Mile 263 Report

March 1, 2008
by olsonko

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Kiwanda State Park north end
Conditions:
Saturday 1:15 PM
Cloudy
Wind:
Moderate
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Concerns:
Fire·Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
fire pit abutted dune grass (way too close!)
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
1 common gull, 1 murre
Stranded:
Total:
1
stranded harbor seal yearling
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Styrofoam
1 plastic bottle, 1 plastic sheet, 2 broken boat bumpers
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
Yearling harbor seal stranded in land cave 1/2 way down mile as tide receding. Called Jim Rice at Hatfield Marine Sci Ctr at office (541-867-0100) Then on marine Mammal Hotline (541-270-6830). He advised to protect seal from dogs and truckers. He will post signs if needed, but doesn't want to attract gawkers. He will do autopsy if animal dies.
Summary:
Yearling harbor seal stranded in land cave 1/2 way down mile as tide receding. Called Jim Rice at Hatfield Marine Sci Ctr at office (541-867-0100) Then on Marine Mammal Hotline (541-270-6830). He advised to protect seal from dogs and truckers. He will post signs if needed, but doesn't want to attract gawkers. He will do autopsy if animal dies.
Other Mile 263 Reports (15)

2017

October 29, 2017 - emrae2887

2013

March 8, 2013 - connierbruce
Nothing out of the ordinary for a sunny weekday afternoon.The old sinkhole repair at Cape Drive and Ferry Road is beginning to erode away. From the beach one can see drainage pipes which were buried...

2012

July 29, 2012 - connierbruce
Nothing notable or unusual. Used McPhillips beach access. Four or five vehicles came and went during my hour's walk using this access.
January 23, 2012 - connierbruce
Over the past year (reports intended each time) we have walked and observed this and miles to north and south many times. It would be hard to gauge the increase in people using these beach accesses,...

2011

December 4, 2011 - olsonko
December report: joyriders driving up bluffs. See report for details.

2010

June 17, 2010 - connierbruce
I am often on the Cape and view mile 262 into 263. I often drive past the other part of 263. The 29 autos is the most I have noted on summer weekends of the past.

2009

March 12, 2009 - connierbruce
We observe 262 & 263 several times a week. Usual and typical activities: 3 or 4 cars, walkers with dogs or looking for agates, 3 or 4 jet skis in surf, and occasionally tracks of jeep or...

2008

December 9, 2008 - connierbruce
Not much activity mid-week wintertime.
September 15, 2008 - connierbruce
Normal usage nowadays is up over the years. Very little litter considering the many fire pits.
June 4, 2008 - olsonko
Driving on beach dangerously fast & using pickup to load driftwood. Six large illegal fires very close to dunegrass & shrubs. More litter than ever; broken glass bottles in cave. Bright...
May 26, 2008 - connierbruce
Relatively light use on a cloudy and cool Memorial Day: 16 people, 6 dogs, 2 jet skis, 14 vehicles on beach
February 25, 2008 - connierbruce
Other than the storm related sand removal uncovering many rocks as it does every winter, nothing unusual noted
January 21, 2008 - connierbruce
Sand at McPhillips access is gone, exposing cobbles and gravel. The base of the slide area is crumbling; otherwise much the same as in previous winters.

2007

August 19, 2007 - olsonko
The Cape Kiwanda State Park access point continues to experience high vehicle counts. People drive at excessive speed, often using trucks with dogs running behind to exercise them. Litter and...
June 13, 2007 - connierbruce
No noticeable change in slide area. Rocks on beach uncovered at low tide. Large (30?) group of pelicans fishing, even larger group of gulls. No shorebirds. Not much in the way of human made beach...