Mile 137 Report

March 12, 2009
by comubp

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of [Coos] Clear Lake
Conditions:
Thursday 11:30 AM
Sunny
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
6.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
12
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
Fishing:
6
ATV enthusiasts
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
ATVs/OHVs parking:
2
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
3
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
4
Activity Comments:
Six adults were surf perch fishing with limited success. Four were riding ATVs and two were walking with their dog.
Notable Wildlife:
The usual scattering of shells and casings were visible along with some bullkelp. No birds were present, and one very decomposed pinniped was noted.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
1
1 very decomposed pinniped.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
The south and north ends of the area showed wave erosion of the vegetated sea wall, leaving vertical banks up to ten feet . Lots of eroded European beachgrass was visible on the beach
Comments:
Summary:
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 adults were fishing for surf perch and six were riding or walking for pleasure. The driftline was full of beachgrass eroded from the sea wall, plus some bullkelp and the usual shells, wood and debris. Birds were absent but their tracks were visible around one dead and badly decayed marine mammal. The usual winter erosion features were present with carved out vertical sand faces followed by flatter areas which collected the eroded grasses and wood debris. The vehicle entrance at the north end was too steep for some vehicles.
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 "...

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...