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281 kkrall 01/16/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
237 JDip237 01/16/2017

There has been a lot of erosion over the past few months since I was last in town.  Riprap has been installed all along the southern half or so of the mile. 

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282 kkrall 01/16/2017

Beautiful day. Beach very clean overall. Recent rain and snow have resulted in very full waterfalls. One small tree has slid down the hill in front of the house that has some long-standing drainage pipes. There is a new yellow sign "30A" facing the ocean, meant to help locate vicitims in case of an emergency. Did not visit Lost Boy Cave, as tide is seldom low enough to do that safely.

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198 bahngarten 01/15/2017

Clear, calm cold morning. 3 people, 1 dog walking. 2 small flocks of possible sanderlings skimming the shoreline.  Small rocks, shells, some crab parts present in drift line. Several drifts of mole crab carcasses present.  Several crabbing boats offshore. Few plastic caps, other plastic debris removed from beach-clean beach.

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193 SKMacK 01/13/2017

Nothing significant to report even with the King Tide. The water may have been higher in the Yachats River than usual.

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40 azbeach 01/12/2017 DISPATCH

This is not a full report -- a placeholder for our 4th qrtr 2016 observations.  We started at the north end of the mile, Arizona Beach access, during the high King Tide.  The photos show wave overtopping obscuring beach access and travel.  Mussel Creek has seasonally changed its course, entering the ocean to the south.  Effects of bank erosion are shown on this north end.  The south end of the mile was observed from the top.  The gate has now been reenforced so that vehicles (prohibited on this mile!) no longer have access (photo).  We returned to the north end of the mile later in the afternoon where we could access a small portion of the beach along Mussel Creek.  We observed no marine or land-based debris; the driftline consisted of small pieces of wood and small rocks.

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7 DewPoint Dave 01/12/2017

Mile 7 at a King Tide of +8.5 ft on a very sunny morning after several days of rain found very limited activity on the beach at South Harris Beach State Park. The lower part of the South Beach Trail has been partially washed out from the recent storms, but is still accessable.

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310 newton 01/12/2017 View full report 0
120 mzlizee 01/11/2017

There's a lot of erosion at Sunset Bay beach.  The waves are crashing against the riprap in front of the parking lot at the beach, and where unprotected, the asphalt parking lot is being undermined.

Waves are crashing against the cliffs and boat ramp at the north end of the beach leaving tree debris on the boat ramp.

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129 mzlizee 01/10/2017 View full report 4
283 kkrall 01/06/2017 DISPATCH View full report 0
306 Frankie 01/02/2017

No one on the beach due to heavy surf. No notable wildlife sightings. Biggest issue is cliff erosion from both wave action and sub-surface water runoff.

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200 [email protected] 12/31/2016

Lovely last day of the year to walk mile 200!  The shoreline was free of debris, except for a few pieces of plastic and styrofoam.

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52 Laurie Prouty 12/29/2016

Beautiful day!  Lots of people out collecting agates.  Fairly calm day for Port Orford.  Lots of driftwood treasures and rocks for all.

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151 mzlizee 12/29/2016

A friend and I, and our 4 dogs, hiked to the beach from the day use parking lot at the entrance to Tahkenitch Campground, and arrived at 30 min before high tide.  We've been down this trail a number of times, but have never seen Tahkenitch Creek mouth so full or full of action.  The high tide was predicted to be 8.3 today, and there was quite a bit of wave action up into the mouth.  At times the waves over-topped the low cliff to the water, which during the summer months is quite a bit higher.  Please take a look at the photos.

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218 dderickson 12/28/2016

It was a very nice day, mild temperature, no apparent wind; a lot of people were enjoying the beach. The summer dunes have flattened out quite a bit, but it's still not as flat as I've seen it in the past. At the north end little hillocks of beach grass outgrowth are all that remain of the dunes. A raw sewage contamination warning was posted at the wayside access. Along Little Creek, I often see a Great blue heron who was not in view today, however I was pleasantly surprised to see a Great egret fishing for his/her dinner (photo attached)! The seas out beyond the near surf looked high.

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254 jennifer1 12/28/2016

Cleaned plastics along mile stretch of beach from wrack line. Many plastic pieces with Japanese text. Many small broken pieces various colored plastics. Fish netting and floats. Plastic bottle caps, too numerous to count. Hauled 3 large bags for disposal and recycling. 3 dead pinnipeds at locations noted within close proximity. 

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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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171 oldMGguy 12/25/2016

Beautiful sunny, if cold, winter morning on Heceta Beach.  Large flocks of Sanderlings were feeding in the outwash, occasional harbor seal observed in the surf.  Numerous "Pyrosoma atlanticum" colonial tunicates about 3-4" long washed up along Mile 171 (see photo).  Large concentrations of inch-long fiberous cellophone worm feeding "tubes" washed into thick clumps, particularily near Driftwood Shores Resort (photo).

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212 PhilBSB 12/25/2016

I have Photos of the Rip-Rap areas and the unstable crack in the bluff

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213 PhilBSB 12/25/2016

Nice, sunny day for a beach walk.  No major changes to this mile since the last report several years ago.  Lots of large drifwood has collected just south of the South Shore development including several logs that I remember seeing several miles south over the past few years.  A number of people enjoying a sunny christmas walk on the beach.  All dogs were happy and well behaved.

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245 TerryH 12/24/2016

Christmas Eve and many people enjoying the beach.  Sand has left the far northern end of Roads End mile, down to bedrock now.  A new rock slide has also appeared.  About a dozen little critters had washed in that I need help identifying.  They look like fingers on the sand.  See photos.  Update:  those little critters are Pyrosoma atlanticum. (Thanks oldMGguy on Mile 171)

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129 mzlizee 12/24/2016

(Viewed 12/24/2016; Report filed 12/30/2016.)  The storms have brought in a larger than usual amount of trash, logs/wood debris, styrofoam, bottles - plastic and glass, some floats, some sort of plastic pallet.  Mile 130 is relatively cleaner than this 129.  I'm thinking I'll organize my friends for my own beach cleanup for my mile next week sometime - maybe a promise of cioppino . . .

There has been some significant erosion of the foredune cliffs - see pix.  I was there at 11:00 AM.  I'm guessing that I was there at an outgoing tide level of 6.6, and you can see from the photo that the water was washing right up against the base of the foredune cliff, even then.

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331 alkarbeck 12/21/2016

Sunny, chilly day with few people on the beach. Due to very high tides lately there are several logs on the beach.

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222 dderickson 12/21/2016

I had to do the survey from two different access points (north at Wade creek, and south near Moolack creek) since a short section of the beach was cut off by high water, north of Coal creek. There were a lot of drift logs (compared to the usual) piled up at the Wade creek outlet. The sea lion carcass that was there through the past three surveys was finally gone! A lot of vegetation and roots have slid down from the top of the bluff about .2 miles south of Wade Creek. The drift in the north section wrack line had a very large amount of small plastic pieces, the most I have seen on this beach. The sand cover was still pretty high, while south of Coal creek a lot of rock is now exposed, thus, several people were rock-hunting. The surf was impressively high, and I enjoyed being mesmerized by the view from the parking lot before I left (and wished I had my camera with the zoom lens!)

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226 George and Sheila 12/21/2016

During the time of obsevation, the sun was shining and the large, crashing waves were beautifully illuminated.  Despite this, nobody was at the shoreline access point just beyond the north end of the mile to observe these, a missed opportunity.  A few people were in the Lookout observing the ocean and talking to the State Park volunteers.  A whale sighting earlier that day was mentioned.  The Lookout is by far the single best place to observe mile 226 and a picture of the view to the north from there is attached.  Please note:  This mile is one that cannot be walked due to steeply-cliffed inaccessible shoreline.  The best that one can do being to walk to an access point at the north end of the mile, then walk or drive along old highway 101 (Otter Crest Loop) and look over the edge at several points, and finally, go to the Lookout to view the pocket beach and then observe the extreme southern end of the mile.

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223 Leo Poole 12/21/2016 View full report 1
309 cadonofrio 12/21/2016

Cold and sunny day; more visitors than usual at this time of year; lots of rocks and some logs in the drift line at the south end of our mile.

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300 [email protected] 12/21/2016 DISPATCH View full report 1
199 [email protected] 12/18/2016

Beautiful day walking the beach. Only a couple other people walking this afternoon. Observed sea birds beyond the waves. Weather was calm and rain had stopped. Lots of trash at the tide line and in the dunes. Quite a bit of plastic. Filled two bags. One recent dead seal and a very old larger carcass on the beach.

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301 beachmike 12/16/2016

Modest quantities of washed-ashore kelp.

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23 Bob Harvey 12/16/2016

Sunny cool, clear day with calm surf. Summer's sand deposits eg ramps and crescent dunes are gone ; no new winter erosion of dunes. Large amounts of woody debris in driftline.When high tide is reached, the northern one forth mi of beach will be impassable. 

 

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23 Bob Harvey 12/16/2016 DISPATCH View full report 2
4 mtuffey 12/15/2016

Overall things remain unchanged, despite the heavy rains and storms.

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8 DewPoint Dave 12/14/2016

Mile 8, Harris Beach SP Picnic Area, King Tide (+8.7 ft) at 10:00 am left very little beach area for recreation.

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120 mzlizee 12/13/2016

King Tide observation at Sunset Beach.

Seawater upto rock breakwater at beach.  Water has not reached the cement walk in front of the bathrooms.

Tidewater covering lower portion of the beach boat ramp.

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289 ollikainen 12/13/2016

Since the fall equinox, an unusual visitor was stranded on Mile 289.  This buoy arrived in October, and the Coast Guard just retrieved it on Monday Dec 12.  There was a buoy tender working near the entrance in October.  I surmise that it was accidentally dropped off the boat in an attempt to switch out the entrance buoy.  There are 2 off shore buoys at the entrance of Tillamook Bay, and at no time were any of the 2 off station.  Anyway it is now back where it belongs.  

 

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4 mtuffey 12/13/2016 View full report 0
262 Linda Fink 12/13/2016

more debris than we could pick up including refrigerator casing. We hauled off ropes and plastic big pieces. Most junk I've ever seen there. Large eroded hollowed out (eroded) area at north end of dune. New signs telling people to not go beyond... dangerous area. And new no camping signs, which I've not seen there before.  Many photos on my blog for this mile walk: http://mycoastwatch.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-13-2016.html

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294 Paulissen 12/13/2016

Not very much activity on this particular survey. We did notice a lone river otter that was running along the water and a large amount of polysomes washed ashore.

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314 cheeseguy 12/13/2016

The day was a bright sunny day. Beach was narrow due to King tide. I walked in the hour prior to high of 10.6. Lots of kelp strands and huge bundles. Fair amount of rope both alone and in kelp bundles. 6 dead birds found 4 being Northern Fulmars. Lots of new or fresh(still has bark and roots) driftwood likely because lots of local flooding along the coast this past 2 months. Invertebrate appendages unknown to me in fair numbers. Helped one fish get back in deep water.

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130 mzlizee 12/12/2016

Down to the beach for King Tide event.

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129 mzlizee 12/12/2016

Down to the beach for King Tide event.

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214 PCTronquet 12/12/2016 View full report 4
198 bahngarten 12/11/2016

Blustery cloudy day with intermittent heavy rain squalls.  2 mature eagles, about 150 feet apart on beach. Large wracks of bull kelp intermittently along beach. Clams shells( razor mostly) along beach.  Significant were small amount of nylon ropes in bull kelp, and one 20 lb tightly clustered piece of green fine fishing net- all removed.  There was one 1/2" long piece of nylon rope tangled in a large wrack of bull kelp which we could not remove.  

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307 Bald Eagle 12/10/2016

Four people walking on the beach.

Some kelp in on the shoreline.  A bald eagle was trying to take an immature seagull, but the adult chased the eagle away.  I was about 100 feet from this activity.

There were landslides on the south end of mile 307

An earlier photo of pelicans on Gull Rock is attached.

 

 

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285 Cynthia and Kevin 12/10/2016

We arrived around noon, but the rain was intense so we waited about an hour. By then the rain had stopped and the clouds gave way to sunshine. Due to recent storms, there was a lot of trash along our mile. Plastic pieces, fishing rope, broken toolbox, large amounts of plastic bottles. We did a through cleanup, hauling away several trash bags. Finished right as the rain started again. Many large and small logs had been deposited along the shoreline.

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171 oldMGguy 12/06/2016

The loons are back!  Several Common Loons and Western Grebes feeding in the Siuslaw River at the North Jetty.  Lots of Bull kelp, Small Perennial kelp, and Feather Boa kelp scattered along the mile today.  The previously reported dead sea lion was not found today.

Very crisp and clear morning on the beach due to east off-shore breeze.  High tides are continuing to uncover long-buried driftwood debris (see photos).

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224 Leo Poole 12/05/2016

Coast Watch - L. Poole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile Number

 

 

 

 

 
  

Date

             
  

9/16

10/2

10/4

10/8

10/17

10/27

11/1

11/9

11/11

11/15

11/18

12/5

Average

 

Observations

MP 223

224

            

Total People and Dogs

25/3

22/0

6/0

21/3

1/0

10/0

10/3

0/0

26/1

0/0

2/0

4/1

11/1

 

People Walking

21

7

4

7

1

3

8

0

20

0

0

4

6

 

People in Surf

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.2

 

Playing in Sand

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0.3

 

People Sitting

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0.5

 

Tide Pooling

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.3

 

Surfers

 

0

15

0

14

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

 

Dogs Leashed

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0.25

 

Dogs Unleashed

1

0

0

3

0

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0.7

 

Vehicles in Parking Lot

15

9

(d)

14

0

6

1

0

8

0

0

2

5

 

Wildlife

 

0

0

0

(f)

0

0

(i)

0

(l)

0

1

0

 

 

Dead Birds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 gull

 

 

Driftline / Wrack

(a)

©

(e)

(g)

0

(h)

(h)

(k)

0

0

0

(o)

 

 

Beach/Bluff Erosion

(b)

0

0

0

0

0

(j)

0

0

(m)

(n)

0

 

 
                
                

Notes - (a) Bull kelp observed in good concentration; (b) visible erosion on rock bluff ~100 yards north of Johnson Cr. Confluence; © large wooden deck (local, picture) washes onto beach; (d) State Park employees cutting up felled tree in parking lot; (e) High level Bull kelp; (f) ~75 pelicans observed in flight - half landed at point near devils punchbowl and half flew south; (g) moderate volume of Bull kelp washed up; (h) large volume of bird feather molt in driftline; (i) 8 brown pelicans in flight; (j) 8'+ tides beginning and working rock walls from Johnson Cr. north; (k) high concentration of small plastic bits observed; (l) coot like diving birds working the wave break/driftline (fun to watch); 9.9 high tide working rock walls from Johnson Cr. north; (n) Johnson Cr. area - fresh rock wall exposure, logs at confluence moved south several hundred yards; (o) moderate concentration of sea grass and small amount of bull kelp observed;

 
 
 

General Notes - Crows observed feeding on mole crabs (9/16); found US made plastic tote washed up (picture), date 10/4; Large woody debris moved around on beach during recent storm events (11/9); Trail from Highway 101 to Johnson Cr. Confluence eroding in big way (picture).

 
 
 
 

 

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197 mudslide 12/03/2016 DISPATCH

I paid a quick visit to the mile on 12/3 to see if the recent storm had uncovered any interesting rocks. It hadn't, but since my 11/13 visit additional cliff erosion had taken place. Contrast photo 1, taken on 11/13, with photos 2 and 5, where a fallen fence post can be seen. Photos 3 and 4 are different views of the same spot, a brand- new failure since 11/13.

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237 ORbeach 12/01/2016 DISPATCH

Found this interesting item near the Beach Grass Lane access to the Salishan Spit ... a plastic bottle printed in Russian!  No barnacles or evidence of being in the water a long time so possibly off a fishing ship (like just outside the territorial limit).

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171 oldMGguy 11/30/2016

Sea foam day at the beach!  The NW winds were blowing the thick surf sea foam along the beach, covering just about all of the entire mile.  A very dead Steller sea lion has washed up on the high sand about midway between Driftwood Shores Resort and the Siuslaw North Jetty.  Appears to be about 6' long, no observed tags, entanglement, or shark bites.  Western Grebes were feeding in the near-shore surf - first observation this season.

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211 Chad101 11/29/2016

I have walked this beach maybe a dozen times since my September report.  At the moment it is well-drained and devoid of standing water.  Large boulder-sized rocks have fallen from the cliff onto the beach in several places as the cliffs continue to erode.  Over past weeks I have seen an additional bald eagle and a pair of  blue herons in the surf, and a well-scavenged sea lion carcass with exposed rib bones.  As of 11/29, most of the smaller seaweed and most of the crab shells have disappeared.  11/29 was the first time I have found no dead birds at all on the beach.  It continues to be a relatively deserted (at least south of Thiel Creek) and beautiful stretch of beach. 

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14 artist 11/29/2016 DISPATCH

Indian Sands: While watching the big surf from the rocky bluffs 60 feet above the ocean, I was struck by a wave that splashed up and over the rocks in front of me. I have a 24-second video of the event, but it is 10 MB. I did post the video on Facebook on November 29.

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194 Volunteer Coordinator 11/28/2016 DISPATCH

28 Nov 2016 Smelt Sands Beach, Yachats Oregon. NOT JTMD. Polystyrene filled concrete float washed onto beach in late morning. Broken on impact of beaching.  Remaining surfaces that had been below waterline were covered with, primarily, Balanus nubilus (up to 80 mm diameter) and Semibalanus cariusus. The balanoids of all sizes and full of flesh. Not lean looking like normal long-range barnacles. Also, there were numerous local limpets, a light coating of Enteromorpha / Ulva, bryozoans, shell boring sponges, and one Phascolosoma agassizii. There was also a light cover of less than 5 mm length Lepas. Called in by Ryan Parker, OPR. ~1:30 PM sampled ~ 2:30 PM Samples #916 and #917.  To help John Chapman and State Parks employees were Surfrider and CoastWatch volunteers

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238 KiwiMcK 11/27/2016

There were few peole and one dog on this mile today.  Driftline had the normal type of plastic polution we see here bottles, cups, styrofoam, plastic bits and some rope pieces from vessels.  The physical changes have been in the foredune and addition of grading and riprap from last years storms over the summer months.

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291 cemilligan 11/27/2016

My family and I chose to spend Thanksgiving and the weekend after in Rockaway Beach.  It was a blustery, wet vacation, but a great one all the same.  Sunday we decided to make the trek down the beach to report on my mile.  Due to the large amount of rain we have been getting lately, we entered the mile from the south rather than the north.  The tide was coming in and the wind was blowing consistenly from the south, making the trip up the beach not too bad.  We collected about 3 large garbage bags of trash.  Most of the debris was located high up the shoreline and consisted of debris from ships/fishing vessels, with a minimal amount appearing to be generated from shoreline visitors.  The one, really odd, deviation was there were about 50 cabbages and a very large pumpkin on the beach.  This really puzzled us as we weren't sure if someone had dumped them, or if they had washed up from a ship.  Interesting conversation topic.  I'm guessing the positioning high on the beach was due to the recent king tides we've had.  There was also less evidence of partying and firework detination.  There were not very many gulls on the beach today, however there were 7 deceased birds along the driftline. In regards to human activity, there really wasn't much of anyone on the beach today, as we were the only humans and dogs on the beach the entire time we were there.    

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307 elsecobb 11/26/2016

Heavy rains have caused serious slippage of the bluff. Waves hitting the bluff. No beach access anymore due to slides in the central area of Cove Beach.

 

 

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239 ORbeach 11/25/2016 DISPATCH

Walked the Taft side of the Siletz River mouth, part of our mile that we don't get to often.  42 people, 9 dogs enjoying the beach.  Some debris noted, mostly very small plastic pieces and bottle caps.  Lots of driftwood and beachgrass washed in due to recent storms.  No seals on the Salishan Spit (across the water) but we spotted a few in the water.

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309 spinger 11/25/2016

Unusual amount of plastic debris, photo below is items found in first 100' north form Sally's Alley:

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171 oldMGguy 11/23/2016

For once, I managed to walk this mile between rain showers, instead of during one.  Upper beach sand continues to wash away by the higher tides, exposing long-buried driftwood.  Lots of mole crab shells this year - were notably absent the last few years.  At the north end of the mile, close to the Driftwood Shores resort, a small cluster of "Pyrosomes" have washed ashore.  The biggest was about 5" long, 3/4" in diameter.  Scattered pieces of Moon jellies along the mile.

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228 DWhite 11/21/2016

No significant changes to Whale Cove. Some styrofoam fragments were noticed, but the beach remains quite clean.  Higher tide level meant that the seals were unable to perch on the rocks at the east end of Whale Cove and were therefore scattered in the water and elsewhere.

Dog feces was found at Rocky Creek Wayside, so some owners do not pick up after their dogs.  Since the State maintains the restrooms at Rocky Creek, it might also make sense for them to add a sign, bag supply and repository for animal waste.  Secondly, there are hazard signs behind the wooden railing at Rocky Creek, but there is evidence of well-worn paths on either side of the rail leading down to hazardous areas on the rocks.  A visitor from Georgia walked down on the rocks and was swept away last spring. Perhaps more warning signs should be posted at the places where visitors walk past the safe area.

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195 WetWabbit 11/21/2016

The clear day was a welcome break in the recent storm activity, bringing hikers and dogs to the beach. The beach was mostly washed clean of natural and human debris, but there were tube worm castings in the drift line. An unusual bird seen was either a red or red-necked phalarope. Starr Creek was raging and split into two branches as it entered the ocean. I "solved" the problem of a dry crossing by wearing SOLVE bag over my shoes.

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102 beachnut 11/19/2016 DISPATCH

In many years of walking this stretch of Mile 102 south of the Coquille River, I've never encountered so many Black oystercatchers gathered in one spot as they were today just west of the 8th St. stairway: 15 apparent adults in the wet sand. There also were vocal groups further south, past Elephant Rock, but not as many.

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171 oldMGguy 11/17/2016

Pleasent late afternoon on Heceta Beach, with several dozen people out on the sand.  Recent high tides, storm waves have significantly eroded the high beach accumulation of summer sand dunes, with drift logs being re-distributed on the beach.

Very clean wet sand area - little man-made debris observed.  The high wash line is full of cellophane tube worm feeding tubes (1 inch long very thin fibers).  After the poor worm loses its feeders, do they grow new ones??

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310 newton 11/17/2016

3 dead birds (2 Fulmar and one possible Rock Sandpiper) no leg bands, or oil.

No dogs or other humans.  No marine mammals. 

Cloudy, low tide (maybe around 3 ft.).

Shoreline had grasses, driftwood, micro-plastics.  Collected a plastic clothes basket, bottles and plastic bags. 

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3 Volunteer Coordinator 11/15/2016

The photos were taken during breaks in the storm.  The tide was to be 8.49 ft.  In relation to the large woody debris from previous greater tides, there was no concern with impact on the surrounding area.  People were out walking their dogs and taking photos.  No noticible concern of debris, or dead animals.  Small amount of marine debris, including plastic bits, styrofoam, and plastic rope.  Small amount of land-based debris, straws, flipflop, food wrapper.  All vehicles were parked in the parking lot. 

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327 Simonetal 11/15/2016

Windy, cloudy wintery day on beach at high king tide.  Surf comes up to edge of dunes and near the end of the asphalt surface of access road to beach at Del Rey entrance.  At 9:30 am we saw 8 fulmars struggling in the surf or at surf line.  When we finished our COASST survey, we found only 1 fulmar struggling and we took it to the Astoria rehab center.  

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197 mudslide 11/13/2016

A quiet afternoon on a very clean beach with few visitors: approx. 8 people and  3 dogs, all leashed. A couple of big chunks of cliff had come down, one just N of the campground’s N stairs and the other within the first quarter-mile S of the campground. Moderate quantities of tube worm casings in the drift line; negligible manmade debris. 

There were a moderate number of gulls scattered along the beach, along with a few crows. At the back of the beach in the soft sand, some white/gray/black plover-size birds were hanging out, alternately flying short distances and nestling into the sand chest first. When I saw their behavior I immediately thought of killdeer. I wasn’t aware they ever occurred here, but a friend said they could have been migrating through.  

About three quarters of a mile S of the campground I found a mysterious (to me) object resting on a natural shelf in the cliff. Its shape reminded me of a ray, but its surface was rigid — my best guess is that it was the carapace of some sea creature. It was maybe 7-8” long and 5-6” wide. Sorry, photos would not upload.

 

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326 Simonetal 11/12/2016

25 people enjoying beach.  About 12 cars in parking lots, and 12 cars driving beach in allowed areas.

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293 stu and barb 11/10/2016

A calm and mild morning for our walk.  Modest amount of seaweed in spots but the beach is very clean with just a few rocks & shells visible.  It's a different story up at the high tide line near the dune grass where we filled a kitchen bag with garbage.  Glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plastic twine & fragments, a few flip flops, and a broom.  Not many people or dogs but lots of seagulls near Rock Creek next to the Wayside.  That's where several of the gulls were taking turns feeding on the scattered remains of a small seal that had apparently been carried in on the tide.  On the N. side of the stream, condos undergoing repair are creating a temporary mess.  Will keep a watch on that.

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198 bahngarten 11/06/2016

After a day( yesterday) of heavy rain, we walked our mile at low tide, which was not low (3.5)- about 100 feet of beach from the bluff to surf. Moderate winds from SW on a balmy 61' day, with 14 people and 4 dogs walking along beach. Large amounts of seafoam along tide and surf line, and scudding across the beach. Some Western, Mew, and Ringbill gulls feeding in shallow surf.  Tideline had some mole crab parts, and broken clam shells. Beachside campground closed. Clean beach.

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243 sciencedave 11/06/2016

Pretty good crowd at the beach that day.  Bull kelp and surf worm castings in the wrack line.  Gulls mostly grounded.

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186 [email protected] 11/05/2016

We have to schedule our ENHS Project six or more weeks in advance, we almost cancelled due to the weather. It really was not as bad as we feared, but it rained constantly. There was no cobble beach at Ten Mile Creek access, water right up to the cobble bank and driftwood. Did not seem or wasn't more eroded than last year. Access barely, through a hedge path to the homes was possible but we didn’t want to trespass. Not knowing how long we could stand on the beach we went to Stonefield which was sandier than last spring. Debris and garbage present, diapers, bottles, but mostly bits of rope and tiny plastic chips. The surf was enormous but it was low tide so that was not a problem. The gulls were foraging at the tide line, not flying about, no dead birds.The mighty surf was hiding against the cliff. Sea Pack’s sand beach wad smaller than 2015.

No photos too wet for cameras!!

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239 ORbeach 10/29/2016

Pleasant day after nearly a month of rain.  More people than usual out walking on the beach.  Picked up 1/2 bag of trash ... mostly small plastic pieces and styrofoam.

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101 Mike Mueller 10/28/2016

The only noticeable difference was that a lot of the areas that had exposed intertidal areas last summer were covered up by sand.

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221 KathyLJ 10/27/2016

Not much change since the last report except waves & tides have removed sand and exposed some rocks not visible during the summer. Also, more large driftwood trees and logs along the cliffs than last time due to the storms a couple weeks ago and the high tides that now reach to the cliffs in some places.

Lots of tube worm casings & mole crab, dead and alive, in the driftline.

I removed several pieces of marine rope and netting and small pieces of plastic but only a couple pieces of picnic trash. There were 2 pieces of marine rope that I was unable to remove because one was large and tangled with a tree and another was partially buried and I could not pull it up.  Also, found some sort of cabling that was partially buried that I was unable to remove. I also found a large tire but it was on mile 222. See photos.

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291 cemilligan 10/23/2016

Today I was joined by my husband and dog for our scouting.  It was a beautiful day on the coast so a lot of people were out enjoying the day.  During the 4 hours we spent on the beach there were probably about 100+ people walking, sitting, making sand castles, and taking photos of the beach.  The tide was significantly higher today than during my last visit.  Considering the storm last weekend, we figured there would be a lot of trash either washed up, or blown out from town, and we were correct.  We collected 2 bags of litter in our stretch.  It's worth noting that the debris were different than last time I visited.  While there was a significant amount of cans and bottles, there was a lot more rope, netting, boards, and debris that looked like it had blown off of a house rather than out of a trash can.  Additionally, there were significantly fewer gulls on the beach today (we counted about 20).  We came upon one who had perished recently.  It looked like it had come into contact with a predator rather than oil or netting.  Compared to last time there were a lot fewer crab shells and sea grass, however there were more razor clam shells.  These shells had been pushed pretty high up the beach, most likely also due to the storm. The creek that is at the northern section of our walk had gotten a lot wider due to the amount of run-off from the storm making it difficult for us to cross and not get wet.  Our dog didn't have the same issue.  A lot of the man-made driftwood forts had been blown down as well.

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335 srhoads 10/23/2016

Beautiful morning. Sun at times, warm wind, lots of worm castings and dead Northern Fulmars. Not to much litter.

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14 artist 10/23/2016

There is some new erosion on the dunes due to recent heavy rains. Also, trail between Whaleshead and Indian Sands is somewhat blocked by two small fallen trees.

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323 photosbyboothe 10/23/2016

What a wonderful morning on the beach.  Most significant find was the hitchhiking amphipods (Hyperia medusarium), all by their lonesome, on the beach. It was made even more interesting due to the fact that there were very few (3 moons, 1 fried egg and some gooseberry) jellyfish on the beach. That said, I found spiders, lots of spiders...at least 5. Like last year, there were millions (most likely trillions) of tubeworm casings on the beach. Found quite a few 4.5 inch crab shells, probably just a molting event.  Surf scoters were out and about, which we do not typically see so close to shore. 

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274 annjohn 10/22/2016

It was a sunny day after a week of wind and rain. Hence a number of people were on the beach enjoying the break in the weather. Despite the predicted magnitude of the storm, little damage was observed on our mile. Some new logs have washed in (see photos) and there is a little erosion, including the beach access road.

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299 cpendergrass 10/22/2016

Good weather: tourists are returning following the 10-14-16 tornado: 72 people, 10 dogs, 0 cars

Remains of dead sea lion

Roof and window repairs to homes damaged by 10-14-16 tornado

I don't want to change anything on the report submitted 10 minutes ago...I only wanted to reduce the file size of the photo to send to Jim Rice of the sea lion remains.

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208 Batthecat 10/21/2016 DISPATCH

Went to check on the status of the mile after a series of October storms.  Nothing dramatic found.  Observed more erosion on the cliffs.  Found two dead birds, not recent.

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175 Kit Kirk 10/21/2016 Nothing new or unusual out there today. View full report 0
103 bandonandy 10/18/2016 DISPATCH

We noticed these little birds in the driftwood.  They blended in so well we almost missed them. I didn't count them but there were a lot.

In the first picture, you can see the Coquille River lighthouse; we were just north of the lighthouse.

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220 malachite 10/15/2016

Exhilarating time on the beach.  There was enough beach to walk safely from the access near my house to NW 68th street, but storm surge made it not possible or too risk to try to get around the little "point" to the north of NW 68th street access (& Schooner Creek, I believe).  

I was surprised to see as many birds as I did, 7-8 black oystercatchers--the most I've seen since February, surf scoters (I think) and gulls.   Erosion of exposed bluffs (unvegetated) continues.  One photo is of drainage pipes in cliff- bluff has eroded to expose what must be 4-5' of pipe (looking towards the NW 68th St. access).

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155 marcus 10/12/2016

Overcast following morning fog. Wind 10-15mph from the south.

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262 dslinger 10/12/2016

Many more photos of the beauty and ongoing destruction of this natural area available on my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/147645105@N05/albums/72157673244006880

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155 marcus 10/11/2016

Warm, sunny day with the wind from the NE at 10-15 mph. 3 foot waves with average tide. Many long coils of Bull kelp littered the beach below the high tide line.

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169 oceanwalker842 10/10/2016

Tide was going out. Started out with heavy mist but cleared by the end of the walk. Fog lifted slightly. Lots of molts and sand fleas (not sure what the "fleas" were).
Almost unnoticeable breeze which was great for eliminating the chill factor with the slightly wet clothes.
Many fresh vehicle tracks on the beach. Old driftwood structures were almost covered with sand drifts.

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193 SusanM 10/10/2016

Overall, I did not appreciate any significant change in the amount of erosion either along Ocean View Drive, or Yachats Ocean Road.

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155 marcus 10/10/2016

An overcast day with light wild (10mph) from NW. Many more birds at mouth of creek. 2 flights of Brown Pelicans (5 & 7 birds).
4 seals were swimming in the surf 20 feet from the surfline. They appeared to be trolling parallel to the beach in about 10ft of water searching for fish.
50lbs of ocean debris was cached for USFS pickup below the Tahkenitch trail.

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155 marcus 10/09/2016

Clear, sunny day with 20 mph wind from southwest and 3 foot waves. Few seabirds were observed on the beach but 1 common egret was observed fishing in the estuary as well as 1 immature sandhill crane (extended neck & legs while flying, sandhill crane call, dark plumage). 2 dead extremely decomposed birds with black and white plumage was observed at the high tide line (photo). Many tangles of bull kelp were caste on beach above recent high tide (photo).

1 OHV was observed (photo) traveling north past the motorized vehicle closure sign, turning, ad proceeding south. OHV driver (photo) said he thought the closure was only applicable during the Snowy Plover nesting season (4/15-9/15). I told him the the USFS closure was applicable all inclusive but some OHV returned the next day.

Collected approximately 50 lbs of litter (75% fishing equipment, 25% drink & food containers)

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213 PCTronquet 10/07/2016 DISPATCH

On October 5th, we found a blue plastic pallet that had washed in at high tide.  It had marine life attached.  On October 7th, John Chapman, HMSC, came to check it out to see if it could be Japanese tsunami marine debris (JTMD).  The pallet was made in Japan, and John's initial feeling was it was quite possibly from the 2011 event.  His research is ongoing, but this is his current report:

Landed 5 Oct. Sampled 7 Oct 2016
A blue pallet landed at the south end of the South Shore Condos on 5 Oct. 2016. 10T 415260 m E; 4938397 m N, 5 Oct. 2016 and was found in the surf line by Cathy Tronquet.  Cathy took the photos on 5 Oct 2016 and moved the pallet up the beach: “So it wouldn't go back out with the tide.” The anemones of 7 Oct 16 photo had fallen off.

Notes entered in Notebook #37 page 27: 7 Oct. 2016. Pallet landed on South Beach (10T 415260 m E; 4938397 m N) on 5 Oct. 2016. Cathy reported to Fawn Custer who reported to Chapman. Pallet 1x1 m by 15 cm tall, light blue with slight bleaching that is not apparent in the photos. Collected 4 samples: JTMD 905 – 4 mussels, JTMD 906 – (acorn barnacles [possibly two species], Hiatella and Anomia), JTMD 907 - Metridium preserved immediately in ETOH and JTMD 908 – Metridium are being relaxed (2016-10-10) in a menthol and MgCl solution to prepare them for preservation in “Prefer”.  
NO Lepas on the pallet. Numerous byssal attachment sites missing the mussels.

The base diameters of the larger acorn barnacles were about 1-1.5 cm. The larger barnacles may include two species. The small barnacles were 2-3 mm in diameter. There were many scars of the little barnacles. One of the mussels is covered with little barnacle scars out to its distal edge. (And thus, the little barnacles were relatively recent.) I found live specimens of all three barnacle types but didn’t find large barnacles or large barnacle scars on the mussels.  

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213 Volunteer Coordinator 10/05/2016 DISPATCH

 It is important to note that with the original first look, it was assumed to be local, so it is very important to take a closer look at the marine debris washing up on our beaches.  Kudos to Cathy for her diligence.

This is the report from John Chapman.

Landed 5 Oct. Sampled 7 Oct 2016

A blue pallet landed at the south end of the South Shore Condos on 5 Oct. 2016. 10T 415260 m E; 4938397 m N, 5 Oct. 2016 and was found in the surf line by Cathy Tronquet Cathy took the photos on 5 Oct 2016 and moved the pallet up the beach: “So it wouldn't go back out with the tide.” The anemones of 7 Oct 16 photo had fallen off.

Notes entered in Notebook #37 page 27: 7 Oct. 2016. Pallet landed on South Beach (10T 415260 m E; 4938397 m N) on 5 Oct. 2016. Cathy reported to Fawn Custer who reported to Chapman. Pallet 1x1 m by 15 cm tall, light blue with slight bleaching that is not apparent in the photos. Collected 4 samples: JTMD 905 – 4 mussels, JTMD 906 – (acorn barnacles [possibly two species], Hiatella and Anomia), JTMD 907 - Metridium preserved immediately in ETOH and JTMD 908 – Metridium are being relaxed (2016-10-10) in a menthol and MgCl solution to prepare them for preservation in “Prefer”.  
NO Lepas on the pallet. Numerous byssal attachment sites missing the mussels.

The base diameters of the larger acorn barnacles were about 1-1.5 cm. The larger barnacles may include two species. The small barnacles were 2-3 mm in diameter. There were many scars of the little barnacles. One of the mussels is covered with little barnacle scars out to its distal edge. (And thus, the little barnacles were relatively recent.) I found live specimens of all three barnacle types but didn’t find large barnacles or large barnacle scars on the mussels.  

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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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198 bahngarten 10/02/2016

Calm morning, beach walk completed ahead of  approaching rain storm from south. 2 people, 2 dogs walking. Beach is scoured and uneven, showing recent storms and moderate high winds in last 2 days. Large amount of very small mole crab parts along tideline, along with Dungeness crab parts, broken clamshells, and small pieces of kelp. 1 adult Herring gull, 1 Ring-bill gull, and some Western gulls, with immature W. gulls mixed in.  Clean beach.

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213 PaulJulia 10/01/2016

Very windy, cloudy day.  Lots of crab molt throughout the mile.  Wind-made small dunes going from south to north especially in the area south of Henderson Creek which made walking even harder.  Haven't seen such dunes before.  Beach relatively clean -- SOLVE there recently?  Rocks in a couple areas might be erosion-prevention?  2 dead birds covered up by sand.

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214 PCTronquet 09/30/2016

*There are very few left-over signs of summer tourists. Several "structures" have survived the tides. Surfers in the waves many mornings and evenings.
*Eight snowy plover were foraging at the last high tide mark, and dropped into footprints when folks passed close by.
*Summer tides didn't fill in all dune erosion from last winter, so beach access is steep from Day Use, Overlook and trails through the dunes.
The recent winds have carved beautiful designs in the sand.
 

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