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295 Nedonnaman 07/26/2017

Typical summer beach.  Most of the heavy drfitwood accumulation from the winter is gone ... up in smoke or used to make forts and shelters.  Unlike many past years, there has not been any mowing of dune grass.  Mile 294 to the south gets a lot more use and also includes the heavily eroded bluff at the south end of the Wayside and the wandering creek, which this year is 100 yards or so further north than a year ago.

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188 casparboy 07/22/2017

The number of people enjoying the different segments of mile 188 was larger than usual on this beautiful weekend day.

There were about 40 harbor seals at Strawberry. Fortunately visitors were maintaining a respectful distance from them. There were no other wildlife sightings that stood out.

I noticed no new signs of erosion during this summer observation.

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325 dicknfamily 07/21/2017 View full report 1
202 Unbound 07/20/2017

During our beach cleanup on July 20, 2017 we saw 36 people and 7 dogs. Most people were walking, but it was a beautiful sunny day, so there were some folks who opted to checkout the surf and others who were sitting and enjoying the day. We saw many beach murres and one unknown species of bird. There hasn't been a lot of trash on our mile of beach. During the winter storms a sand bluff was created/carved out and I don't know if this had an effect on trash, but we have found less trash since. We found plastic, tshirt, and misc trash. We saw 3 pelicans and 1 osprey flying by during our cleanup.

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255 bballentine 07/19/2017

Beautiful sunny day. Beach was the cleanest we have seen in 5 years monitoring. Found three fireworks casings near beach houses other than that very little trash. No styrofoam, no bottles, no cut lumber, no fishing gear. Crab and shrimp molt at high tide line. 

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300 [email protected] 07/19/2017 DISPATCH

Unusual increase in dead grebes on Mile 300.

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325 dicknfamily 07/19/2017

Another beautiful day in Gearhart at mile 325, amazing to see the gray whales migrating through and spending the better part of the day just offshore.  In the last few weeks I've enjoyed sighting bald eagles (including 2 pairs in close proximity about a week ago), a post-partum female elk (which was subsequently darted and relocated along with her calf to God's Valley off highway 53 - this after charging a dog and owner - see previous Dispatch), and now gray whales.

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310 newton 07/17/2017

2 people walking with a loose dog

3 dead common murres (no tags)

more sand on the beach (from the ocean not man)

nothing unusual or out of the ordinary

filled up a 5 gal bucket with human litter mostly picnic stuff

 

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325 dicknfamily 07/15/2017 DISPATCH

For the past two weeks (approx July 1-15) I've been walking twice a day between the D. Street trail south along the beach at Mile 325, around the bend to Little Beach over the Necanicum river estuary mud flats.  The weather has been gorgeous - 65 F and sunny most afternoons after partly cloudy mornings. Please see a few photographs below of the general area. Notable sightings (see photos below) include two pairs of Bald Eagles on July 13, 2017 at the south end of the beach near the river, and a single female post-partum elk at about 7:30 am on July 14 between the D and G street trails in the dunes. This elk was reported by the City of Gearhart to have charged an off leash dog later the same day.  In June of both 2015 and 2016 I encountered what I think is the same female elk while walking in the dunes south of G street. Both years she chased me and my dog off the trail - I had apparently gotten in between her and her calf. In 2015 a day after the first encounter my son spotted and photographed the calf near the same area. This year I saw her before entering the dunes, and walked my dogs away from the area.

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291 cemilligan 07/09/2017

Driving down 101 from the intersection of highways 26 and 101, my husband, our dogs, and I were very excited to get to our mile. The sun was shining, the surf looked wonderful, and we were excited to get out of the stifling Portland heat.  Until we arrived at Rockaway Beach.  We entered a pocket of clouds, a strong breeze (borderline wind) coming from the north, and chilly conditions overall.  The thermometer on the car said it was 68 degrees, however it seemed much cooler.  However, despite all this we were dedicated to the cause and to patrolling our mile, as we assumed there would be a great deal of litter to pick up and remove from the beach considering the recent Independence Day holiday.  When we arrived, there were very few people on the beach, only about five scattered diehard vacationers were either running up and down the beach, or making sandcastles.  It appeared that this area had been experiencing a lot of consistent wind lately as the entire beach had large sand drifts.  In comparison to previous patrols, it appeared that a lot of the driftwood had either been moved to make forts, or burned in the campfires that had taken place over the last two summer months.  We were pleasantly surprised that there was not near as much litter and debris as we expected.  Compared to our usual 4 bags of trash, we only picked up 2.5 today.  Most of it consisted of remnants of firework displays, beer drinking, and s'more making.  We came upon one smoldering fire pit, which we smothered with sand.  Due to the wind, there were very few birds on the beach. I only counted 4 gulls the entire time we were out.  We did not come upon any dead birds or other stranded animals. The high tideline had a considerable amount of tiny crustaceans, while the lowtide line consisted of black pebbles and seaweed.  There was some interesting new vegetation on the beach. Tons of small, little flowery plants had sprung up over the past couple months.  Finally, the main channel of the creek that is located towards the north end of our mile has really changed course.  This will unfortunately be our last post on this mile as we are relocating back to our home state of Alaska.  We have loved the priviledge of patrolling this mile, and will miss the Oregon coast oh so much.  I hope whomever takes over this patrol will love and care for this awesome strip of beach!

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245 lvoelker 07/08/2017

Stunning day.  The wind was strongly gusting from all directions. Low tide. 

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237 bksouthwick1 07/08/2017

We live enarby and have walked this mile ar least once a month since the first week of January 2017. However, this is the first time we have taken the time to do the note taking and make an official report.

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222 Wendy and Jed 07/07/2017 View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 07/07/2017

One of those "Now this is why we moved to Oregon!" days on Heceta Beach today - sunny, warm, light breeze (instead of the usual gale).  Very clean beach in spite of the tourist hordes over the 4th of July weekend.  Deposits of Cellophane Tube Worm (Spichaetoperus costarum) casings are beginning to accumulate at water's edge, a dead Common Murre (Uria aalge) was floating in the near-shore surf, and something new for me!  There were numerous huge dense swarms (100+ individuals) of Pacific Mole Crabs (Emerita analoga) working the surf run-back, with individuals ranging from 1/2" to 1+" in length.  I've never seen mole crabs doing large group swarming behavior before on Heceta Beach.  I usually see them in solitary feeding patterns.

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213 PaulJulia 07/07/2017

Cloudy day with practically no wind.  South Beach Park Ranger's truck tracks along the mile?  Beach essentially clean which was good to see after 4th of July celebrations.  Many flowering plants in sand dunes with small bumble bees -- hadn't seen these bees before.  Some concentrations of tiny crabs and perhaps chitins.  Crab molts.  Trapped pools of water near driftline.   Again saw 2 bald eagles (or perhaps one an osprey -- went too fast for a photo) and tumbling for a caught fish in talon.  Saw this in April.

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243 [email protected] 07/05/2017

There was a large amount of post July 4th garbage on this beach.  Including, but not limited to: bottles, cans, LOTS of firework debris, candy wrappers, plastic disposable silverware, foam pieces, human clothing, flip-flops, gloves, large gutter from a house that someone exploded fireworks inside, large coils of sharp and rusted metal springs, fires that were still burning, underwear, condom wrappers, a large broken beach chair left below the tide line, cigarette butts and plastic bags. Collected 2 large SOLVE bags full of trash.

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262 Linda Fink 07/05/2017

A foggy, windless day on very wide beach with abrupt cliff edge; lots of illegal fireworks this day after the 4th of July and lots of picnic junk including clothing! Most people were driving around in vehicles; one surf-fishing; 3 walking/running. PEFA plucking gull kill.

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315 newton 07/04/2017

crisp morning

3 people 1 loose dog

4 dead birds

the pool between Chapman Point and Crescent Beach is almost filled in with sand and easily passable

 

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245 TerryH 07/04/2017 DISPATCH

Enforcement of illegal fireworks on the beach in Roads End is not working. The firework displays are getting bigger and more prolific, overwhelming law enforcement, as they have year after year.  Due to the fact that the Lincoln City Police help OSP enforce these laws on the 4th of July, I contacted Chief Kilian of the Lincoln City Police, requesting that they come up with a different plan of action.  Per Chief Kilian "I do agree with you that our current tactic is reactive. I will work with our leadership team to brainstorm some ideas on a more proactive basis."  Lincoln City counselors for Ward I, Diana Hinton and Susan Wahlke, were also contacted and agreed that discussion is needed.

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197 mudslide 07/03/2017

There was quite a bit of activity on the beach, with many visitors here over the Fourth of July holiday. Still, it wasn't anywhere close to crowded. I only walked about three-fourths of the mile this morning. Nothing significant to report except that another chunk of bluff has fallen, within the first one-fourth mile S of the campground.

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198 bahngarten 07/02/2017

Sunny warm clear afternoon with light NW breeze.   50 people enjoying holiday weekend, at and on- the beach, 5 dogs, about 20 kites flying.  Pristine clean beach, with usual summer mole crab parts along high tide line, and some live egg-bearing mole crabs burrowing in sand at water line.Pebbles and shell parts along high tideline.  Few western gulls feeding or resting along waterline.

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248 [email protected] 06/30/2017

Common murres, pigeon guillemots, pelagic cormorants, and harbor seals at Cascade Head.

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221 KathyLJ 06/29/2017

No notable cliff erosion over the winter.  Removed minimal debris from sandy areas and in driftwood including food wrappers, a kite and fragments that appeared to be from a foam fishing float. More rocks exposed than in previous 6 summers that I've walked this section of beach. No sea gulls observed flying or on the ground which is unusual as there are almost always large numbers in the area where Moolack Creek runs into the ocean. I have made 3 trips along this section of beach in the past month and have not seen any gulls.

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307 spinger 06/28/2017 View full report 1
203 [email protected] 06/24/2017

Found burned out campfire log, also area littered with cans, etc.

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314 cheeseguy 06/24/2017

It was a gorgeous day on the beach. Probably a record day for people because of the warm temperatures. 

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188 YachatsRena 06/23/2017 DISPATCH View full report 2
289 ollikainen 06/22/2017

Summer arrived and brought very typical late day,  summer weather conditions to Mile 289.  The wind was really strong from the north.  As I crossed the spit from the bay side,  the Tillamook whistle buoy was loud and almost continuous,  a sign of tall wind waves.  But once on the beach,  the only sound was the buffeting of the wind.  I estimate the wind was steady in the mid 20's with gusts into the 30's.  Blowing sand covered all but larger items.  While unpleasant to walk into, the wind is welcomed because it causes the upwelling of ocean water.  That means fish and birds have food.  We also do COASST surveys on the spit,  and very few dead birds are showing up.  Hopefully they are enjoying abudant food this year.

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309 cadonofrio 06/22/2017

Beautiful day; suprisingly few people; very clean shoreline.

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220 Hillsideshack 06/22/2017 View full report 0
218 dderickson 06/20/2017

Very windy day, with some strong gusts -- I watched a crow get blown backward as it tried to take off. I got sand in my eye (in spite of sunglasses over vision glasses) so I didn't venture too much into the drier areas. The dunes are developing, and most of the driftwood in the high zone is sand-covered. I was hoping to spot some of the "recently publicized" pyrosomes, but no luck; there was not much material of any kind in the recent wrack.

(Just realized as I was filing this that my mile number is the same as the new apartment I moved into last month!)  :-)

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340 edjoyce 06/20/2017 View full report 3
226 George and Sheila 06/20/2017

All humans were either along Otter Crest Loop Road driving and occasionally getting out of their cars to enjoy the scenery or at the Lookout at observation points or in the interpretive center/gift shop. Note that on this mile, the clipped basalt shoreline restricts access and thus significantly limits human activity along the shoreline. The only wildlife of interest were the cormorants nesting on the cliff face and resting on the small sea stack just north of the Lookout. As is usual, no physical changes were observed, though photographic monitoring continues every quarter with each report.

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210 B M George 06/18/2017

A beautiful day at the beach.  The beach was in pristine condition.  No garbage!!!  Some evidence of erosion on the cliffs from the winter rain.  

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109 TRBishop 06/18/2017

Tide was low enough to hike around Coquille point from Merchants Beach to Wisky Run Beach. about a half dozen wind surfers were dancing in the waves at Wiskey Run - obviously a good day for it!

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239 ORbeach 06/18/2017

A beautiful day to be out.  Very little trash collected ... one piece of line and a few plastic pieces.  Found 3 (presumably) dead purple ochre stars in a pile of wood & algae debris above the waves; threw them back in the water but they probably won't survive.

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110 TRBishop 06/18/2017

Quite a few out enjoying the beautiful Father's Day. Nothing out of the ordinary to report, except the coast trail at the southern section of the mile is now overgrown and unpassable about half way up the hill.

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14 artist 06/18/2017

There were signs of recent cliff erosion and a trail-marking sign left by an organized hiking group. I left the sign, though maybe I should have removed it.

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211 Chad101 06/17/2017

Standing water and muddy sand in only one small area.  In general beach slopes continuously to ocean.  Not much plastic debris, large number of rocks, 3 kinds of kelp that I noticed (bull kelp, sea palm, kelp identified as "feather boa kelp" in one of my books).  Beach continues to have mostly broken shells and large numbers of stones.  There was a rocky substratum exposed above the sand at time of my last report; it is almost all covered in sand again now.  Water quite low in Thiele Creek.

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7 DewPoint Dave 06/13/2017

Sunny morning at low tide with lots of beach and exposed rocks for the 26 people and 9 dogs to explore and enjoy.

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316 newton 06/13/2017

Counted 8 large sea stars and found 3 juvenille sea stars around Ecola Point

Lots of mussells, barnacles, chitons and anemones

2 black oystercatchers and possible one juvenille oystercatcher on the cliffside at Ecola Point.

 

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169 oceanwalker842 06/12/2017

Walk started out 100% cloud cover. By the time we got out of the car the sun decided to show itself and the remainder of the walk was absolutely beautiful. Typical small bits of broken clam shells and an occasional crab casing. one clump of seaweed and one gull that kept its distance about 100 feet in front of us for most of the walk. Only other sign of life was two darker birds  probably crow or raven gliding over the dunes. too far away to distinguish species.

I did have company ...a friend and his two granddaughters.

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307 Bald Eagle 06/11/2017

A very nice morning on the beach.  There was a large piece of debris on the rocks (picture attached).  It measures about 10 feet by 7 feet and is made of fiberglass.  There were no sea stars on the rocks at Arch Cape.  The beach was very clean.  There was a small slide on a bluff on mile 307 (about 4 cubic yards).

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172 oldMGguy 06/10/2017

Beautiful evening for a stroll on Mile 172 (north of the Driftwood Shores Resort.  Looks like a bumper crop of "Beach Hopper" amphipods (Traskorchestia traskiana) this summer, as they were hopping all over the wet beach sand.  Most were 1/4" to 1/2" in length.

A baby Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina richardsi) was parked on the wet sand a few hundred feet north of the resort restaurant.  An adult harbor seal was in the near surf.  The pup looked healthy, alert, nice coloration, no entanglements observed.  I headed off two women who were heading out to "save" the pup.  As a volunteer naturalist up at Cape Perpetua, I've attended a number of marine mammal seminars, so I stayed near the pup for about 30 minutes educating several dozen curious beach walkers on harbor seal behavior and their environment.  Basically "The kid's OK, this is normal, stand back and leave it alone".

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322 [email protected] 06/07/2017

The weather was partly cloudy with a light on shore wind. There were beach walkers, runners, dogs, and some playing in the surf. The drift line contained crab shells, kelp, feathers, plastic debris and a dead pelican. The rocks on the North end of the mile are starting to be covered a bit by wind blown sand.

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294 Paulissen 06/06/2017 View full report 0
223 Leo Poole 06/06/2017 View full report 0
293 stu and barb 06/05/2017

Pretty happy with the condition of our beach, especially just one week after Memorial Day and the kite festival crowds.  Picked up less than one bag of the routine bottles, cans, small plastics & paper...expected more.  60 or so post weekend beach goers enjoying the nice clean sand.  Just rocks, shells, and a little drift wood decorating the beach on the incomming tide.  Only one "junky" bonfire site, while the other dozen or so were left clean...seems like most people are getting the message.  A great sunny day to enjoy Rockaway Beach.

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147 lyndell 06/05/2017

Mile 147 was relatively free from human generated garbage like campfire rings.  We did pick up plastic bottles and small pieces of debris that had washed ashore.  In addition we piled garbage along miles 146 and 145 and will send the GPS locations to the Park personnel to remove when they patrol. 

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199 bahngarten 06/04/2017

14 people enjoying a sunny warm almost cloudless day. Many adult live mole crabs digging in the sand to lay eggs at low tide.  High tide line all along this mile had large amounts of tiny mole crab carcasses along with sand dollar pieces and  scattered dungeness crab parts (all shells were 4-5" across). I wonder if they were thrown back, because of small size and didn't survive? Clean beach, few western gulls and 1 crow.

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198 bahngarten 06/04/2017

Warm, sunny day with 14 people walking or sitting on beach.  Low drift line content had many live mole crabs burrowing in sand to lay eggs.  High tide line had many tiny mole crab carcasses, along with sand dollar parts and scattered Dungeness crab parts, all shells were 4-5"..wonder if these were thrown back in the ocean ( too small) by crab fishermen and didn't survive?  Clean beach.

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190 LyndaC 06/04/2017

 

a beautiful day, and a large number of visitors

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214 PCTronquet 06/04/2017

Human Activities ~  More people seem to be enjoying South Beach, Mile 214.....we've lived here two years, and see many more people on the beach this year.  The beach was remarkably clean.

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224 Leo Poole 06/03/2017 View full report 1
297 NehalemBay 06/03/2017

This was a beautiful early morning with some clouds and little wind.  The beach is long and gradual, with the large amount of wood deposited there now pushed up further toward the dunes.  The sand has covered some of the wood but it is still a jumble of all sizes of logs.  There were still small casings at the wrack line, and the remains of the Velella on the sand.  Nine people were out walking or running on the beach, one with a dog.  The area has restrictions on activity above the high water line to encourage Snowy Plover nesting.  No plovers were visable but there was lots of chirps in the area where the plovers have been seen before.  No other shore birds or gulls were around either.  Two bird carcasses were recorded, one a common Murre and the other just a wing that looked like that of a hawk.  There was little human debris and no changes to the landscape. 

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196 Pardiatthebeach 06/02/2017

We started surveying this beach for marine debris in December 2016 for COASST. This is our first report for Coast Watch. Many more people walking the beach this month, and more dogs. Much less debris washing in. Only found one piece of large debris, rope. Also within our survey rectangles we found virtually no small debris (less than 2.5cm), and only 14 pieces of medium (2.5-50 cm). Not much of a wrack line, and the wood line seems to be consolidating along the bluff. Sand is building back in and high tides are no longer reaching vegetation/bluff in most areas. Did see a partial set of tire tracks. 

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184 bluemoonjoanie 05/26/2017

Beautiful and quite walk on mile 184. The -1.8 tide made tide pool exploring amazing, as this mile has beautiful rock formations, abundent with sea life. The usual plastic debri throughout the high tide areas.  Two old large crab pots are still embeded in the cave areas.  The sea stars looked very healthy; with young ones present as well as adult size. No signs of the wasting disease! Yeah!   

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194 YachatsRena 05/23/2017

I walked this mile in the early morning hours and only saw two people.  Tide was low, but incoming.  Light breeze and moderate inversion layer.  This shoreline is surprisingly free of litter.  Micro plastics may be found if one sifts through the sand.  The shoreline from Yachats SP to about 7th St is strewn with small to very large drifft wood and logs all the way up to the edge of the bluff.  This is standard.  Very little to note along the drift line.  Small pieces of wood, rocks, algae and kelp, along with a few small crab and worm castings.  I saw the usual western gulls, cormorants, vultures, brown pelicans flying by, flocks of geese, crow, a resting seal and a dead sea lion.  I only observed one small sea star clinging precariously to a wall of mussels.  Abundant giant green anemones and gooseneck barnacles.  Smelt Sands area had a small amount of litter and evidence of a couple of campfires.  The people I saw were in this area and I observed much less wildlife in this area than in the first section of this mile.  I took some pics of bluff erosion in Yachats State Park area in order to document what it looks like today.  Two sections of fence are dangling off the bluff.  

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257 PB Van B 05/20/2017

We have walked this beach routinely in recent months and have noticed that there are several people, other than us, picking up debris!  This was a wonderful morning, almost no wind, light fog, and a very very low tide, exposing portions of the sea floor that we haven't seen in a while with the contours not at all simple.  As  before, only a small amount of debris (one grocery bag and a couple of larger chunks), nothing that was identifiably Pacific rim.  Several parts of a lawn mower!  One dead gull, much eaten.  Many beaches have alarming amounts of plastic bits but we saw almost none here.  Many seals and sea lions in water and on the north bank of the Nestucca River.  The several storms of last winter removed a lot of sand which is now building up again, so there is a distinct slope now to the beach, but the dunes and plateaus of two years ago have not been reestablished.  The damage/erosion of storms two winters ago has mostly healed.  One huge storm last winter with an attendent tidal surge and a very high tide surged well over the beach grass and into the parking lot and removed almost all of the beach logs which are only now being replaced. 

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274 rogans 05/19/2017

This Friday was one of the first in a while with perfect beach weather. Most of the persons observed on the beach were enjoying walking. The beach was remarkably free of litter since the clean up was only a few weeks earlier.

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203 Unbound 05/19/2017

I am including photos of each direction of the beach as well as the minimal trash found this round, a setup someone created with chairs & drift wood as well as dead seal with turkey vultures.

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185 lfleming 05/19/2017

A lovely day.  Spring mating season so a lot of the species were paired off.  Someone has built a large tent shape enclosure out of big pieces of driftwood near the parking lot.  Except for the first section of Stonefield Beach, the other sections were all cobbles and rocks.  Good for rock hunters but hard for walkers.  Few people go past the sand.  A Bald Eagle flew over us in the parking lot.  Two new birds, 2 Rufus Hummingbirds near the parking lot, and Tree Swallows near the bluffs. 

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220 DKPowell 05/19/2017

Compared to last report--sand is coming back to this beach area. I got to Yaquina Head cliff wall, plus the rocky beach now is some areas mostly sand with some rock.

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131 JohnnyCN 05/18/2017

Today was a very warm, sunshiny day with little wind.  The mellow weather seemed to have brought out mellow people and their mellow dogs.  People who had dogs were walking them; children were playing at the edge of the surf.  An eventless, but very nice day at the beach.

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180 YachatsRena 05/18/2017

Due to the early hour, I was mainly alone on the beaches and trails.  In total, I eventually only saw three other people.  Beaches and trails were mostly free of garbage or human debris.  Dead sea lion provided a meal for a coyote, bald eagles and vultures.

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153 bebdhm 05/14/2017

Quiet day on the beach.  Sanderlings and a few seagulls, crab molts, salps (older and bleached) in high tide line.  One dead fish not identified.

Usual erosion of the dunes in the winter with some dune islands which we haven't noticed before.  

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8 DewPoint Dave 05/14/2017

After several days of rain families and individuals were enjoying a sunny morning at Harris Beach State Park. Five Black Oystercatchers were observed feeding near the shoreline and these were reported to the coordinator of the Black Oystercatcher Abundance Study.

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171 oldMGguy 05/12/2017

Large quantities of Pacific Mole Crab (Emerita analoga) exoskeleton molts in the high swash line along Mile 171 today.  The vast majority were about 1/2" in length, with a few larger one up to 1" at most.  One bald eagle was cruising southbound along the surf, looking for dinner.  It looks like the summer sand is beginning to accumulate once again on the upper beach, seasonal "transverse" dunes beginning to form from the recent NW winds.

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181 lectricriderone 05/10/2017

Mile 181 was moderately crowded in the parking lot, but the beach and the people there were spread out as they walked.   Visible wildlife is limited to birds and a few crabs.  Recent high winds and tides sweep much light weight debris away.   I found one plastic bottle while collecting litter.  Found one small driftwood fort.  Dead sand crabs were all very small and concentrated in pockets.  The sand was high enough to walk at high tide and stay dry.   Small dunes forming at high tide line.

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188 casparboy 05/10/2017

There was significant run off erosion of the access trails at Strawberry Hill. Worse than in recent years.
The sea Stars are coming back. The most were noted at the north end of the Strawberry beach. Nothing like before the die off but encouraging.
About 15 harbor seals, did not for sure see any pups at Strawberry.

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309 spinger 05/10/2017

Oystercatchers, golden plovers north of Hug Point. Ochre Stars that were reappearing last summer are gone.

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206 Fawn and Mike 05/09/2017 DISPATCH

Excellent to see science at Seal Rock.  Researchers studying the Marbled Murrelets off shore by listening for tag pings and Audubon volunteers monitoring Oyster Catchers.  Visitors on the beach.

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245 TerryH 05/08/2017 DISPATCH

Contacted Park Ranger, Ryan Parker, regarding someone camping on the north end of Roads End beach, on an old slide area, bright blue tarp and yellow sign that says "No Trespassing".  Also informed him of very large dead sea lion just north of 73rd St. beach access.  Submitted Stranded Mammal report to Mr. Rice.  5/9 Update:  Per Ranger Parker, "It appears the tarp is on private property. The structure is fine unless nails, poly rope and other man made materials are used."  Per Officer Liden with LC Police, they have been in contact with the owners of the property just above the camp but so far, have not been requested to take any action.  See attached photo. 

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333 srhoads 05/08/2017 DISPATCH

 Beautiful day. Thin wrack line, medium size continuous woody debris, human built wood "monuments." Not much mico plastics, mostly large peices. One truck doing donuts. One man fishing and a couple walking a dog. Seen a couple seagulls, 3 groups of sandpipers or sanderlings, and 4 Black-billed plovers (see pics) with lots of prints at the edge of the dunes. Please feel free to conment on the species of seabirds in the pictures. No dead mammals or birds. Sand dunes building up.

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198 bahngarten 05/07/2017

Sunny, strong winds from NE.  Wind scoured beach, whimbrels-3 groups feeding along tideline, 36,16,12.  Mod. amounts, decomposed mole crab parts along upper tide lines.9 people 1 dog enjoying the beach, sheltering from the strong winds.  Beach clean.

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262 Linda Fink 05/06/2017

Clean beach and very wide this time. No signs left saying where vehicles prohibited but no one was trying to drive up the dune. Two hang gliders sailing. Nice day and people enjoying the beach, most with their dogs.

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193 SKMacK 05/05/2017

The day was cloudy, rainy, and sunny at various times. There was a lot more log debris than usual both north and south of the Yachats River. A fair number of Velella were on the beach, though not as much as in previous years. A dead, headless sea lion was on the beach at north end of mile 193 being enjoyed by 6 vultures. A harbor porpoise with many small teeth was also seen at beach marker 77 (two days later) at the Yachats Ocean Road Natural site.

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23 Bob Harvey 05/04/2017

A muted day, thin fog drifting ashore. Summer sand piling against steep dune fronts. Scattered trees' debris esp on South end of mile. Marine gardens briefly accessed, but we feel are our reward.   East side of 101 has some large areas of rock placement by ODOT for bank stabilization. 3 dozen gulls at mouth of Myers Creek.

 

 

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33 Bob Harvey 05/04/2017 DISPATCH

This is my first time here. 2 friends accompany me. We descend down the Northside of Otter Point on a badly eroded trail, with the welcome assistance of a rope. See first picture. The stretch is characterized by 50 to 75 ft bluffs topped with trees and occasionally  a private home. This one mile of Coast has suffered terrific damage in recent months .The pictures show landslides, boulder strewn beaches, private staircases damaged and unusable, and one house threatened and undergoing bank stabilization.        Tide was receding during our foggy walk. We saw no others. A beautiful , dramatic area. Up

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255 bballentine 05/01/2017

Cool, cloudy day with light rain. Beach was very clean, only a few plastic bottles and one section of rope found, no styrofoam. Crab moult and dried Velella at high tide line. Few people walking on beach.

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308 John Markham 04/30/2017 View full report 0
291 cemilligan 04/30/2017

April 30th was a beautiful day to be on the coast.  The temperature was a comfortable 55 degrees, light breeze from the north, partly cloudy.  Warm enough to wear a t-shirt and jeans.  My husband and our dog ventured out to check out the changes on the beach. Considering how nice it was outside, there were not very many people out enjoying the day, only about 20 people and 4 dogs.  Most people were walking, or strolling up and down the coast. A couple of kids were enjoying their time playing in the surf.  We expected to pick up at least 4 bags of litter if not more considering Portland and surrounding areas just had their spring break periods over the last couple weeks.  Four bags is our average, however we were pleasantly surprised that there was only 2 bags of trash today, and a dog crate.  We hoped that the dog crate didn't originally have a dog in it, as there was no dog to be found today and the crate was in pretty bad condition.  There were quite a few gulls on the beach today, many more than our last visit.  There were also several small conglomerations of what I think are spotted sandpipers on the beach with their fledglings.  The were so quick I was unable to snap a picture of the groupings.  There were thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of by-the-wind sailor jellyfish washed up on the beach.  There were two major lines of the jellyfish.  One that lined up with the high tide mark, and one with the low tide mark that we observed when we were there.  There was a new ramp installed towards the south end of the mile next to one of the newer housing developments.  I'm not sure if this was permitted or not, but I attached a photo.  The stream towards the north end of the mile was dramatically lower than in previous walks.  The high stream flow of winter months had taken its tole and eroded quite the cut bank on the north side of the stream.  Great day to enjoy the coast!

 

 

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285 Cynthia and Kevin 04/29/2017 View full report 0
98 [email protected] 04/28/2017

Nothing out of ordinary sighted. Picked up 2 bags of garbage consisting of plastic bottles, broken bits of plastics, picnic debris, styrofoam, beer bottles, fishing debris, sandals, dog poop bags and dog poop.

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312 [email protected] 04/27/2017 View full report 0
310 newton 04/25/2017

Calm ocean this morning, couple people fishing in the surf, one dog running loose and two people walking the beach.  Collected one full large bag of litter almost all man-made trash left from beach goers. 

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110 skimmer 04/21/2017 View full report 0
111 TRBishop 04/21/2017

A beautiful spring day with 6 mph wind coming from NNE. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of litter. This beach has always had an abundance of it, but today it was nowhere to be seen. I'm speculating it was because of the time of year and conditions. The tide waters litterally reach to the base of the cliffs, leaving no place for it to collect. The downside, though, is that is probably also responsible for the unusually high level of erosion and land slides all along the bluffs.

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212 PhilBSB 04/16/2017

Nice day on the beach with lots of people out enjoying the low tide.  Mostly calm with surf around 4-5'.  Many rock hunters, several people with clipboards doing surveying something(?) and several families milling around.  A number of guillemots were perched in small holes near the top of the bluff and swooping back and forth to the water line.  Lots of small velella velella have collected over the past week.  Not many other birds due to the large number of people.  Over the past few wees work has been done on one unstable area.  Sheet piles were driven in behind the unstable area and new drainage was nstalled that extends to the beach.  A long stairway damaged by the settlig bluff is slated for removal as directed by the State Parks.  One other item of interest is a small picnic table that washed in a few weeks ago and has settled into the sand.

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121 Emily K 04/15/2017

Lots of small pieces of styrofoam at highest/storm tide level on beach. Quite a few beach-walkers with dogs and kids. Most dogs on leash or within control of owners.

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238 [email protected] 04/15/2017

April 15 in the afternoon was a clear, sunny day with winds 10 - 20 mph.  The bluffs that were evident for much of mile 238 in January were gone or smaller. There was a lot of fish netting and fish lines along the drift line, some of which was picked up and placed in a trash bag along with the typical pieces of styrofoam, plastic pieces, some water bottles and food-related trash. There was less trash on this trip than in January 2017. The most notable sight was a stranded Sea Lion which was reported. 

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208 Batthecat 04/15/2017

First visit after a serious storm.  Wanted to check to see if there were any beach debris which needed attention.  There wasn't any.  Beach was swept clean of sand in many places.  Sun was out and so were the visitors.

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220 Hillsideshack 04/08/2017

Beautiful day on Mile 220, one bag of trash collected. A fair number of folks out today enjoying the sunshine. The erosion continues along our mile. Thousands of Vellela vellela making for sparkling blue lines along the entire beach. Unable to do farthest south section due to large rocks which were too wet to cross safely. 

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299 cpendergrass 04/06/2017

28 is an unusually high number of people to encounter on the beach midweek in April and was likely due to spring break. A tall driftwood structure and a young couple playing with an enormous soccer ball in the drizzle may also have been related to spring break. Most people were walking along the water and while 1 runner, 1 cyclist and 1 boogie boarder were also noted. Only 2 dogs were seen. The lack of dead birds could be the result of recent high winds which may have covered any carcasses with blowing sand.

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290 [email protected] 04/03/2017

There is a lot of erosion that occured over the winter.  It seemed like a lot less driftwood on the beach until I walked the tree line.  There is alot of driftwood 10-20' back into the trees, sand too.  The high surfs and storm surge had an impact along this mile of beach.

 

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116 [email protected] 04/02/2017 DISPATCH

One of the first nice weekend days of the season, and the most humans visiting the mile that I personally have ever seen.

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198 bahngarten 04/02/2017

Mod. breeze from NW, scattered clouds. 8 people 4 dogs walking.  Moderate amounts of decomposing Velella velella along tideline, some shells, wood, pebbles.  No wildlife beyond a couple crows noted. Beachside campground now open, about 1/3 full.  15 lbs of plastic pieces,  mostly white bottlecaps and small colored plastic pieces removed from our mile.

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213 PaulJulia 04/02/2017

A pleasant day at the coast with families flying kites.  No shorebirds except one beached bird (grebe?).  Strong smell of decomposing at first but no evidence of dead fish/birds/etc except for bleached Velella velella which weren't noticeable.  Sand dune erosion significant in a few places.  Lots of seafoam and wood pieces.  Interesting interaction between probable 2 ospreys.

Report is being submitted without photographs at this time since having lots of trouble in trying to reduce their size.

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195 WetWabbit 04/01/2017

This was a combination CoastWatch mile walk and SOLVE beach cleanup. I collected debris from the size of a flip flop to small plastic pieces. With several others also collecting, we left the beach very clean, at least until the next tide. There was light drizzle, but otherwise it was a pleasant day, bringing many visitors to the shore.

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