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217 malachite 11/14/2019 DISPATCH

Tentative ID of a pacific ray on the beach lying in run off stream that, according to linked Google map segment, that is located a little north of NW 20th in Newport, OR.    I've walked on beaches often for many years in on this part of the coast, not seen one washed up on the beaches before, thought its presence worth noting.   Measured approximately 45" at widest point, unable to measure length.    ID'd by viewing online photos & descriptions for skates & rays found in the northeastern Pacific Ocean.   If I can get there tomorrow, will count the teeth & take a few photos.

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220 DKPowell 11/11/2019

A nice evening--mid 50's, setting up of a good sunset. The sand is still on the beach, with winter decrease still to come.

 

 

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220 Hillsideshack 11/11/2019

Beautiful sunny day on 220. Amazing to see the big chunks of rock/bluff/hillside continuing to fall onto the beach. 3 long black pipes are sticking out of the bluff (not further out than they had been previously). The substation project appears to be going full force, road has been widened and the bottom of the valley is remarkably changed. 

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210 mrkopplin 11/10/2019

A warm, calm day for mid-November. Beach was very clean and smooth with very little along high tide line. We found no plastic or other garbage.

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235 KWelsh 11/07/2019

A great day along Mile 235 on the Oregon Coast, especially for rock and shell hunters taking advantage of low tide. 

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189 gailrobbw 11/07/2019

The beach looked very clean today, save for one loose buoy floating in the surf of North Neptune parking area, and one buoy with ropes tangled around log on shore in that same general area.  Unable to reach these to clean out.  There was new spray painted graffiti near Gwynn Creek culvert (big smile faces like what we had recorded in last report), and on Cummins Creek Bridge.

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214 AnnaB 11/07/2019

It was a calm sunrise at South Beach this morning. I saw some jellyfish washed up along the drift line from the last high tide as well as strands of bull kelp.

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213 PaulJulia 11/05/2019

A very cold, foggy windy day.  A new sign at Surfland's access to beach warning about slippery mud.  Probably put there after accidents.  It can be hard to use that access due to rocks and large concrete blocks. 

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271 yakinsea 11/05/2019

Many gulls, and a few miscillaneous birds, most notably a pair of peregrine falcons (one dive-bombing a smaller one until the small one dropped the bird it had). Others included western grebes, murres, auklets and cormorants.  No mammals sighted.  Huge number of small green anemonies just below waterlind mid-tide, which I haven't seen before.

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227 heidilvz 11/04/2019

Overall there has been few noticable changes since the last visit and the mile appears to have had light use. An additional fire pit in the rocks at point 2 and a new trail was observed halfway down the trail from the quarry pullout to point 4. The trail sidehills in a northerly direction to the grove of trees (see photo). Existing trails appear to have light to medium use and people tend to stay on them. The fire ring at point 5 was gone this visit and the vegetation is recovering. There were 2 women and a child sitting in the tree stand enjoying the day. The area was free of litter. I observed 6 Gulls on the rocks and 4 Cormorants floating in the water.

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253 neskowinwatcher 11/03/2019

Cloudy day, Temp mid 50's  light winds.  Tide ( 6.4) was almost high. 

6 people 1 dog on the beach.  2 adults tending a small beach fire.

beach was very clean, wrack line was insignificant,  no dead birds.

Hawk Creek cafe was moderately busy.

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198 bahngarten 11/03/2019

51' foggy day, moderate winds from NW. 6 people on beach, 2 biking, 4 walking, 2 dogs. clean beach, with pebbles, some crab molt and shell pieces present at tideline. Wildlife- few gulls, about 30-40 sandpipers at tideline( probable Western and sanderlings) moving away from observers. preventing definite ID. Of note were fresh tractor and tire impressions from Beachside state park S. almost to big Creek. Over the past 14 years. we have occasionally reported an old vehicle at very low tides, buried in sand, upside down, exposing axles and tires in late fall when sand has been scoured. It appears that this vehicle has been removed- and it is noted that this vehicle has very recently been reported on Yachats community facebook page.

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293 stu and barb 11/03/2019

Nothing extraordinary today, but picked up more stuff than anticipated...lots of cans and bottles, numerous pieces of yellow plastic rope, a few beach balls and toys, and some styrofoam.

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246 gianna70 11/03/2019

Human impacts observed included rock-hounding, vehicle tire tracks, and large plastic marine debris items.

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116 alaingamerica 11/01/2019

Nice day at the beach. Not many vistors despite the fair weather. Saw lots of crab shells in the wrack line. Not sure if it's a molt. See pix. Tide higher than when I normally visit.

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99 tbowspencer 10/31/2019

A beautiful, brisk Fall day on Mile 99, with very few people. There were still sand dunes along the beach from summer winds, and no signs of additional bluff erosion since last report. As has been the case for the past several weeks on Bandon beaches,  more than usual (9) dead Rhinoceros Auklets were present along the high tide line. COASST representatives are aware of this trend.

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183 Sandy Watch 10/29/2019

More graffiti on rocks and under bridge.

Someone has used a chainsaw to cut up a large logs/driftwood.

Looks like someone might be camping/living at the rock Creek parking area.

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143 kmwifish 10/28/2019

We saw 5 other humans (2 when we started walking south and 3 when we returned) and one dog, besides we two and our dog.  They were all walking on the beach, but none went very far (it was a chilly, windy, sunny day).  Most humans who come to Umpqua Dunes stay on the dunes, racing around on their infernal ATVs. 

One small dead crab, some crab legs/claws/shells, many dead sand dabs (not sure what their proper name is: the little oblong crab-types who bury themselves in the sand).

Physical changes included new logs/tree root balls washed up on the beach.  One human-built lean-to, made of driftwood pieces; on the beach, near the bluff.

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21 PaulSherman 10/27/2019

It was a beautiful sunny, warm windy day.  I walked south along the beach all the way to the massive rocks at the boundary of the USFWS refuge at Crook Point.  The tide was low (-0.4) and the exposed rocks were covered with massive populations of acorn and gooseneck barnacles, bay and surf mussels, and green anemones; sea palms and other algae were scattered amongst the animal life.  The highlight for me was seeing that the sea star population has rebounded in this area.  In 1/2 hour I counted 87 ochre stars, mostly orange-colored, with a few purple-colored individuals interspersed.  In terms of avifauna, I saw 2 pairs of oystercatchers, 3 turkey vultures, multiple western gulls, and a peregrine falcon. Regarding mammals, I saw a harbor sea just beyond the breakers, and tracks of grey foxes along with their excavations were visible above the tide line.

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221 KathyLJ 10/27/2019

The sand is starting to wash away and some rocks that haven't been seen since July are beginning to reappear. The large kelp tangles of a couple weeks ago are gone and there was not much in the driftline but eelgrass and dead mole crabs. The beach is flat and the sand is hard packed up to the cliff bottom in most places. Some minor rockslides and cliff erosion from all the recent rains.  This is my first trip to this beach since the high waves and tides of 10 days ago. I removed 20 plastic bottles including 4 with labels with Asian characters. Also removed several pieces of nylon & marine rope, styrofoam, pieces of plastic, bottle caps, food wrappings and a fishing float.   

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244 garretta 10/25/2019 DISPATCH

Large, 4' to 5' diameter heavy equipment tire on beach in front of Chinook Winds ramp access. Photo attached. 

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280 angelaarena 10/24/2019

Clear and warm. Very few people out. Watched the sunset. Saw one fishing boat at mouth of bay.

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262 Linda Fink 10/24/2019

Nice day with few people, no major problems

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48 alaingamerica 10/23/2019 DISPATCH

Took a short walk on the beach and found 10 "intact" beached birds, most likely Common Murres. (no gloves!)

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245 TerryH 10/23/2019 DISPATCH

Score!  I was checking out the numerous kelp piles when I came upon a Finders Keepers float in blue/green Seahawks colors.   Nice day with about 20 people on the beach, 6 dogs.  I counted 10 dead seabirds, all common murres except 1 seagull.  

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184 simmonsk 10/23/2019

The large sand drift observed last month mid beach is gone with the higher tides.  Lots more rocks and rock formations exposed. One of the larger rocks down the beach is halfway covered with sand. Waterfall on cliffside mid beach is flowing fast.  Observed sea stars again on large rock formation in middle of beach.  Lots of tidepools on north end of beach observed crabs and anenomes.  

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180 lectricriderone 10/23/2019 DISPATCH

Snowy Plover and Seagulls look happy.  No recent slides visible.   8 cars in the pullout.  

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181 lectricriderone 10/23/2019

It was all quiet along mile 181 today.  Few people and almost no trash to be found.  Sand: clean..Water: clear, Birds: appear well fed.  Sand level high.  No dunes.  Blowout Creek water level is low.  

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339 edjoyce 10/23/2019 DISPATCH

All looked about the same as last month.

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274 rogans 10/22/2019

After days of rain the skies cleared providing a sunny afternoon on the beach.

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222 KathyLJ 10/22/2019 DISPATCH

This was my first trip to this beach in over a week. The rain and high waves caused some minor cliff erosion and the sand is packed up to the cliff.  I removed 21 plastic bottles about half of which had been piled up by the cliffs by someone else. Also found several bottle caps and other small pieces of plastic. No other types of debris found. 

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171 oldMGguy 10/19/2019

Another nice Saturday afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach!  Lots of visitors out watching the big waves roll in, with the occasional "sneaker wave" chasing tourists (and me) up to higher ground.  The wrack line contained lots of greenish-pale beige sea foam (photo), bits of palm kelp, surf grass, and numerous smashed pieces of reddish "Sea Nettle" jelly.  Only a few sanderlings were feeding in the outwash today, with the occasional harbor seal feeding further out in the surf.

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340 edjoyce 10/18/2019 DISPATCH

All looked the same.

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254 Neskowin254 10/17/2019

Report filed during a very high tide (see photos)

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203 JLcoasties 10/13/2019

Human activity - 24 people and 7 dogs.  15 people walking, 4 playing in the sand, 2 sitting and 3 surfing.

Shoreline wildlife - 5 dead birds. 4 birds can not be identified due to the condition of the carrcases, the 5th bird can be identified but we do not know the species.  Picture attached.

Physical changes - there is new plant growth growing out toward the ocean in many places along the whole mile.  Picture attached.

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237 Walden 10/13/2019

I observed fewer people and dogs than on any other previous walk, but more natural debris than at any other time. Surprising, because the weather was nice and it wasn't yet the stormy time of the year. Debris was washed up all the way to the top of the beach, also not typical.

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198 bahngarten 10/13/2019

Cloudy still morning, 8 people 2 dogs walking beach.  Few western gulls and crows foraging. Small pebbles, crab parts and shells at low tide line. Of note is a new home ( frame at this time) being built about 100 ft. south of boundary of Beachside State park campground. It is about 50-75 feet back of beach, in sandy grassy foredune, and about 12 feet above beach level. It certainly is in the Tsunami zone, and doesn't not appear to have modifications  at ground level for winter storm surges, which in the past have reached this area( in our experience)..

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248 Dr Kayak 10/11/2019

Notable birds:  rhinoceros auklets, red-necked grebe, and harlequin duck.

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193 SKMacK 10/11/2019

There were few people out this morning as the sun was peeking over the mountains. Mile 193 south of the Yachats River looked about the same with regard to erosion. North of the river, Ocean View drive has been repaved and made one-way from 7th to 2nd street with a pedestrian pathway on the ocean side because of signifcant erosion that has occurred and has been documented in past reports.  See https://yachatsnews.com/ocean-view-drive-paving-project-will-take-place-thursday-and-friday-sept-5-6/. I did see a large block of sandstone that had fallen near the riprap between 7th and 5th street, which may or may not be new (see photo). A dead bird was on the beach south of the river just near marker 77 (see photo-please identify if possible). An individual was flying a drone over the beach from the edge of the parking lot at Yachats State Park, an activity which might potentially disturb birds. There is a tiny moveable house parked on the grass at the State Park as well. 

 

 

 

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154 Eugene Hikers 10/10/2019

Four Eugene Hikers parked in Tahkenitch Campground parking lot, hiked Dunes Trail, and entered beach at Emergency Sign #115.  One other car observed at start and one truck observed upon leaving parking lot.  Hikers backtracked for their return and were on Mile 154 from about 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  It was a beautiful, calm, sunny day (65 degree temp).  No other people or dogs and fewer than 10 gulls observed.  There was a little dried seaweed, many crab molt and few other shells, a few small jellyfish.  Eugene Hikers collected a full sack of debris/litter from the south of Mile 154 beach (area where motor vehicles permitted) including a boot, shoes, large plastic piece, styrofoam, 15 plastic water bottles, glass bottles, car bumper piece, rope (from boat/ship), small wood pieces (from a dock?).  

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214 AnnaB 10/09/2019

It was quiet at sunset on the beach this evening. The beach was relatively clean of debris and the waves were calm. The stream down at the south end of the mile has dried up. I've been noticing more poles erected in random spots on the beach. Is this something people just do for fun? I don't remember seeing any last year.

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206 shelgeson 10/09/2019

Overall, beautiful day on Mile 206. I enjoy seeing my mile through the seasons and becoming more familiar with it. 

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243 garretta 10/07/2019

Lovely, quiet October Monday morning. Recently there have been an increase in dead birds on the beach. Representative photo attached.

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219 YHONA 10/06/2019

There were about 50 people exploring Cobble Beach: playing with children, taking pictures, looking through the wrack and shore line, and a couple surfers closer to Agate Beach. 13 birds along the cobbles, mostly cormorants with other unidentidfied species as well (too far along in decomposition for positive identification). Small and recent rockfalls have occured along the cliff face (most rocks about the size of an apple, with fewer larger rocks). 

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223 adelmanc 10/06/2019

Photos show damage from erosion and vandalism. Also the dead bird that is possibly a Caspian Tern.

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339 huisee 10/02/2019

More tire tracks than we have ever seen.

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184 simmonsk 10/01/2019

More exposed stone fields on beach toward north end.  Large sand drift against cliff mid beach.  A few sea stars visible from the shore on outlying rocks.  Debris line to the south of stairs has lots of plastics.

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101 GarrettSEA 09/30/2019

Nice morning for a beach walk, not much to report, only one dead bird (murre) , picked up a few pices of plastic trash but not much, gulls, cormorrants, geese  and a couple BOC's were the only wildlife we noticed.

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290 Foxglove290 09/30/2019

End of summer,  Not much in the way of driftwood left on the beach(campers burn it thru the summer).  The beach was carn clean being it was just a week ago the SOLVE did the fall beach clean-up. 5 dead birds is a concern, I am cusrious as to why?  

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197 mudslide 09/28/2019

A beautiful warm windless sunny morning on the beach, enjoyed by about 25 adults; 7 kids; and 11 dogs, 3 leashed, 8 running free. The wrack line consisted chiefly of crab parts. At a couple of spots the wrack lay right at the base of the bluff. One large chunk of bluff has come down recently, and certain of the narrow clayey layers are continuing to decay. Aside from a few small pieces of plastic and one bag of dog doo, the beach was clean. As some waves were already washing up to the base of the bluff 45 minutes before the predicted high tide, I turned around after walking about 2/3 of the mile. 

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220 Hillsideshack 09/28/2019

The big tides have brought lots of bull kelp to 220 along with styrofoam pieces and a good length of fishing gear (ODFW tag # in photos). Counted at least 8 dead birds, I did not see tags on them yet. The black drainage pipes seem to continue to be eroding out of the bluff and I saw a few large cracks down the sandstone "wall" before the RV park steps. 

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338 Randy and Beth 09/27/2019

Due to recent beach cleanup and minus tides, our beach mile was very clean. Only an occasional gull and the curlews for bird activity.

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339 edjoyce 09/25/2019

All looked normal - very summery.

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331 alkarbeck 09/23/2019

The beach was relatively clean with some scattered logs. There were many, many gulls on the beach and out onto the shoreline. Our furthest northern point on our mile was barricaded by military from Camp Rilea with orange cones, a jeep and two officers letting us know it was a "live fire rangers" activity! We could not travel beyond their barricade.

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185 Lfleming 09/23/2019

It was a lovely sunny un-windy day.  People were sun bathing, agate hunting, meditating, and poking around on the beach.  There were not many birds, but we were surprised to see oyster catcheers cleaning themselves along with the gulls in the fresh water of Tenmile Creek.  We found three large ( 16") Moon Jellyfish on the sand and several smaller ones, all on the main beach.  Summer sand is still covering the cobbles so it was easy walking.  

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245 gianna70 09/22/2019 DISPATCH

Dead baby marine mammal (seal or sea lion), reported.

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255 bballentine 09/22/2019

Beach getting wider with change of season. When we started monitoring 7 years ago we would fill trash bags with styrofoam, glass and plastic bottles, flip flops and shoes, rope, shotgun shell casings, and other debris. We now find a few small plastic fragments and an occasional plastic bag. Beach is much cleaner now.

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239 mlbutowitsch 09/21/2019

Large amount of squid eggs observed.  Otherwise typical contents of driftline.  No development threats observed.

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246 gianna70 09/21/2019

SOLVE litter pick-up taking place.  A fissure appears to be developing at the base of a bluff.

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309 cadonofrio 09/20/2019

Quite a few birds; most observed in the past few reports; lots of small wood at driftline; larger logs washed ashore.

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226 gsmeyer 09/20/2019

A number of people were at the Lookout at the Otter Crest State Wayside observing the grey whale activity that could be seen below and to the west.  One close-in whale could be observed skimming along just under the surface of the calm water well before and after surfacing to breathe.  Otherwise, the most notable wildlife was pelicans on the large pyramidal rock previously mentioned.

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211 Chad101 09/19/2019

The contour of the beach has changed again so that there are numerous patches of standing water at the base of the embankment.  Despite this, and despite the increased amount of trash, it is still a lovely and relatively unfrequented beach.  The embankment continues to show signs of ongoing boulder falls and other erosion.

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30 tree13tops 09/16/2019

It started out to be a sunny day, but while I was walking it started to rain hard.

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307 Bald Eagle 09/16/2019

There were 10 people and 2 dogs walking on the beach.  They looked at the barnacles, muscles and anemonies at  Arch Cape.  There were 2 oyster catchers and 1 sand piper on the rocks by Arch Cape.  I saw one razor clam shell on the beach.  The beach was unchanged with nothing unusual to report other than the razor clam shell.

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210 mrkopplin 09/15/2019

A long walk on a wet morning. Not many people out this day. Wind was calm although it was raining lightly. Surf was low. Have noticed more birds moving south over the last few days. Whether this is weather-related or migration or both, not sure. Certainly, this time of year we always see pelicans flying south, low over the water behind the surf. 

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240 midnite5484 09/13/2019

At least one cormorant and one common murre were found in a weakened state and taken to a local "bird" man, Harry Dodson (who the Oregon aquarium suggested I call), for help. Though the cormorant didn't live to make it off the beach. 

Note: Oct. 11-12, ten - 14 dead common murres were seen washed up at the high tide line, in a range N and S of SW 35th Street, Lincoln City beach access.

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100 NeeleyBlakely 09/12/2019

Due to change of flow of the Johnson Ck. and dune formation a nice lagoon has formed, that attracks many shorebirds including one Pelican.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 09/12/2019

Lovely day on the beach. All but two folks were enjoying a walk on the beach. Two were sunbathing on towels. Only two dogs running around off leash.  A lot of seagulls ( like 50) out of the water resting by Johnson Creek. Four dead birds observed along the driftline. Not much trash to pick up today.

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297 NehalemBay 09/07/2019

This was a calm day, warm with big clouds.  The beach is long and flat now although the high wood has not been exposed yet.  The wrack is thick with seaweed in some areas.  There were two groups riding horses and a few other people walking, none with dogs.  However, there were some dog tracks coming over the dunes. The restriction on traveling above the high water line to protect snowy plover nesting is over as of the 15th.   Only one flock of shorebirds and a few gulls were seen.  Two carcasses were found, one a Rhinoseros Auklet, the other a Common Murre.  There was no human debris.

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171 oldMGguy 09/06/2019

A nice quiet wind-free afternoon to stroll Heceta Beach after the summer crowds have dispersed.  A recently deceased yearling sea lion is on the beach about halfway between the jetty and Driftwood Shores Resort.  No obvious trauma beyond scavenger recycling.  The mile is coated with white octopus(?) egg clusters, apparently ripped free from their seabed attachment by the recent high surf on Tuesday.  Each individual egg is about 1-2" in length. 

In spite of the recent crowds of visitors, the beach is surprisingly clean of man-made debris.

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295 martyandchuck 09/06/2019

Normal beach.  As usual, typical movement of sand that change the slope of the beach to the waterline.

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182 mj6dolphin 09/05/2019

More people on the beach today.The sand has moved back in over the gravel beds. There are a lot of dead jellyfish in the wrack line. There is one large jellyfish a foot across.

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274 rogans 09/05/2019

Today was a perfect beach day. Given that schools are now in session there were only 20 people on the beach either wallking or sunbathing. I picked up litter but given the busy laborday weekend there was less than I expected.

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247 jayenhollytag 09/03/2019

We were informed by Westwind staff that a live trap had been set for a dog that had been roaming the beach for several months, living off a whale tale that had washed ashore. We saw the trap (see picture) but not the dog. We saw several dozen people access the beach from the Salmon River over the Labor Day weekend (we can see the beach from our home at Cascade Head Ranch), but the area was pristine with no signs of people having visited.

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109 vineyardist 09/03/2019

Perfect weather, weekday, one day after holiday weekend. Quiet beach. No trash observed. Seven vehicles in parking lot upon arrival. Five when I left approximately 90 minutes later. Nobody was fishing, surfing, or otherwise playing in the water. Most folks walking dogs. Three vehicles observed driving on the beach (legal). Two people were rock hunting with pole devices. I spoke to them to determine what they were doing (I thought they may have been clamming). Beach was very clean. Limited washed ashore debris of shell casings, seaweed, wood. A couple of dead crabs. Bluffs looked healthy but there are a few bald spots near Five Mile Point. Minor to moderate rock sliding observed at the point. Only one access to this stretch of coast, which borders on two private properties, each owned by different business entities with the same contact person. Did not see any reason to contact owner. Graffiti observed on one of the monument rocks. Abundant driftwood. didn't appear to be any harvesting. Overall, a very healthy section of the coast.

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23 Bob Harvey 09/02/2019

Shocker sound deposition is normal. Unusual to see two people surfing. Very unusual to find a decomposing seal. Very unusual to find a few dozen small desiccated jellies and one big one. Unidentified Critter on ceiling normally inaccessible cave.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 09/02/2019

Since this is Labor Day there was lot of activity on the beach.  Many people and dogs. We noticed the bluff had been excavated about a quarter mile north of Vingie Creek. Sand and vegetation had been removed from a section about 15 feet wide going back about 40 feet. The removed height was about 3 feet. 

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198 bahngarten 09/01/2019

Calm cloudy 65' morning, 8 vehicles in parking lot. 19 people, 5 dogs enjoying early morning beach stroll.Beachside campground nearly full. Some brown drying seaweed strands, crab molt, live mole crabs laying eggs in sand near tideline. Some predation by gulls. Clean beach. Fall has arrived.

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220 DKPowell 08/30/2019

A quiet day at Sea Star Beach. With the City of Newport continuing work on treatment substation at NW 68th and closing the road they have limited the number of persons using the portion of the beach.

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238 Cathy238 08/28/2019

Mile 238 was very calm and empty today. No people or animals (except birds). No debris on the beach, only dried seaweed, driftwood, small logs, etc. A natural bluff has formed along much of this mile near the waterline.

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339 edjoyce 08/28/2019 DISPATCH

All looked normal.  Northing unusual.

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186 dbpcar 08/27/2019

Very warm, sunny day with very little wind.

45 people and 7 dogs observed on beach.

12 cars/trucks in parking areas.

2 people had started to surf fish in the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve as I was towards where they were at. I stopped and asked them if they knew that they were in a marine reserve and fishing was not allowed. They said that they did not know that and stopped immediately. The husband had already caught and released one fish.

 

Cleanest driftline that I have observed on this beach

 

New step of wood steps coming down bluff from Beachcomber Cottages. There had been cement slabs there for steps. See pictures

Summer sand has returned. Large pile of rock that had been deposited naturally at the outlet from Tenmile Creek into the ocean was gone.

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214 AnnaB 08/27/2019

A beautiful day at the beach. It was great seeing so many peeople out enjoying the coast in a variety of ways. There were a lot of crab molts in the driftline and a few dead birds. Also many visitors on the mile today playing in and out of the water. 

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195 WetWabbit 08/24/2019

It was a lovely, calm day for a beach walk with my dog Westly. Many other vsitors were enjoying the 804 trail and the beach north of Starr Creek. The driftline was free of human debris, but there were numerous crab molts. There was no activity of concern to report.

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245 TerryH 08/20/2019

Noticed an increase in dead birds, mostly common murres and on the north end of Roads End beach.

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202 samdel 08/19/2019

A beautiful day at the Beach. Some days earlier a juvenile humpback whale was beached around the middle of mile 202. It was eventually euthanized and buried somewhere on mile 202. 

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303 jessejones 08/19/2019

Sunny, warm day at Shorties with a mild crowd of families and surfers. Most notable as always is marine debris including microplastics in the sand and in the wrackline.  Large log covered with pelagic gooseneck barnacles was a cool sight. 

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220 Hillsideshack 08/19/2019 DISPATCH

Second Harbor seal found in as many days on Mile 220, this one bigger and a bit more decomposed than the smaller one found yesterday (who is also on the beach today- further south). 10 turkey vultures waiting in the trees on the bluff above.

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189 gailrobbw 08/19/2019

In general area free of significant litter, but much new graffiti spray painted at the outlet of Gwynn Creek just north of the North Neptune parking lot.  Also a large graffiti painted inside the culvert at same location, though we do not know if this is new.  Graffiti and firering inside large cave on far south portion of Section 189.  Visitors have been moving a lot of large driftwood around to make sculptures, and there are some recently used fire rings throughout section.  We observed gulls and ravens, dragonflies, lots of healthy starfish (no wasting diseases seen), green anenome, tadpoles and small fish in the tidepools.  One dog off leash chased gulls.  A visitor has made a small dam with rocks across one area of Cummins Creek as it nears the high tide line.  It was not tall enough to really hold water back and we thought it would probably wash away when rain and storms begin again.

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300 mccannavc 08/18/2019

Mile 300

8/18/19

Sunday Morning

6:30am - 9:00am

The surf was 3-4 feet waist to chest high. The scent of beach fire was notable.

There was evidence of human beach activity prior to my arrival - 6 sand castles, 4 large holes in the sand, misc. clothing and some trash.

Tide pool sightings included 1 sea star impaled with a feather and a sea star being consumed by a gull.

Photos attached.

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220 Hillsideshack 08/17/2019

A wrackline filled with eelgrass, jellies and crab carapaces. Also a dead young harbor seal noted by the South end where the houses are over the bluff. 3 Turkey Vultures were nicely starting to clean it up for us. 

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8 lovlielovie 08/16/2019 DISPATCH

Found today 10-12’ decomposing body of a sea lion washed up on the rocks at the cove at the most northern point of mile 8 

appears to have been dead for some time and is very fragrant 

Turkey vulture activity has been high here for the last several days and I guess I discovered why!

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287 C Nelson 08/15/2019

Warm, sunny summer afternoon that would have almost seemed too warm if it weren't for a strong breeze; surprising that there were only a few folks visiting. Summer sand accumulations have completely filled in previously eroded sections of foredune. Not much trash on beach, only carried out one small bag of litter. Most notable observation was the massive number of dungeness crab and pacific mole crab exoskeletons littering the drift line, the majority of which were of smaller size crabs. Presume the die-off is evidence of warmer ocean temperatures and reduced oxygen levels in seawater off the coast - sobering to consider the long term consequences to overall crab populations.

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222 222Tender 08/12/2019

Beautiful warm, calm day.  Both Wade and Coal creeks quite dry/very little runoff.  25 people 5 dogs all having a great day most walking and getting feet wet!  Some concern about tent/camp on beach north of Coal Creek.  also dead fire with gas can in debris.  

1 very dead bird observed.  Seaweed and casings on beach

Very little trash on beach

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293 stu and barb 08/12/2019

More trash than our last few walks...possibly due to the kite festival last week.  Lots of twine from bundled beach firewood, some fireworks remains, lots of plastic and leftovers from s’more party’s.  A long dead skate and seagull.  10 or so brown pelicans gliding over the waves, and numerous seagulls on the dry sand.

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99 tbowspencer 08/11/2019

Summer conditions bring very changed conditions on mile 99 since the last survey. Johnson Creek on the south end and Crooked Creek on the north are following significantly different paths and now empty into the ocean much farther south. North winds have created sand dunes against the bluffs and along the dry sandy beach. No signs of new bluff erosion noted. A dead large skate was in the tide line, approximately 6 feet long. 

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