Mile 175 Report

October 6, 2006
by Caples

Baker Beach Road, Trail
Friday 9:00 AM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
1 Ruby-crowned King, 4 Common Murre, 1 Western Grebe
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Stream modification
natural modification: stream entra
Natural Changes:
Both crab molt and dead crab carapaces. Postalsia, Egregia, Ulva intestinalis, Seagrasses in driftline. Well-defined sand ridge and runnel. The sea ward slope was 2-6 degrees.
Other Mile 175 Reports (32)


September 26, 2020 - Kit Kirk
Not much to report. The low, thick fog just on the beach, was unusual


December 4, 2018 - Kit Kirk
It was a beautiful, sunny day on a clean and quiet beach!  Perfect!1 dead dolphin, a variety of live birds and a few people.
June 18, 2018 - Kit Kirk
Collected some debris.  There were 2 dead mammals, One I am pretty sure was a juvenile sea lion.  The other, I am not sure. No teeth, no appendages, strong backbone.  Perhaps I will send a photo. ...
January 13, 2018 - Kit Kirk
Happy to see such a clean beach.  Live animais 5 gulls and a duck.   20 people on the beach including 4 on horseback. No concerns


December 18, 2017 - Kit Kirk
Llive gulls and sandpipers.  Signs of dead/molted crabs.  I was happy to find almost NO garbage on the beach.  The beach looked great!
September 4, 2017 - Kit Kirk
There was nothing outstanding in my walk on the beach this time.  I am so pleased to see that the debris level has been low lately.It was smokey though due to surrounding forest fires.  3 dead birds...
January 16, 2017 - Kit Kirk
Live gull and sandpipers. 1 marine jelly in the water.  No dead animals.  Small amount of debris collected.


October 21, 2016 - Kit Kirk
Nothing new or unusual out there today.
March 22, 2016 - Kit Kirk
The waves were very tumultuous and have sculpted a steep beach with plenty of driftwood... The purple wrack line is worth a look...
January 1, 2016 - Kit Kirk


July 6, 2015 - Kit Kirk
There was a large wading bird up a long straight beak... like a Willet.... It was a lovely day on the beach and ti was good to see that the trash load was light...
April 8, 2015 - Kit Kirk
Everything looked normal with less beach debris than usual.
January 18, 2015 - Kit Kirk
One female sea lion dead south of Berry Creek.Heard sea lions in the surf there were lots of Sanderlings.Removed some trash, crates should be removed, there also is new driftwood, some very large.


December 2, 2012 - cheshire
Visited mile 175 this morning to check out the beached whale. The 28-foot male humpback was spotted on Baker Beach three weeks ago by a Coast Guard helicopter. Apparently it died because its tongue...
  • Sign warning visitors not to touch or remove marine-mammal parts.
March 11, 2012 - Caples
Baker Beach is a wide sand beach with sand dunes. The storms of January and February were chrashing into those dunes and putting trees way up on the beach.Baker Beach was cleaned by a riding group...


May 14, 2011 - Caples
The winds are now from the Northwest and all new patterns are being carved in the beach and the dunes. As the wind re-carves the sand, caches of white shells are appearing.
January 2, 2011 - Caples
Lots of people on Baker Beach, horseback riders from Bend,local riding school riders, mules, the COASST team identifying dead birds and folks just walking. After all the storms it was just nice to be...


December 4, 2010 - cindyb
59 dead seabirds noted,likely due to recent stormy conditions at sea. Low human activity. Normal amounts of kelp, shells and trash noted.
April 3, 2010 - Caples
Two days of storms and strong west winds have covered the beach with debri from the Pacific garbage patch and people. People were collecting floats both glass and plastic. The debri was incrediable...
March 6, 2010 - Caples
Baker Beach is the cleanest I have seen it. The driftline is clean, there are no dead birds, there are few live birds. There is some fishing material - different types of rope.The tide was so far...


December 5, 2009 - Caples
The storms in November carved the beach into canyons and clifts that went up into the foot of the dunes which was where the three sealions were found. Now in December the beach has been smothed out...
October 2, 2009 - Caples
It was sunny, it was cloudy, it rained and then it was sunny – a morning on Baker Beach. The beach was clean of human trash and very little from the ocean. The 4 COASST people, other wise known as...
September 11, 2009 - Caples
Great day to be on Baker Beach. Squid - 139 cm long, still alive when first seen, changing colors when moved by waves - beautiful.
  • Squid - 139 cm long, still alive when first seen, changing colors when moved by waves - beautiful.  Gulls had already removed eyes.  2 hours later Turkey Voltures had arrived but there were still faint body movements.
January 2, 2009 - Caples


December 12, 2008 - Caples
Baker Beach was getting ready for the storm of 12/12/08 and we were getting off the beach. There were few gulls flying or walking, there were birds beyond the breakers. It was very clear that a big...
July 11, 2008 - Caples
Nice sunny morning, 60 degrees. Peoples and doge on the beach, six horse and riders. The parking area is a camp ground with areas for horses.Seen a very immature Brandt's Cormorant and one Western...
April 4, 2008 - Caples
In the two and a half hours we were on the beach we had driving rain with wind, fog, and clouds moving across a sunny sky. It was a typical Oregon day on the beach.
January 4, 2008 - Caples
Had to build a bridge to get to the beach.


November 2, 2007 - Caples
Beach slope of 3 degrees Transverse dunes on high beach Very light wrackline with feathers, with small amounts of sea lettuce (Ulva), eel grass (Zostera) and Sea Palm (Postelsia) Shells on the beach...
July 8, 2007 - Caples
Beautiful day on the beach.
April 6, 2007 - Caples
Observation was from 8:30 - 11:30 am, Dead Bird count for COASST at the same time.
January 5, 2007 - Caples
Significant removal of sand around Berry Creek (picture) 5-degree beach slope, several large logs, new on beach. Tropical tree fern stem on beach, a few black walnuts in driftline. Wrack very thin...
  • Significant removal of sand around Berry Creek