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Mile 1 Report
July 31, 2021
Beach looks super clean; no litter except for one dog poo bag.
Beach looks super clean; no litter except for one dog poo bag. People activity concentrated nearer to Vistor Center on south side of river and closer to mouth of river on north side. Activities: surf fishing, family gatherings, walkers; everyone behaving nicely and happy even in the fog (warm with no wind). Observed vehicle tracks in soft sand mid slope. I walked past park boundary south to rental cabins at south end of beach where there were several more people, some with a beach fire and some playing in the ocean. I was on the beach 1.5 hours.
Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Tide Level: 2.3 feet.
Number of people: 44. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 20. Playing in surf: 5. Playing in sand: 5. Sitting: 10. Fishing: 4. Counted 10 people (out of total 44) that were on the beach north of Winchuck River mouth, a section of this mile that I did not walk but only observed from the south side of the river mouth. A couple of the surf fishermen were on the north section. Observed one dog poo bag closer to south end of the beach, mid-slope. Otherwise no trash. Several driftwood structures observed north and south of river mouth.
Apparent violations: Vehicle tracks observed in soft sand mid slope ending near south boundary of state park; not sure where they originated from; didn't notice them till I was heading back and I didn't walk all the way back to the mouth but cut off just south of visitor center..
Cars/trucks parking: 23. RVs/Buses parking: 1.
Ten Brown pelican flying, cormorants roosting on offshore rocks, one osprey heard, a few gulls observed.
Total dead birds: 2. Common murre, one obvious juvenile.
Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt). Large size wood concentrated at river mouth and sparsely scattered along upper beach slope. Narrow intermittent wracklines.
Winchuck River mouth emptying about 300ft southward along outer beach slope in a narrow channel creating a short sand spit between ocean and channel and a sharp sand cutbank above the channel on land side. Winchuck River is still covering south shore of river at the mouth preventing walking from riverside beach near highway bridge to oceanside.
All Mile 1 Reports
45 People were enjoying the beach near the Visitor Center in the usual ways; walking, walking dogs (8), playing in the surf and shallows, beachcombing, sitting.
High tide reaching close to vegetation (composed of European beach grass) above the waveslope.
Most important observation was the dumped contruction material - mostly wood - at the end of a rough trail down the west side of dune.
Crissey Field Visitor Center and Winchuck River access on north side of river are both opened today.