Mile 93 Report

June 12, 2010
by John Hull

Location:
Coos
Mouth of New River, Fourmile Creek
Conditions:
Saturday 8:00 AM
Sunny
50° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
-2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
Lots of plastic shards on dry sand
Disturbances:
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:
0
Activity Comments:
Coast WalkMile 93Saturday morning, June 12th, 2010Blaine and I and our dog, Lucie Anne, set out from the house at 7:40. It was bright and sunny, but there was already a mild breeze from the North. I rowed the dingy down Lower Fourmile Creek (which was very high and the water was brown) and across the New River (also high) and beached the boat. We walked over the dunes and found the beach was very wide as there was a minus tide, about one hundred yards between the waterline and the edge of the fore dune and its beach grass. The drift line was clear for the entire mile save a few small rocks up to about the size of golf balls here and there. We saws only about eight birds, probably all various gulls, all flying except one big one standing in the water on our side of the surf. And I spotted only one jelly about two inches across. There were no signs of any recent human activity, no tracks, either footprints of vehicles. This is unusual, as over the years I have found at least some vehicle tracks on most visits. Not sure if the BLM has pulled back on the biologists and predator control. I did find some small mammalian tracks, about the size that might be left by a cat, but I did not recognize their source.We did pass two areas with posts which no doubt are protecting plover nesting areas but we didn’t approach close enough to read them. On the way back we picked up three glass bottles, one 500-watt red light bulb – completely intact with filament – and Blaine found a glass float a little smaller than a soft ball. It was the first glass float either of us had ever found and a cause for celebration. It was made of clear green glass and will be found in our library henceforth.Along the way we saw many of the round plastic floats in various colours and sizes but the only colorful Styrofoam crab floats were two Blaine spotted floating in the surf. Once again there were lots of shards of plastic up on the dry sand. But there was no seaweed the entire mile although there were parts of crabs and mussel shells and fragments of sand dollars and shells of other molluscs. The waves were small, no more than three feet and the vast majority less then about two feet trough to crest. The sand was fine to small grains up to the size of uncooked rice. The wet sand was cool under foot. The north wind picked up and was between five and ten miles an hour by the time we got back to the dingy an hour after starting our beach walk. We spotted another gorse bush on the West bank of the New River. An alarming new development seen only this calendar year and never previously. I also suspect the width of the sand between the West edge of the New River and the edge of the Pacific Ocean is growing greater over the years.
Notable Wildlife:
About 8 birds, probably varieties of gulls, one jelly on sand (alive, dead, who knows?)
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
None
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Mostly crab parts and, of course, shells, mostly mussels.
Driftline:
Small rocks
Very empty drift line.
New Development:
Modifications:
See above re Snowy Plover
Natural Changes:
Comments:
We brought back three glass bottles and one small glass float.
Summary:
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 floats numerous.
Other Mile 93 Reports (38)

2014

April 30, 2014 - John Hull
We set out at eleven in the morning with me rowing the Second Sea Sprite, our eight-foot Walker Bay dinghy, down the Lower Fourmile Creek and across the New River to its West Bank.  With me were...

2012

November 10, 2012 - John Hull
Beach sand wide and clean with a few jellies on the wet sand. Found a dead perch. Single large crow/raven on sand (first time I've seen such a thing). Deep widely spaced tire tracks in sand,...
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...
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)...
July 6, 2009 - John Hull
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...
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).