Report Details

Spring is not very much in evidence on mile 192, although there are subtle signs of change. There is plentiful new algal growth in and around areas of seepage and runoff in the rocky areas, particularly adjacent to bluffs. Sea thrift is starting to bloom and there are a few other wildflowers. There is little erosion to report, although there is minor slumping of bluffs and some slopes close to the southern end of the mile. We did notice some differences from the same time last year, after reviewing our March 2008 report. The level of marine bird activity this year seemed much lower. We saw surf scoters and a grebe on the water, oystercatchers flying, a few cormorants and of course gulls, but the general level of activity viewed with binoculars over the water was lower than we expected. We saw sea stars at the north end of the mile, but not many elsewhere. Last year we noted that the rocks even fairly far from the water's edge were covered with new barnacles, but this year the barnacle population seemed smaller and less widespread. Also some areas that were crowded with mussels last year are this year much less so, with more open areas. There are still large colonies of mussels at waterline in most places, and fresh shell deposits show that gulls and other birds are feeding here. Anemones seemed plentiful at waterline in most areas. We saw 2 or 3 dozen sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks at the very south end of the mile. We collected quite a bit of garbage on this walk, mostly plastic pieces, bottles and styrofoam pieces of marine origin, doubtless washed in by winter storms.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 1.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 4. Walking or running: 3. Fishing: 1.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 2.

Driftline Content

Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Styrofoam, Wood pieces.

Natural Changes

some slumping of bluffs and soft hillsides at southern end of mile

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All Mile 192 Reports

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Mile 192

December 29, 2019

Very bad year for the seagulls and oystercatchers on the Cleft of the Rock sanctuary.

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Mile 192

December 31, 2018

Since much of my mile is rocky with steep embankments, I can't really get down to view it from eye level.

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Mile 192

November 10, 2017

I can't get down to the water on much of my mile but I will try as soon as I get a dry day.

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Mile 192

February 21, 2010

Despite warmer than normal temperatures since December, the main sign of the coming change of seasons was the widespread growth of bright green algae around pools and runoff areas on all the rocky shelves we explored.

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Mile 192

August 29, 2009

The weekend was mild, but foggy and damp from the recent rain, and mile 192 was deserted except for a couple enjoying a walk on the rocks and a man walking two small dogs.

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Mile 192

June 15, 2009

The day was sunny and warm, with a light breeze, and only a few other people were out exploring.

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Mile 192

March 13, 2009

Spring is not very much in evidence on mile 192, although there are subtle signs of change.

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Mile 192

September 21, 2008

Despite the mild weekend weather, we did not see much human activity during our walk, except at the beach access directly off Yachats Ocean Road.

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