Report Details

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. Also, there were many human dug holes (for clamming?) for about 250 yards from the stream north, and also many holes south of the jetty. Also along the water's edge was a very pale greeny yellow foam, riding the incoming wavelets. At the edge of the deeper waters just south of the jetty were several dead sea stars, cockles and razor clam shells, bits of sand dollars, and a profusion of broken up shell pieces. On the highest portion of driftline is the decomposing carcass of a sea mammal, probably sea lion. Only one fire remnant, and very little human debris (plastic, etc.) was seen. On the north side of the stream was a thin carpet of leaves, needles, and wood bits. East of the stream's meander is a large (30x4-5 feet) reddish, wooden construction, possibly part of a boat, with much now buried. Sadly, the destruction of the dunes continues, and the number of tire tracks seemed more than usual. 14 people and 4 dogs on the beach. One illegal truck driving on beach and was reported to the beach ranger.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 14. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 11. Playing in sand: 2. Sitting: 1. A truck drove onto beach from one of the many illegal road tracks through the dunes. I called and reported it to Robin Sears. She was away from phone.

Concerns

Apparent violations: illegal vehicle, numerous illegal tire tracks.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 5. Cars/trucks on beach, prohibited: 1.

Notable Wildlife

2 Semipalmated Plovers, several Cliff Swallows, 2 flying cormorants,skein of geese flying high overhead, 20ish gulls.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. Jerry Chadwick documented for COASST, a Western Gull and unidentifiable remains.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Probably California Sea Lion. Very decomposed, headless.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces. large wooden plank boards, part of a ship?

Man-made Modifications

Dune modification/removal. modification due to ever incresing vehicular traffic

Natural Changes

Despite rains, diminished flow in stream.

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August 11, 2012

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May 5, 2012

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December 1, 2011

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August 16, 2011

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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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