Mile 138 Report

September 12, 2009
by comubp

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, south of Tenmile Creek
Conditions:
Saturday 5:00 PM
Cloudy
66° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
7.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
none
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
There were four sets of fresh human tracks near the mouth of Tenmile Creek. The tracks followed the roped off area for Snowy Plovers, and did not violate the closed area.
Notable Wildlife:
Two seals patrolled the surfline. Lots of snowy plover tracks were visible and one live specimen retreated from our presence. A flock of around 225 gulls flew past headed south. Hundreds of dungeness crab casings were on the beach along with mole crabs, sand dollars and clam shells. A few purple mussel shells and one or two snails were found. Two crab pot floats were "captured" for future renovation.
Dead Birds:
Total:
6
Species/names:
Six bird carcasses were found: One Black-footed Albatross, one Northern Fulmar, two large immature gulls, and two Common Murres.
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
A large number of molted dungeness crab casings were present.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
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 protected breeding area for snowy plovers. Two harbor seals were cruising the breakers. A flock of 200+ gulls passed by, an unusually large group for a non-stormy day. A pelican was gliding over the breakers, and one snowy plover was located. There were six bird carcasses evident, including a Black-footed Albatross, a Northern Fulmar, two Common Murres and two immature gulls.The driftline contained hundreds of dungeness crab casings, some mole crab, sand dollar, purple mussel, and snail shells. A few pieces of driftwood held fresh goosenecked barnacles. Add in some "leafy" kelps, stir in great quantities of diatoms and other micro algae washing up on the tide, and we had the ingredients for a great "beach stew"!The signed and roped breeding area for snowy plovers showed no signs of human violation.
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...
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...
June 30, 2007 - comubp
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...
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...