Mile 333 Report

February 5, 2012
by leftbase

Columbia Beach, Camp Rilea MR
Sunday 2:00 PM
45° F
Moderate from the W
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Driving - 2
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
We had the driver of an Oregon Park Dept vehicle drive past us two or three times, and one other pickup truck while within mile 333.
Notable Wildlife:
There was a large, brown raptor of some sort at the South end of the mile, sitting on driftwood.
Dead Birds:
There were two dead birds, one looked like a seagull, the other appeared to have been smaller.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
This was a first visit for us, virtually all of the driftline was composed of driftwood. We concentrated on plastic debris, and collected a couple of sacks that amounted to about foty five or fifty pounds. The photo below is looking North from the North end.
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