Mile 143 Report

January 26, 2020
by kmwifish

Location:
Douglas
South Umpqua Lighthouse SP
Conditions:
Sunday 2:15 PM
Cloudy
54° F
Wind:
Moderate from the S
Tide Level:
7.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
7
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
Playing in sand:
1
Sitting:
4
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
a large tank (hot water heater size( is on this beach, about 1/4 to 1/2 mi south of umpqua dunes parking lot
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
4
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
It was a rainy day, so few humans ventured onto the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
3 seagulls, one small flock of sandpipers
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
enough plastic/styrofoam/pellets/assorted broken pieces of plastic crap and glass bottles/containers to fill my extra large black plastic trash bag (I wasn't able to pickup every piece, once my bag was full--I'll bring 2 bags, next time).
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Comments:

I am going to try contacting Ranger RJ Rapplejay, who drove up from Sunset Bay last summer, to remove a refrigerator I found on Umpqua dunes beach; to see if he can get the hot water heater-sized tank off the beach.

Summary:

The biggest thing I found was the water heater tank.  There were only 3 seagulls and a small flock of sandpipers  Quite windy, lovely to have the beach to myself (I walk farther than my mile).

Other Mile 143 Reports (6)

2019

October 28, 2019 - kmwifish
We saw 5 other humans (2 when we started walking south and 3 when we returned) and one dog, besides we two and our dog.  They were all walking on the beach, but none went very far (it was a chilly,...

2013

October 21, 2013 - AnnMissy
The beach was deserted except for us. It was somewhat foggy and windy so not the best day for a stroll on the beach. Did see 3 birds that were dead and washed up on shore...picture below. Picked up...
January 20, 2013 - AnnMissy
Beach looked good other than some bluffing from the higher water. Not too much garbage to collect. Had an enjoyable walk with our daughter, son-in-law, grandsons and two dogs. One grandson found...

2012

October 14, 2012 - AnnMissy
The mile was very quiet with no notable changes. The day was cloudy and windy so not a very nice day to be on the beach. There was lots and lots of kelp in several locations along the mile. We, and...
  • We found many mounds of kelp...more than we generally see.
March 26, 2012 - AnnMissy
Mile 143 is pretty non-exciting. Just basic sand movement and usual shells, drift wood, bird etc. We saw no dead wildlife or physical changes. Were several plastic bottle that we picked up along with...
  • Grandsons and daughter helped us walk our beach mile while they were visiting during spring break. We had our faithful helper dogs with us. Ours is Amos (picture included). He was tired out as we all were. Was a fun time.

2007

September 8, 2007 - twright
Less than the normal invertebrates. One wood box on beach 2' x 2' x 4'