Mile 158 Report

November 19, 2007
by VKnox2

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of south end of Carter Lake
Conditions:
Monday 3:00 PM
Party cloudy
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Elk and coyote tracks along the duneline. I have not seen the Eagles this fall-unusual. Dead Coho Salmon on the beach.
Dead Birds:
Total:
7
Species/names:
6 Northern Fulmars, (light morphs)1 California Gull
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
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·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Dune Modification·Sand removal
The National Guard continues their work on the Snowy Plover enhancement projects.
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Natural Driftline Content: butter clam o, channelled dogwinkle r, green false jingle r, gooseneck barnacle larvae o, pacific razor clam r, soft shell clam o, moon jelly r, sea palm r, sand dollar r, pacific mole crab molt o, bull kelp r, driftwood r. (a=abundant, c=common, o=occasional, r=rare)Human Related Driftline Content: Science and Industry L, Household L, Parks, Protection, & Land Management L.(L=low 5 or <, A=average 6-15, H=high 16-30, E=extreme 30+.
Summary:
My last Year's end Report (I've moved). The National Guard continues their work on the Snowy Plover enhancement project. A variety of animal tracks peppered the beach, including scavengers looking for crabs and dead birds. As usual, the deposition zones of miles 157 and 158, provided an abundance of food this year. August was especially productive with hundreds of large, dead, female dungeness crabs in the surf. Unusual summer and autumn driftline discoveries included: the head of a porpoise, comb jellies, coho salmon, salmon sharks, and immature pelicans. Human related trash onshore has decreased overall! Signs of oiling, including tarmat, were absent.
Other Mile 158 Reports (13)

2014

July 2, 2014 - oceanwalker842
Mid 70's at the beach with little wind....nice! Interesting fog/mist seemingly coming out of the sand (see photo)....reminiscent of Twilight Zone where creepy creatures come out of the haze. No such...
  • Close up of velella velella
  • These velella velella won't make another trip
June 3, 2014 - oceanwalker842
Another beautiful day at the beach. High cloud cover that almost burned off by the time I finished the walk. Temperature started at 59 and worked itself up to a cloud-filtered warm 70 by the time I...
  • Foxglove greeting visitors to the beach trail.
  • Yarrow making the mile long walk to the beach more delightful.
  • I think this very small snake (about 9 inches long) was a bit lost. It was just off the dry sand heading toward the water.
  • This was almost the average concentration of broken-to-smithereens clam shells for much of the mile.
  • There were several areas of high concentration of broken clam shells similar to this. These patches were up to 400 sq ft in size.
  • Typical cloudy day at the beach complete with a bit of sea foam and a very mall black dot on the horizon which was actually two of the people seen on the beach.
May 13, 2014 - oceanwalker842
Beautiful, warm, sunny day with only moderate winds from the north. On a stretch of beach that is normally devoid of traces of humans, seeing the many scattered pieces of broken Plexiglas, plastic...
  • View from the trail..just missed the eagle.
  • Probably from the tsunami. Or maybe Tom Hanks' long lost companion.
  • Plastic tray  approximately 12" x 24" see writing in next photo.
  • Writing on tray
  • typical net floats
  • Typical plastic bottle with Japanese characters on lid.
  • Many, many crab casing along with broken clam shells and a few sand-dollars.And, NO this isn't a "staged" photo...there were MANY casings along the tide line.
  • Two larger plastic net floats approximately 12-14 inches in diameter found in the beach grass near the trail sign at the beach end of the trail. Evidently someone was "hiding' them.

2013

November 9, 2013 - oceanwalker842
Absolutely no wind...nada! I attempted to get some reaction by dropping a dry leaf...went straight down each time. Very unusual for the Oregon coast.Lots of vehicle tire tracks on the beach for an...
  • Part of the large (200) flock
  • Too many tracks for an area where no vehicles are allowed
  • Russula emetica (I think)
August 12, 2013 - oceanwalker842
Nice hiking weather. Mid 60's with very little wind in the 3-4 1/2 mph range. Intermittent fog/heavy overcast, but sun's radiation through the overcast made wearing even a light jacket seem too warm...
  • tubular "things" approximately 1/8 inch in diameter. If you have any idea what these are, please let me know.
  • Many dead crabs and crab parts
  • One of the trail's inhabitants.
  • Crabs parts etc
  • more parts
June 3, 2013 - oceanwalker842
Beautiful, very windy day. Started out at 63 degrees and by the time we finished, the temp rose to 73. Many scattered small pebbles (1 1/2 inches and smaller) plus small pieces of broken shells,...
  • That's it
April 1, 2013 - oceanwalker842
Very quiet...peaceful...void of humanity...nice!First, there was no sign of tsunami debris from Japan. Looked as though the dog (according to the tracks at the beach) might have been more interested...
  • What more can I say...driftwood and sand
  • View from the trail leading to the shore

2008

April 3, 2008 - Foggy
Closest access to this beach is the Dunes Overlook. Trail is well-maintained, about a half mile long, and does not require any wading. Very light human use on this beautiful warm day.
  • Beach is almost paved with clam shell fragments, sanddollars, and a few medium rocks
  • Lone snowy plover about 50 feet outside marked and restored nesting area, apparently looking for suitable camping spot.
  • Adult gull in flight. Just a 90mm lens, so this guy was pretty close.
  • Large areas of the foredune had been bulldozed and leveled to restore plover nesting areas. These areas were very well-marked with signs and roped off. Humans were observing the restrictions.
  • Macro shot of test (shell) of recently-deceased excentric sand dollar, Dendraster excentricus, about 3 inches diameter. Sand dollars are Echinoderms, distant relatives of sea stars and urchins.
  • Aircraft are supposed to keep at least 1000 feet AGL over the beach, I believe. This helicopter was zipping down the beach at 100 feet or so.

2007

November 20, 2007 - [email protected]
Found 10 dead birds, 8 possibly Northern Fulmars. The Army Corps is still preparing the sand for snowy plover. Fishing line entangling kelp shows ODFW Permit # 96011, Tier # 300, Tag # 47, 2006-07...
  • Permit # 96011, Tier # 300, Tag # 047, 2006-07 Season
March 6, 2007 - VKnox2
The National Guard is nearing completion of the Snowy Plover nesting area enhancement project. The grade is nearly perfect at 4% slope. Great job! Happy Crew!
  • Lunch Break photo-op!
February 12, 2007 - VKnox2
The Guard is doing a great job of removing beach grass and sand thereby enhancing habitat for the Snowy Plover. Sadly, beach grass expansion has engulfed several areas populated by Spiranthes,...
  • Enhancing Snowy Plover nesting habitat by removing introduced exotics and the growing medium.

2006

September 17, 2006 - SNoble
20-40 people on the mile, nearly all were doing the SOLV Clean-up, also Sheriff's work crew were removing ropes and signs for the Plover areas as season has ended.
June 11, 2006 - SNoble
This visit was at ODNRA dune access. No people at the Overlook but eight on the trail and four on the mile to the beach. The areas where the restoration project took place are starting to vegetate...