Mile 138 Report

June 30, 2007
by comubp

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, south of Tenmile Creek
Conditions:
Saturday 10:00 AM
Sunny
62° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
1 set of full size vehicle tracks on beach
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
The vehicle tracks may have been from a Forest Service vehicle. A Forest Service ATV was seen on the beach with fresh footprints leading into the roped off Snowy Plover nesting area.
Notable Wildlife:
5 gulls feeding on fresh hake carcass.Lots of mole and dungeness crab shells and starfish casts.Numerous clumps of bullkelp and other with thousands of barnacles attached. All appeared to have freshly arrived following longterm floating, along with light bulbs, bottles, occassional plastic floats to 10 inches. The wood in the drift line also covered with barnacles.
Dead Birds:
Total:
3
Species/names:
2 common murres-adults1 large immature gull
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
1 dead Pacific Hake.Thousands of sand dollars, hundreds of dungeness crab casings and shells. Numerous molecrab shells/casings.
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:
The area bulldozed to open Snowy Plover nesting areas was still roped off with no signs of trespass.
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
A beautiful day on the beach. The driftline wrack was especially laden with barnacle covered items indicating offshore drift had recently arrived or was still arriving. Kelp/algae, shells, many dungeness crab and mole crab casings, thousands of sand dollars, wood and ocean-based debris in the driftline. One dead Pacific Hake, 2 dead Common Murre and one dead immature gull. Snowy Plover nesting area remains roped off with no signs of trepass. Low human impact (0).The closed area north of the Tenmile access road did not display evidence of recent vehicle trespass.
Other Mile 138 Reports (9)

2010

September 24, 2010 - comubp
One lone hiker/beachcomber present. The driftline was mostly the usual small kelp, shells and casings plus a few Dungeness crab. A few misc. gulls were present. No unusual physical changes or...

2009

December 28, 2009 - comubp
Mile 138 was clean and mostly lacking notable wrack of a small number of shells, animal casings, kelp/algae wood pieces and Styrofoam. Two dead Northern Fulmar. One sparrow and one raven were noted...
September 12, 2009 - comubp
This vehicle prohibited mile was without tire tracks, and the only sign of humans was four sets of footprints, three barefoot, at the far north end of the mile. The tracks did not enter the...
March 12, 2009 - comubp
What a great day for a beach walk. The only concern was who put the vehicle tracks on the non-vehicle beach leading up to Tenmile Creek? BLM employees use both ATVs and 4wd vehicles to monitor the...

2008

December 16, 2008 - comubp
The beach was pretty much as expected for winter storm activity. Most of the debris was high on the beach with little in the way of algae, kelp or shells present in the surf line. About 40 gulls of...
March 16, 2008 - comubp
The BLM had a caterpillar grade the Snowy Plover nesting area behind the beach. No ropes or signage was visible on the beach as was present in past years. Perhaps it is too early. Small patchy...

2007

December 13, 2007 - comubp
A sunny day with small breeze. No signs of vehicle incursion into the closed area other than a likely agency patrol vehicle. Two sets of dog tracks present. Three sets of deer tracks. Two cow elk...
September 19, 2007 - comubp
Sunny and windy day. Steep beach angle to water with some evidence of waves overtopping the summer sand barrier. Variety of shells and casings between the sand barrier and the sea wall. Some bull...
March 24, 2007 - comubp
Summary: Light wrack. Some wood at high tide lines. Erosion of vegetated foredune uprooting European beachgrass. Snowy Plover nesting habitat prepared, roped off and signed. Dead birds: 2 Horned...