Mile 94 Report

June 8, 2010
by John Hull

Location:
Coos
West of Laurel Lake, Lost Lake
Conditions:
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Cloudy
50° F
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
Concerns:
Litter
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:
Just the two of us, Steve Nielsen and myself and my dog LucieAnne (who stayed on the wet sand).Coast Walk, Mile 94 (and 95), Tuesday morning, June 8th, 2010. Steve Nielsen and I started out from my house, the Lonely Plover, at 8:20 AM. It was overcast and the breeze, which I later estimated as ten to fifteen miles an hour, was from the south. We walked down to the dinghy on the Lower Fourmile Creek, and I rowed us over to the west bank of the New River. The current in the river was swift. I estimated it at six to eight miles and hour and the river was higher than I had ever seen it when I was actually on the west bank. Of course, I have seen it higher, but not when I have gone to the beach. We crossed the dunes and walked north. The waves were very small, not more than two feet trough to crest. The driftline was full of sand dollars, and I collected nearly a dozen whole ones, more than on any other visit. There were also little stones up to the size of golf balls, but as we headed north the driftline became empty. We did not see a single bird until we reached the mouth of the New River, where we saw a lone gull flying south. By then we were at what I think is the north end of mile 95. Along the way we saw no signs of other humans except for a lot of shards of plastic (from small up to a few inches across) on the dry sand. Much more than I can recall seeing before. Also a lot of round plastic floats, again perhaps ten or more per mile. There were no vehicle tracks or human footprints in the sand, which is a little unusual as usually the BLM folks leave tracks of ATVs on the weekdays. The sand was warm under foot in spite of the breeze and the overcast and the ocean water was cool but not frigid.On our way north I saw no jellies but did find two, around one to two inches across their long direction, on the way back. There were lots of crab parts here and there along the drift line. When we got back to the south end of what I think is mile 94, six birds, of unidentifiable species, flew a little further south of us and landed on the wet sand. Along our walk we did see a couple of examples of fresh bird tracks in the wet sand but never saw who made them. We were rewarded when we got to the mouth of the New River by the presence of at least four harbor seals (Steve identified them) in the river, at least one or two appeared to study us from the water. Although the amount of large driftwood on the beach was unremarkable until we got up to the north end of mile 95, we did find a lot there. Not as much as on my last visit but much more than any other visit. The other oddities were that the far side of the New River has now a high (ten to fifteen foot) sand bank eroded by the fresh water, and there was another waterway stretching to the north, which Steve identified as the output of Lower Twomile Creek. I had never seen that before. I’m guessing it was the result of the mouth of the New River moving further north and the heavy rains. I was unable to row us up river to the mouth of the Lower Fourmile Creek against the current and the wind, and so, we beached on the east side of the New River and hauled the dinghy overland on the BLM path. We got back to the Plover around noon.
Notable Wildlife:
Total 6 birds, two jellies.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Nearly a dozen whole sand dollar shells, many crab parts, two jellies.
Driftline:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Another gorse bush.
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
Comments:
I brought back two plastic bottles and a couple of plastic items Steve said are used to hold bait in crab traps, one crab float and one round float.
Summary:
No signs of recent human activity. Lots of plastic shards on the dry sand. Two jellies, nearly a dozen whole sand dollars and many pieces of crab shell in driftline. Ten or more floats per mile. One new Plover nesting area marked with signs. Saw at least four harbor seals (identified by Steve Nielsen) in the New River. Only seven birds sighted along mile 94.
Other Mile 94 Reports (26)

2016

May 1, 2016 - John Hull
Accessed mile by rowing down Fourmile Creek and beaching on west side of New River. Saw no gorse on this side. Human activities included five fishermen and a person flying a kite. Sandy beach gently...

2014

March 13, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
Dead lamb and salmon on the beach.Photos by Rod Cink
  • Thursday, 3-13, ~10:00am43.07.04.49 N124.25.57.53 W - (both of them)

2013

November 23, 2013 - John Hull
More people than we have ever seen on a beach walk before, two fishermen in small powered boat on new River, one fisherman walking, and what appeared to be a family of three walking South along the...
June 19, 2013 - John Hull
Warm day, beach wide and fairly flat, pretty clean with occasional kelp, few jellies, dozens of crab carapaces, a few broken Sand Dollars, feathers, and some other crab parts. A Bald Eagle resting...

2012

November 4, 2012 - John Hull
Saw pelican with injured wing walking on beach and a dead baby sealion and three dead birds (just partial carcasses). Only we and our dog were on the beach with no signs of anyone else and no foot...
  • What looked to me like a dead little seal, possibly entangled.
April 5, 2012 - John Hull
Once again no people nor signs of people. Wet sand and sand below driftline quite clean and relatively narrow (fifty to one hundred yards wide). One large dead sea mammal, too decomposed to see if...

2011

October 18, 2011 - John Hull
Beach sand and wet sand very clean. One nine by twelve by three foot concrete dock or pier on dry sand. Flock of over a hundred gulls of two species together on wet sand. Flock of about thirty...
September 19, 2011 - H Witschi
Beach was very clean. Shells and animal casings in the driftline. One dead Steller's Sea Lion. One Great White Egret, flocks of Sanderlings and sea gulls. Five people on the beach - two walking and...
July 7, 2011 - H Witschi
Shells, animal casings and small rocks in the driftline. Practically no trash. No human impact. ATV tracks going north and south on the beach. The mouth of New River is quite narrow (10-20 feet) and...
May 22, 2011 - John Hull
Animals were three Sanderlings, seven cormorants, less than ten pelicans, and one bald eagle over the New River. Four people on beach with one dog (our party). Beach and driftline very clean, no...
April 3, 2011 - John Hull
There were only three of us, my wife and I and our dog on the beach. Very clean driftline. We saw three flocks of small shore birds foraging in the wet send, chasing the receding waves- Sanderlings...

2010

September 25, 2010 - John Hull
One set of human footprints (besides mine) and one set of dog tracks. Lots of small feathers at water's edge for first time. Unusual number of jellies on wet sand, very few shells or crab parts....

2009

October 9, 2009 - John Hull
Except for one old set of boot prints no signs of people or their debris. One dead male California Sea Lion,and a few birds. Little jetsam except for shells, small rocks, a few sand dollars and two...
  • It appears that this carcass was male as the head has a sagittal crest that is prominent in male California Sea Lions.
September 15, 2009 - [email protected]
Accessed Mile 95 From the North end of Mile 94. I had a beautiful day on my mile. Animal casings and kelp/algae in the driftline. One dead California Sea Lion (reported to Marine Mammal Stranding...
  • Found dead on the North quarter mile of Mile 94.
September 8, 2009 - H Witschi
Very quiet, very clean beach; Snowy Plover crew quickly passing through. Shells and animal casings in driftline on a remarkably clean beach. One dead California Sea Lion reported to Diane and Dave...
September 3, 2009 - [email protected]
Parked at the Lower Four Mile BLM parking area and took the trail to New River. There were about a dozen geese and a couple of swans feeding in the river. Waded the river, there must be a breech down...
June 2, 2009 - H Witschi
Practically no human impact; vehicles tracks/footprints most likely from Snowy Plover observers/predator control.Along miles 94 and 95 dry sand (dunes) marked and declared Snowy Plover nesting...
January 12, 2009 - H Witschi
No human activities, except for a few old footprints along New River, no noteable wildlife, no noticeable physical changes to shoreline - looks as it always did for the last few years. Kelp/algae and...

2008

November 14, 2008 - John Hull
Lots of kelp but very little else. Several types of shore birds on sand, flying, or in water. Only other visible animals were sand fleas. Very little in terms of shells or crab parts.Limited...
September 9, 2008 - H Witschi
Untouched beach - only a few (old) human footprints. Remarkably clean beach, practically no litter. Dead birds were 2 Common Murre, 1 large immature gull and 2 unidentified birds. Low human impact (...
August 22, 2008 - John Hull
Large clumps of Bull Kelp at beginning of mile. More kelp than June, also birds this time (gulls and Sanderlings?), one dead bird (small gull?), very little litter. Jellies found along mile but also...
June 27, 2008 - H Witschi
Easy crossing of New River at access point; river not even knee deep. No human impact. Beach remarkably clean, but massive sand build-up. A few snowy plovers seen, one blue heron flying along east...
June 2, 2008 - John Hull
Looked good to me, clean and unoccupied. Thought it odd that there were no small shore birds. Shells, mole crab casings, 2 black fishing floats, one crab float with line but no seaweed in driftline...

2007

July 7, 2007 - [email protected]
I crossed New River from the BLM trail at the end of Lower Four Mile Lane. New River seems to still be flowing south at Four Mile Creek. There was a little mud, but not bad, not even knee deep. I saw...
May 21, 2007 - [email protected]
I waded the New River mud at the BLM Trail north of Lower Four Mile Road. Shells, animal casings and small rocks in driftline. Low human impact (0).
March 11, 2007 - [email protected]
As long as I was in the area, I walked Mile 94. Shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces, ocean-based debris in driftline. shore birds foraging in surfline. I took a picture of some tracks...