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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. View full report 0
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. View full report 0
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.     View full report 10
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.   View full report 0
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. View full report 0
309 spinger 11/25/2016 Unusual amount of plastic debris, photo below is items found in first 100' north form Sally's Alley: View full report 1
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. View full report 0
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 south 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. View full report 4
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. View full report 0
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. View full report 0
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?? View full report 0
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.  View full report 0
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.  View full report 6
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.   View full report 0
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.  View full report 0
326 Simonetal 11/12/2016 25 people enjoying beach.  About 12 cars in parking lots, and 12 cars driving beach in allowed areas. View full report 0
293 stu&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. View full report 1
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. View full report 0
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!! View full report 0
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. View full report 5
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. View full report 6
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. View full report 4
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. View full report 6
335 srhoads 10/23/2016 Beautiful morning. Sun at times, warm wind, lots of worm castings and dead Northern Fulmars. Not to much litter. View full report 8
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. View full report 2
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.  View full report 16
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. View full report 4
299 cpendergrass 10/22/2016 Good weather: tourists are returning following the 10-14-16 tornado: 72 people, 10 dogs, 0 carsRemains of dead sea lionRoof and window repairs to homes damaged by 10-14-16 tornadoI 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. View full report 3
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. View full report 6
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. View full report 3
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). View full report 3
155 marcus 10/12/2016 Overcast following morning fog. Wind 10-15mph from the south. View full report 8
262 dslinger 10/12/2016 Many more photos of the beauty and ongoing destruction of this natural area available on my Flickr account: https:[email protected]/albums/72157673244006880 View full report 4
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. View full report 7
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. View full report 5
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. View full report 5
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. View full report 9
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) View full report 13
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 2016A 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.   View full report 5
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 2016A 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.   View full report 0
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. View full report 0
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. View full report 0
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. View full report 8
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.  View full report 3
309 spinger 09/29/2016 Beautiful late September evening low tide.-  Ochre Stars are gone again;-  less varied kelp in drift;-  abundant Mole Crab molt;-  very low water volume at Fall Creek waterfall;-  very flat sand deposition; View full report 2
7 [email protected] 09/29/2016 A mid-week, end-of-day walk on the beach, nine people using beach, no problems observed. View full report 0
313 HaystackRock 09/27/2016 There were many humans out on the beach for this usually slow time of the year. Dead birds were minimal, but still present. The wrack line was patchy and contained bull kelp, large woody debris, moon jellies, lions mane jellies, many mole crab casings, and some plastics. The intertidal at Haystack Rock was thriving with life and interpreters with HRAP were actively protecting the area. The sand is slowly being pulled back out from the beach as the winter storms have started rolling in.  View full report 0
223 Leo Poole 09/26/2016 Initial survey of mile by this adopter. Baseline photos for future observations. Concern: bank erosion below Highway 101, south of Spenser Creek confluence (Beverly Beach State Park). View full report 4
335 srhoads 09/26/2016 Beautiful day. Lots of human activity: riding horses, playing ball, walking or playing with dogs, family picnics, climbing on vegetated dunes, and one fishing. Lots of tire tracks near wrack line. Tube worm castings along shoreline.  Dead birds:  four older half-covered in sand and 2 recent (an adult Common Murre floating in surf and one fledgling. Not too much human debris: plastic bottles, two cans, papers, a couple bottle caps and cigarette butts. Collected about a half a bag. View full report 8
243 sciencedave 09/26/2016 Gulls the only live wildlife observed,along with six beached birds.  Remains of campfire also present. View full report 0
102 beachnut 09/26/2016 The half mile north of the Coquille River was not occupied by anything other than gulls and sanderlings at about 7:30 a.m. on a clear, 52-degree morning with mild northerly wind. Tire tracks were notable to or from the Lighthouse, and the usual sign at the access was lying in the sand. Bull kelp, crab molt, shell fragments and small stones marked the tide line.The southern half was mostly the same, apart from a picked-over shorebird carcass (probably a gull) on the overcast but warm morning the following day. Three people walking, 3 vehicles and 2 dogs rounded off this segment. No litter on either half. View full report 0
103 beachnut 09/26/2016 Heading north at 6:45 a.m. and 52 degrees with a mild north wind at mid-tide, we saw no one but encountered 4 men rock-hunting and one dog on the way back. Just gulls otherwise. Driftline was littered with tiny crabs, also Dungeness crab molts, seagrass, kelp, shell fragments, small rocks. No dead critters. Not much litter apart from plastic sheets and a new crab cage with rope and float attached. It was gone on my return. Summer winds and blowing sand have covered much of the driftwood, but they haven't eased the approximate 8-foot drop-offs on the beach access points. View full report 0
228 DWhite 09/25/2016 Whale Cove has recently acquired its Wildlife Refuge designation, so the intrusion of humans is now more difficult and development prohibited. The portion of state beach (not part of the Wildlife Refuge) is accessible by boat and via a ladder constructed by residents bordering Whale Cove.  The ladder was destroyed in a December, 2015 storm, but reconstructed with welded aluminum in 2016. Residents on the perimeter of Whale Cove have been granted an easement to access a dirt road leading to their homes and to the beach ladder. Thus access to the state beach is limited to small watercraft approaching from the Pacific or permission from one of the six or seven residents on the Whale Cove perimeter.There is a collection of driftwood on the west end of the state beach that has been fairly stable in size for at least the last three years (visible in photo). Otherwise the beach is free of debris.In the winter of 2016 a portion of the cliff supporting US 101 on the east side of Whale Cove collapsed. This was likely promoted by a December storm that did not involve particularly high winds, rain or tide, but which did involve the "pineapple express" causing a few extraordinarily high waves.  Traffic was restricted and repairs made to restore the support of the road.  See photo.An attached photo captures the colony of seals basking in the sun at the east end of Whale Cove.  There are over 100 in the picture, which may be close to the entire population described in the US Fish and Wildlife Service article about refuge designation: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Oregon_Islands/wildlife_and_habitat/whale_cove.html View full report 3
110 TRBishop 09/25/2016 The Coast Trail access near the southern edge of Mile 110 is overgrown, and the trail is nearly inaccessible, and probably will be next year due to vegetation, gorse encroachment, and natural erosion. I don't know who has maintained the trail in the past, but it's in major need of maintenance. The overlook at the top of the bluff is quickly being overgrown with gorse, too. View full report 0
285 Cynthia and Kevin 09/25/2016 A perfect day on the coast with a light breeze and sunshine. Lots of folks walking the beach, some with their dogs. A few ladies sunbathing and 2 on horseback. The beach was very, very clean. View full report 2
239 ORbeach 09/24/2016 Not much to report.  Pleasant fall day.  One fisherman + one family on the Salishan Spit.  Several fishing/crabbing boats in Siletz Bay and the river mouth.  Collected a small amount of debris.Someone left a sleeping bag on the trail from the parking lot, near the sign that says "do not disturb the seals".  Thought someone was camping there but there were no other personal possessions around.  We couldn't haul it out.  For some reason, I can't seem to upload the picture. View full report 3
189 minustide 09/24/2016 The SOLVE Beach cleaner-uppers were new for me. Sept 24 is the big SOLVE beach clean up in Oregon. There were perhaps a few more people than I am used to. This could be owing to the spectacular weather this day. The humans, except the SOLVE workers, didn't stay long and kept pretty close to Cummins Creek. Human activity did manage to scare the gulls off their preferred loafing grounds at the mouth of Cummins Creek. The tide was falling but still fairly high, so my rocky intertidal observations were limited and even in the higher zone, I didn't spend much time looking. The Porphyra was more obvious than I remember, as was the high abundance of periwinkles on the reef south of Gwynn Creek. The drift line was clean north of Cummins Creek, almost solely consisting of juvenile Emerita molts. South of Cummins Creek the Drift line was dominated by a small filamentous green alga, Emerita molts, and conifer needles. Drift Postelsia, feather boa kelp, and bull kelp were also present.  And, lots of sea foam on the reef just south of Gwynn Creek. The base of the stairs at Cummins Creek is eroding. Assuming some heavy surf and high tides this winter, that's going to need repair or replacement before long. View full report 3
4 mtuffey 09/23/2016 Retaining wall complete on Buena Vista Loop, from damage two years ago, city pipe backed up. Also new drain at 313 1/2 Memory Lane, to improve drainage, and avoid further erosion of the bluff. View full report 1
7 DewPoint Dave 09/22/2016 Nice morning for a walk on the beach at low tide.Drift-line had quite a bit of seaweed near the south end of Mile-7. Very little man-made debris was found. View full report 4
4 mtuffey 09/22/2016 Everything looks good. View full report 3
7 DewPoint Dave 09/22/2016 Nice morning for a walk on the beach at low tide.Drift-line had quite a bit of seaweed near the south end of Mile-7. Very little man-made debris was found. View full report 4
259 peteow 09/22/2016 This was my first time on my mile in quite a while.  It looked in good shape, with lots of sand and a gently sloping foredune that did not show any signs of recent erosion.  I observed one vehicle and a few people as well as tracks of vehicles, dogs, and horses. The driftline was light.  The only wildlife was a few gulls on the beach and one deer on the backside of the foredune.  All in all, it was just a pleasant late-summer walk on the beach. View full report 0
331 alkarbeck 09/21/2016 Beautiful sunny day. A small group of students were there taking advantage of the sunny day. View full report 1
309 cadonofrio 09/21/2016 Beautiful day; extremely clean driftline; only a few birds; many visitors. View full report 0
289 ollikainen 09/20/2016 The other thing that caught our attention was the thick, almost continuous wrack.  Most was sea (eel) grass,  but molted crab shells were very common.  Plastic bottles, crab floats, broken plastic pieces, and a tarp were noted.  There was a mostly intact crab pot on the wet sand.  There was a very high tide earlier, and it is likely that the grass was washed out of the bay by the swift outflow.  Salmon fishers on the bay complained of grass fouling their terminal gear.The earlier high tide filled in low spots where sand had built up during the summer. View full report 2
300 [email protected] 09/19/2016 Decapitated seal on beach.  Cormorant, gull only other wildlife. View full report 1
217 LMackey 09/18/2016 Very nice day, people having a good time. View full report 0
306 Frankie 09/17/2016 DISPATCH Update on the whale which washed up Friday evening: It appears to be a sub-adult humpbacked whale. Its flippers measured +- 7ft so it was approximately 21 ft long. Its tail was missing. When it washed in, the stomach was hugely distended outside the mouth. After the high tide moved it south down the beach, the stomach deflated. A necropsy was scheduled for Monday the 19th but the carcass disappeared from our beach. It has since arrived at Short Sands beach. View full report 4
306 Volunteer Coordinator 09/17/2016 Update on the whale which washed up Friday evening: It appears to be a sub-adult humpbacked whale. Its flippers measured +- 7ft so it was approximately 21 ft long. Its tail was missing. When it washed in, the stomach was hugely distended outside the mouth. After the high tide moved it south down the beach, the stomach deflated. A necropsy was scheduled for Monday the 19th but the carcass disappeared from our beach. It has since arrived at Short Sands beach. View full report 2
314 cheeseguy 09/16/2016 The dead birds were all found in approximately the southern 3/8 of the mile. This is consistent with the fact that more dead birds are found closer to Haystack Rock in other surveys. No change seen in any of the drains but I was curious why one was running water in this dry time. The battle over dune removal at Breaker's Point condos continues at city hall and in local papers. No grading other than manual documented in June report has occurred. View full report 11
323 photosbyboothe 09/15/2016 It was a beautiful morning.  Pretty mellow out on the beach, 31 people out walking, 2 playing in the water, and 2 flying kites.  The  driftline was full of mole crab molts mixed in with a little bit of seaweed. There were also gooseberries, moon jellies, and chunks of brown sea nettles.   Saw very little trash, a couple of candy wrappers, a few pieces of plastic, and a commercial crab pot (which was covered in live skeleton shrimp). One dead bird I could not identify, other than that just Western gulls and one crow.    View full report 9
222 dderickson 09/14/2016 Several types of sea vegetation in drift: Sea palm, Eelgrass, Surfgrass, kelp, Rockweed, feather boa kelp.The sea lion carcass still remains on grate at Wade Creek, and still stinks.Small landslide (photo attached, along with photo of uncovered fossils).Lots of driftwood structures; I'm attaching photos of two of the more "sophisticated" ones.Drain pipes: 18 intact plus 1 with the end broken off at bluff; 17 without casing. Nothing on the ground; might be covered by sand, which is very high.There is a photo of the high sand at my usual point of reference feature (see previous reports). View full report 5
211 Chad101 09/14/2016 Mile 211 is not heavily used by people.  I saw 12 people on one or another part of the beach, but that was over 3+ hours.  Because of the constant water seepage from the lower part of the cliff, much of the beach near the cliff face is muddy.  The cliff shows much erosion over most of Mile 211 (the entire length below Thiel Creek). I could not see any structures at the top of the cliffs until the northernmost part of Mile 211, above Thiel Creek.  The many cave-like indentations in the lower cliff is the most distinctive feature.  There was nothing very notable in the driftline except the piece of nylon-like fabric. I will submit an edited version of this report with attached photos. View full report 7
294 Paulissen 09/13/2016 No new changes to the beach, evidence of high usage as shown by high amount of dog waste bags that were not thrown out and driftwood shelters. View full report 0
185 lfleming 09/09/2016 An uncomfortable day with such high wind.  Very few people or birds.  The sand has moved South so most of the cobbles were covered except along the bluff face.  The tide was too high to see sea stars.  The driftline had large quantities of small wooden pieces, gray and weathered.  We usually don't see that.  Nice whitecaps.  4 brave Harbor Seals on rocks at end. View full report 0
307 Bald Eagle 09/09/2016 There were 16 people enjoying the nice day on the beach.This was the first day that I saw Brown Pelicans on Gull Rock this year.  I counted about 80 pelicans.  There were no sea stars on the rocks at Arch Cape.The sand levels were at their highest level so far this year. View full report 0
40 azbeach 09/09/2016 Beautiful day on beautiful beach.  Today's temperature was 79 when we started and 84 when we finished.  In August, 2015, one year ago, the temperature was 63 -- nearly 20 degrees cooler.  To the non-believers:  climate change is real and active!Sandy beaches more abundant this time of year; next quarter will be different. View full report 4
208 Batthecat 09/09/2016 DISPATCH Update on the August visit to this mile when it wasn't foggy.  Saw LOTS of people including a busload of about 35 coming from Ona Beach parking lot. Some cliff erosion.  Fishing in the surf. View full report 4
171 oldMGguy 09/09/2016 Lots of folks out observing the preparations to remove the 50' commercial fishing vessel beached early Saturday a.m.  A salvage tug from Coos Bay is scheduled to pull the stranded boat off the beach at today's afternoon high tide.There are no signs of leaks, hull damage, or contamination from the beached vessel. If you've got to get washed ashore, Heceta Beach and its miles of soft sand is the place to do it with minimal damage and easy access for the recovery crew. View full report 2
103 beachnut 09/09/2016 Heading north at 6:45 a.m. and 52 degrees with a mild north wind at mid-tide, we saw no one but encountered 4 men rock-hunting and one dog on the way back. Just gulls otherwise. Driftline was littered with tiny crabs, also Dungeness crab molts, seagrass, kelp, shell fragments, small rocks. No dead critters. Not much litter apart from plastic sheets and a new crab cage with rope and float attached. It was gone on my return. Summer winds and blowing sand have covered much of the driftwood, but they haven't eased the approximate 8-foot drop-offs on the beach access points. View full report 0
301 DHiggins 09/07/2016 September Report: Few people (9) on beach, no significant observations. View full report 0
60 azbeach 09/04/2016 DISPATCH Whale washed up on Lost Beach below cliffs (Floras Lake area).  There were tire tracks leading up to it, which we assumed were from the Beach Ranger.  Looks like this giant may have died at sea and washed up -- our guess.  Approx. 20' in length; badly decomposing; odor. View full report 2
297 NehalemBay 09/03/2016 A beautiful day on Labor Day weekend.  21 cars and trucks were in the parking lot of the Park with 9 people walking, 10 playing in the sand and surf, and 10 riding horses.  There were no dogs. The sand has build up considerably since last report with much of the large wood at the north end of the mile now covered.  There were sea weed and crab casings clustered all along the driftline.  12 dead birds were recorded, 6 Murres, 1 Pigeon Guillamot, 3 Cassin's Auklet, one California Gull and one immature gull.  It was difficult to accurately ID the Auklets and Gulls.  There were also several flocks of mixed shorebirds, mostly small dark ones with some slightly larger lighter ones. No vehicle tracks or disturbances of the shoreline were observed. View full report 1
121 Emily K 08/31/2016 It appears there is a lot of bluff erosion. Lots of slides, cracks, and slumping of bluff. Saw some pipes coming from bluff to beach, so there are efforts to divert water. Also saw a concrete structure at beach to fortify bluff (not new, probably been there a long time). Looks like there are efforts to shore up bluff. Several houses very close to sea bluff edge. View full report 1
291 cemilligan 08/28/2016  Upon my arrival at the beach the weather was quite dreary with slight rain and wind from the south.  There were approximately 20 people and 1 dog walking, running, collecting agates, building sand castles, and playing in the surf.  As my time there progressed, the rain let up and more people came out to enjoy the beach, with the number increasing to around 100 people and 5 dogs.  There was a significant amount of trash on the beach, mostly concentrated around the fires and the driftwood forts people had constructed.  One fire I came upon was still warm to the touch.  I smothered it as best as I could and I removed 3 large garbage bags full of trash.  I encountered a large number of gulls, but no other notable wild life.  There was a significant amount of kelp or sea grass that had washed up on the beach during high tide as well as a significant amount of crab shells. View full report 7
293 stu&barb 08/28/2016 A beautiful morning to do our walk, this time with the help of our granddaughter Josie. Nothing unusual to report, just the everyday variety of "human" debris...lots of paper, plastic,cans, cigarette butts, abandoned beach toys & assorted clothing...two full kitchen bags worth.  There were a lot of beach lovers and their dogs seeking relief from the high heat in the valley.  The drift line was very clean...just good stuff like shells, rocks, and a few jelly fish.  Thanks for helping Jo. View full report 0
31 Lorenzo2 08/24/2016 Dead sea lion observed (no photo, due to camera battery being dead).  Curlew also observed. View full report 0
221 KathyLJ 08/22/2016 DISPATCH Noticed this apparatus hanging from cliff below Pacific Surf RV Park. View full report 3
221 KathyLJ 08/21/2016 Beach was relatively clean of seaweed/algae, molt, etc. There is a drain hose tangled in some downed trees below a housing development near Schooner Point.  It looks like it's been there for awhile. View full report 2
255 bballentine 08/19/2016 Very pretty day with more than usual number of visitors to beach, probably due to very high temperatures inland. Beach was very clean, much less trash picked up than in previous visits. Have noticed a real drop in Styrofoam compared to previous years. View full report 0
295 Nedonnaman 08/15/2016 Pretty typical summer beach. Most notable feature is fact that there is substantially more driftwood on beach than in recent past ... result of last winter's storms. View full report 0
224 Leo Poole 08/14/2016 The following is an average of activities observed during 9 visits from 8/13 to 9/13/2016:See attached photo of summary.Observations of significance from 8/13 thru 9/13:Pelicans observed - 8/13, 8/14, 8/29Turkey vultures feeding on old seal bones on beach ~100 yards north of Johnson Creek confluence. View full report 1
46 Redfish Rocks Community Team 08/11/2016 Just another great day on the beach with good people. We were the only people on the beach. The sand scouring that has occurred in the area next to the access trail all the way down to Rocky Point is quite impressive!  View full report 3
23 Bob Harvey 08/08/2016 Şummer sands have been stacked against (but not to the top of) last winters badly eroded dunes. The beach itself has interesting sand features such as crescent dunes. In the north part of the mile, the beach is protected by large offshore monoliths, so less sand is deposited. A large bed of driftwood remains unburied. View full report 4
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. View full report 0
208 Batthecat 08/04/2016 DISPATCH Several photos of "natural" riprap immigrating to the beach. View full report 2
153 bebdhm 08/03/2016 Lovely day for beach walk!  A few seagulls young and adult, one intact spine, see photo, one unidentified shell or piece of seaweed(?) see photo and a few large jellyfish.No motorized access Plover sign is just before Mile 153.  Didn't hear or see any plovers. View full report 4
278 Andy G 08/02/2016 The beach is as pristine as I have ever seen it. There is very little litter and in fact we were not able to fill even one half of a black plastic bag with trash.  It is unclear if the trash from four months ago has been washed to sea or if it has been covered up by sand.   Besides the absence of litter, the most obvious change since my last visit is the abundance of new sand. I estimate  that 3 to 5 feet of new sand has washed ashore since April. Large logs that stuck out from the sand dune in April are now completely buried with new sand. Vegetation  is taking hold on the new sand and may stabilize the beach and prevent erosion in the future. View full report 5
101 Mike Mueller 08/01/2016 My mile looked to be the average condition it always is with more visitors caused by the summer vacations. View full report 1