Mile 137 Report

June 30, 2007
by comubp

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of [Coos] Clear Lake
Conditions:
Saturday 10:00 AM
Sunny
62° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
32
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
ATV/full size riders
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
5
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
20
Activity Comments:
Pre-Fourth of July folks have arrived for beach and dune activities.
Notable Wildlife:
Lots of shells and casings of dungeness crab and molecrab plus starfish on the low tide area. Lots of barnacle covered drift including small wood, kelps (esp. bullkelp) and some fishing debris.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
Common Murre Adult
Stranded:
Total:
1
Partial skeletal remains of a sea lion.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Lots of dungeness crab remains, some casings, some from dead crab. The same for molecrabs. Lots of seagull pecked sand dollar casts.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Lots of tracks on the beach from ATVs and OHVs. Some evidence of firewood gathering, a legal activity w/a permit from the BLM.
Summary:
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 covered in one inch barnacles. Mostly bullkelp plus other species and wood, bottles, and a few floats. Lots of invertebrate casings, sea stars, sand dolars and other shells also were present. Partial skeletal remains of a sea lion. One dead Common Murre. Heavy human impact (32)-2 walking and 30 riding ATV/OHV/street licenced vehicles in allowed area. Some evidence of fire wood gathering.
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

December 28, 2009 - comubp
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,...
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...