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What a great March day on the Oregon Coast! Almost still in the morning, no clouds or wind, temp around 60, just my dear friend Bonnie and I hiking the dunes and the beach north of the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek. Man, it just doesn't get much better than that! Although the wind picked up quite a bit in the afternoon, it didn't deter us from our appointed rounds. We got in our 5 mile loop hike as always. The lack of any shore birds, either dead or alive, was somewhat of a surprise although I haven't seen many for quite a long time. Perhaps they just don't hang out on mile 156 anymore. The large volume of beach sand this time of year was also surprising. There was virtually no erosion of the foredune or beach. As usual, this is a pretty quiet mile of the coast, very few people, no development, no vehicles, not much disturbance of any kind, save for the Plover closure fencing and monitoring activity. Just the way I like it!

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 0.4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Walking or running: 2.

Notable Wildlife

2 pair mallards in Tahkenitch Creek estuary; 1 pelican flying by, no other wildlife.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

A few dead crabs, lots of small crab molt shells.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. Plastic bottles, 3 plastic Hag traps, 2 small plastic fishing floats, a large piece of styrofoam, a mostly buried fishing net

Natural Changes

No erosion evident, significant amount of sand on the beach and up against the foredune

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Mile 156

August 21, 2023

Conditions here are much the same as at Mile 157.

GasiorowskiM

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Mile 156

February 22, 2015

I had been wondering how I could get all the trash off my mile of beach since it is relatively remote in an area where vehicles are not normally permitted.

Radioguy

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Mile 156

January 22, 2015

I cross Mile 157 to get to mile 156.

Radioguy

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Mile 156

August 19, 2014

My first trip to mile 156.

Radioguy

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Mile 156

June 20, 2012

The entire length of mile 156 is now a protected nesting zone for Snowy Plovers.

JELong

Mile 156

October 8, 2010

Due to the nice weather, I hiked the entire 4.

oldMGguy

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Mile 156

September 8, 2010

Not much out of the ordinary for this stretch of beach.

JELong

Mile 156

March 23, 2010

What a great March day on the Oregon Coast!

JELong