. There were a number of scallop-type shells and a few razor shells. Small piles of bull-whip kelp, sea grass, and a few sea palms scattered on the beach. Crab carapaces were found close to the foredune, probably from the last molting season. Beach waves carried in green scummy algae. All in all it was a pleasant walk South to complete this task. The walk back against the North wind took twice as long as the walk out. Moderate human impact (9)- 7walking and 2 horseback riding. View full report 0
254 SueGabriel 09/21/2007 Lovely day on the beach. Very little human activity. Only saw one dead common murre. There is a new large residence on the beach front at the end of Amity Street. Oregon State Parks is considering a request for installation of permanent revetments on beach front properties near Corvallis Street. At the public hearing assuring beach access was the concern of most speakers. View full report 0
226 Geoshe 09/20/2007 We stopped at various points along Otter Crest Loop Road to do initial obsrvations with binoculars, since there is no beach access. These are baseline observations, and any changes will be noted subsquently. We did observe Gray Whales from Otter Crest. View full report 0
245 TerryH 09/20/2007 Only concern is with the caves dug into the bluff at the Roads End Wayside. They have gotten deeper over the summer. Reported problem to the State Parks department. Dave Woody said he'd follow up. View full report 0
168 bwholler 09/20/2007 Beach appears in late summer pattern of sand at the foredune showing evidence of wind from the north. Most people on beach are local, one couple visiting from CA. Except for the couple from CA and the preschool children, everyone else had their dog with them (including me!). The dogs facilitate easy communication between the beach walkers, giving a sense of community. View full report 0
196 bertjohnst 09/19/2007 A sunny day with a strong north wind carrying sand southwards. Thirteen people, all quite bundled up, were moving about on the beach, along with the usual sparse contingent of gulls, crows, and sanderlings. Considerable number and variety of dead birds. A few new bluff constructions: added steps, and an overlook with chairs and flag-pole. View full report 0
311 TomandGretel 09/19/2007 all in all a pleasant day. Lots of sand washed up and built up all over. Very clean beach, as this was just several days after the SOLV cleanup. Wish it remained that way. Evidence of beachfires in large driftwood piles, but none smoldering. View full report 2
293 ducks73 09/19/2007 Beautiful morning to be on the beach - too bad no one was there to enjoy it. Sand still has not covered the lower base rocks of the riprap at NW 3rd. The beach access was blocked with yellow tape, and it is very difficult to climb up and/or down those rocks. The stream modification was at Rock Creek where a City crew was using a mini-dozer to clear the creek near the railroad tracks - probably a good idea before the winter storms. View full report 1
137 comubp 09/19/2007 Another sunny, windy day at the beach. Normal signs of ATV usage, one firewood cutter, and the usual variety of wrack items of shells, animal casings and wood pieces. 8 dead birds-2 Brandt's Cormorants, 1 gull, 4 Common Murres and one small unknown seabird. Four of the dead birds found were "refinds" previously tagged for COASST by this mile reporter. Heavy human impact (23)-3 playing in sand and 12 in sightseeing vehicles with paying passengers. Many ATV and OHV vehicles observed enjoying the beach on a sunny day. View full report 0
121 LouiseW 09/19/2007 Much kelp/algae, many animal casings, some shells and much wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in surfline. A large dead decomposing Humpback Whale on south end of beach. Gulls and Turkey Vultures around the carcass. New landslides onto beach, especially around large structure made with building blocks. Lots of sand on beach and the only exposed rock below tide line. Steep incline to the beach with ocean undertow. New concrete structures on beach with metal steps above it. Moderate human impact (8)-walking, 2 sitting and 3 surfing. View full report 1
160 zbstotz 09/19/2007 Nice day, beach clean, two people enjoying the day. View full report 0
138 comubp 09/19/2007 Sunny and windy day. Steep beach angle to water with some evidence of waves overtopping the summer sand barrier. Variety of shells and casings between the sand barrier and the sea wall. Some bull kelp and plastic bottles on beach. Green plants evident and plentiful in the 50 feet leading up to the sea wall. One set of human tracks, 4 sets of deer tracks. No sign of the elk whose tracks were observed on previous visit. 5 Snowy Plover, 6 Sanderlings and 29 assorted gulls on beach. One dead Brandt's Cormorant. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
192 mcrobbins 09/18/2007 Like our last mile observation, today was uneventful. There were a few people taking in ocean views at Yachats Ocean Road, but elsewhere there was little evidence of human activity. The rental house at the end of Windy Way in Yachats has been bulldozed and there are now 2 grassy, empty lots for sale. There is no damage to the adjacent bluff, but there will doubtless be construction to follow. Seasonal changes are much in evidence. Sand has returned to the rocky inlets, and there is much sand on rocky ledge formations adjacent to the water. As always there are many piles of freshly emptied mussel shells, indicating the popularity of this rocky feeding area. We were able to view four oystercatchers on a rock feeding on mussel colonies. We didn't see a lot of birds, but there were gulls, cormorants, surf scoters, pelicans, about a dozen black turnstones, two rock sandpipers, and no dead birds at all. Gender Creek is down to a trickle, but there is still seepage from many bluffs, maintaining mossy, algal growth on the rocks with many small freshwater pools containing tadpoles and water insects. View full report 0
228 TMarie 09/18/2007 A Whale was sighted just off-shore. View full report 0
289 ollikainen 09/18/2007 Busy day on mile 289 due to Air Force training. Sand has built up during the summer. The normal pattern is for the winter storms to scour away most of it. But since I have lived nearby, the tip of Bayocean Spit is showing no sign of erosion. Sand seems to be building. View full report 0
229 [email protected] 09/18/2007 Calm; no remarkable observations of concern. View full report 0
174 Foulkes 09/18/2007 A single lone seagull was the only living thing I observed. Diatoms marked the high tide line. Collections of horse droppings were the only unpleasant aspects of an otherwise beautifully clean beach. View full report 0
96 D Bilderback 09/18/2007 Kelp/algae (Nereocystis, Macrosystis, Postelsia and Cystoseira), shells, crab carapaces, small rocks and wood chips in light driftline. A few Polyorchis jellyfish and Ctenophores in driftline. Harbor Seals swimming in surf near mouth of New River and Two-mile Creek. Dead birds were: three Common Murre, one Western Grebe, one Ring-billed Gull, one Surf Scoter and one immature gull. A Great Blue Heron flew over the beach. Ring-billed Gulls, Western Gulls and Pelican at mouth of Two-Mile Creek/New River. Osprey successfully fishing in the surf. Beach sloping from six to 18 degrees. High tides washing over ridge into the shallow runnel. Sand moving in on the large embayment at southern end of mile. Low human impact (5)- 1 walking and 4 removing Snowy Plover fencing. View full report 7
309 cadonofrio 09/18/2007 The tree mentioned in the last report appears to be dead and hasn't fallen any farther down the hill; there are "new" trees that have begun to fall since our last report. View full report 0
97 D Bilderback 09/18/2007 The kelps: Postelsia, Lessoniopsis, Cystoseira, Hymenena, Nereosystis and Ulva, in driftline or higher up on beach. Very light driftline with a few shells, crab carapaces, snail egg cases, and small rocks. Sanderlings foraging in the surfline, driftline and clustered as groups of 50 and 15 on the dry sand. Beach sloped 13 degrees at northern end of mile deminishing to six degrees at the south. One dead Common Murre. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
172 Oyster 09/17/2007 From July to current date, beach occupation ranged from 9 to over 200 depending on day and temperature. generally, summer watch was calm, non destructive, and enjoyed via surfing, sitting, surfing, walking, running w/ or w/o dogs. Only concern is the many dog feces rolling along tide line and just under surface of sand. Children playing may contact these, not to mention bare feet. View full report 0
120 yogabigail 09/17/2007 People out enjoying the beach with their pets and kids. A beautiful day and everyone had a happy grin breathing this fresh air and soaking up the sunshine. The walkway along the road is much more convenient than making a mad dash along that stretch of road. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, and wood pieces in driftline. Gulls along shore. Squirrels seen along trail. Heavy human impact (28). 4 dogs. View full report 0
110 BH 09/16/2007 Great day to be on beach. Little wind and warm temperatures. Normal amount of kelp/algae, large number of crab casings and clam shells, small rocks and wood pieces. Many gulls roosting and feeding near surfline unconcerned about nearby human activity. Much more water drainage across beach from headlands indicating more moisture in area than normal for this time of year. Moderate human impact (14)-8 walking, 2 playing in surf and 4 picnicing. 6 dogs. Illegal campsite with canvas coverings, barbeque and empty beer cans and trash around it. ATV tracks at campsite. Tracks on prohibited beach coming from Whisky Run around point at low tide. View full report 1
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
93 H Witschi 09/16/2007 New River begins to fill up again, in places 100 to 150 feet wide and up to 4 feet deep (where it could be crossed without getting wet at time of last report). People seen crossed river by kayak or boat. Considerable amount of sand built up along shore. 3 carcasses of sea lions on the beach. Little trash on beach. Shells, animal casings and wood pieces in driftline. Low human impact (2)-1 walking and 1 fishing. View full report 0
242 oceanwalker842 09/16/2007 Light useage this walk due to weather. Very light drizzle but comfortable to walk. Moderate breeze 5-6 mph. Very little scattered debris from weekend visitors. Most around D River. The sand carving in the sand cliffs north of Canyon Dr looks as though it has caused some erosion--this could lead to a real problem. View full report 0
217 [email protected] 09/16/2007 Luxury condos are finished on the bluff overlooking Jump off Joe. House built close to the beach is just about finished. There is more erosion of the bluff and vegetation, mainly due to people walking on the slopes probably. View full report 0
186 Joy186 09/16/2007 RV park has been completed with 33 pads. 2 new houses,one finished, other near completion. Bluff slippage in two places north of RV park. Ten Mile Creek has changed course again. Public cannot access beach north of bridge due to the construction material and vehicles in area west of the highway. Repairs to the bridge appear to be completed. View full report 0
33 B Edgar 09/15/2007 8 of us helped out on the SOLV beach clean up. We picked up quite a pickup load of trash and tires. View full report 0
104 Doug C 09/15/2007 We visited this mile as part of the SOLV Beach Cleanup. This section was fairly clean. Small amount of plastic bags and bottles were found (5 lbs) and removed mostly from high dunes below the beachgrass. Surfline was relatively free from non-natural debris. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood and Styrofoam in the driftline. Shore birds moving in response to humans. Numerous gulls on the beach. Dead gull noted. About 14 people were out on a beautiful day, mostly walking or beachcombing. View full report 0
108 K Fassett 09/15/2007 Very large sand dunes which made it difficult to traverse and pick up trash. Might be alot of debris under the sand dunes. The mile north of 108 (109?) has changed considerably. Large rocks seem to have disappeared (covered by sand?) and even the large rocks out in the surf seem to have diminished by half. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, ocean-based debris and styrofoam in driftline. Sea gulls feeding on several washed-up crabs. Many shorebirds foraging at surfline and moving in response to humans. Brown Pelicans feeding in surf. Turkey Vultures feeding on Steller's Sea Lion carcass. Dead Cormorant, Common Murre and gulls on the beach. Large Concrete/styrofoam boat docks on beach. Some algae noticed in pools under the golf course, but water looked clean and clear. Alot of small debris, broken glass, etc. in areas where there had obviously been a party or picnic. Fireworks also. Moderate human impact (2)-8 walking, 2 playing in surf, 6 sitting, 4 taking pictures and 4 windsurfing. 6 dogs. View full report 5
29 JimandJoan 09/15/2007 Nice warm day despite the fog. No sign of any birds except for one dead cormorant. One couple on the beach was there to collect agates... Otherwise a quiet day on mile 29.We did note undercutting of the dunes with roots showing along the first half mile, north of the jetty. View full report 0
127 tsunchoi 09/15/2007 Gorgeous day on the North Spit! A combination of light winds and small swell created very clean surf. Shells, animal casings, wood pieces, land-based debris, Styrofoam and fishing net in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in surf and moving in response to humans. One unidentified dead bird. Erosion of the vegetated foredune. Moderate human impact (9)-2 walking, 3 sitting, 4- viewing the wreck of the New Carissa. 1-2 sets of tire tracks within designated area. View full report 0
43 Dale Lee 09/15/2007 Mile 43 is directly south of Humbug Mountain. The mountain often intensifies NW wind,similar to standing on the top of a windy bluff. When the wind is from the NE like on Saturday, the beach is protected, and the light breeze from inland can be quite warm. Waves were about 3,4 feet, the ocean was very blue, and the water was clear. A whale was swimming near by for most of the walk. Of interest, the beach was covered with bear and cub tracks, but I did not see them. Also the resident Vultures seem to now recognize me as an individual and let me approach quite close. Hopefully this new social interest will not include any dining. It was beach clean up day, and of concern is always foam in various stages of disinigration. I can never get it all, and there seems to be a lot more tiny stuff in the winter and spring. Also there were over 50 water bottles in the one mile of beach, and I hope the deposit slated for 2009 will reduce this more recent occurence. Although there have been no real storms, erosion of the summer beach that has built up is underway, and the beach from west to east is much smaller than is was in July. View full report 0
298 nkn pete 09/15/2007 Beach was clean of debris. We collected less than 1/2 SOLV bag. This project was done with NKN Nat'l Resource Club members from the NKN Middle + High Schools. We also completed an Ocean Conservancy Cleanup Data Card today.We also walked and collected debris about 1 mile south through mile #297. At this observation site we found 3 dead birds + each was triple-tagged with color coded tags on their right wing base. I have this information if needed. I think this was done by a COASST volunteer. View full report 0
124 B Gray 09/15/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, and small rocks in the driftline. Shore birds foraging in the driftline. Many dead and dying crabs being fed on the Western gulls. One BLM truck within allowed area. Low human impact (3)-removing Snowy Plover signs. View full report 0
323 Auto_Trader 09/15/2007 We had a great time! We scheduled our office trip the same weekend SOLV was doing their clean; met lots of people. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary and it was a great morning for walking the beach. There seemed to be a strange amount of dead birds as well as 100s of crab shells. Certain areas looked like a battle field with all the cracked shells. View full report 0
105 Doug C 09/15/2007 We visited this mile as part of the SOLV Beach Cleanup. This section was not as clean as Mile 104. Modest amount of plastic bags and bottles were found (15 lbs) and removed mostly from high dunes below the beachgrass. Surf line was relatively free from non-natural debris. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood in driftline. Numerous clear jellies (12" diam.), dead gull and small shorebird noted. Numerous gulls and Sanderlings on beach. About 12 people were out on a beautiful day, fishing (3) walking or beachcombing (5) or sitting (4). 2 dogs. One unleashed dog attacked an injured gull. 2 vehicles on allowed beach. View full report 0
176 CMHarvey 09/15/2007 The user-maintained path to the beach from the Overlook shows signs of being pushed toward the sea. Over the past year it seems to have settled and been pushed toward the ocean by pressure from traffic on highway 101. This could be the beginning of a degrading of the fill under the road, not a good sign! View full report 0
188 claretucker 09/14/2007 North side and south side like two different beaches. North Side still has lots of sand, clean drift line, lots of sea life showing on rocks.South side has little sand, lots of seaweed, palm, grass, kelp in drift line, not much sealife showing on rocks. View full report 0
176 Zurflueh 09/14/2007 The mile was clean and serene. View full report 0
217 rensmere 09/14/2007 There was nothing that stood out. My concern is really that water quality is an issue at Nye beach and there were lot's of people walking in the creek. We picked up some garbage but there was not an unusual amount. View full report 0
101 [email protected] 09/13/2007 Wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in the surfline and moving in response to humans and dogs. One dead bird. Heavy human impact (32)-20 walking, 2 photographing and 2 tidepooling. Children climbing on seastacks. View full report 0
104 beachnut 09/13/2007 Small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. Two groups of pelicans flying north over the waves. Gulls at the surfline. An unidentified raptor on the beach. For a change, little litter from shore or sea was observed on this stretch. The mile continues to be underpopulated by humans, odd for its proximity to a large campground with constant occupancy as well as being a favorite venue for area residents. Low human impact (10)- 7 walking, 1 sitting and 2 fishing. 2 dogs. View full report 0
240 seacrater 09/13/2007 Two small fires were burning in driftwood.Road along the cliff at the end of the parking lot at Siletz Bay has been inmproved, with rock out to the dune area. Improved road is wider. View full report 0
208 kittyhorse 09/13/2007 I was in Africa most of August .. The sand did not come entirely back in this summer. But several substantial sand castles since Labor Day and "forts" made of driftwood! Beaver Creek down to ~6 foot diameter and ankle deep reaching ocean. 4 brown pelicans flew north. Report at 9:30 am but returned to beach at 7:30 pm to note campfire and a lone great blue heron further south. View full report 1
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
307 Bald Eagle 09/13/2007 Looks very good today, with no activity. View full report 0
176 CMHarvey 09/12/2007 I repeat my last message: the degradation of the slopes at the north end of this mile could be catastrophic to the daily use of highway 101. Some attention should be paid to mitigation of the growing problems with the degradation of this area. View full report 0
169 [email protected] 09/12/2007 Beach sand shifting with undulations above high tide exposing snags and logs previously covered with summer sand. Many Gulls scavenging crab remains, small scattering of white jingle shells, and very little trash as per usual at this site. View full report 0
3 floral 09/12/2007 no new developments that I could see. lots of fine sand. two water ways from the cliff coming down to sea..normal springs busy parking lot, people reading paper, watching the waves, walking the sidewalk and the beach.flora View full report 0
57 [email protected] 09/11/2007 Removed 1 small bag of trash, is all -- left 2 heavy nets. First time saw 3 floats in line, 50' apart, 100'out. View full report 0
23 Bob Harvey 09/09/2007 My first trip, so information is baseline for me. Very little litter , lots of driftwood, few people. No facilities except a portapotty at S end. Many rocks, monoliths seastacks in the sandy beach and in the ocean. Too foggy to see much of those just off shore. Some support small vegetation (no trees) on top. View full report 1
202 dddurrett 09/09/2007 Beautiful day but very few people on the beach for a Sunday.Very little litter, picked up 1 bag full. Found remnants of small drift wood fire. View full report 0
109 Foggy 09/09/2007 Heavy human use (22 people), many dogs (6), on a gorgeous day. Almost no trash of any kind on beach. On 8/13/07, there was a 10-20 acre wildfire in the gorse along the top of the bluff south of WR access road. Shells, animal casing, kelp/algae (Postelsia) and small rocks in the driftline. A dead Steller's Sea Lion just south of the beach access. View full report 8
264 rbourke 09/09/2007 Beach was very clean and uncrowded. View full report 0
198 bahngarten 09/09/2007 Beautiful morning, few winged orange termites drifting to beach. Clean beach enjoyed by all. 09/02/07 9:50-10:15 am, dragonfly migration to S.( warm sunny day, E. wind) Yachats Community park, 1 block from ocean. Count- 103/3 min. Orange winged and bodied(guessing it was sympetrum a meadowhawk?) Reported to Range Bayer. B View full report 0
257 [email protected] 09/09/2007 Two people on Straub Spit; no vehicles. No harbor seals observed. Four boats fishing near entrance to Nestucca Bay. Four gulls and 12 sanderlings observed. View full report 0
173 ZASovers 09/09/2007 No problems observed. Sutton creek is meandering and flowing slowly into the ocean. Sea gulls are sitting at the mouth of the creek. View full report 0
143 twright 09/08/2007 Less than the normal invertebrates. One wood box on beach 2' x 2' x 4' View full report 0
245 The Druid 09/08/2007 A bright sunny day, with strong wind ...good for surfing and kite surfing...about 10 surfers. One large telescopic type instrument on shore...camera or spyglass type pointed toward ocean. All dogs leashed or well behaved./ Clean, clean beach. View full report 0
216 Ranger Bug 09/08/2007 Business pretty much as usual along this stretch of Nye Beach, though people seem to be doing more sitting, sunning and swimming this year, perhaps due to the frequent failure of the customary strong north winds of summer.Sewage contamination continues to be a problem, particularly considering that this is summer, not winter. Beach advisories were issued for 6/12-6/13, 9/6-9/7, and 9/12-9/14. A raw sewage spill estimated to be between 80,000 and 100,000 gallons occurred on 9/3, but the contamination notice wasn't issued until 9/6, perhaps related to the schedule of water sampling. This is troubling. View full report 5
214 rasmussenschramm 09/08/2007 Close to the jetty was the "Gathering Longboard Classic", the annual surf competition, in progress. Rogue Ale sponsering the event was to serve food and beer and wine. On the beach at the gathering, numerous surfers were riding the waves (incoming tide). A big tent had been set up and several cars were parked around the tent and many people were milling around. At the State Park we counted about 50 vehicles.Many people walking on the beach, digging in the sand, no horses this morning. We walked to the handicapped access platform. We noticed big areas of American beach grass around and in the vicinity of the platform. Very few dogs were present. Five bikes were parked at the platform entrance. View full report 0
215 NewportNancy 09/07/2007 Beautiful day, not much activity post-summer tourist season, few interesting birds but not many people. View full report 2
274 tomanderica 09/06/2007 No major changes to report. A beautiful fall day with many birds on the beach and flying over the waves. The old folks are reclaiming the sand - saw only 2 school aged kids. The dogs were pretty old too!!! View full report 0
49 Tichenor 09/05/2007 Nothing unusual nor of concern View full report 0
300 [email protected] 09/05/2007 Nothing extraordinary. Dead harbor seal, sculpted sands. View full report 0
54 mvolson 09/03/2007 Although the beach had obviously been heavily used over the Labor Day weekend, there was virtually no human-generated trash. Everything looked fine except for the tire tracks in the dunes near the south end of the mile. Improvement to the beach access road has made it much easier for vehicles of all kinds to get onto the beach. View full report 0
108 D Bilderback 09/03/2007 The main reason to file this report is to document the dead Steller's Sea Lion pup and the dead juvenile male Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) on this mile. The Steller's Sea Lion pup carcass was being eaten by Turkey Vultures and the Salmon Shark carcass was being eaten by Western Sea Gulls. It appeared that the Salmon Shark was bitten by another shark and that may have been the cause of death. It was not apparent what caused the death of the Steller's Sea Lion pup. Shells, animal casing, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, ocean-based debris and Stryofoam in driftline. Low human impact (4)-2 walking 2 dogs and 2 sitting in vehicle. View full report 10
171 kathrynl 09/03/2007 Heavy concentration of Red and Orange Algae in creek by Driftwood Shores does not look or smell good. Diaper and several bottles and cans collected near resort area. Sad to see such little regard for the beach at the resort! It is dirty at Driftwood Shores today. View full report 0
37 iggydog 09/03/2007 Calm day - moderate tide - less than usual beach debris - only two people on the beach (counting reporter)- many otter tracks View full report 0
197 [email protected] 09/02/2007 The form I had with me didn't ask about the number of dogs but, while walking, I remember thinking, "There are more dogs than people on the beach." Most dogs were off leash.Everyone seemed to be having a good time and enjoying the fantastic weather on the Labor Day weekend. View full report 0
200 bluemoonjoanie 09/02/2007 What a beautiful day on mile 200. It does not get much better for a perfect weather day. View full report 0
153 bebdhm 09/02/2007 The most beautiful day we've had in 4 years on this stretch of beach. People camping and fishing and ATV'ing on mile 152 and several on mile 153 which is more remote. View full report 0
248 Dr Kayak 09/02/2007 Peregrine falcon flying around Cascade Head; brown pelicans, three cormorant species, common murre, black oystercatcher, one California sea lion, and two harbor seals. View full report 0
112 rheadohner 09/02/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, animal casing, wood, large piece of styrofoam and ocean-based debris in the driftline. Plastic garbage was removed from the beach. Many long logs (sawn on both ends) on beach. Decreased numbers of sea stars and anemones on the rocks. Shorebirds foraging in surf. Sand accumulation on beach. Low human impact (4)-walking. On July 14, tire tracks came around Five Mile Point and went north to Sea Stacks between Agate and Sacchi Beaches (vehicles are prohibited on this beach). View full report 0
113 rheadohner 09/02/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, wood pieces, Styrofoam, ocean-based debris (plastic bottles, pallet) in driftline. Large number of crab carapaces, clam shells and clumps of mussels. Auto tire on rim near vegetation. Shorebirds foraging in driftline. Low human impact (4) walking. Area of Concern: Large fire in the driftwood on about 9/1/07. View full report 0
218 Liz O. 09/02/2007 Seems to be more whale activity this summer season in the Agate Beach area. Also sighting many more flocks of pelicans. View full report 0
324 NHolmes 09/01/2007 Nice to see so many people enjoying the warm evening on the beach. Lots of kids, adults of all ages sitting around fires, playing with dogs, having a great time. View full report 0
253 JSteiner 09/01/2007 Huge flock of brown pelicans floating in the surf, and diving - must have been some sort feed that they were after - they were very active.At the S. end of this stretch of beach where it meets Cascade Head, a tall dirt cliff continues to erode. View full report 0
10 [email protected] 09/01/2007 Walk started out foggy with one other couple on beach; fog burned off by time we got back to car and people began arriving along with sun. No significant changes noted, no development to be seen on area east of Highway 101 (US Borax property)On 9/9 walk, dead otter and dead cormorant found on lower beach. View full report 0
16 Christine 09/01/2007 This is the section of mile 16 I call Spruce Island Viewpoint South. It was too foggy to see down to the small cove beaches. Otherwise, nothing unusual observed. View full report 0
221 lipberm 08/31/2007 In addition to the new RV pads, there is some erosion control going in on the next mile to the south (220). The Schooner Landing motel has brought in drilling and other equipment to try to control bluff erosion. Further details unknown.The construction crew made a new ramp onto the beach from NW 70th (Schooner Creek) access site. They will block the ramp with large logs when the work is done. View full report 0
173 Earl and Donna 08/31/2007 Very low tide. Sutton Creek running very slowly without the usual number of gulls at the mouth. More people just walking the beach. View full report 0
20 D Bilderback 08/30/2007 We were invited to walk the Crook Point beach with David Ledig, South Coast Refuge Manager, and other USFW volunteers. There were many Gray Whales feeding among the kelp and off-shore rocks. A live, but underweight California Sea Lion with a fish tag out of his mouth was on the beach. A portion of a skull and lower jaw of a juvenile Harbor Porpoise and an older carcass of a dead Salmon Shark was found on the beach. We did see a few carcasses of Common Murre both adult and chicks but the number seemed normal considering that the off shore rocks are home to nesting colonies of these birds. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casing, wood pieces and ocean based debris in the driftline. One large piece of Broad-rib Kelp- Pleurophycus gardneri (brown)—wide midrib found in driftline. One large fish or crab plastic container on the beach. View full report 10
224 malachite 08/30/2007 Pretty low tide today. Beach was exceptionally beautiful (even for this beach) looking from about 1/4 of the way down the stairway access, looking south. When I first got down to the beach, a fog bank, looking like white cotton candy covered the beaches from about Beverly Beach south, with fog merging to clearer air as you went north until it was sunny at the base of the stairway and as I walked south (initially). There was a brown tent on the beach, the tent was down or gone and two people were sitting at the base of the bluff with a fire going, looked like they were eating breakfast. On my way back, I walked by the spot where the seal had been. The signs were gone, as was the seal and there may have been some smudges of blood on the sand. Perhaps the guy in the Forest Service green pickup picked up the seal.The topography of the beach had changed since my last visit. The water had formed a kind of bench for about 1/3-1/2 of my mile (north to south) and the beach (from the bluff) mildly sloped (the slope varied as I walked south) up towards the edge of the bench. If you walked down that (3-4' high?) the ground sloped down from the bench and then sloped back up a bit as you went towards the water line (tide had turned to start coming in). Further south, the water had carved a fairly deep and long gully on the beach below the bench. The creek that flows a bit south of the Alpine Chalets was flowing through a shallow channel over the bench and down to the ocean. However, another creek/water outflow north of Alpine Chalet was seemed fairly well dammed by the slope upwards towards the edge of the bench--3 plovers were cheerfully swimming in the large pool formed by this "dam." This bench became shallower and shallower as I walked south and disappeared by about 2/3s of the way south. Would be interesting to see what happens at high tide. Fossil or very old tree stump not exposed, therefore probably sand has been deposited on that section of the mile. No dogs chasing birds, not many birds to chase. This is one of the few times I've seen any birds (dead murre, 3 plovers) besides a few crows, seagulls and vultures (2, soaring) on this beach. View full report 0
5 Berner 08/30/2007 mild continuing slides on bank, same sites as noted on prior reports. Dead small whale on shore. View full report 0
2 [email protected] 08/27/2007 Some erosion at foot of bluffs and small trees dislodged and fallen over, but it looks pretty much as to be expected. No human intervention apparent. View full report 0
117 Pat&RobertaSmit 08/26/2007 The beach is only partially accessible along this mile. Most people stay on the cliffs. Heavy driftline of eel-/surfgrass and kelp in the North Cove. Animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood and some ocean-based debris in the driftline. Several different kinds of anemones on the rocks. Many Red-necked Phalaropes foraging on beach and in shallow water. Ruddy Turnstones and Western Gulls on rock and beach. Juvenile Northern Elephant seal on beach. Considerable Gray Whale activity visible from the North Cove cliffs. Low human impact on beach (0). View full report 1
214 rasmussenschramm 08/25/2007 At the park picnicers were using tables and sitting in the shade of trees. At the beach there were people in the water, two surfers, many sunbathing. On the path east of the beach people were walking and biking. View full report 0
247 jboyden 08/25/2007 This mile continues to be very clean. The large number of brown pelicans was the highlight of the day. View full report 0
149 flotsam 08/24/2007 The beach seemed unusually clean, with little trash, and less driftwood than at other times. View full report 1
140 10mile2 08/24/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces, debris, plastic pellets and Styrofoam in driftline. Numerous molted crab carapaces. One dead 3-foot shark (probably a Salmon Shark). Two dead birds (probably Common Murre as they were white and black in color). Sea Gulls on the beach. 3-4 dozen small shorebirds on high beach near Snowy Plover nesting area, which may be Snowy Plovers. Sand removed from beach by large wave action creating a drop-off. Plastic wind break by Snowy Plover nesting area. Low human impact (0). ATV and truck tracks in prohibited area on beach. View full report 0
307 elsecobb 08/24/2007 Very low sand levels, especially south of Arch Cape.Healthy beach and tidepools at low tides. Exceptional large # of Brown Pelicans on and close to shore and on the large Gull Rock.*Outside my mile territory: about 100-200 Red Phalaropes flitting on the sewage ponds in Cannon Beach(8-20-07) View full report 0
152 cmoore 08/22/2007 It was a beautiful, sunny day in August on this seemingly remote beach. It is a popular place for ORVs, however; the sand is full of tire tracks and there was considerable trash. We picked up two bags full and still didn't get it all. We saw four ORVs and two vehicles on the beach. View full report 1
21 Don Hayes 08/22/2007 I visually scan the entire coast mile daily and walk, run, and swim there regularily. Also I make photos from time to time. I do see an occassional dead bird or seal as well as plastic drifting in. Of concern is horse manure in the upper Pistol basin that I swim in as it appears to cause weedy growth. There have not been off road vehicles as in the past. This area offers a dramatic splendid beach hike. More detailed reports and photos will be included in future reports. View full report 0
97 D Bilderback 08/21/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, crab carapaces (molt and dead), small rocks, large amounts of pieces of Lion's Mane Jellies, one dead gravid Mole crab and a few Velella velella in driftline. Low human impact (1)-Snowy Plover researcher. One dead Steller's Sea Lion. Foraging Ruddy Turnstones, 13 Snowy Plover and five Western Gulls on high beach. Sooty Sheawater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Pelagic Cormorant, Glaucous-winged Gull and Western Gull dead on beach. Sand being removed from beach. Slope up to 10 degrees, topped by a two-foot sand cliff. Fire left burning on the beach at the end of the Christian Camp Trail near the north boundary of Mile 97. Fire was put out and reported to Robin Sears and Calum Stevenson. View full report 6
96 D Bilderback 08/21/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, crab carapaces (molt and dead), small rocks, a sea star and broken sand dollars, large amounts of pieces of Lion's Mane Jellies and a few Velella velella in driftline. Two dead Steller's Sea Lion pups, and one dead Salmon Shark on beach. Four dead Common Murre and 1 dead Pelagic Cormorant. Two live Caspian Terns resting on beach. Sand being removed from beach. Slope from 8 to 13 degrees topped by a two-foot sand cliff. Some ocean-based debris (plastic and Chlorox bottles)on beach. Low human impact (1)-Snowy Plover researcher. View full report 7
204 [email protected] 08/19/2007 An ailing sea lion was on the beach. OSP were called -- final disposition unknown. View full report 0
263 olsonko 08/19/2007 The Cape Kiwanda State Park access point continues to experience high vehicle counts. People drive at excessive speed, often using trucks with dogs running behind to exercise them. Litter and driftwood fires continue to be a problem, often too close to the dune grass or "bleeding" into Mile 264 to the North, the little community of Tierra del Mar. View full report 0