Mile 90 Report

June 17, 2007
by [email protected]

Location:
Coos
West of New River, New Lake
Conditions:
Sunday 10:00 AM
Sunny
58° F
Wind:
Strong from the NW
Tide Level:
-1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Activities:
Wildlife Biologist monitoring plovers
Concerns:
People/dogs in closure areas
Apparent Violations:
Evidence of recent camping in dry sand closure (mile 91) and open fire.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Details of this violation have been reported to appropriate persons at BLM and USF&W and efforts are being made to identify and contact the persons involved.Luckily no nest were near the campsite.
Notable Wildlife:
Mature Bald Eagle working the river and breach area. Hover fishing like an Osprey. One Harbor seal in ocean just outside breach.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
Kayaked across New River and walked S. 4 miles from North end of New River Habitat Restoration Area (mile 92)to active breach of New River just S. of Coos/Curry Cty line (mile 89?). Wrack was light with mostly sea palm and bull kelp. Drift line was yellow/brown and foamy. Lots of sand hoppers eating algae. Breach was running very fast 2' deep and 30' across at low tide. Wildlife biologist monitoring plover were the only present human activity. Recent camping incident in restored area. There are active broods along this stretch of beach. Recommend avoiding area for next few weeks. If you need to come please stay as close to the ocean as you safely can and don't stay in any one place for long.
  • This the full view from New River out to the Ocean looking South.
    This the full view from New River out to the Ocean looking South.
    1/2 mile S. of Coos/Curry Cty line
    June 17, 2007
  • This is fuzzy photo of mature bald eagle near breach. Notice the white head and rump.
    This is fuzzy photo of mature bald eagle near breach. Notice the white head and rump.
    June 17, 2007
  • This is typical view on this day. There had been a pretty high tide and everything was wiped clean.
    This is typical view on this day. There had been a pretty high tide and everything was wiped clean.
    June 17, 2007
  • Alaria is a large algae that has a prominent mid-rib.
    Alaria is a large algae that has a prominent mid-rib.
    Mile 91
    June 17, 2007
  • This is breach at low tide. This is as good as it will get to cross right now. Not recommended as the swift water although knee deep will undercut you. Walking stick recommended if you attempt it.
    This is breach at low tide. This is as good as it will get to cross right now. Not recommended as the swift water although knee deep will undercut you. Walking stick recommended if you attempt it.
    1/2 mile S of Coos/Curry line
    June 17, 2007
Other Mile 90 Reports (7)

2009

January 17, 2009 - [email protected]
Paddled back S from mile 89 and entered beach at S end of New River Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area. Walked N and S from this point. Inspected beach campsite for human impact. Saw Tundra Swans...
  • This was part of a group of 36 flying S over the beach.
  • Just a profile looking N from post for beach campsite.
  • Same spot looking S toward Blacklock Pt.
  • This is just a sample of the debris. There was very little algae or organic material in tidal debris. White foam at surf line.
  • This bunch was working the bank where the river had recently receded. They took off and flew right back to where they were feeding. It must have been good - because they paid little attention to my presence.
  • I drifted into this huge group of coots on my way out of mile 90. I snapped a few photos as they ran across the water in front of me.

2008

September 21, 2008 - [email protected]
I kayaked from Storm Ranch boat ramp site to S end of New River Plover Habitat Restoration Site. Camped the night with my wife and night paddled the river. Really nice - mirror surface of river -...
  • This guy "I think" hauled out and spent the night on the beach within 80 yds of our campsite. I took photos at sunset from cover in foredune. External ear flaps, golden fur, whiskers, no obvious scars or marks.
  • Here is close up of foam layer in wrack. Lot's of diatoms.
  • 2 hawks working the river over the 4 miles we traveled.
June 2, 2008 - [email protected]
Kayaked in from New River to S end of New River Plover Habitat Restoration Area (HRA). Nice day, little or no wind. Removed beach campsite kiosk box that had been vandalized during the summer and...
March 12, 2008 - [email protected]
Kayaked from Storm Ranch to site of old 2002 breach and walked N and S from this point. Saw Red Fox and Raccoon tracks. Large tree trunks and logs deposited during winter overwash events in old...
  • Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) They are larger than you might expect, but very different from dog or coyote tracks. Notice wide space between front toe pads and heel pad and longer shape of toes and narrow chevron shape of heel pad. Far left track is classic.

2007

December 20, 2007 - [email protected]
Kayaked across New River at N end of mile 92 and walked S. to point .5 mile S. of Coos/Curry Cty line. No sign of human activity. Normal winter shoreline erosion with tide eroding at base of...
  • New River breaching to ocean .5 mile S. Coos/Curry Line. 70 feet across at mouth.
  • This guy swooped low down the mouth of the river while I was eating lunch. Photo was from 3 feet away.
  • This is beach to foredune profile from near middle of mile 90 looking N.
  • This is the profile looking S near middle of mile 90
  • This is example of very white and thick frothy foam on beach. I guess this may be typical when storms are coming in.
  • This was the only carcass found on beach.  No bands
August 12, 2007 - [email protected]
Kayaked south on New River from mile 92 to mile 89. Beautiful clear calm day. River looks like glass. Crossed to beach on mile 90 at end boundary of Snowy Plover habitat restoration area and walked N...
  • This is looking S toward Floras Lake and Blacklock Point from high foredune onto breach of New River which has sanded shut.
  • I was sitting in my kayak behind a big stump in the water while hundreds of geese came and went from this area. Nice and open - so they feel pretty secure.
  • The beach had almost no debris. Strangely clean.
March 21, 2007 - [email protected]
Kayaked into S. side of lagoon created by previous mechanical breaching of New River at S end of Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area and walked south to 2005 mechanical breach which reopened...
  • +6 tide at southern seasonal breach of New River. Ocean is pushing sand into mouth of breach forcing breach south along the beach. Natural process of sanding the mouth shut usually occurs when winds are steady out of the NNW for a few weeks.
  • South end of 3 mile Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area approximately 1/2 mile N of Coos/Curry Line. Be careful, nesting is common on these scoured beaches left behind by previous breaching events.
  • Good example of the composition of the beach debris on this day.
  • This is a blowup of the head of the marine mammal I sited swimming out of the river. Looks grey, so I'm calling it a Harbor Seal.
  • Flustrellidra coniculata, a Bryozoan.  This looks like an algae (plant) but is really a colony of animals and each animal is called a zooid.