Mile 137 Report

September 19, 2007
by comubp

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of [Coos] Clear Lake
Conditions:
Wednesday 10:30 AM
Sunny
54° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
23
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Playing in sand:
3
All were on/with ATVs
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
none
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
3
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
11
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
One skeleton of sealion observed. Bullkelp, eel grass and seapop were observed on the driftline in scattered abundance.
Dead Birds:
Total:
8
Species/names:
2 Brandt's cormorants, 1 gull, 4 common murres, 1 small unknown seabird lacking head and feet.
Stranded:
Total:
1
Same sealion carcass seen over several months, reduced to skeleton pieces.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Wood pieces
plastic and glass bottles
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Many ATV and OHV tracks and vehicles observed enjoying the beach on a sunny day. Two were sightseeing vehicles with paying passengers accounting for 12 of the humans recorded.
Summary:
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 Cormorants, 1 gull, 4 Common Murres and one small unknown seabird. Four of the dead birds found were "refinds" previously tagged for COASST by this mile reporter. Heavy human impact (23)-3 playing in sand and 12 in sightseeing vehicles with paying passengers. Many ATV and OHV vehicles observed enjoying the beach on a sunny day.
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...
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...