Mile 12 Report

September 15, 2009
by George

Location:
Curry
Boardman SP cliffs
Conditions:
Tuesday 11:00 AM
Sunny
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
2.9 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
9
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Tidepooling:
4
2 picking huckleberries
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
6
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
1 golden eagle (first sighting), live jellyfish in the surf, shorebirds notable for their total absence, sea lions heard but not seen
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
There is a healthy stand of pampas grass just south of the House Rock overlook that I haven't noticed before.
Summary:
Mile 12 looks pretty much the way it always does. With a beautiful day at hand and more people in town than usual there was a bit more activity than usual, but this is still a lightly used area with no apparent threats. There are magnificent tide pools at the foot of House Rock overlook, but I have never seen anyone down there until this visit, when there was a group of four tidepoolers..Sighting of a golden eagle was a first for me.
Other Mile 12 Reports (5)

2010

March 17, 2010 - George
No changes of any import observed since last time.Very strong winds precluded much human activity (it was hard to stand up on the cliff tops) . 10-15 ft. wind-driven waves breaking near shore, much...

2009

December 24, 2009 - George
The difficulty of access and the State Park protection of Mile 12 continue to isolate it from any appreciable signs of human intrusion. Although the area is subject to erosion and landslides during...
  • This was the view form the south end of mile 12, in an area relatively protected from the House Rock viewpoint "mini-cape".  North of the "mini-cape" at Whaleshead Beach, the surf was much higher and more organized.
June 10, 2009 - George
This appears to be healthy mile, lightly used, and with full bloom of coreopsis, wild carrot, wild lily,Oregon grape, etc. Observed more kelp, fewer sea stars than normal. But is that really part of...
  • This was found at the waterline along with vertebrae, ribs, and miscellaneous other bones, but no skull or limbs.  It had been well picked over, but enough flesh was left to cast an unpleasant smell.
March 10, 2009 - George
It's hard to believe that Coastwatchers want miles where something happens; usually, what happens is not good. I am very happy to report that nothing has happened since the last report. There is...

2008

December 10, 2008 - George
Please note report was mailed 12/16/2008 to Ed Rossiter, as instructed. Mail was returned because forwarding time has expired.Since this is my first report on Mile 12, and I'm not sure when this...
  • Photo shows extent of landslide of 2 - 3 years ago.
  • Stumps resulting from the removal of Douglsas Firs at House Rock Viewpoint.  They were also removed from the north side.