Mile 141 Report

December 23, 2008
by oldMGguy

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA
Conditions:
Tuesday 12:30 PM
Sunny
50° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Observed several flights of 4-6 brown pelicans flying south along the wave fronts. Several gulls, 2 snowy plovers, and a small flock of sanderlings feeding in the near shore surf.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Bad day for Sea Nettle jellies. The beach was heavily littered with 3-6" Nettles. One large moon jelly washed up.
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
Horse clam shells, butter clams, razor clam, a few strands of bull kelp, and lots of Sea Nettles
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Comments:
My first visit to Mile 141 via the John Dellenback beach trail, a 2 1/2 mile slog thru the sand. The trail thru the rhodie/pine forest near the parking lot is graveled, the western 2 miles on the sand following trail marker poles. Wet winter sand is much easier to travel on! The recent storm and high tides have began eroding away the beach grass covered foredune, exposing grass roots, buried logs, and shells. Kudos to unknown prior visitors who gathered up nearly a dozen crab pot floats and assorted debris and stashed them back off the beach.
Summary:
This mile is typical of the Oregon Dunes beaches - grassed foredune, vegetated deflation plain, and large parabolic dunes inland. A classic large "tree island" with mature spruce, pine, and rhodies sits inland off Mile 141. The foredune structure here is much lower than the foredunes at Miles 166 to 174 (Florence area).Other than US Forest Service signage, ship-based debris and crab pot floats, there was no sign of human use on this beach today. Two solitary Snowy Plovers were feeding in the surf line, along with several small flocks of Sanderlings. Brown Pelicans are still migrating southbound. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, wood pieces, and ocean-based debris in driftline. The beach was heavily littered with Sea Nettle jellies. Low human impact(1)-walking.
  • South view on Mile 141 from John Dellenback beach trail
    South view on Mile 141 from John Dellenback beach trail
    December 23, 2008
  • Looking north on Mile 141 from the John Dellenback beach trail
    Looking north on Mile 141 from the John Dellenback beach trail
    December 23, 2008
  • Foredune Erosion due to winter storm, winds, and high tide
    Foredune Erosion due to winter storm, winds, and high tide
    December 23, 2008
  • Many 3-6" reddish Sea Nettle jellies washed up the beach today
    Many 3-6" reddish Sea Nettle jellies washed up the beach today
    December 23, 2008
  • Large 12" diameter Moon Jelly upended in the surf
    Large 12" diameter Moon Jelly upended in the surf
    December 23, 2008
Other Mile 141 Reports (7)

2020

July 21, 2020 - KerrieP
Super foggy day on this isolated section of beach. The trail to the beach is getting more use than historic numbers, but still very low use on this beach. Plover signs and fencing in this area are...

2019

August 5, 2019 - KerrieP
Miles 141 and 142 provide nice solitude and good wildlife viewing.  Noted several snowy plovers near marked nesting areas, 11 brown pelicans, a Caspian tern, along with the usual sanderlings (~75...

2008

October 12, 2008 - KerrieP
More large kelp piles than usual. Less ocean trash than usual. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Three dead Common Murres and one dead Surf Scoter. Low...
June 8, 2008 - KerrieP
Pleasant day, notable erosion of foredune - not unexpected after the winter and spring storms this year. Forest Service has placed new "Share the Beach" sign at beach entrance point. Shells, animal...

2007

December 30, 2007 - KerrieP
The weather was crazy; as we hiked across the two mile expanse of dunes to access our mile, the weather went from somewhat sunny to hail and wind, to rain and back to sunny. The deflation plain was...
October 28, 2007 - KerrieP
Gorgeous day for a beach walk. Forest Service seems to be staying on top of blocking OHV access to the closed beach. I observed two recent tracks around MP143. The violators accessed from an...
February 17, 2007 - KerrieP
This beach mile is difficult to access. This last trip I accessed from the Umpqua Third Beach parking lot. I was amazed and sadden to see what is happening to this section of the coast. those of...