Report Details

There was a remarkable abundance of charcoal-colored cobbles (basalt, sandstone?) probably exposed by recent storms, along the beach. Another unusual find were piles of, most likely, young Bull Kelp. These rope-like sections were only finger sized, but very long and all tangled together. They were probably brought to the beach as a result of the high tides and storms. The most notable change was the shift of the creek channel about 100 yards south, to the edge of the southern foredune. Finding Palmeria palmata, dulse, was also a surprise. The erosion of the foredune continues, with high wave action, and the endless illegal beach travel of ATVs and OTVs etc. Five people and two dogs on the beach.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Strong. Wind Direction: S.

Human Activities

Number of people: 5. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 5. Other Activities: some people in vehicles looking at the sea. Tire tracks on beach and continuing foredune erosion by vehicles.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 6.

Notable Wildlife

Large flock of Gulls by stream, 1 peep flying, Crows. Palmeria palmate/dulse, 3x4 foot piles of young Bull Kelp (1/2-1 inch diameter ropelike lengths with no visible bulbs or leaves, but holdfasts)

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3. 2 highly decomposed, 1 tube nosed, probably Northern Fulmar

Stranded Marine Mammals

Highly decomposed fragments

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Small rocks. many, many charcoal colored rocks 4-12 inches, rounded like river cobbles

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Evidence of wave overtopping. Stream channel has shifted south about 100 yds

Actions & Comments

Increasing winds and drizzle shortened our observation time. It was interesting to see logs lying horizontally being exposed by foredune erosion.

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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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