Mile 330 Report

September 21, 2022
by LEWI

Location:
Clatsop
Sunset Beach, Sunset Lake
Conditions:
Wednesday 10:30 PM
Cloudy
56° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
6.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
8
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
6
Fishing:
2
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
fireworks
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
9
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Wooly bear caterpillars and birds (seagulls and pelicans)
Dead Birds:
Total:
9
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
A few dead jelly fish--not unusual concentration.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:

Concerned about dog poop (3+ piles buried/removed) and excessive numbers of dead birds (at least one pelican). Lots of string-like plastic, possibly individual strands from a shredded tarp. 

Summary:

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 the beach. There was a lot of string-like plastic scattered all along the beach that may be from a shredded tarp.

  • caterpillar crawling on the sand, leaving a trail
    A caterpillar crawling on the beach sand and leaving a trail.
    Mile 330
    September 21, 2022
  • Close up of a dead pelican with parts of its body covered in sand
    Dead pelican
    Mile 330
    September 21, 2022
  • Four people on a beach holding trash pickers and trash bags
    NPS rangers and SCA intern cleaned up Mile 330
    Mile 330
    September 21, 2022
Other Mile 330 Reports (10)

2022

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

2021

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

2020

July 9, 2020 - sultanym
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...

2010

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

2008

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.