Mile 137 Report

September 12, 2009
by comubp

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of [Coos] Clear Lake
Conditions:
Saturday 4:00 PM
Cloudy
66° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
7.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
37
Dogs:
1
Activities:
All humans were on ATVs , sandrails, and one motorcycle
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
none
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
32
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Mile 137 continues to show increasing ATV use over time. Staging areas nearby provide the facilities and access points.
Notable Wildlife:
Several gulls and a small flock of sanderlings were seen. The tideline wrack was fairly sparse.
Dead Birds:
Total:
16
Species/names:
Nine common murres, four gulls, and a northern fulmar were found, identified, and tagged for COASST. Two additional murres were "refound" from the prior months tagging.
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·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
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 "refound" Common Murre). Several live gulls and a small flock of Sanderlings were seen. All humans were riding ATVs or sandrails, plus one motorcycle. (Some may have been counted more than once.) There were abundant sets of vehicle tracks covering the entire lower portion of the beach. One dog was riding as well. The driftline was sparse, with the usual assortment of shells, casings, wood, kelp and human leavings. The dungeness crab casings so evident on mile 138 were nearly absent on mile 137. Visible amounts of diatoms washed up on the shoreline in places.
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,...
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...