Mile 316 Dispatch

May 22, 2021
by tabeag

Location:
Clatsop
Ecola Point, Bald Point
Conditions:
Saturday 2:30 PM
Party cloudy
52° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
0.9 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
A tourist climbing rocks by seabird nests, quite a ways out on Ecola Point, disturbing nests.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
At least 40 people at Ecola Point, including families playing on the beach and visitors tidepooling and walking. Interacted with six of them, discussing nests, wildlife, and tide pools.
Notable Wildlife:
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Comments:

Deb Atiyeh and I spoke at the Parks meeting on Thursday, May 20, requesting more consistent signage for Mile 314, 315, 316, and 317, primarily related to "No climbing on rocks and disturbing seabird colonies", "No drones or kites near rocks", and "Dogs on leash/dog restraint".  Visitors entering from Les Shirley Park or Chapman Point, or hiking to Crescent Beach from Ecola Road have no signage to inform them of these regulations.  Don't know the outcome of that meeting.

Summary:

A visitor was waaayyy out on the rocks at Ecola Point, disturbing nesting seabirds.  Quite a few people walking, tidepooling and playing on the beach.  Five eagles, lots of harlequin ducks and cormorants, a few pelicans, two black oystercatcher pairs (one is nesting).  Some huge sea stars in this area.  

Other Mile 316 Reports (2)

2021

May 15, 2021 - tabeag

2017

June 13, 2017 - newton
Counted 8 large sea stars and found 3 juvenille sea stars around Ecola PointLots of mussells, barnacles, chitons and anemones2 black oystercatchers and possible one juvenille oystercatcher on the...