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Drizzly day on Mile 157; my friend Patricia came along for the first time. Unusual number of dead birds (only once before have I found that many on this mile), but given that it's November and that most were northern fulmars, not that unusual. Most of the dead birds were very fresh, appeared to be juveniles. There were probably additional dead fulmars we didn't see. No crab molt at all; debris was almost entirely razor (and a few other) clam shells and tons of kelp--HUGE wads of kelp, and even several big rocks with kelp hold-fasts attached. Also an unusual number of large driftwood stumps on the beach. Saw almost no live birds (no sanderlings)--just a few gulls busy picking at the dead fulmars. There were large piles of debris at both beach trailheads; apparently beach walkers have collected debris and dumped it here for someone else to pack out.

Human Activities

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

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 6.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 9. 7 northern fulmar1 rhinoceros auklet1 common murre

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. California sea lion, dead, fairly recent.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Wood pieces.

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune.

Actions & Comments

Foredune showed signs of recent erosion, but sand volume on beach still high (remains of fishing vessel Sanak not visible; buried under sand).

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Mile 157

August 21, 2023

It was another beautiful day on Mile 157, which we entered from the upper part of the Oregon Dunes Loop Trail.

GasiorowskiM

Mile 157

July 30, 2022

Mile 157 is a beautiful, little-visited stretch of coastline.

GasiorowskiM

Mile 157

January 1, 2014

Beautiful New Years Day at the beach, while it was cold and foggy in the valley.

bzenderson

Mile 157

March 5, 2013

A rainy day; we had the beach to ourselves.

bzenderson

Mile 157

November 25, 2012

Gorgeous day at the beach (crappy and cloudy and cold in Eugene).

bzenderson

Mile 157

June 20, 2012

There is a lot of buzz about whether the stuff on the beaches these days is from the tsunami.

bzenderson

Mile 157

April 15, 2012

Fair amount of ocean-borne debris, but unlike my last walk here about a month earlier, when the debris was d0ominated by Japanese plastic bottles (tsunami debris?

bzenderson

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 157

January 28, 2012

Stunning winter day; we were totally overdressed, kept shedding clothes to the brink of immodesty.

bzenderson