Mile 137 Report

June 17, 2008
by comubp

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of [Coos] Clear Lake
Conditions:
Tuesday 2:00 PM
Sunny
58° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
23
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Sitting:
5
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
2
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
17
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Two groups of gulls were resting on the beach consisting of 79 and 74 mostly immature birds. Little wrack was present but a few mole crab casings were visible.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
One dark phase Northern Fulmar was found high on the beach.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
A few deceased mole crabs.
Driftline:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
The beach was unremarkable except that it was well used by ATV folks based on count and previous tracks. Much of the beach area has smoothed out between low tide and the sea wall. Some abrupt drop-off areas were still evident.
Summary:
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 were evident. The gulls present were occasionally flushed as ATVs passed by, but they resettled immediately. Shells, animal casings and a few dead mole crabs in driftline. Beach was level with some abrupt dropoffs. One dead dark phase Northern Fulmar. Moderate human impact (23)-2 walking, 5 sitting and the remainder in cars/trucks and ATV's in allowed area.
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2010

September 24, 2010 - comubp
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2009

December 28, 2009 - comubp
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September 12, 2009 - comubp
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March 12, 2009 - comubp
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2008

December 16, 2008 - comubp
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March 16, 2008 - comubp
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2007

December 13, 2007 - comubp
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September 19, 2007 - comubp
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June 30, 2007 - comubp
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