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338 Randy and Beth 09/16/2014 A beautiful day on the beach with very little garbage; we picked up about 2 pounds worth only. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 12/25/2015

We were unable to walk our beach mile due to the King tide. We observed erosion of the incline to the beach; the walkable incline is now a 5-6 foot cliff and some of the grassy dune had "caved" away. We will return soon to walk our mile.

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338 Randy and Beth 03/22/2016

We did our Spring equinox walk on our beach mile during the sunny part of the morning. We chose to walk north to south and back. The ocean access is very steep from Parking Lot A and B access points due to erosion from high tide activity. Four families with young children were enjoying playing in the surf and the sand. Wild strawberries in the access dune had white flowers open. On our return, we filled a large garbage bag of plastic debris in all shapes and sizes and could have filled another.

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338 Randy and Beth 08/07/2016

Our beach mile was swept clean of driftwood and debris. Perhaps a layer of sand was covering trash, but not much visible. A major crack in the dunes/bluff was visible last quarterly walk also.

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338 Randy and Beth 10/02/2016

Almost no driftwood--possibly due to sand drift covering some. A Western Grebe was sitting about 30 feet from the waterline for some time, but managed to get back to the water and swim/float away. Patches of ribbon seaweed are now showing up.

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338 Randy and Beth 12/25/2016

We had a sunny day for a Christmas Day beach walk. Our mile was very clean. There were the usual sandpipers making their way along the tideline with a dozen or so gulls.

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338 Randy and Beth 03/23/2017

One family enjoying the beach. Several lean-to structures on the beach created from driftwood. Several very large flocks of sandpipers numbering about 1000 or more. Someone had cleaned up some plastic debris and left several bags in the parking lot (hopefully to be picked up). Attached is a picture of a  most unusual piece of tree trunk that was washed ashore.

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338 Randy and Beth 08/13/2017

An active day on our mile with people excited about seeing whales spouting off shore.

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338 Randy and Beth 10/15/2017

A very clean beach mile and a warm day and low tide brought out families to dig clams.

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338 Randy and Beth 12/25/2017

A beautiful, windless day on the beach. Randy made the comment that it was "about as bland a beach mile as we've ever walked". Not too much excitement other than gulls and a raven taking turns eating on a fish carcass.

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338 Randy and Beth 04/22/2018

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

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338 Randy and Beth 06/21/2018

My friend from Japan, Taeko, and I enjoyed a summer solstice walk on our beach mile this morning. We saw people surfing, walking and biking the mile. Driftline had crab, clam and mussel shells, sand shrimp shell, various seaweeds in small amounts, a purple sea star. The hopeful surfers were gone on our return walk, probably disappointed in the mildness of the ocean waves. Three vulturess were flying overhead and then gathered on the beach, but we didn't see any sign of what they had been eating. Other birds noted were a flock of geese flying overhead, a few gulls and terns. A very clean beach with hardly any driftwood.

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338 Randy and Beth 09/24/2018

Second day of fall was almost cloudless and temps in the 60's. Most notable wildlife spottings were two dead murres and one dead black bird (possibly a crow). Very sad to see a dead seal pup on the beach also. Only two pelicans flying low over the surf, gulls and terns. "Our" mile was very clear of man made debris; mostly crab shells scattered around.

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338 Randy and Beth 01/21/2019

A MLK Day hike on our beach mile--a very mild day with a beach that had been swept clean by a very high set of tides. We saw more sandpipers than usual and only a few gulls. On the return walk we walked close to the bluff. Areas that had collections of seaweed and small driftwood, also had small pieces of plastic of various colors. We noticed six boats (crabbers?) off shore in the distance.

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338 Randy and Beth 04/25/2019

The beach looked relatively clean, but we still collected an assortment of plastic debris (photo attached). We enjoyed watching the busyness of the small sandpipers and observed a larger sandpiper family in the surf zone. (longer legs/longer beak/taller) We forgot the binoculars, so couldn't identify.

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338 Randy and Beth 08/04/2019

Lot's of people enjoying the ocean on this beautiful summer day. We walked the low tide line north and followed a steady stream of crab shell debris in the high tide line on the way back south.

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338 Randy and Beth 09/27/2019

Due to recent beach cleanup and minus tides, our beach mile was very clean. Only an occasional gull and the curlews for bird activity.

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338 Randy and Beth 01/19/2020

On this warm day many people were enjoying the beach with their dogs. There was an absence of kelp bundles which we would have expected after our stormy weather. Sawdust showed where several beach logs had been cut for firewood. The most notable thing were stones, weighing a pound or less, dotting the entire mile like raisins on cinnamon dough. On our return walk we picked up about 25 pounds of debris, mostly plastic.

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338 Randy and Beth 06/15/2020

We missed our spring beach walk due to the closures of state parks so were happy to experience the wonder of the beach today. People were enjoying clam digging, hang gliding, picnicing, walking and one wheeling. We had never seen this on our mile. A skateboard that runs similar to a Segway.

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339 RKAdams 01/16/2007 Nice sunny day on beach; little car traffic, but lots of birds foraging. Plastic litter retrieved and removed. View full report 0
339 McB's 339 04/26/2014 Collected a lot of tsunami debris... especially floats and water bottles with Asian character writing. Clams growing on floats. Not much wildlife due to windy rainy weather. Elk tracks in abundance on trail leading to shore access. View full report 0
339 srhoads 02/26/2016

Surveyed some foreign debris on the South jetty (parking lot C) at Fort Stevens State Park. Found a brown bottle with the name Paolyta Co. The article (link below) mentions, "Four people in Taichung City were poisoned yesterday after consuming energy drinks from Paolyta that are suspected to be contaminated with cyanide." The bottle was empty. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/2005/05/19/62605/Energy-drinks.htm Also found a interesting item with a lot of Asian writing and numbers. Lettering said "Wash-Pong." There are several websites and images. Might have to do with "Beer Pong wash cups" for ping-pong balls.

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339 edjoyce 09/20/2017

All looks stable.  See attached picture.

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339 edjoyce 11/09/2017

Very usual.  See photos.

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339 edjoyce 12/26/2017

Nothing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 03/28/2018

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

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339 edjoyce 04/23/2018

Everything is just fine.

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339 edjoyce 05/11/2018

All was fine, however the dune shows signs of recent dune erosion.

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339 edjoyce 06/22/2018

Everything was calm and a-ok.

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339 edjoyce 08/01/2018

All was quiet - nothing to report.

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339 Merce and Michael 08/30/2018 DISPATCH

5 dead Common Murres found on the beach below the high tide line. No evidence of oiling or bites. They all appeared to be adults based on size, but plumage doesn't vary much with age.

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339 edjoyce 09/03/2018

Notice in photo that beach grasses are populating the foredune area.  This is a summer phenomenon and does not occur in winter due to higher tides and storms.

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339 edjoyce 10/06/2018 DISPATCH

All was calm and relatively undisturbed.

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339 edjoyce 11/10/2018 DISPATCH View full report 3
339 edjoyce 12/21/2018 DISPATCH

Photos taken at King Tide Max.

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339 edjoyce 01/21/2019 DISPATCH View full report 2
339 edjoyce 02/19/2019 DISPATCH

Watch carried out at maximum King Tide.  Nothing unusual to report.  The beach has assumed a typical winter profile and dune erosion was evident (see attached photos).  It was an unimpressive King Tide  with just a 6', 13 second, NW swell.

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339 edjoyce 05/08/2019 DISPATCH

Nothing significant to report.

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339 edjoyce 07/03/2019

Everything was about the same as last report.

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339 edjoyce 07/31/2019 DISPATCH

Everything was normal - typical summer day - nothing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 08/28/2019 DISPATCH

All looked normal.  Northing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 09/25/2019

All looked normal - very summery.

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339 huisee 10/02/2019

More tire tracks than we have ever seen.

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339 edjoyce 10/23/2019 DISPATCH

All looked about the same as last month.

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339 edjoyce 11/20/2019

Everything looked normal for this time of year.

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339 edjoyce 12/18/2019

Except for dune erosion, everything looked normal.

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339 edjoyce 01/15/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.  Typical winter erosion of dunes.

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339 edjoyce 03/11/2020 DISPATCH

Everything looked very similar to the last survey.

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339 edjoyce 05/20/2020 DISPATCH

More plastics than usual.

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339 edjoyce 06/10/2020 DISPATCH

Everything looked stable and little change since last month.

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339 edjoyce 07/15/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.

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339 edjoyce 08/13/2020

All is well!

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339 edjoyce 09/16/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing much different than last month.  Typical summer beach.

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340 daveincamas 02/28/2015 DISPATCH

This was actually taken up the Columbia at the Julia Butler Hansen NWR but I thought it would be of interest to folks here.There were hundreds of sea lions in the river. I believe they were following the smelt run: http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/feb/28/outdoors-survey-marine-mammals.... But the coolest thing was a group of about 40 sea lions swimming upriver as a group. They would all splash and jump out of the water for a couple of minutes, then disappear underwater for 3-4 minutes, then appear on the surface upstream, jumping and splashing again. They did not appear to be catching fish, this is just how they were traveling.I took videos of this. Go to https://www.facebook.com/RefugeStewards/videos and watch the videos in order (1, 2, 3) to watch them swim up the river.

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340 edjoyce 06/20/2017 View full report 3
340 edjoyce 10/05/2017

No pictures of dead crabs at shoreline.

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340 edjoyce 12/26/2017

Significant eroision of dunes --  See Pictures.

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340 edjoyce 01/27/2018

Nothing special.

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340 edjoyce 02/28/2018

Dead harbor seal (see photo)

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340 edjoyce 04/07/2018

Nothing unusual

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340 edjoyce 06/22/2018

Vehicles have obviously been entering an area closed for nesting birds that extends from the So. Jetty for approx. 1 miles.  I left a message for the ranger alerting him of the issue.

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340 edjoyce 09/03/2018 View full report 2
340 Merce and Michael 12/22/2018 DISPATCH

King Tide Photos, December 2018

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340 Merce and Michael 01/19/2019 DISPATCH

King tide photos taken at a few locations (note photo captions).

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340 edjoyce 03/12/2019 DISPATCH

Not much going on.  No new apparently erosional issues.  Except for some tire tracks little evidence of human activity.  As always, I cleaned the beach as I walked.

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340 edjoyce 05/15/2019 DISPATCH

All looks about the same.  Much marine debris including plastic bottles, shoes, large hunks of mfg. wood, shell casings and much more.

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340 Merce and Michael 07/01/2019 DISPATCH

Lots of Grey Whales spouting, as seen from the tower at Parking Lot C. Apparently some were there the night before, too.

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340 edjoyce 10/18/2019 DISPATCH

All looked the same.

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340 edjoyce 01/18/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.

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