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Mile 160 Report
December 7, 2010
Surprisingly little litter on beach despite recent storms.
Surprisingly little litter on beach despite recent storms. Abundant seal and bird presence. Dead juvenile sea lion.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 5.5 feet.
Nothing to report
Seals hauled out on the south bank of the Siltcoos estuary. Bald eagle, herons, golden eyes, buffleheads, and merganser along the river. Very fresh tracks from pair of coyotes on the beach.
Total dead birds: 3. two northern fulmars and one gull
Stranded Marine Mammals
Total stranded mammals: 1. smallish dead sea lion mostly covered in sand near entrance to Wax Myrtle Trail
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
One dead salmon, mostly head and skin
Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells.
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My mile was actually inaccessible the ponds on either side of the path had grown together and blocked the path at least a hundred yards before the normal little ford I always have to cross It will be a while before that goes down.
My biggest surprise was the lack of trash, I nearly always bring three or four bags of trash off the beach, but not today.
With the effort of many volunteers we collected four heaping pickup loads of trash, including a hot water heater from a five mile stretch