Report Details

There were three new observations on this walk. First, there were 2 tent sites (one above the beach near a rest room, and the other near the road at the creek's edge) Second, the enormous number of wood chips was significant; a State Park Service person suggested they might have come from a chip ship during heavy seas. Thirdly, the presence of Chain Bladder Kelp, in abundance on the incoming waves. This was difficult to ID, but a Google site for Netarts Bay had examples. That site said the algae came in on their tides, and its place of origin was unknown. I have kept a specimen.I was unable to find anyone who had seen it before when I was attending the Shore Bird Conference.

Conditions

Temperature: 62 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW.

Human Activities

Number of people: 29. Number of dogs: 9. Walking or running: 25. Playing in surf: 2. Photography: 2. Surfing: 2. Other Activities: none.

Concerns

Fire

Apparent violations: fire remains including ones with nails, probably from palettes.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 12. RVs/Buses parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

Cormorants 4, Gulls 20-30, Crows 20-30, Barn Swallows circa 20, Bull Kelp-many single strands and many clumps, sea palms-approx. 10, beach littered with eel grass in small clumps and mixed with wood chips, rockweed, Chain Bladder Kelp-coming in with tide,

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Dead sea lion, no marks, approx 8 feet in length

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Countless Dungeness crab remains of all kinds up and down entire beach, some whole, with meat, and some parts

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces. abundant wood chips scattered over the entire driftline

Man-made Modifications

native (?) beach grass, growing well in several places

Natural Changes

Creek down to a trickle

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August 22, 2013

There were three new observations on this walk.

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February 24, 2013

Beach configuration evolving with a now scallop curved shoreline.

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November 10, 2012

MANY PEOPLE (36)AND DOGS (18) CAME AND WENT DURING OUR WALK.

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August 11, 2012

The beach was almost completely free of litter.

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May 5, 2012

The beach was swept clean, with a few scattered algae piles, and a few large logs.

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December 1, 2011

Human activity was minimal on this cold windy day.

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August 16, 2011

On this beautiful, warm, calm day, the beach was amazingly free of debris.

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May 18, 2011

On this lovely morning at the water's edge were: rock weed, bull kelp, piles of eel grass, about 6 feather boas, crab and clam shells.

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