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97 beachnut 02/08/2008 It was a pleasant walk from China Creek to Two-Mile/New River, but amazing in that the ocean has eaten into the dunes to the extent it has. The large sign signaling the end of vehicle access was about 6 feet tall this summer and now is at least twice that, so the beach is eroding significantly as well. Huge logs continue to accumulate in what was the foredune, and storm tides are about 20 feet into the plover restoration area. Kelp, small rocks, wood pieces, ocean-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. One dead Western Grebe. Many Western Sandpipers foraging in the storm line and wet sand. Sanderlings and a few Snowy Plovers on wet sand. Gulls resting on beach. Crows flying by. Low human impact (1)-riding on government ATV. View full report 0
3 floral 02/06/2008 Sporthaven Beach is one of the only easy public acsess areas for 8 miles and was pleased to see people enjoying the cool walk and ocean viewing area. Found more sand to be closer to the mouth of the Chetco River and groins of gravel south of the mile as well as the large logs. clean of garbage and trash and picked-up only a few water bottles. nice walk View full report 0
299 hallee 02/06/2008 This was a calm morning after another storm, lots of fresh driftwood on beach. A big black Plastic float, usual water bottles, pieces of rope and plastic (but not too much). Only people were a retired couple from Vancouver, Canada who are camped in the State Park. They are heading to Mexico. The sand dunes were wind sculpted hard and easy to walk on. Beach grass planted last summer seemed to all be there, even if moved around and buried a bit. Not much bird activity. View full report 4
247 jboyden 02/05/2008 The weather was fierce and the tide was high. The beach was clean. No problems to report. View full report 0
31 Joseph 02/03/2008 No shoreline degradation to note. View full report 0
128 wowunupo 02/03/2008 Quiet day. No visitors. Found a solid black chunk of "wax" probably "oil" or perhaps "coal". Kelp, shells, animal casings and small rocks in driftline. Section of a wrecked ship exposed on the beach. Some shorebird activity. MAJOR winter storm erosion of foredune leveling Plover and Abronia habitat. View full report 0
328 tsunami 02/03/2008 Found 4 bird carcasses with zip-ties around the two bones of one wing. Checked it out and found out that this is a method beached bird survey groups use to identify the number of days a dead bird has been on the beach. Ironic (stupid in my opinion) that they use non-biodegradable plastic zip ties given that plastic is such a serious hazard for birds in the first place. Also found where someone had dumped a bucket of dog feces on the beach (I'll spare you the photo). And just north of the Del Rey beach access (on mile 327), an old desk that someone drove in and dumped in the sand. Leavings of six separate driftwood cedar logs that had been chainsawed up in place and the wood removed.More driftwood than I've seen all year, mostly high on the beach and into the dune (but still not nearly as much as the peak of winter 05-06 and 06-07.) View full report 3
169 oldMGguy 02/02/2008 First visit to Mile 169. This section of the South Jetty beach is open to vehicles, but just one set of tracks observed. Other than occasional plastic flotsom, very little human debris. Extensive wood flood debris on the upper beach. The beachgrass-caused foredune on this mile is close to the upper tide line, and quite steep. View full report 3
116 [email protected] 02/02/2008 The mile looks much the same as last visit. It seems like a new tree has slid down the bluff. Erosion is continuing at northern border of mile 116. Five rain-fed waterfalls flowing at full force into the mile. Rain water does not seem to bother sea anemones as several were open in the current of one of these waterfalls. Live birds included one Western Gull and one cormorant. Kelp, bull kelp tangles, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Low human impact (6)-tidepooling. View full report 0
16 Christine 02/02/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 that I call Spruce Island Viewpoint South. In a small ravine along the trail there were many downed 4-8 inch diameter snag (killed/diseased by what?)trees. They were probably blown down by the series of storms we've experienced of late. The ravine had no undergrowth and I believe may have been replanted after a logging situation with the same species of trees that were all the same age. This is a very small testimony about how natural species and age diversity protects our forests. View full report 0
298 nkn pete 01/29/2008 December storm - really changed the beach. Large over 4m wide pile of tree trunks + branches from flood throughout mile surveyed.Much erosion of beach + dune - cut back and steep angle ~ 40° to high tide zone. Six ft drop from edge of dune to beach. View full report 0
168 Goldendog 01/28/2008 It was a typical, beautiful January day on south jetty beach. View full report 1
328 tsunami 01/27/2008 Light traffic today, very few other people on foot or in cars. The usual evidence of people driving up onto the protected dunes (5 sets of tracks), a bit surprising given the recent erosion and resulting steep dune base.One small heap of trash (beer cans) from where someone parked and had their little party.Photo of post just north of mile 327/328 shows foredune growth -- taller post top is curremtly 6' tall, was 8' last summer. Shorter post it's scabbed onto was 8' tall 3 years ago, now more than half buried. View full report 4
224 malachite 01/25/2008 Beautiful, sunny & warm day on the beach. An unusually large number of colored plastic bits seen in the driftline(s). Many small slides seen, no new major slides. Brief discussion of concern re:increased number of people permitting (or not bothering or able to prevent) their dogs to chase/harass shorebirds in wintertime/off season. View full report 0
170 Florence Elk 01/25/2008 I've seen a major deterioration of the north jetty. Whereas in 2001 small rocks would be moved during severe storms,I'm now seeing 20-40 ton rocks breaking up after just a hi-tide. Also untill the rip-rap project was seeing sea anenomies way up river form where they were in 2001. But they're gone since the rip-rap. View full report 1
2 floral 01/23/2008 mile 2 has sand shifts. Towards the Mcvey Park the sand has gone and left large rocks and fist size rocks where sand used to be and the sand hascome back to the western side of the mile. only on very low tides can you walk the mile and not get your feet wet.The rain has caused a slide on the high bluffs.disturbing most is the 8 Grebes found dead on the drift piles. View full report 3
20 D Bilderback 01/23/2008 Kelp (Constantinea (Cup and Saucer Seaweed), Lessoniopsis (Strap Kelp), Pterygophora (Old Growth Kelp), Hedophyllum (Sea Cabbage), Fucus (Rockweed),Cryptoplura (Ruffled Red Seaweed), Chondracanthus (Turkish Towel), Osmundea (Sea Laurel), Ahnfeltiopsis (Flat-tipped Forked Seaweed), Callophyllis (Beautiful Leaf Seaweed), Hymenena (Black-lined Red Seaweed) and Plocamium(Sea Braid), 4 large dead Cryptochiton (Gum Boot Chiton), Bryozoa, Hydrozoa, and the Tunicates: Aplidium (Sea Pork), Distaplia (Clubbed Compound Tunicate), Styela (Stalked Tunicate) and Ritterella and ocean-based debris in the driftline south of Crook Point. No drift from 1/2 mile south of Crook Point to the end of the mile. Two Black Oystercatchers on off-shore rock. California Sea Lions heard on offshore rocks. 22 Harbor Seals on off-shore rocks and swimming in ocean. Raccon tracks on headland and deer tracks on beach. Erosion of Pleistocene sands of North Cove headland. Removal of sand exposing cobble stones. Minor landslides and a few fallen trees. Large number of logs on cobble stones. Light wind (2.2 miles from SW. Air temperature of 60F and ocean temperature of 49F. Low human impact (0). View full report 11
168 oldMGguy 01/23/2008 First visit to Mile 168. Access from the Siuslaw River South Jetty Road, parking lot #3, and a short hike up and over the foredune. Dramatic seasonal sand erosion all along the base of the foredune on this mile, in places to a depth of 8 feet or more. In spite of the easy access, very little human impact was observed, other than the occasional plastic/styrofoam flotsam. Thanks to the winter sand erosion, the bow section of the 121' 3-masted logging schooner "Bella", blown ashore November, 1905, is visible at winter low tides. The hull timbers are in surprisingly good condition for a 103-year old ship wreck! It is located at the north end of Mile 168, fairly close to the foredune. View full report 5
263 connierbruce 01/21/2008 Sand at McPhillips access is gone, exposing cobbles and gravel. The base of the slide area is crumbling; otherwise much the same as in previous winters. View full report 0
57 [email protected] 01/21/2008 Beautiful (cold) sunny day. Hardly any trash at all to pick up. View full report 0
187 turnstone 01/20/2008 Previous items washing away, new items washing in, all ocean based debrisMany people enjoying a brief sun break View full report 2
233 [email protected] 01/20/2008 Cold day with high storm surge. Wave runup at least 2+ hours after high tide (High tide in Newport was at 9:44 that day, a 9.8 tide was very high on the beach. View full report 1
198 bahngarten 01/20/2008 Moderate+ erosion of sand/clay foredunes with vegetation lost, some movement of rip rap rocks. Mod. amount of razor/ other clam shells on beach, along with scattered rocks. 20 lbs of garbage- plastic pellets, fishing line/rope, bits of stryofoam floats removed. Beach bed ( to 60 ft. out) had no sand, just clay bed. Very high surf, with no wind, 1.5 hour before high tide, with surfline line easily reaching foredunes. It's winter folks! View full report 0
233 [email protected] 01/20/2008 Fogarty Creek was relatively quiet. Boiler Bay was very "busy", ie over 60 people; 45 of which were students from Lane Community College taking part in a field trip. View full report 0
274 tomanderica 01/18/2008 We saw our first sea lion ever in the area. It came on shore onto the rocks, and lay down to rest. No sign that it was injured or sick.The sand is completely gone from the campground area, rocks cover the beach, and a forest of previously buried trees is now visible. The only sand left is south of the day use area. View full report 2
244 Millie & Carl 01/18/2008 Post-storm, many driftwood logs, most with burn charring. Beach generally pretty clean, with just scattered bits of small debris; biggest items were one bath towel and one sock draped over a log. One "No climbing" warning sign made almost unreadable with graffiti (photo included).Overall, quite enjoyable -- first calm, sunny day in weeks. However, the perpetual caves are still waiting to trap a kid or two at the Roads End Wayside bluff. View full report 1
96 D Bilderback 01/18/2008 Driftline of large wood pieces and logs from plowed Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration (SPHR) site. Heavy equipment plowing sand from the SPHR toward the ocean. Beach erosion about 90 feet behind vehicle restriction sign. Beach slope of 7 degrees. Semipalmated Sandpipers and 15 Snowy Plover on the Two-mile Creek's overwash plain. One dead Northern Fulmar and Glaucous-winged Gull. Wind speed of 4.2 mph from NW. Air temperature of 44 degrees F and ocean temperature of 44.7 degrees F. Low human impact (2)- walking with one dog. View full report 9
97 D Bilderback 01/18/2008 Very light driftline of Elodea, Hymenena, Hydrozoa, a few shells and rocks. Western Gull, a few Sanderlings and a flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers on the wet sand. One dead Western Grebe and one Common Murre. Erosion of foredune by high tides. Beach slope of 7 degrees. Wind speed of 4.2 mph from NW. Air temperature of 44 degrees F and ocean temperature of 44.7 degrees F. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
225 acwasner 01/18/2008 Gorgeous sunny, cool day. Little wind. Most of mile very clean with lots of new driftwood after storms.Most of this mile is difficult to reach and can only be accessed during minus tides. No other people in this area. Lots of wildlife,seals, cormorants, herons.I was disturbed to see a small amt of medical waste and plastic. Some floats from ships. View full report 4
109 Foggy 01/18/2008 Very light human use (7)-5 walking and 2 playing in the sand. The bedrock at Fivemile Pt was exposed; sand was lower than I've seen it in 2 years. Many of the rocks even at low intertidal level were smooth and pristine, proof that they have been buried in sand until very recently. They were presumably exposed by the early December and early January storms we had. (See photos) Erosion of foredune and sand removed creating a very flat beach. View full report 2
220 lmabeggs 01/17/2008 The beach showed little signs of people being there. Very little sand the first .3 mile, then some sand close to the bluff. View full report 1
172 Oyster 01/17/2008 Sand have been storm eroded by about 3 ft. exposing old logs and shells. Recent long periods of rain have caused water to surface and create creeks and rivulets near foot of dunes, draining toward sea. In some areas water came out of flat dry sand and created rivulets and shallow creeks. Dead Auk and Grebe. View full report 4
185 Lfleming 01/17/2008 Two unusual observations, one mink (?) skull, and a orange Sunfower Seastar in the tide pools. Out in the rocks at the edge of the surf, we saw a group of 240 Surfbirds. There were 60 Harbor Seals on the rocks. View full report 2
221 lipberm 01/17/2008 Another beautiful day on our mile. A little cool, but no wind. I believe there is the least amount of sand remaining on the beach that we have ever seen. Our neighbor noted that the waves are now breaking on the beach sand that has been deposited several hundred yards from the shore. The photo was taken at Schooner Point. View full report 1
100 JohnnyCN 01/17/2008 On 1/16/08, a sunny, cold day, Mile 100 was largely empty of visitors and debris. Apparently the beach had been mostly swept clean by high tides and wind. Even birds were scarce. One dead Western Grebe. Small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Stream modification. Low human impact (5)-walking. One dog. View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 01/17/2008 Generally clean beach with lots of human/dog activity. Three surfers working the waves inside the Siuslaw River bar. One couple collecting firewood-sized driftwood (no shortage ...). A large excavator has finished restoring the foredune bulldozed away by a Heceta Beach homeowner last summer (see photos). View full report 4
111 TRBishop 01/16/2008 High surf is doing a good job with erosion and moving driftwood around this year. Retreat of bluff with newly exposed roots and trees falling. Erosion of vegetated foredune and wave overtopping. Low human impact (3). Five dogs. View full report 0
168 DLouis 01/14/2008 Dune from #2 to #3 parking lot now washing away becoming a verticle bluff facing ocean, very steep in some places. View full report 0
97 beachnut 01/14/2008 Storm surges and unusually high tides have eaten away the vegetated dune along my mile, as well as south and north of it. In addition, logs continue to accumulate -- even in the dune areas. The Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration area has also been encroached upon by tidal action, particularly at the north end. There is litter from the sea, as usual, but much of it is in the storm tide line.(Incidentally, China Creek at the beach access has changed position. It no longer meanders north but takes an almost straight line out to sea. In addition, there are high sand walls along the streambed below the parking area, indicated a lot of water came through there.) Shells, small rocks, ocean-based debris, Styrofoam and several beached jellies in the driftline. Sanderlings foraging at surfline. Gulls and crow on beach. Driftwood removal by chainsaw observed slightly north of the HRA. One dead bird, possibly a Western Grebe. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
120 yogabigail 01/13/2008 A beautiful sunny day where everyone was safely enjoying the coast! Kelp,shells, small rocks, wood pieces and land-based debris in driftline. Shorebirds moving in response to dogs. Geese in the air and on the water. Trails spruced up. Heavy human impact (48)- 15 walking, 13 playing in surf, 10 playing in sand, 10 sitting and 3 surfing. View full report 0
178 Brien M 01/13/2008 Given the proximity of this beach to Sea Lion Caves, there are numerous sea lions off shore and on the rocks. This concentration could also be the reason that more often times than not, I will stumble upon a dead sea lion on the beach. Most of the time the trail head of the beach is on the down-wind side, so I can usually smell it well before I see it.There are several lineal feet of repel ropes secured along the trail where it becomes very steep. Near the bottom, there was evidence of a recent landslide, as the repel rope was covered under several cubic yards of debris.This landslide also took out "Petroglyph Rock", which is now crumbled and in pieces. Fortunately, I took pictures of it back in 1992. I gave a picture to the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum to see if they could find a local person of Indian heritage who might be able to interpret what the drawings signify. I will try to scan a copy of this photo and upload it here.Several lengths of guard rail bumpers are still on the beach. These were the result of the major landslide in 2000 that closed 101 for about four months.I try to remove what I can if I am feeling ambitious and don't have my hands full with something else. If I come upon any fishing floats, usable lengths of rope, net, and of course, glass balls, I'll take those home. View full report 0
183 RMSherriffs 01/13/2008 Flock of gulls feeding in the shallow surf. 10' x 12' black plastic tarp pegged down on grass on bluff in south section. View full report 0
104 beachnut 01/13/2008 There is much dune erosion in my mile and one beyond. The water from the high tides, pacific storms and surf advisories has encroached well into the dunes, leaving exposed beachgrass roots and numerous logs and other debris above the normal water line. Ocean-borne litter is abundant; I removed 1 Solv bag full and could have taken out three more if I'd been able to cart them all at once. Styrofoam chunks and plastic bottles were the most common debris. Shell fragments and small rocks were notable in the surf line. Canada Geese flying south and a few gulls offshore. Low human impact (5)-3 walking and 2 rockhunting. 3 dogs. View full report 0
327 tsunami 01/13/2008 A bit more trash on the beach than usual, mixed with driftwood / seaweed, most likely washed in as a result of the heavy surf / high tides.The high water was tending to squeeze the pedestrians and the few cars on the beach into a narrow band against the dunes, requiring them to maneuver to avoid surf and each other.Noticed 2 bald eagles on posts fly off when someone parked within 50 yds and let out 3 dogs. View full report 2
213 skimmer 01/12/2008 The tide was pretty high, so I don't think I even covered my whole mile, but what I saw was surprisingly clean. View full report 0
117 Pat&RobertaSmit 01/12/2008 Shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces and Styrofoam in driftline. Most notably, the previously thick driftline composed mainly of seaweed has been washed away.We saw no dead sea birds and only one dead sea lion - an old and rather thin one.On several occasions we saw migrating whales far off shore. Phalaropes, Western Grebe, Harlequin Ducks, Harbor Seals and sea lions in the bay. Moderate human impact (5) observing wildlife at observation point. On 3/6/08 a person allowed his dog to go past the barrier to roam on the beach. View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 01/11/2008 The Coast Guard has reclaimed their wayward channel marker buoy, washed up on the beach last week. Continued accumulation of large tree trunks, stumps, and other river-sourced flood debris, mostly close to the Siuslaw River North Jetty. Recent high tides have re-arranged the multi-year beach log collection, and removed a lot of sand from the upper beach. Very little man-made flotsam observed. No sign of oil contamination, as per the January 8th CoastWatch alert ... View full report 0
215 NewportNancy 01/11/2008 Access via Yaquina Bay State Park was a small challenge today, as the path at the bottom of the southern staircase was flooded (the seasonal/weather-dependent "pond" behind the dunes had expanded quite a bit!). Access was possible via the northern staircase. I noted no campfires this time, probably because of the recent poor weather.Lots of rivulets of water were coming off the cliffs, due to recent heavy rains. The rivulets did not seem to be causing any new erosion, but did contribute to some interesting sand formations down on the beach. Some rocks were exposed that I don't remember having been exposed before. The most notable trend was a good number(probably 8)of dead Western grebes on the beach, and one dead small shorebird. No sign of the "bag of bones" Terry Morse spotted recently - maybe I just missed it? View full report 3
307 Bald Eagle 01/10/2008 The erosion/movement of the small rocks on the shore line was more severe than normal. This action was caused by the large swells, large waves and high tides. View full report 0
201 VKnox2 01/10/2008 The deserted beach and bay areas were covered with debris: impressive driftwood flows interspersed with human trash and European beach grass. Plastic, plastic, plastic!! Western Gulls staggered along both the shore and their dining table- full of rotting Harbor Seal. Wind driven hail, high waves, and rain. Lovely. View full report 0
293 ducks73 01/06/2008 The beach in Rockaway is in very poor shape. Literally what must be tons of sand has been scoured from the beach and the waves easily reach the bluff at every low tide. There is considerable new erosion north and south of my mile from the storms that hit just before and after Christmas. There is no slope to the beach to slow the run up of the waves and in many places, there is a perpendicular drop (10-20') from the bluff to the beach. There are also many fractures and cracks on the top of the bluff and appears likely that further sloughing of the bluff will occur in the future. View full report 1
326 seasurf 01/06/2008 We visit the beach on our mile once or twice a week when we are in the area. The biggest difference between the beach during this winter is the amount of sand that has accumulated on the top of the foredunes. Right now the beach drops off quickly and at high tide the water laps the bottom of the foredune leaving about a 4 foot vertical drop that can tend to trap someone at high tide as I can attest with some boots full of sand and water. Another change over years past is the number of people walking on the beach in the winter. Almost all with dogs, and almost all those dogs are running uncontrolled. I and my Labrador Retriever love to play fetch in the surf, but when I see someone approaching I put my dog on the leash until they are past. Other folks do not bother and we have had some tense moments with loose dogs approaching us in a threatening manner. Their owners do not seem to care that their animals are intruding on our space. There is no leash law in Gearhart, but there is such a thing as responsible pet ownership. View full report 0
239 Shafer 01/05/2008 Began our walk as usual, at the terminus of the Salishan Nature Walk and ended at the Salishan Boat Launch. Saw a Western grebe in the surf line and numerous sanderlings and surfbirds darting amongst the seafoam. We got pelted with pea-sized hail for a few minutes. Not many folks today. View full report 0
175 Caples 01/04/2008 Had to build a bridge to get to the beach. View full report 0
226 gsmeyer 01/01/2008 We are impressed with the scenic attributes of this rugged area and hope that its inaccessibility will continue to promote its preservation in an unspoiled state. View full report 0
296 Coopersmith 01/01/2008 Winter storms brought usual mass of driftwood + logs up to dune grass. Lots on jetty, too.Collected 3 gallon-sized chunks of white styrofoam. Sure wish styro. could be recycled: worst man-made hazard to marine life, + lasts indefinitely. Saw red fishing float + blue marine rope tangled in tree stump + yellow plastic pallet: too big to collect on foot. View full report 0
106 Doug C 01/01/2008 Great way to start the New Year. After the recent severe storms, the beach was relatively clean. Logs and debris were high near the foredune but not much different in quantity from our earlier visit. Dune erosion was not evident. Wildlife was scarce, just a few birds (Killdeer and Western Gulls). Driftline was primarily bird feathers and small pieces of wood. We also hauled out about 10 pounds of ocean-borne plastic bits, pieces and bottles. Signs prohibiting vehicles on mile 104 gone. A SUV drove south to Bandon Jetty. View full report 0
54 mvolson 01/01/2008 This report is to take the place of the December report. The beach was very clean, peaceful, and relatively unchanged from last quarter. View full report 0
173 oldMGguy 01/01/2008 Walked Mile 172, south half of Mile 173 to Sutton Creek. Due to east wind, excellent sealevel visibility - 15+ miles, no sea mist/fog, minimal surf. One seal observed in surf, lots of seagulls and sanderlings. Sutton Creek has shifted its outlet northward since last visit early December '07. Many walkers/sightseers today. Cluster of plastic bottles washed ashore at north end of Mile 172, otherwise very clean beach. View full report 0
200 Aiassa 12/31/2007 Another beautiful day on the Oregon Coast. Surf high. Several new driftwood logs from recent storm. View full report 0
98 Midasoev 12/31/2007 We walked Mile 98 on Dec. 31, 2007 from 3:30pmuntil 5pm. Began walking North. Kelp, small rocks, land-based and ocean-based debris, styrofoam and plastic pellets in driftline. Erosion of the foredune. Observed 2 people with 4 dogs on the beach at the beginning of ourwalk and saw 2 people near the end of the mile.4 crab boats or their lights were visible on the ocean. 10 dead birds were on or near the tideline.Six were Grebes and 3 had been pecked by raptors.Picked up rope and plastic litter. View full report 0
141 KerrieP 12/30/2007 The weather was crazy; as we hiked across the two mile expanse of dunes to access our mile, the weather went from somewhat sunny to hail and wind, to rain and back to sunny. The deflation plain was flooded but only just to the top of my knee boots. My crazy son went barefoot through the 1/2 mile wetland. The foredune has taken a beating from the recent storms, but nothing unusual. Kelp, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. Sanderlings and a few gulls on beach. Erosion of vegetated foredune. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
283 Bluebrau 12/30/2007 We accessed mile 283 from three different access points--one in Cape Meares state park, one at a pull-out down the road, and another was beach access located in Cape Meares National Wildlife refuge. Even though the weather was crazy (hail, sun, rain, clouds, everything!) there were several people out--mostly walking, taking pictures, enjoying the scenery. There was also a group of whale watchers at the state park. Once we have visited again, it will be much easier to say if anything was out of the ordinary! View full report 1
171 oldMGguy 12/30/2007 Heavy collection of sea foam on beach. Overall, very clean beach with little observed man-made debris. Lots of seagulls in the area. One large 4'x3' buoy (with the number 4 on it) washed ashore just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty. View full report 0
112 rheadohner 12/30/2007 Kelp/algae, shells, wood pieces and wood pieces in driftline. A 55 gal. plastic drum in driftwood at mouth of Three Mile Creek. Shore birds foraging at the surfline. Major removal of sand from around sea stacks and driftwood. On 11/25/07, vehicle tracks on south portion of Agate Beach within prohibited beach. On 12/30/2007, significant relocation and shifting of driftwood. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
242 oceanwalker842 12/29/2007 Not too many brave souls out on the beach. Most were walking to get out of the rain. Only five were on the rocks at 15th street beach. View full report 0
16 Christine 12/29/2007 This is the section of mile 16 in Sam Boardman State Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint North. Nothing unusual, no major storm damage, less beach areas, a few trees and lots of branches on the trail. Still signs of more off-Hwy 101 vehicles, garbage, tire marks, etc. in area with no highway barrier. View full report 0
208 kittyhorse 12/28/2007 2 pebble beds up drawing many agate hunters. Bluff erosion seems stable but erosion at Ona Beach. where Beaver Creek high and re-routed. Usual black & surf scoters and sanderlings present in winter. Old dead harbor seal washed up. Lots of broken shells in driftline. Few dead gulls.Otherwise storms washed beach clean; much sand gone and bedrock exposed. View full report 0
33 [email protected] 12/27/2007 Quite day on the beach, deserted, expected erosion in sandstone/slate composition bluff from strong storm surges observed, very few birds in evidence, normal seaborne debris seen: floats, rope, shoes, plastic bottles, collected one 30 gal trash bag of debris. in general nothing alarming observed on the beach View full report 0
239 Shafer 12/26/2007 As usual, began walk at N44'53.632 and stopped at N44'55.528 to come back along bay side of spit. Found a dead Brandt's cormorant and a dead Common murre. Hit with hail about three times during walk. Rather sparse re wildlife: a small, mixed flock of sanderlings and surfbirds; the usual population of Harbor seals congregating on the leeward side of the spit. Great news! All the huge styrofoam chunks have been removed from the oceanside of spit; Dave and I removed two huge pieces from the bay side (one huge piece remains...we'll get it next time). Another great day for seafoam! View full report 4
236 Derskin 12/25/2007 The last winter storm with the high winds moved ten to fifteen feet of sand along the whole mile. View full report 0
239 Shafer 12/24/2007 Began at N44'53.632 and finished at N44'55.157. Saw sanderlings foraging in driftline; dead grebe being picked at by gull; usual litter at high tide line; lots of sea foam today. View full report 0
190 Ranger 12/22/2007 Bluff sloughing is close to undercutting the access trail adjacent to Highway 101. Situation was reported to USFS at CPVC.Weather and sea conditions made it dangerous to access the southern portion of Mile 190. No observations below Cooks Chasm. View full report 0
187 turnstone 12/21/2007 A partial car body has washed up as well as a partial commercial crab pot. Most litter is ocean based. A minus tide and many people stopping by. Tiny barnacles starting to grow where all barnacles and mussels was gone in fall. View full report 3
214 rasmussenschramm 12/21/2007 At the State Park were six cars parked, and at the beach were fourteen people, six dogs, people walking dogs and writing their names in the sand, one flying a kite. Five people were watching the ocean from the platform for the handicapped. The beach was relatively clean. Sand had been piling up towards the dunes. The outgoing tide made for a wide strip of beach for walking. A bald eagle was flying overhead. View full report 0
133 JBWEGNER 12/21/2007 General condition of the beach was good. Evidence of tide erosion of vegetated foredune at one point. Marked it (GPS and Photo) for next observation. Kelp, shells, wood pieces, ocean-based debris, plastic pellets and styrofoam in driftline. One tagged loon. Low human impact (2)-removing driftwood. Two cars and 4 ATVs on allowed beach. View full report 0
311 TomandGretel 12/20/2007 It was nice to have the beach practically to ourselves. The one dog we encountered was under perfect voice control.There was much less debris than we expected after the Big Storm.We will keep an eye on a lot that was being surveyed ( from the beach), with a small cottage on it. Will check to see whether there is a building permit for new construction, and monitor that ( rip rap, drainage, new walkway etc.) View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 12/20/2007 Very few birds today. A dozen gulls, 3 Sanderlings. Usual group of harbor seals not observed. Many large clumps/balls of bull kelp washed ashore, the majority just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty area. Mostly single strands of bull kelp at north end of Mile 171.Continued accumulation of flood debris (stumps, logs, wood, branches, brush) at high tide line. Majority is just north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty. Many large balls of bull kelp washed ashore. View full report 0
90 [email protected] 12/20/2007 Kayaked across New River at N end of mile 92 and walked S. to point .5 mile S. of Coos/Curry Cty line. No sign of human activity. Normal winter shoreline erosion with tide eroding at base of foredune and overtopping at sights of previous overwashes. Mostly wood pieces, razor clam shells, bull kelp on beach. .5 to 3 foot thick layer of white frothy foam on beach looks like snow in photos. Site of previous year NR breach active and flowing 70 feet across at mouth. Gulls flying S along beach. Sanderlings picking goodies out of the foam. Saw just a few pelicans and cormorants. One dead Northern Fulmar. View full report 6
228 djohnson 12/20/2007 The beach at Whale Cove is very clean. The 9-unit up-scale hotel being built to replace Whale Cove Inn is nearing completion. It should be complete in the next few months. The issue of a bright light shining on the cove, and disturbing the neighbors, seems to be resolved. View full report 0
49 Tichenor 12/20/2007 Although the bird carcasses noted above were of varying ages, I think it likely that most of them were victims of the Dec. 2-3 storm. Several pelicans died in Port Orford during that storm.We have had a storm this week, too, of lesser intensity. View full report 0
23 Bob Harvey 12/18/2007 Weather relented for the 2 hours neede to walk the beach; no dead birds, not much litter. High tide is almost upon us so some areas are inaccesible, esp. the cave in a monolith at N part of the mile. Meyers Creek is 35-40 feet wide at narrowest point as it crosses sand. We were presented with a stunning sunset. Fine trip. View full report 2
209 bloeffel 12/17/2007 The recent heavy weather and surf had removed much sand from the beach and scattered rock from the bluff-base burn over the mid beach. I did not see new gravel beds. The gray whale that is buried at the dune grass line at the south end of survey mile 209 remains covered. View full report 0
216 Ranger Bug 12/17/2007 Considering the recent heavy weather, there is surprisingly little washed up on the beach: a few lengths of nylon rope or netting, a few picnic items (e.g., paper cups), four dead birds, and some seaweed. The most interesting discovery was a large (ca. 35" long) fish that I believe was a chinook salmon. No significant new erosion that I could discern. View full report 16
130 sandyrandy94 12/16/2007 Animal casings and wood pieces in driftline. Sanderlings on the beach. Erosion of the foredune. Low human impact (5)- 5 walking, 3 dogs. View full report 0
168 bwholler 12/16/2007 Nice day, some sun, not too much wind. Broken pieces of large shells, small pieces of wood on beach, very few rocks. Some new driftwood high on the beach, and older pieces have been moved around by tides. View full report 0
239 Shafer 12/15/2007 Finished our walk today. Began at N44'53.632 and ended at N44'55.528. As previously noted, saw approximately 80 Harbor seals at north end of spit. Extreme level of styrofoam debris...around 15 huge pieces in the vicinity of N44'55.528, W124.01417; also 4 or 5 huge pieces on the bay side of spit. The signs cautioning folks to stay away from the seals are missing. We hauled a crab pot buoy to the Salishan boat launch at N44'55.157 (orange with #4854). View full report 4
171 kathrynl 12/15/2007 Small Piper like birds are back although in a smaller amount, only about one dozen in water line. The trail leading to the beach from this overlook to slowly but very surely sliding toward the beach and beginning to undercut the highway, some attention needs to be paid to this concern before it causes damage to highway 101 and resulting in the lose of access to the north. View full report 0
288 YaakovM 12/14/2007 Mile 288 on Bayocean Spit appeared hauntingly beautiful on this mid-December day. Evenly and lightly strewn driftwood, a result of recent storms, lay splayed along the high tide line, adding color and form to the usually plain sandy beach. Several large logs lay scattered at the water's edge, more evidence of storms. Bird activity was quiet as hundreds of Least Sandpipers huddled to wait out the high tide before the receding waters would yield new supplies of food. The quiet, storm-altered beach looked lovely under calm gray December skies. View full report 0
239 Shafer 12/14/2007 We began walk at N44'53.632 and finished at N44'55.157 when we became too laden with trash and left it in receptacle at boat launch. On way back, birds noted on the bay side of spit: coots, Surf scoter, White-winged scoter, grebe, merganser, cormorant, mallard, egret, and Great Blue heron.Please note that we left a crab pot buoy at N44'54.686, colors white/green/yellow with #22. View full report 1
138 comubp 12/13/2007 A sunny day with small breeze. No signs of vehicle incursion into the closed area other than a likely agency patrol vehicle. Two sets of dog tracks present. Three sets of deer tracks. Two cow elk were seen in the lagoon on 11/24/2007. The usual amount of shells and molted exoskeletons were present on the beach, and the remarkable thing was the lack of expected kelp piles and ocean drift debris from the recent storms. Compared to the vehicle traveled beach adjacent to the south, this closed section had much more plant material extending beachward for some 75 feet from the seawall. The bad news is that 99.9 percent of it was European Beachgrass which they are trying to eradicate in the area. Perhaps they should consider opening the beach to vehicles during the winter to assist their efforts? The ropes and related signage protecting the plover breeding areas were all removed. Thirteen snowy plovers were observed on the beach. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 12/13/2007 Large accumulation of woody debris from December 2-3 storm north of Siuslaw River North Jetty. Majority near the jetty. Very little man-made litter observed on this mile today. Very few birds observed today. View full report 5
196 bertjohnst 12/13/2007 A cool drizzly day with surprisingly little animate life about apart from a little lady gathering shells and a bald eagle circling off shore. Except for the presence of numerous large logs, the beach was also swept clean by recent storms. The rough sea and capricious rogue waves continued to carry away sand from the bare basement rocks. Little to report in the way of development or serious problems. View full report 0
124 B Gray 12/13/2007 Shells, small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. Large number of Sanderlings foraging at the surfline. Low human impact (2)-Beach Patrol. Two street vehicles within allowed area. View full report 0
137 comubp 12/13/2007 Sunny day with mild breeze. Beach driftline was barely evident with a few shells, molted casings and the like. Most beachwood was covered by windblown sand, and the entire mile showed a flat sand angle all the way to the seawall. Several vehicle tracks mingled with recent dog and human tracks. The noteworthy item was the lack of kelp masses and other expected drift from recent storms. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
197 [email protected] 12/12/2007 Nice afternoon to be on the beach. Sunglasses needed when starting the walk. Dark clouds gradually became total cloud cover by walk's end. Only sign of the big storm was the set of damaged access steps. No unusual beach debris. No seagulls at all on the beach today but a large flock of sandpipers entertained me. View full report 0
310 Bill Gordon 12/12/2007 Quiet day with blustery conditions. View full report 0
93 H Witschi 12/12/2007 No driftline or stranded or dead animals on beach. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
111 J Grove 12/11/2007 No unusual activities or conditions observed. Minimal human activities-3 people walking with one dog. Small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. One dead Brown Pelican. No sea life issues. View full report 0
163 mjohnson 12/11/2007 Beach is mainly a gentle up slope to the foredunes. There has evidently been heavy OHV traffic recently as shown by numerous tire tracks that haven't been erased by wind.Creek near south end of mile 163 has broken from the lagoon and is flowing to the ocean.Only wildlife seen was 1 Hawk and very scattered Plovers. Only 5 or 6 vehicles parked in the Goose pasture staging area parking lot, and only 2 ATV's seen on the beach. View full report 0