Report Details

Entered the beach at Patterson State Park to start this mile south of Patterson Creek. The creek was easy to cross. The multitude of Crystal Jellies on the driftline continued for the whole mile walking south. Observed 2 dead birds in the driftline and 1 dead bird buried in the sand closer to the dunes. Many walkers and runners were enjoying this beautiful sunny morning, as well as, a family playing in the sand and bikers riding by the surf. The dogs observed were either on a leash or in control by the owner. Reached the end of the mile near Big Stump and walked back near the dunes and bluffs. Saw evidence of erosion of the dunes and observed many large logs on top of the dunes. The bluffs also showed evidence of erosion.

Conditions

Temperature: 51 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 4.8 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 28. Number of dogs: 7. Walking or running: 23. Playing in sand: 1. Sitting: 2. Other Activities: Motorized Bikes - 2.

Concerns

Fire

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 12.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3. 1 murre, 2 gulls ?

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass. Numerous Crystal Jellies

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Visible retreat of solid bluff, Evidence of wave overtopping.

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Crystal Jellies on the driftline
Crystal Jelly
Looking north from the start of the mile. Notice Patterson creek.
Looking east from the start of the mile.
Looking south from the start of the mile.
Dead bird - Common Murre? - found on the driftline
Dead bird -not sure what kind? - found on the driftline
Looking north from the Big Stump
Looking north from the beach near the Inn at Sandcastle Beach vacation rental. Notice the large logs up on the dunes and the erosion of the dunes.
Looking south at the bluffs

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Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

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Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

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Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

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Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

June 22, 2023

Beautiful sunny Thursday morning - perfect for walking Mile 200.

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Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

May 1, 2023

On Saturday, Apr 29, there was a volunteer cleanup event organized for a Girl Scout Gold Award with SOLVE starting a Patterson State Park.

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Mile 200

Big Stump Beach, south Patterson SP

January 23, 2023

Although there were only 6 cars parked at Patterson Creek State Park this early Monday morning, I saw quite a few walkers and off leash dogs on the beach.

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