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61 cwatch61 02/28/2008 Mile 61 was relatively free of natural and man made debris, dead wildlife and human incursion with the exception of 4 sets of old ATV tracks. View full report 1
61 cwatch61 12/05/2008 Mile 61 had been reworked with significant overtopping. The surf line and beach were clean. A Bald Eagle was spotted. View full report 4
61 cwatch61 09/22/2008 Mile 61 exhibited a clean surf line and beach. Beach benching had developed. Brown pelicans were observed. View full report 3
61 cwatch61 04/21/2009 Human activity was limited to U.S. government employees performing tasks related to plover nesting.Large mixed flocks of shorebirds and other migratory waterfowl were observed.The breach at mile 62.8 was naturally closed. Beach was generally clean but as usual had large amounts of driftwood. View full report 0
61 cwatch61 03/06/2009 Five people, accompanied by three dogs, were agate hunting on the beach.The beach was washed clean of light debris but laden with drifwood (Photo 1). The beach was undulating and quite soft. Low numbers of wildlife were observed on the breach shortened walk.The foredune had been breached at mile 62.7. New River now enters the ocean here and has scoured the river bottom south to the bend at mile 61.9 (Photos 2 and 3). View full report 3
61 cwatch61 10/22/2009 One beach walker was collecting agates on a clean, wind-swept beach. Large numbers of geese were flying south above the fog. Although it was low tide the high surf overtopped the low dunes at numerous locations with water flowing into New River (photo). View full report 1
61 shepherdcd 09/20/2020

Another sunny windless day. Large number of jellyfish on the beach. See pics. First walk north on 61 since Western Snowy Plover protection season ended. 

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89 [email protected] 03/12/2008 Kayaked from Storm Ranch to old breach near end of Mile 90 and walked to S. end of Mile 89. New River breach closed. Bull Kelp knots, shells, woodpieces, plastic pellets, Land- and ocean-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Fox and raccoon tracks on beach. Merlin and Sanderlings observed. Significant sand deposition and large woody debris appear in this area. Looks like wonderful plover habitat. Foredune eroded steeper and deeper - not ramp-like like last year. No evidence of overtopping except in areas of previous river breaches. No human activity except track of ATV from biologist survey team. View full report 4
89 [email protected] 01/17/2009 Kayaked in from Storm Ranch then traveled 4 miles S to middle of mile 89. Walked N and S from there. Kayakers should be aware of duck hunting along the river this time of year. River is breached near outlet of Floras Creek. No significant activity - beach was pretty clean. White foam - mostly just small wood pieces and a few shells in tideline. Northern Harrier, hunting over beach. Other birds seen were: Western Sandpipers, Buffleheads, Common Mergansers and gulls. Tracks of an adult fox with young on beach. 3-4 very large light bulbs washed up on beach. Low human impact (0). View full report 6
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
90 [email protected] 06/17/2007 Kayaked across New River and walked S. 4 miles from North end of New River Habitat Restoration Area (mile 92)to active breach of New River just S. of Coos/Curry Cty line (mile 89?). Wrack was light with mostly sea palm and bull kelp. Drift line was yellow/brown and foamy. Lots of sand hoppers eating algae. Breach was running very fast 2' deep and 30' across at low tide. Wildlife biologist monitoring plover were the only present human activity. Recent camping incident in restored area. There are active broods along this stretch of beach. Recommend avoiding area for next few weeks. If you need to come please stay as close to the ocean as you safely can and don't stay in any one place for long. View full report 5
90 [email protected] 03/21/2007 Kayaked into S. side of lagoon created by previous mechanical breaching of New River at S end of Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area and walked south to 2005 mechanical breach which reopened naturally in Fall of 2006. New River breaching waist deep or greater 1 mile S of New Lake. Four Harbor Seals in river near mouth.Pollen colored foam at driftline. Hardly any seaweed or debris of any kind. Mostly natural woody debris. Gulls moving N along beach. Groups of 20 - 30 Sanderlings on beach feeding. Human impact (0). View full report 5
90 [email protected] 06/02/2008 Kayaked in from New River to S end of New River Plover Habitat Restoration Area (HRA). Nice day, little or no wind. Removed beach campsite kiosk box that had been vandalized during the summer and transported it back to Storm Ranch. It will be repaired and returned in coming weeks. Most significant thing I saw was 2005/2006/2007 breach site now firmly sanded shut. Summer sand build-up cycle occurring. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, plastic, land- and ocean-based debris and a lot of shrimp 1 to 1.25 inch in wrackline (10-20 per yard). One dead harbor seal pup. Bald Eagle on lagoon. Caspian Terns and Pelicans flying north. Many Snowy Plover exclosures. Low human impact (0). One set of foot prints and dog tracks on beach next to Snowy Plover nesting area.Please welcome Tim Leonard who will be watching over New River and the Western Snowy Plover this summer. View full report 6
90 [email protected] 03/12/2008 Kayaked from Storm Ranch to site of old 2002 breach and walked N and S from this point. Saw Red Fox and Raccoon tracks. Large tree trunks and logs deposited during winter overwash events in old breach site. Sand building up on beach. A BLM information kiosk had been vandalized, and the appropriate persons have been notified. Shells, kelp, wood pieces, land- and ocean-based debris in driftline. Pollen colored residue (phytoplankton) on beach. Two Snowy Plovers. Low human impact (0). View full report 3
90 [email protected] 12/20/2007 Kayaked across New River at N end of mile 92 and walked S. to point .5 mile S. of Coos/Curry Cty line. No sign of human activity. Normal winter shoreline erosion with tide eroding at base of foredune and overtopping at sights of previous overwashes. Mostly wood pieces, razor clam shells, bull kelp on beach. .5 to 3 foot thick layer of white frothy foam on beach looks like snow in photos. Site of previous year NR breach active and flowing 70 feet across at mouth. Gulls flying S along beach. Sanderlings picking goodies out of the foam. Saw just a few pelicans and cormorants. One dead Northern Fulmar. View full report 6
90 [email protected] 09/21/2008 I kayaked from Storm Ranch boat ramp site to S end of New River Plover Habitat Restoration Site. Camped the night with my wife and night paddled the river. Really nice - mirror surface of river - stars reflected - beaver slamming the water to tell us we were in their territory. Steller Sea Lion hauled out on beach near overnight site. Just resting. No markings. In good health apparently. Beach was basically clean feathers in wrack. Some kelp knots. Some signs of upwelling in sea and wrack. Low human impact (0). View full report 8
90 [email protected] 01/17/2009 Paddled back S from mile 89 and entered beach at S end of New River Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area. Walked N and S from this point. Inspected beach campsite for human impact. Saw Tundra Swans flying over - 56 in two groups. Saw large groups of Western Sandpipers feeding along river adjacent to beach. Also large flocks of American Coots. Didn't see any Sanderlings, and only a few gulls. Light driftline of a few shells, animal casings, algae, wood pieces and debris. Low human impact (0). View full report 6
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
93 H Witschi 06/25/2007 New River at its lowest since winter 2000, can be crossed in several places without getting feet wet (between access point and river mouth to the north).Place looks the same as it did 12 years ago, when first visited (with the exception of 3 new dwellings on east back of New River). A few small kelp heaps, shells, animal casing, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Snowy Plovers around protected area. Low human impact (0). Very clean beach. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 03/21/2007 Road from parking lot to access point still flooded in places (see mile 94/95 from 3/17).New River can be forded with "ease", but water reaches at deepest point up to three to four feet. Driftline high up and spotty, consisting of shells, animal casing, small rocks, wood pieces and styrofoam. Two dead birds: Rhinoceros Auklet and Western Grebe. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
93 H Witschi 12/02/2006 Kelp, algae and animal castings in driftline. Dead birds: 1 Western Grebe and 2 Common Murre. 1 entangled dead Northern Fur Seal, reported to Marine Mammal Stranding Network and they collected the seal for necropsy. Not much beach litter. Low human impact (1)-crossed New River by kayak and beachcombed for glass but found none. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 09/09/2006 No wrack line. 5 dead birds (2 Common Murre). Fewcrab shells. Very little trash. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
93 H Witschi 12/12/2007 No driftline or stranded or dead animals on beach. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
93 H Witschi 11/05/2007 Very clean and untouched beach. Driftline rare and spotty and very thin. Two unidentifiable old bird carcasses. No human impact whatever. View full report 0
93 John Hull 11/21/2008 This is my first report on what I think might be mile 93, jogging south from the entrance of the Lower Fourmile Creek into the New River for fifteen minutes.Very little litter or shells, some kelp. No signs of humans or their animals except us save a very few pieces of jetsam and flotsam. Only four small mostly white shore birds. No dead animals.The tide appeared to be closer to high than low. View full report 0
93 John Hull 07/13/2009 Very little on beach where water met the sand, no seaweed at all, few crab carapaces or clam shells, no flotsom or jetsom. Only signs of human activity there (besides the three of us and my dog) were some ATV tracks right at the water line (probably predator control) and the pre-existing postings and one metal enclosure for the snowy plovers. For the first time this year we saw Snowy Plovers, about thirty, scurrying back and forth where the water was washing up onto the sand. View full report 0
93 John Hull 07/06/2009 Beach very clean and except for short ATV tracks (probably predator control) and snowy plover nesting site postings. Very few shells and crab carapaces and four crab floats in driftline. No signs of people. View full report 0
93 John Hull 05/26/2009 Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, one small live fish and ocean-based debris (glass bottle, 6 fishing floats and plastic one-gallon containers) in driftline. Removed 4 fishing floats and a brown bottle. Over 100 sea gulls of various species and Sanderlings on the beach. Some gulls were fishing in surf. Two flocks of about 15 Canada Geese. One flock was standing on beach. Dune leveled to create Snowy Plover habitat by BLM. Patches of dry sand. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
93 John Hull 05/07/2009 Few shells (clam and mussels), animal casings and clumps (crab) and clumps of kelp in driftline. Small amount of debris (plastic bottles, aluminum can, 4 glass bottles and fishing float). Bottle and float removed. California Beach Hoppers on beach. Harbor Seal seen offshore. Sand varied from very fine to course with patches of rocks the size of golf balls. More beach grass and less open sand on west shore of New River. Snowy Plover biologist on ATV seen on beach. Low human impact (1)-biologist. View full report 0
93 John Hull 06/12/2010 No people or signs of recent visits by them save ourselves. Driftline very clean. Found a glass float. Only about eight birds (gulls), one jelly. Plastic shards on dry sand and round plastic floats numerous. View full report 0
93 John Hull 04/18/2010 Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks,ocean-based debris, Styrofoam and about 50 round, plastic fishing floats in the driftline. One stretch of beach had a lot of crab parts. Three seagulls flying along or standing on the beach, and five small birds (possibly Snowy Plovers) running along surfline. Low human impact (2)- walking with a dog. View full report 0
93 John Hull 04/09/2010 Broken shells, animal casings, small rocks, Styrofoam, ocean-based debris including three large incondescent light bulbs and two (linear and round) florescent bulbs and 20-50 plastic fishing floats of various sizes in the driftline. One group of 50-100 Sanderlings at the surfline. Low human impact (3): 2 walking with dog and 1 USDA predator controller on RV. View full report 0
93 John Hull 11/01/2009 Unexpected ATV tracks. A few shells, crab carapaces and an occasional kelp/algae in driftline. Only two plastic bottles, one piece of styrofoam, one small car tire half buried in wet sand and no other human debris. Flock of small shorebirds and flock of gulls on beach. Few pelicans (?) over swells. Cool, mild and sunny. Deer tracks on west bank New River. No people or dogs aside from the three of us. Three river otters in Lower Fourmile Creek. View full report 0
93 John Hull 10/22/2009 Lots of driftwood at base of dunes. Four pieces of plastic (two retrieved) on dry sand. One piece of wood (two feet by four)and small auto tire on wet sand. Twenty to thirty gulls and an equal number of little white shore birds. A new four by four post set vertically in the dry sand. Few shells, some kelp, about a dozen small jellies. Waves bigger and tide higher than on previous visits this past Summer and Fall. At the south end of the mile the dunes are very short to non-existent. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 06/24/2011 Beach was remarkably clean with only crab carapaces and few rocks. To see people with dogs at the north end of Mile 93 was actually unusual for this isolated beach. Most of the time, this beach has no people. View full report 0
93 John Hull 06/01/2011 Driftline had pieces of bull kelp every few yards. Plenty of small crab carapaces. Two gulls over an hours walk, both flying over the surf. Nine to twelve small birds that I think may have been swifts or swallows. One set of ATV tracks, perhaps predator control or biologists. Unidentified white objects floating in the water beyond the surf. No other people on the beach. View full report 0
93 John Hull 05/03/2011 Beach had no visitors but me. Wet sand was clean with very few individual bull kelp, shells, crab carapaces and sand dollars. One dead bird Western Gull)on the beach. Flocks of seabirds migrating over New River and the beach. Snowy Plover nesting area at south end of mile where dunes probably bulldozed. Signs warning of cyanide for the coyotes. View full report 0
93 John Hull 09/27/2010 The wet sand was pretty clean. There were numerous jellies and feathers, many small and white as well as larger one in darker colors. There were clumps of bull kelp here and there on the dry sand. The beach sand was evenly sloped from pretty close to the foredune down to the water. At the south end of the mile there was evidence of water overtopping the dunes. Two flocks of gulls, one on wet sand, the other flying south over the surf. Possible fox tracks seen in the sand. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 06/29/2012 DISPATCH The first of a series of short reports to provide baseline information concerning the possible impact of Japanese tsunami debris on mile 93-95 of the Oregon coast: a floating dock was found on the beach. View full report 0
93 John Hull 06/07/2012 Beach was pretty clean and narrow (due to high tide). One dead sea bird of unknown species (no head or chest present - do have photo). No signs of snowy plover protection areas. Shells on the dry sand. Clear jellies on the wet sand. Some smaller Bull Kelp on the beach. One bottle from the Ukraine and another from the Far East. View full report 0
93 John Hull 11/11/2011 Perfect weather, sunny and still. Coarse sand with pebbles. Largest waves, about five feet trough to crest. Mist over the water. Large clumps of bull kelp, a few gulls, a large flock of ducks over the river. The beach was fairly clean. Found only two pieces of crab carapaces and frequent mussel shells but no other types of mollusk housing. Also, feathers and pieces of wood in the drift line, a jelly, a couple of desiccated dead birds and sand fleas. This was the first time we have seen anyone on our beach walks since September but we did see some ATV tracks. Three small Shore Pines. The first time I can recall seeing them growing on the West bank. View full report 0
93 John Hull 11/10/2012 Beach sand wide and clean with a few jellies on the wet sand. Found a dead perch. Single large crow/raven on sand (first time I've seen such a thing). Deep widely spaced tire tracks in sand, persumably made by an SUV or truck. They were about a foot deep. Never saw that before either. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 09/21/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Two Japanese bottles, otherwise the beach is quite clean. Three people on the beach. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 09/19/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: SOLV bag still against the boat dock. On mile 94 a small, dead shark, approximately 3 ft. from snout to tip of tail, black-gray back and white underbelly. Snowy Plover signs along the beach have been removed. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 09/10/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Placed against the washed -up boat dock a large yellow SOLV bag filled with plastic material and several large Styrofoam pieces; altogether too much debris to carry away. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 09/07/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report:North end of mile 92/south end mile 93 - on a length of about 1/5 to 1/10 of a mile, approximately 10 plastic bottles, half of which have clearly identifiable Japanese lettering. One glass vodka. Signs indicative of a high-up tide line. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 08/31/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 08/24/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 08/20/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 08/19/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 08/12/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 08/08/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 07/29/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: One metal drum (10 gallons?) with Japanese letters on EAST side of the dune, i.e. towards New River. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 07/22/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Not more trash than before. Footprints on the beach but no people seen. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 07/15/2012 DISPATCH Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Slightly more unidentifiable trash on beach. One dead sea lion pup (2 feet long). View full report 0
93 John Hull 04/30/2014

We set out at eleven in the morning with me rowing the Second Sea Sprite, our eight-foot Walker Bay dinghy, down the Lower Fourmile Creek and across the New River to its West Bank.  With me were First Mate Blaine Rose and First Dog LucieAnne. We did not know at the time that it would be LucieAnne’s final visit to the Beach. The weather was sunny, very warm (perhaps nearly or even over seventy degrees) with a mild breeze from the north. We crossed the dunes, saw no gorse, but there was lots of vegetation and it seemed the dunes were now a hundred yards wide, wider than ever before. The sand past the foredune was about seventy-five yards wide. We found the visibility on the beach was very good with little or no spindrift so we could see all the way to Cape Blanco twelve miles to the south and the rocks in front of Bandon eight miles north. We headed south along what I think is Mile 93. We saw what I thought might be a sanderling, just one gull and three little shorebirds we thought might be Western Snowy Plovers. I took some photos of the little birds. The waves were modest, three feet from trough to crest at most. The colour of the water was beautiful. There was a lot of wood near the foredune, some milled and some pieces of trees. We found no whole shells, but parts of clams, sand dollars and crabs. We saw stuff floating out in the ocean, white but unclear what it was. We usually don’t see anything floating in the ocean except birds or pinnipeds (but not on Mile 93, only up near the mouth of the New River). Whatever it was, it appeared inanimate. The sand was hot underfoot. Actually, as we returned to the skiff, it was almost painfully hot under my bare feet. There was some bull kelp on the sand. We found a plastic fish pallet. We learned what it was from the nice young man who was Predator Control. He arrived on a four-wheeled ATV and came over to talk with us. He told us dogs were not allowed on the wet sand anymore. Apparently the rule changed last fall. We apologized and said we had not seen anything in the paper (The Western World). We also reported that there were no signs where we had beached our skiff across from the mouth of the Lower Fourmile Creek. He was very pleasant and mentioned that there was a fine of four hundred dollars for violations of the laws protecting the Snowy Plover but did not cite us. So we took LucieAnne and headed back, retracing our steps north along the beach and then across the dunes. Ah well, the little dog is getting too old for long walks with us anyways.

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94 [email protected] 07/07/2007 I crossed New River from the BLM trail at the end of Lower Four Mile Lane. New River seems to still be flowing south at Four Mile Creek. There was a little mud, but not bad, not even knee deep. I saw six seagulls, about a dozen Snowy Plovers and one beautiful afternoon. Shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
94 [email protected] 05/21/2007 I waded the New River mud at the BLM Trail north of Lower Four Mile Road. Shells, animal casings and small rocks in driftline. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
94 [email protected] 03/11/2007 As long as I was in the area, I walked Mile 94. Shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces, ocean-based debris in driftline. shore birds foraging in surfline. I took a picture of some tracks under a log near the middle of Mile 94 and sent it to Dave and Diane Bilderback who identifed them as Red Fox. The wave action had washed away the tracks to and from the log, so I couldn't identify the direction it came from or went to. Don from Mile 90 says a trapper has been hired to eliminate the problem and for me to watch out for traps in the area. Low human impact (0). Concerned about litter. View full report 0
94 H Witschi 06/27/2008 Easy crossing of New River at access point; river not even knee deep. No human impact. Beach remarkably clean, but massive sand build-up. A few snowy plovers seen, one blue heron flying along east side of New River. Animal casing and kelp/algae in driftline. View full report 0
94 John Hull 06/02/2008 Looked good to me, clean and unoccupied. Thought it odd that there were no small shore birds. Shells, mole crab casings, 2 black fishing floats, one crab float with line but no seaweed in driftline. Gulls and small pelicans on the beach. Somewhat more course sand deposits than in October 2007. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
94 John Hull 11/14/2008 Lots of kelp but very little else. Several types of shore birds on sand, flying, or in water. Only other visible animals were sand fleas. Very little in terms of shells or crab parts.Limited litter, perhaps ten plastic containers at the beach grass line along the mile.Warm, sunny, 5 mph wind from the north, no people and no bodies of creatures.There were places where the sand was granular, about the size of dry barley, typically where the water had penetrated furthest up the beach. Whether it was brought there by the waves or uncovered by the waves I do not know. Waves over topping dune into New River. Low human impact (1)-walking with a dog. View full report 0
94 H Witschi 09/09/2008 Untouched beach - only a few (old) human footprints. Remarkably clean beach, practically no litter. Dead birds were 2 Common Murre, 1 large immature gull and 2 unidentified birds. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
94 John Hull 08/22/2008 Large clumps of Bull Kelp at beginning of mile. More kelp than June, also birds this time (gulls and Sanderlings?), one dead bird (small gull?), very little litter. Jellies found along mile but also concentrated at one location. Small number of crab carapaces and other shells. Small amount of ocean-based debris (plastic and glass bottles, crab float and small pieces of plastic). Course sand at the waterline. No people or domestic animals. View full report 0
94 H Witschi 06/02/2009 Practically no human impact; vehicles tracks/footprints most likely from Snowy Plover observers/predator control.Along miles 94 and 95 dry sand (dunes) marked and declared Snowy Plover nesting grounds with access prohibited. Marker stakes on both the ocean side and along the New River. Places with crab casings with 50% normal molt. No Kelp. Sand build up. Practically no trash on beach. View full report 0
94 H Witschi 01/12/2009 No human activities, except for a few old footprints along New River, no noteable wildlife, no noticeable physical changes to shoreline - looks as it always did for the last few years. Kelp/algae and wood pieces in driftline. Quite a few big heaps of old kelp high on beach. New River very shallow, in most places not more than one foot deep, and in other places very narrow and ankle-deep. View full report 0
94 John Hull 06/08/2010 No signs of recent human activity. Lots of plastic shards on the dry sand. Two jellies, nearly a dozen whole sand dollars and many pieces of crab shell in driftline. Ten or more floats per mile. One new Plover nesting area marked with signs. Saw at least four harbor seals (identified by Steve Nielsen) in the New River. Only seven birds sighted along mile 94. View full report 0
94 John Hull 10/09/2009 Except for one old set of boot prints no signs of people or their debris. One dead male California Sea Lion,and a few birds. Little jetsam except for shells, small rocks, a few sand dollars and two jellies. A flock of surfbirds were foraging on the beach. Driftwood on sand west of dunes. More European beachgrass on the dunes. Dunes increasing in height. View full report 2
94 [email protected] 09/15/2009 Accessed Mile 95 From the North end of Mile 94. I had a beautiful day on my mile. Animal casings and kelp/algae in the driftline. One dead California Sea Lion (reported to Marine Mammal Stranding Network) and three decomposed immature Common Murre on beach. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
94 [email protected] 09/03/2009 Parked at the Lower Four Mile BLM parking area and took the trail to New River. There were about a dozen geese and a couple of swans feeding in the river. Waded the river, there must be a breech down south. The water was about knee deep. Animal casings, kelp/algae and ocean-based debris in driftline. Three dead immature gulls. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
94 H Witschi 09/08/2009 Very quiet, very clean beach; Snowy Plover crew quickly passing through. Shells and animal casings in driftline on a remarkably clean beach. One dead California Sea Lion reported to Diane and Dave Bilderback, who reported it to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Low human impact (2)-monitoring Snowy Plover habitat. View full report 0
94 John Hull 05/22/2011 Animals were three Sanderlings, seven cormorants, less than ten pelicans, and one bald eagle over the New River. Four people on beach with one dog (our party). Beach and driftline very clean, no tracks save ours. We did find one small spine but even our medical student was unable to identify it. It was picked clean and about fifteen inches long and complete from the tail up to somewhere in the thorax. View full report 0
94 John Hull 04/03/2011 There were only three of us, my wife and I and our dog on the beach. Very clean driftline. We saw three flocks of small shore birds foraging in the wet send, chasing the receding waves- Sanderlings? Saw individual and pairs of very small birds, less than a dozen in all-Snowy Plovers? Another rooted Gorse plant on west bank of New River. One auto tire on the dry sand. View full report 0
94 John Hull 09/25/2010 One set of human footprints (besides mine) and one set of dog tracks. Lots of small feathers at water's edge for first time. Unusual number of jellies on wet sand, very few shells or crab parts. Occasional large clumps of and isolated individual bull kelp. Waterfowl in New River. View full report 0
94 John Hull 04/05/2012 Once again no people nor signs of people. Wet sand and sand below driftline quite clean and relatively narrow (fifty to one hundred yards wide). One large dead sea mammal, too decomposed to see if ears had been present, did have a short tail, probably a stllar's Sea lion. Shells, kelp/algae and small rocks below driftline. Some erosion of the foredune. View full report 0
94 John Hull 10/18/2011 Beach sand and wet sand very clean. One nine by twelve by three foot concrete dock or pier on dry sand. Flock of over a hundred gulls of two species together on wet sand. Flock of about thirty Sanderlings (?) on wet sand. Elk prints on West bank of New River. ATV tracks on west bank of New River. More types of denser and taller vegetation on both banks. As usual, no people. View full report 0
94 H Witschi 09/19/2011 Beach was very clean. Shells and animal casings in the driftline. One dead Steller's Sea Lion. One Great White Egret, flocks of Sanderlings and sea gulls. Five people on the beach - two walking and three hiking with backpacks. View full report 0
94 H Witschi 07/07/2011 Shells, animal casings and small rocks in the driftline. Practically no trash. No human impact. ATV tracks going north and south on the beach. The mouth of New River is quite narrow (10-20 feet) and is probably shallow but flowing strongly. To the south, the river has meandered twice to the west. At one location, the river now flows over a visible rock fomation, making a gurgling sound. Somewhat farther south, the river meanders again westward, creating a high bluff in the dunes and necessitating a detour to the top of the dunes. This is the second major change seen in New River in over 20 years! The first was when Twomile Creek and New River joined to form a common outlet to the sea. The changes in New River seen today indicates a definite tendency of the river to bend westward again south of where it currently enters the ocean. Old maps show the river entering the ocean to the south of its current outlet. It possibly may form a new more southerly outflow to the ocean in the future. View full report 0
94 John Hull 06/19/2013 Warm day, beach wide and fairly flat, pretty clean with occasional kelp, few jellies, dozens of crab carapaces, a few broken Sand Dollars, feathers, and some other crab parts. A Bald Eagle resting on a sand bar at the mouth of New River. Two dead birds, a Western Gull and a Sooty Shearwater. Four people and one dog on beach (very rare). View full report 1
94 John Hull 11/04/2012 Saw pelican with injured wing walking on beach and a dead baby sealion and three dead birds (just partial carcasses). Only we and our dog were on the beach with no signs of anyone else and no foot prints on mile 94. There was a large concrete dock which we have seen before. Crab carapaces and a few broken sand dollars in the driftline. View full report 1
94 John Hull 11/23/2013 More people than we have ever seen on a beach walk before, two fishermen in small powered boat on new River, one fisherman walking, and what appeared to be a family of three walking South along the West Bank of the New River. Weather very mild. Small dark ducks on Lower Fourmile Creek and New River. Three or four sea gulls. What we think might have been one lone and then a flock of Western Snowy Plovers. View full report 0
94 Volunteer Trainer 03/13/2014 DISPATCH

Dead lamb and salmon on the beach.Photos by Rod Cink

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94 John Hull 05/01/2016

Accessed mile by rowing down Fourmile Creek and beaching on west side of New River. Saw no gorse on this side. Human activities included five fishermen and a person flying a kite. Sandy beach gently sloping, ocean water unusually green, waves about three feet high. Observed one pinniped in the water. Virtually no driftwood, but a lot of lady bugs on the beach, something we had not observed before.

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95 [email protected] 05/19/2007 The trail to New River was dry. The New River water level was lower than I have seen it in 5 years, my socks didn't even get wet on the crossing. Last weeks winds had pushed waves topping the dune on the north half of mile 95 leaving the beach looking pretty good. The New River outlet has turned to the south for about 200 feet after it meets Two Mile Creek and then turns west and into the ocean. That's normal for this area, just a little earlier than usual. Animal casings and small rocks in driftline. 1 dead seagull. Low human impact(4)- 2 working on fencing for Snowy Plover nesting sites, 2 on permitted ATV studying Snowy Plovers. View full report 2
95 [email protected] 03/11/2007 I accessed mile 95 from the Lower Four Mile trail Sunday 3/11/07. One-third of the trail to New River was under water from runoff. The depth was as deep as 18" in a couple places. The water level in New River had dropped a foot in eight days and had cleared up to a little cloudy. The depth of the river at my crossing point was about of 20" on the west side of the river. The dunes are about 300 feet wide and fairly flat from the north, building up and narrower where the European Beach Grass still thrives. There were 6 each 10 to 12 inch diameter two lug plastic floats high on the dunes, one red, one white and the rest were black. Low on the beach I found a plastic 5 gallon red jerry can with Oriental writting embossed in the surface. Near the can was a float with a 2006-2007 Oregon Fish and Game Crab Permit . I cut off the tag and mailed it to the Charleston office when I got home. Four pieces of raw lumber were found, photographed, reported to Phillip Johnson and the Bilderbacks. Many personal water bottles were observed high on the dunes. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casing, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. Low human impact (0). View full report 3
95 [email protected] 03/04/2007 I attempted access from the Lower Four Mile access Saturday 3/3/07. One-third of the trail to New River was under flowing water from runoff. The depth was as deep as 18" in a couple places. The water in New River was high and running very clouded by sandy silt. The depth of the river was in excess of 30". I wasn't able to complete the crossing safely. The dunes to the ocean were fairly flat, as usual and showed no signs of needed action. Sunday, 3/4/07 I attempted access to mile 95 from the north, China Creek parking area. It was a great day for a walk. I enjoyed miles 97 and 96 a lot. I ended up having to view mile 95 from the top of the dune on mile 96 with binoculars. New River was not able to be safely crossed from that direction either, the same reasons as the day before. Everything did look good from my vantage point. At least four harbor seals were in New River fishing and watching me. View full report 1
95 [email protected] 11/02/2007 I accessed the beach from the north end of Roaring Surf Lane trail. New River was about 8 inches deep, walked south along New River to the end of Bandon State Park and crossed the dunes to the ocean. I then walked north to the New River and Two Mile Creek convergence and exit to the ocean. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, and ocean-based debris in driftline. Northern Elephant Seal at high tide line on beach. It weighed about 80 lb and showed labored breathing. Low human impact (0). View full report 3
95 [email protected] 10/02/2007 I crossed New River at Four Mile Creek Trail, the water was 29" deep. The river bottom was hard sand. I walked North along mile 94 to access mile 95. There were a lot of shore birds (gulls and sanderlings) on mile 95 especially near the New River mouth. There had been a lot of the ocean waves that had washed over the flat dunes. Kelp/algae,animal casings, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. There were new European beachgrass plants invading the northern end of mile. Walking South along the river I saw a dozen Snowy Plover feeding. I crossed New River at the trail end and returned to Lower Four Mile along Roaring Surf Drive. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
95 [email protected] 09/22/2008 The European Beachgrass is moving north and building sand dunes with the progression. BLM had bulldozed the dunes in 2002 and pushed the beach grass into the ocean. It's back and doing quite well. My last visit had beach grass on the south half-mile only. This visit has beach grass within 100 yards of the rivers exit. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. Four Sanderlings and Two Snowy Plover on dry sand. Four dead Crows and one Western Gull on beach. ATV tracks on beach from Lost Lake Trail, maybe a government ATV. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
95 [email protected] 07/02/2008 I crossed New River at the Lower Four Mile trail end. The water was about 18 inches deep; the river must be breached south of Lower Four Mile Creek. The mud was soft, but the water was fairly clear. I saw two 4-wheelers. One was fish and game; the other was BLM. Animal casings in the driftline. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
95 John Hull 04/25/2010 No people save ourselves. Unusually large amount of driftwood on the dry sand. Lots of little pieces of wood at edge of the water (first time I've seen that). Kelp/algae, small rocks, Styrofoam and ocean-based debris in the driftline. Large pieces of gorse plants in surf and an actual gorse bush on the west bank of the New River (another first). Four seals on west bank of New River, one flock of small birds flying in unison (plovers?) and four to six gulls over New River (none at beach or over ocean). There were lots of floats, mostly round, perhaps ten per mile and an equal number of glass bottles. View full report 0
95 [email protected] 09/15/2009 Animal casings, kelp/algae and ocean-based debris in the driftline. About 30 Snowy Plover feeding with Sanderlings near surfline. Low human impact (1)-BLM ATV carrying Snowy Plover exclosures to the north. View full report 0
95 [email protected] 09/03/2009 Animal casings, kelp/algae and ocean-based debris in driftline. About 40 Sanderlings foraging by water's edge. One dead sea lion reported to Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
95 John Hull 05/22/2011 Saw what appeared to be perhaps a dozen Harbor Seals in the surf at the mouth of the New River and several solitary ones and one pair we took to be a mother and pup further south. A minimum driftline with very little kelp, some shells/sand dollars, crab carapaces, rocks and two crab floats. Cormorants and pelicans flying over the ocean. A few Sanderlings on the beach. Bald Eagle flying over New River. Only sign of other people was some government style stakes in the dry sand up near the mouth of the New River, probably having to do with the Snowy Plover. View full report 0
95 John Hull 04/03/2011 Driftline very clean, no jellies, less than a dozen pieces of mussel and crab shells, some small wood pieces, virtually no seaweed. At least five pinnipeds swimming in New River near its mouth. New River continues to eat into the dune on the north side of its mouth. Evidence of wave sovertopping the foredune. No people (save us), no foot prints or vehicle tracks. View full report 0
95 John Hull 10/29/2010 Two guys with two fishing rods on ATV. I thought that beach was off limits to ATVs. Some jellies, mussel shells and crab parts. Large clumps of Bull Kelp. Two types of gulls as well as two flocks of small white shorebirds on wet sand. View full report 0
95 John Hull 09/18/2011 Saw one pinniped in the surf and found a dead Steller's Sea Lion about eight feet long on the dry sand. Shells, animal casings, jellies and pieces of jellies, piles of Bull Kelp, small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. Found tracks of humans and three sets of ATV tracks which is unusual on mile 95. Very few birds except for a flock of about 20 shorebirds. One crab in mid-molt and one purple starfish. Evidnce of wave overtopping and sand erosion. View full report 0
95 John Hull 06/19/2013 Beach fairly clean, occasional pieces of bull kelp and a frilly kelp on the wet sand. The European Beachgrass on the dunes was dead, apparently the result of being sprayed with teal-colored herbicide last Fall. One Bald Eagle sitting on sand bar who took flight as we approached. View full report 0
95 John Hull 11/04/2012 Saw a large pelican with an injured wing and at least three (but probably more) pinnipeds in the New River near where it joins the sea. Beach was pertty clean. There was less driftwood than in the past, but the pieces were larger (major poritons of trees). The mouth of the New River appears to have moved further North. One dead sea lion. Shells, crab carapaces,krlp/algae and wood pieces in the driftline. No other people on the beach. View full report 0
95 John Hull 11/23/2013 Unusual number of people, saw what we took to be a family of three walking south along the west bank of the New River and a fisherman, first seen walking north, then in the water at the mouth of the New River fishing. He had not yet caught anything. The two bulldozers (around the size of a Caterpillar D-7) sitting on the sand dune on the north side of the mouth of the New River. Less driftwood than usual, but some really large parts of trees on the dry sand near the north end of the mile(s). Pinnipeds in the water around the mouth of the New River and one with a brown head in the surf. Parts of two salmon on wet sand. Scraps of gorse on wet sand. Leaves on wet sand. View full report 0