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Mile 160 Report
June 1, 2012
Today's walk notable for the absence of shorebirds other than the Snowy Plovers and the presence of the 2 CA Sea Lions basking in the sun during a break in the ground fog up the estuary about 50 yards.
Today's walk notable for the absence of shorebirds other than the Snowy Plovers and the presence of the 2 CA Sea Lions basking in the sun during a break in the ground fog up the estuary about 50 yards. I removed 15# of manmade trash, primarily glass and plastic bottles. Couldn't figure out how the small oil spill occurred other than maybe from an OHV earlier in the day.
Number of people: 7. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 4. Other Activities: Installing rope barriers- State Park ranger and 2 volunteers.
Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 1.
2 California Sea Lions relaxing on beach at estuary; 4 Snowy Plovers within roped area and 3 outside (between roped areas).
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. 1 1/2' x 2 1/2' black oil spill, possibly from OHV. No container visible.i
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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