Mile 330 Report

July 9, 2020
by sultanym

Sunset Beach, Sunset Lake
Thursday 9:30 AM
Party cloudy
60° F
Tide Level:
0.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
95% of all people on the beach were clamming at low tide
Apparent Violations:
Campfire litter (food wrapping, plastic, beer bottles) was evident around the remains of campfires.
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Large numbers of vehicles parked on the wet sand for clamming at low tide.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Freshly dead eastern pacific harbor porpoise. Dark gray back and creamy white belly. Small face and body size. Its body was 95% intact but its eyes were pecked out. The exact location can be seen on my iNaturalist observation which includes the GPS linked map and my photograph:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:

I drove this mile in my vehicle while birdwatching. Notable dead animal sightings included a dead elk being scavenged by turkey vultures (see photos below), a dead harbor seal being eaten by turkey vultures (see photo) and a recently dead harbor porpoise 95% intact but had its eyes pecked out (see photo). I submitted an Oregon OSU Dead Marine Mammal Stranding Report via email. With a low tide of 0.5ft during my drive, many clammers had parked cars on the beach and were actively searching for clams, along with plentiful numbers of western and california gulls, as well as whimbrels foraging in the shallow water pools near a great blue heron. A sea watch yieleded the following avifauna: surf scoters, white-winged scoters, caspian terns (some males carrying fish in their bills to present to females for breeding), and brown pelicans. 

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Other Mile 330 Reports (11)


December 21, 2022 - LEWI
On the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2022 at an outgoing 5ft tide, three people surveyed Mile 330 for an hour. The weather was clear and sunny with minimal wind. There was 5 people and 2 dogs walking...
  • beach facing south toward Tillamook Head. Sky is blue and yellow with some clouds. Sand has footprints and tire tracks.
  • Washed ashore reddish jelly covered in sand
September 21, 2022 - LEWI
There were many birds, living and dead (9), seen on the mile of beach. Several people (8) and cars (9) as well, along with a few dogs (3). It was strange/interesting to see so many caterpillars on...
  • caterpillar crawling on the sand, leaving a trail
  • Close up of a dead pelican with parts of its body covered in sand
  • Four people on a beach holding trash pickers and trash bags
July 5, 2022 - LEWI
Had a dozen plus individuals (Lewis and Clark National Historic Park youth engagement along with Oregon State Parks) over a 5 hour period picking up post fourth of July trash. Oregon State Parks took...
  • 8 humans on beach with multiple trash bags
June 21, 2022 - LEWI
Today the NPS crew joined the hybrid beach grass training with Risa Askerooth from Oregon State University. We learned how to identify four grasses and how to upload our findings on the iNaturalist...
June 1, 2022 - LEWI
Conducted a NOAA marine debris survey today with the CoastWatch coordinator and a group from the Northwest Youth Corps. Also picked up trash from outside of the survey area, along the mile. 
March 21, 2022 - LEWI
Today was a publicized event for a beach cleanup, and we picked up 4 bags of trash and a tire along mile. Parking lot area and just beyond dunes from parking area were notated as having lots trash...
  • Photo of individuals on beach


December 21, 2021 - LEWI
Picked up multiple bags of trash mostly stryofoam, some rope. Fires were out by end of survey. There was a driftwood shelter built into the dune - picture included. 
December 3, 2021 - LEWI
All is well.
  • bird carcass
  • looking north
  • looking south
  • trash collected


June 9, 2010 - Simonetal
kite cart driving on beach near dune base.


June 18, 2008 - alkarbeck
Normally we see far more people on the beach at this time but the clamming season is temporarily closed due to toxins. We picked up a lot of trash consisting mostly of plastic bottles.
March 16, 2008 - alkarbeck
Nothing unusual these past months. Our area allows driving on the beach and we have many dog walkers. We have picked up a lot of trash in the last month of which most is plastic.