Mile 93 Report

July 6, 2009
by John Hull

Location:
Coos
Mouth of New River, Fourmile Creek
Conditions:
Monday 9:00 AM
Cloudy
70° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
1
Activity Comments:
Found tracks of one ATV very low on wet sand, probably left by Predator Control.
Notable Wildlife:
Solitary gulls only.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Very few shells and crab carapices.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Styrofoam
Four crab floats, retrieved two (other two within plover nesting areas)
New Development:
Modifications:
None except plover nesting area posting
Natural Changes:
Comments:
I removed two floats, saw two others but they were within plover nesting area so I didn't approach. Found one four by four eight feet long (soft wood) which had been in the water a while as it had numerous small shells on it, but it still looked servicable.Found tracks of one ATV very low on wet sand, probably left by Predator Control. Plover nesting areas posted and, at one spot, roped off.The sand was warm underfoot as I walked over the dunes.Beach Walk Mile 93 Monday, July 6th, 2009 It was about nine thirty when LucieAnne, my mostly bassett hound, and I made our way over the dunes, having rowed across the New River from the mouth of the Lower Fourmile Creek. The sand was warm underfoot although’ at that time the sky was mostly cloudy, populated with lots of small white puffy clouds. As we crossed the beach I noticed that once again there was a wide (fifty to one hundred feet) bench that was approximately horizontal (or even a little concave) on the ocean side of the dunes and then a sloped section (perhaps fifteen degrees) leading down to the water (also fifty to one hundred feet wide). There was course sand (size of rice up to pepples the size of golf balls) at the end of the horizontal section. But the sand on the slope down to the water was about the size of table salt. We jogged south. It was warm enough that by the time I was headed back I removed both my sweatshirt and tee shirt and was sweating. The breeze was very light and appeared to be from the southwest. The waves were again tiny, at the most two and a half feet from crest to trough. Perhaps I saw one that was three feet. Also they were short in length, most of them being just twenty or thirty feet long, altho’ I did see some as we were heading north that were longer, like a hundred feet. These were further out at the far end of the surf. There were very few (perhaps a half a dozen) shells and similar number of crab shells over the entire mile. The only seaweed was individual strands of kelp and another type, which looks a little like lettuce. The beach, down at the water line, was remarkably devoid of stuff. Besides a few (about a half a dozen) solitary sea gulls, and one or two other birds, the only life I saw were those little sand fleas, that appear to strongly prefer the other type of seaweed over the kelp. I found only two signs of human activity (besides mine): one little stretch of ATV tracks down in the water line that I suspect were left by Predator Control and numerous posts and even a rope line relating to the plovers’ nesting area. At that place the dunes had also been knocked down by a dozer sometime back. I scanned the ocean for seals but saw none. I retrieved two Styrofoam crab floats and saw two others but they were in a plover area so I left them. The only other flotsam I saw was an eight foot four by four which looked in good condition but bore quite a few small shells so it had been in the water a while. As we headed back north I heard the sound of a diesel engine and saw a yellow fishing boat heading north. I had seen one boat at sea the night before. The sky grew more blue and sunny during the course of our visit. More blue to the west and more cloudy to the east. As we rowed back up Lower Fourmile Creek a loud bird with the profile of a great blue heron but bigger and white with grey markings – a stork? – flew over us cawing like a crow but longer, lower and hoarser. I also watched two small birds like swallows or swifts fly down to the surface of the water and dip their beaks in. I wasn’t sure if they were taking a sip of water and eating an insect on the surface.
Summary:
Beach very clean and except for short ATV tracks (probably predator control) and snowy plover nesting site postings. Very few shells and crab carapaces and four crab floats in driftline. No signs of people.
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2014

April 30, 2014 - John Hull
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2012

November 10, 2012 - John Hull
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September 21, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Two Japanese bottles, otherwise the beach is quite clean. Three people on the beach.
September 19, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: SOLV bag still against the boat dock. On mile 94 a small, dead shark, approximately 3 ft. from snout to tip of tail, black-gray back and white underbelly....
September 10, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Placed against the washed -up boat dock a large yellow SOLV bag filled with plastic material and several large Styrofoam pieces; altogether too much debris to...
September 7, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report:North end of mile 92/south end mile 93 - on a length of about 1/5 to 1/10 of a mile, approximately 10 plastic bottles, half of which have clearly identifiable...
August 31, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 24, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 20, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 19, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 12, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
August 8, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Beaches (Miles 93 and 94) are empty, no trash and no people. Pleasant walk in nice weather.
July 29, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: One metal drum (10 gallons?) with Japanese letters on EAST side of the dune, i.e. towards New River.
July 22, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Not more trash than before. Footprints on the beach but no people seen.
July 15, 2012 - H Witschi
Japanese tsunami debris baseline report: Slightly more unidentifiable trash on beach. One dead sea lion pup (2 feet long).
June 29, 2012 - H Witschi
The first of a series of short reports to provide baseline information concerning the possible impact of Japanese tsunami debris on mile 93-95 of the Oregon coast: a floating dock was found on the...
June 7, 2012 - John Hull
Beach was pretty clean and narrow (due to high tide). One dead sea bird of unknown species (no head or chest present - do have photo). No signs of snowy plover protection areas. Shells on the dry...

2011

November 11, 2011 - John Hull
Perfect weather, sunny and still. Coarse sand with pebbles. Largest waves, about five feet trough to crest. Mist over the water. Large clumps of bull kelp, a few gulls, a large flock of ducks over...
June 24, 2011 - H Witschi
Beach was remarkably clean with only crab carapaces and few rocks. To see people with dogs at the north end of Mile 93 was actually unusual for this isolated beach. Most of the time, this beach has...
June 1, 2011 - John Hull
Driftline had pieces of bull kelp every few yards. Plenty of small crab carapaces. Two gulls over an hours walk, both flying over the surf. Nine to twelve small birds that I think may have been...
May 3, 2011 - John Hull
Beach had no visitors but me. Wet sand was clean with very few individual bull kelp, shells, crab carapaces and sand dollars. One dead bird Western Gull)on the beach. Flocks of seabirds migrating...

2010

September 27, 2010 - John Hull
The wet sand was pretty clean. There were numerous jellies and feathers, many small and white as well as larger one in darker colors. There were clumps of bull kelp here and there on the dry sand...
June 12, 2010 - John Hull
No people or signs of recent visits by them save ourselves. Driftline very clean. Found a glass float. Only about eight birds (gulls), one jelly. Plastic shards on dry sand and round plastic...
April 18, 2010 - John Hull
Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks,ocean-based debris, Styrofoam and about 50 round, plastic fishing floats in the driftline. One stretch of beach had a lot of crab parts. Three...
April 9, 2010 - John Hull
Broken shells, animal casings, small rocks, Styrofoam, ocean-based debris including three large incondescent light bulbs and two (linear and round) florescent bulbs and 20-50 plastic fishing floats...

2009

November 1, 2009 - John Hull
Unexpected ATV tracks. A few shells, crab carapaces and an occasional kelp/algae in driftline. Only two plastic bottles, one piece of styrofoam, one small car tire half buried in wet sand and no...
October 22, 2009 - John Hull
Lots of driftwood at base of dunes. Four pieces of plastic (two retrieved) on dry sand. One piece of wood (two feet by four)and small auto tire on wet sand. Twenty to thirty gulls and an equal...
July 13, 2009 - John Hull
Very little on beach where water met the sand, no seaweed at all, few crab carapaces or clam shells, no flotsom or jetsom. Only signs of human activity there (besides the three of us and my dog)...
May 26, 2009 - John Hull
Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces, one small live fish and ocean-based debris (glass bottle, 6 fishing floats and plastic one-gallon containers) in driftline. Removed 4...
May 7, 2009 - John Hull
Few shells (clam and mussels), animal casings and clumps (crab) and clumps of kelp in driftline. Small amount of debris (plastic bottles, aluminum can, 4 glass bottles and fishing float). Bottle...

2008

November 21, 2008 - John Hull
This is my first report on what I think might be mile 93, jogging south from the entrance of the Lower Fourmile Creek into the New River for fifteen minutes.Very little litter or shells, some kelp....

2007

December 12, 2007 - H Witschi
No driftline or stranded or dead animals on beach. Low human impact (0).
November 5, 2007 - H Witschi
Very clean and untouched beach. Driftline rare and spotty and very thin. Two unidentifiable old bird carcasses. No human impact whatever.
September 16, 2007 - H Witschi
New River begins to fill up again, in places 100 to 150 feet wide and up to 4 feet deep (where it could be crossed without getting wet at time of last report). People seen crossed river by kayak or...
June 25, 2007 - H Witschi
New River at its lowest since winter 2000, can be crossed in several places without getting feet wet (between access point and river mouth to the north).Place looks the same as it did 12 years ago,...
March 21, 2007 - H Witschi
Road from parking lot to access point still flooded in places (see mile 94/95 from 3/17).New River can be forded with "ease", but water reaches at deepest point up to three to four feet. Driftline...

2006

December 2, 2006 - H Witschi
Kelp, algae and animal castings in driftline. Dead birds: 1 Western Grebe and 2 Common Murre. 1 entangled dead Northern Fur Seal, reported to Marine Mammal Stranding Network and they collected the...
September 9, 2006 - H Witschi
No wrack line. 5 dead birds (2 Common Murre). Fewcrab shells. Very little trash. Low human impact (0).