Report Details

Thirty-seven people were observing wildlife at Simpson Reef. Another 8 were hiking the trail. Shell Island and Simpson Reef had molting Northern elephant seals, good numbers of Stellar sea lions and harbor seals, and few California sea lions. Birds included 1 Bald eagle, Pacific loons, Pigeon guillemots, Black oystercatchers, and loons. Did not see any sea stars in the tidepools. A portion of forest was thinned between the trail and road. It needed it. A tree and its rootwad slid down the cliff. The two bog lily restoration sites are now so overgrown you wouldn't recognize them if you didn't know they were there. Area was pretty clean of trash.

Conditions

Temperature: 63 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Strong. Wind Direction: NW.

Human Activities

Number of people: 45. Walking or running: 8. Other Activities: Wildlife viewing: 37. Most were watching pinnipeds at Simpson Reef.

Concerns

Apparent violations: None.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 15.

Notable Wildlife

Northern Elephant Seal-4 males molting, 1 yearling and 1 immature California Sea Lion-maybe a dozen (most at breeding grounds) Stellar Sea Lions-good numbers Harbor Seals-good numbers Birds:Pacific Loons, pigeon gullimonts, cormorants, turkey vultures, 1 bald eagle, gulls, crows black oyster catchers

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

What I did not see were sea stars.They are suppose to be recovering, but no sign of it here.

Driftline Content

Wood pieces, Styrofoam. 1 crab pot float, a couple of pieces of plastic

Man-made Modifications

A portion of forest between the bluff top trail and road has been thinned. It needed it.

Natural Changes

1 tree and its rootwad slid down the bluff.

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Mile 118

August 22, 2022

Shore Acres State Park is a lovely place, with beautiful vistas and hiking trails, hundreds of marine mammals visible at Simpson Reef Overlook, and a wonderful botanical garden.

GasiorowskiM

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July 14, 2016

Thirty-seven people were observing wildlife at Simpson Reef.

D Bone

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July 31, 2015

Wildlife was a major feature of this trip, as usual.

D Bone

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July 29, 2012

I saw a total of 5 people.

D Bone

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June 10, 2012

Human Activities; 2 people walking their dogs and picking up trash, 2 people fishing, and 2 people watching wildlife.

D Bone

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June 2, 2011

The little available beach on this mile is still closed for Harbor Seal birthing.

D Bone

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March 25, 2011

Not much happening.

D Bone

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December 31, 2010

A lady sketching seals and sea lions from the Simpson's Reef Viewing Area pointed out an Elephant Seal with two pups.

Pat&RobertaSmit