Mile 306 Dispatch

January 23, 2018
by Frankie

Location:
Clatsop
Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
Conditions:
Tuesday 2:00 AM
Rain
40° F
Wind:
Strong from the SW
Tide Level:
8.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
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Natural Changes:
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Summary:

At 1:30am, our NOAA radio announced a tsunami watch for the Oregon coast, predicting a possible tsunami at 5:10am in our area. We immediately started packing up necessities for an extended stay away from our house (which is 43 ft above sea level thus definitely in the inundation zone.) What we want to highlight is this: there are 6 houses near ours, all within the inundation zone. None of them turned on lights, meaning that they did not know about the potential tsunami. If the "tsunami watch" had changed to "tsunami warning", hopefully they would receive automated emergency calls, however they would not have as much time to respond as we did. We were dismayed that so few people had NOAA radios, an inexpensive lifesaving communication method. Several of these houses are short-term rentals; those visitors would be disadvantaged in a real emergency. At 4:45am, the all-clear sounded. We went back to bed. 

Other Mile 306 Reports (27)

2019

August 8, 2019 - Frankie
Numerous violations observed, including campfire in unsafe location and harvesting tidepool organisms in the marine reserve.  There has been an uptick in problematic activity on the mile due to more...
July 13, 2019 - Frankie
36 people and 11 dogs on mile 306 at low tide. 7 surfers, a higher number than usual. Adult bald eagle. Continuing bluff erosion.

2018

May 10, 2018 - Frankie
New slides on cliff. These are most likely caused by groundwater movement, not wave action.
  • slides
April 3, 2018 - Frankie
Wave erosion down to sandstone bedrock.
  • sandstone bedrock

2017

December 31, 2017 - Frankie
The afternoon low tide -- and mild weather -- on New Year's Eve brought out 40 people (and 3 dogs) on to Cove Beach, mile 306. They were walking, taking photos, crabbing, playing on the sand, and...
September 20, 2017 - Frankie
  • beacon close-up
July 24, 2017 - Frankie
Everything OK. No new erosion.
May 20, 2017 - Frankie
April 6, 2017 - Frankie
Continuing bluff erosion, some from waves undercutting, but mostly from subsurface water runoff.
January 2, 2017 - Frankie
No one on the beach due to heavy surf. No notable wildlife sightings. Biggest issue is cliff erosion from both wave action and sub-surface water runoff.

2016

September 17, 2016 - Frankie
Update on the whale which washed up Friday evening: It appears to be a sub-adult humpbacked whale. Its flippers measured +- 7ft so it was approximately 21 ft long. Its tail was missing. When it...
September 17, 2016 - Volunteer Coordinator
Update on the whale which washed up Friday evening: It appears to be a sub-adult humpbacked whale. Its flippers measured +- 7ft so it was approximately 21 ft long. Its tail was missing. When it...
July 21, 2016 - Frankie
Exciting news from Mile 306! An overturned boat encrusted with pelagic barnacles came ashore. A Falcon Cove Beach resident photographed its arrival. Since it showed up, scientists and state park...
April 11, 2016 - Frankie
Mile 306's main public access washed away w/in the last month. Beach sand retreat has been enormous this winter. (Sand is visible at low tide on Mile 307.) Underlying sandstone is exposed in several...
  • cliff collapse, the lower half of the access stairs washed away. the cliff hasn't stabilized.
  • As the cliff faces are being scoured, buried trees are showing up. Note stratification: tree in unconsolidated soil, silt, sand; gray clay; sandstone.
  • basalt & sandstone
January 3, 2016 - Frankie
A beautiful way to start 2016: having a two-mile long all to ourselves on a mild winter day. Sand and rocks scoured clean from recent storms. Driftline high up on rocks filled with logs and bull kelp...
  • dumped debris, Tillamook County, Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
  • looking north on mile 306

2015

December 2, 2015 - Volunteer Coordinator
Orcas feeding off the beach 2 for sure, at least 1 and maybe 2 more, orcas were chasing sea lions just beyond the breakers. Sea lions were porpoising, surfing, and scattering like crazy. Saw the...
November 9, 2015 - Frankie
Visitors in the neighborhood reported a bird entangled in fishing line with a big hook embedded in its shoulder. They managed to remove most of the line but couldn't remove the hook. Brave souls for...
  • cormorant bird with fishing hook in shoulder, Oregon coast
November 2, 2015 - Frankie
Just in time for Halloween: red and pink weird-slightly-creepy-looking finger-sized worms. All over the drift line. Alive. Thanks to Fawn Custer for identifying them as PEANUT WORMS. Can't decide if...
  • peanut worms, Tillamook County, Cove Beach south, Tillamook-Clatsop county line
  • peanut worms on beach
September 17, 2015 - Frankie
Surf rough, tide going out. Sub-adult gulls feeding in the receding waves, "kneading" the wet sand with their feet to bring up mole crabs. Pelicans beginning to gather; 25 on the rocks on mile 307; 3...
August 31, 2015 - Frankie
After the storm, the beach was scoured clean. All the changes listed in the August 29 dispatch had disappeared.The sand on the beach was smooth. No washed up logs. Very little detritus.
July 4, 2015 - Frankie
On 4th of July, Falcon Beach was crowded with 40 people and 18 dogs -- at least by our standards. Most people were visitors. The access point nearest my house had 9 vehicles, leaving little room for...
April 19, 2015 - Frankie
13 razor clammers.
April 18, 2015 - Frankie
Clam tide, though surf was rough so few clams were gotten.
April 14, 2015 - Frankie
Observed an adult, breeding plumage Brown Pelican standing on the rocks early this AM. After several hrs, called Wildlife Center of the North Coast. Joshua & Bradley arrived from Astoria early PM...
April 12, 2015 - Frankie
Apparent tsumani debris
  • Living organisms - barnacles
April 11, 2015 - Frankie
Velella velella all over

2012

July 6, 2012 - torythompson
Picked up styrofoam, yellow foam, japanese food foil wrapper and an aerosol can with japanese writing.