Mile 137 Report

December 28, 2009
by comubp

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of [Coos] Clear Lake
Conditions:
Monday 3:00 PM
Sunny
48° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
1.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
3
Dogs:
0
Activities:
ATVs
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
none
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
3
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
3
Activity Comments:
Two small ATVs and one street legal vehicle were seen. They were traveling up the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
Thirteen Sanderlings and three gulls were observed.
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
Both were Northern Fulmars. Two weeks earlier a total of nine dead fulmars were counted.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
Lots of large sized driftwood was present. Most of the wood appeared to have been washed out of the sand during winter erosion
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Winter storms have eaten the sand back, forming a 3 foot vertical wall along about 1/3 of the beach.
Comments:
Summary:
It was a beautiful sunny, windless afternoon at the beach. Such days are rare, especially during the winter. Although vehicle tracks were plentiful, only two ATVs and one street legal were seen, just riding the beach in an allowed area. The driftline was quite wide and composed of lots of wood and grassy debris as well as the usual shells, animal casings, kelp/algae ocean-based debris and Styrofoam. Many sizable logs and smaller hunks had washed out of the eroded sandy beach area. Shells and casings were notably reduced from normal numbers. The erosion had not reached the seawall but had formed a 3 foot vertical wall along about a third of the mile covered. Two dead Northern Fulmars were found, and small numbers of Sanderlings and gulls were present.
Other Mile 137 Reports (9)

2010

September 24, 2010 - comubp
The humans were all riding southward along the tideline in four ATVs and one OHV. Multiple vehicle tracks were visible along the beach. The birds seemed undisturbed. The driftline was thin and...

2009

September 12, 2009 - comubp
Thirty-seven humans were observed during the hour and one/half spent recording data on the 16 dead birds present(new birds included 9 Common Murre, 1 Northern Fulmar and 4 gulls and two birds were "...
March 12, 2009 - comubp
Sharing the beach with other users is a pleasure when the vehicles, pets, and humans are under control and enjoying the same glorious weather. Twelve vehicles included six trucks and six ATVs. Six...

2008

December 16, 2008 - comubp
The beach area appeared winter normal with wrack present high on the beach in places, and very thin, if any, surf line debris, mostly small wood and a few shells.One vehicle was parked near the...
June 17, 2008 - comubp
A beautiful sunny day at the beach with tolerable wind velocity. Lots of ATV folks were using the area, including several families with multiple vehicles and young children. No signs of concern...
March 16, 2008 - comubp
Nice day on the beach. Shells, kelp, animal casings, wood pieces and small amount of ocean-based debris in driftline. Two gulls and a Raven flew over beach. Dead birds were: 4 Northern Fulmar, 2...

2007

December 13, 2007 - comubp
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...
September 19, 2007 - comubp
Another sunny, windy day at the beach. Normal signs of ATV usage, one firewood cutter, and the usual variety of wrack items of shells, animal casings and wood pieces. 8 dead birds-2 Brandt's...
June 30, 2007 - comubp
Beautiful day at the beach with lots of recreational usage going on by ATV enthusiasts, ORVs and street legal vehicles. Wrackline was mostly continuous with recent deposits of offshore flotsam...