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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 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
128 SCUUFmile 08/19/2007 Not much happening. Shells, animal casings, rocks, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. Two dead birds. Base of foredunes getting usual undermining by high tides, but sand building up in some places. Northern portion of mile may be good habitat for Snowy Plover and purple sand verbena. Low human impact (1) walking a dog. One vehicle with two riders on allowed beach. View full report 0
256 Lady S 08/19/2007 Just the old dock that washed up on the beach. It's not an attractive addition to the beach. It would take a big truck and some strong men to load it onto same. View full report 0
99 D Bilderback 08/15/2007 We are filing this report on Mile 99 to document the dead female Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) that we found washing up onshore. This week has been very warm, and the wind as been from the south so there is a "down-welling" condition. Also, the water is quite warm, in the 60's. The shark appeared to have been bitten by another shark, but it is hard for us to determine if this was the cause of death or if this was after the shark died. View full report 7
107 sunsmith 08/15/2007 Nice day on the beach. Fog came in around noon, but soon blew out. Debris on the beach is too great to attempt to carry out. Cut Creek is now taking a more northwesterly flow to the ocean. Old car chassis not visable, just one tire and a rusted box portion. Old ship wreck very obvious still. Many birds feeding at the surfline, much more than previously observed. Large 5' x 6'block of cement never before observed, appeared just north of my mile. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, plastic pellets, land- and ocean-based debris and styrofoam in driftline. Three dead birds on beach. Low human impact (3)-horseback riding with three dogs. View full report 7
233 [email protected] 08/15/2007 Boiler Bay *very* quiet, ie only 3 people (other 37 on Fogarty Creek beach). Beautiful day, calm seas, no wind. View full report 0
130 sandyrandy94 08/14/2007 Kelp/algae, shells and animal casings in driftline. One dead bird. Wave action created sharp bench about 300 feet from the vegetation line. Shipwreck that was exposed last winter is covered over by sand. Heavy human impact (25)-15 walking, 3 playing in surf, 5 playing in sand. 6 dogs. View full report 0
206 [email protected] 08/14/2007 Sand build up still high on the beach smothering many filamentous algae that usually occur in the high and mid intertidal. Abundant new graffiti on the sandstone cliffs and signs of sliding down the cliffs. Numerous gulls flocking & teaching their young to fly. Beautiful day -- sunny until 8:30 am when the fog came in. View full report 0
326 seasurf 08/13/2007 Calm, quiet day. Seems as though there are more people than last summer, however very little, if any, litter or visible impact on the beach. Surf was gentle, a fog bank on the horizon. Picture perfect day at the beach. View full report 1
145 [email protected] 08/13/2007 Some beach parties w/alcohol & burning going on View full report 0
195 oceanloonie 08/12/2007 The evening was beautiful, warm, light wind; lots of people enjoying the beach. Once again there was a bit of ancient forest exposed. The surf was quiet and the light from an impending sunset was glorious. I have provided several photos. View full report 7
222 CoastalKaren 08/12/2007 There were no reportable changes on the walk. Things have remained the same as they were a few months ago. There is still some erosion close to Beverly Beach, but it hasn't gotten any worse. All in all, a good day for a walk. View full report 0
90 [email protected] 08/12/2007 Kayaked south on New River from mile 92 to mile 89. Beautiful clear calm day. River looks like glass. Crossed to beach on mile 90 at end boundary of Snowy Plover habitat restoration area and walked N 1 mile. Paddled S to point 1/2 mile S of Coos/Curry Cty line and crossed to ocean. Pelicans flying N over ocean. Nothing but sand on the driftline. Hundreds of Canada Geese coming and going from pond left from prior breach event. The New River breach closed by sand. Low human impact (0). View full report 3
288 YaakovM 08/11/2007 On a beautiful summer day, my companion and I found mile 288 to be tranquil, relatively clean, and unchanged from earlier visits. We were there at low tide and noted the beach had little debris or matter. No kelp of any amount, low numbers of rocks and stones, and human debris was very light.Bird and animal life was also scarce, as noted earlier in the report. All this and yet the parking lot on Bayocean Spit, about two miles away, was packed with over 34 vehicles. Apparently, people park but don't venture very far from their vehicles and the great majority don't take the time and effort to walk the two or so miles north to mile 288. Horseshoe prints were abundant, however, suggesting at least 8-10 riders had been along and around Bayocean Spit earlier in the day. View full report 0
325 BeachCats 08/11/2007 The most interesting thing was the large group of seagulls. It was a beautiful quiet day, with no major concerns. View full report 5
299 hallee 08/11/2007 This was the annual Manzanita Beach 5K and 10K run/walk. Over 100 people participated in both runs and there were a total of 200 people present, as either volunteers or family or friends, as well as many other people on the beach, completely oblivious to this event. Markers were set out as well as an aid station at the middle of our mile, all of which were removed, leaving only the footprints of the exercising participants as evidence that this actually happened. View full report 1
305 skyhar8000 08/11/2007 Tide-wise, it continues to be the case that one should not attempt to slip around the south end of Cove 1 without a tide of at least a -1.0. I arrived at the area about 5am and had to wait for daylight. When twilight broke, I descended to sea level, arriving about 5:30, then hiked all eight coves south, returning about 6:30 with less than a half bag of trash. The ascent took over an hour, as I brought up 3 full bags of trash, a one-cubic-foot standard black plastic dairy crate, and the white barrel I found in Cove 4 a few months ago and recently dug out of the log and rocks in that cove.I packed everything in my car and drove to Cart 'M in Manzanita -- when it opened, I recycled what I could, and paid a $7 dumping fee for the "unrecyclables." View full report 0
214 rensmere 08/09/2007 There were a lot of people on the beach for recreation. There was not a lot of debris. This was our first time surveying the mile so it is hard to compare. We will be sure to take pictures to add. View full report 0
174 RPurscelley 08/09/2007 Snowy Plover area, wire ringed and well marked to protect the nesting Plover. View full report 0
104 beachnut 08/09/2007 The campground was full so it was surprising so few people were at the beach on this windless morning. Litter continues to be a problem, mostly in the area just over the dune from the parking lot because that is where people hang out. Most of what I removed, however, was plastic bottles from the sea.I noticed no dead animals for a change, but did not walk where the really high tides had been the previous week. Kelp/algae, small rocks in driftline. Sanderlings foraging in surfline. Gulls on beach. Four Cormorants close to shore and several pelicans offshore. Tracks of three vehicles in allowed area. Low human impact (6)- 3 walking, 1 rockhunting and 2 fishing. View full report 0
221 B Berge 08/08/2007 No activities of concern. Many seabirds on the ocean, none on the beach. No dead wildlife. Moolack was clean and I did not see anything of concern. View full report 0
312 [email protected] 08/06/2007 On this day, there were a lot of people north of Kenai Street. The day was warm, but not bright sunny. The beach was very clean with a lot of driftwood high on the beach. The trash situation seems better this year, but dog poop remains a very large problem. Throughout the summer, there were a lot of beach fires at night due to the large quantity of driftwood available. People drive onto the beach to cut up and haul away large logs. I had never noticed this before, so I checked & found out people can get permits. There seem to be more people surf fishing and razor clamming this year. The Fourth of July was very quiet on our beach this year because fireworks are no longer permitted. Even though many are not happy about the change in routine, it's better for the beach. View full report 0
164 gaylemont 08/06/2007 I walked Mile 164 between 10 a.m. and noon on August 6, 2007,It was overcast and fairly foggy. I covered the area from North Jetty Road Parking Area 1 (the beginning of OHV area) south almost to the south end of the OHV area, and the conditions are pretty much the same all the way, with moderate to heavy OHV activity dominating the beach from about 10 a.m. on.I borrowed a friend's GPS and couldn't match the coordinates listed on the website with the coordinates I was getting on the GPS. I was getting about N 43.55 at what I believed to be the north end of Mile 164. The website says N 43.93 at that point, which seems to be a little high, since south Florence is N 44. The manner of describing coordinates now has been change and should reflect what I was reading on my next trip. There really are no landmarks on that stretch of beach, other than the OHV markings.The foredunes are cut through in a few places where OHVs are allowed to connect to trails on the east side. The beach is pretty clear of human trash. I saw one dead seal or small sea lion in what I believe was the south end of Mile 165, but it was so badly deteriorated I couldn't determine which. It looked as if it had been dead for several weeks. Several vultures were feeding on it. They disappeared as soon as the OHV use became heavy. In the same area there were remains of a freshly killed and eaten shorebird.The beach area all along that stretch is fairly flat, and has very little pedestrian use -- probably because of the OHV traffic. One couple walking north from Mile 164 said they sometimes find Native American artifacts -- mainly arrowheads and spearheads. There are several areas where there are fairly heavy crushed shell beds, and I suspect the crushing is from wave action -- not OHV.The OHV traffic makes the area very unpleasant for walking during the high-use hours. Both commercial and private vehicles use the area. I saw as many as 35 OHVs at a time. The noise is constant, and probably keeps the birds away during midday. View full report 3
123 JoAnne 08/05/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Stream bed was dry. Bed-spring lodged in rocks below road. Heavy human impact (89)- 31 walking, 20 playing in surf, 35 sitting and 3 surfing. 4 dogs. View full report 0
172 Oyster 08/05/2007 Sand seems to be accumulating at foredune. Sea grass, hair, sea palms and kelp in abundance. Unleashed and leashed dogs are leaving droppings. Children unknowingly playing near. 7/19 temp was 72, very light winds, about 200 people, with about 20 playing in the surf, 30+ sitting/laying in sand. View full report 3
297 [email protected] 08/03/2007 The first 1/4 mile was covered w/ 4-5" anchovies or something similar. Dead! Birds had not yet started to eat them. 100's of them. View full report 0