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Beautiful President's Day on the Bayshore near Waldport, OR. Enjoyed a very sunny day with record high temps. Noted approximately 20 humans on beach - one family flying kites and playing in the surf, while the rest were walking along the water's edge. Noted lots of driftwood and debris close to the spit where the Alsea Bay drains out to the ocean. Large, notable items included a big tire and a large waterproof bag to hold liquids. We saw a small group of sea lions playing out in the surf along with the usual gulls. We identified three dead shorebirds - one California Gull and two Cassin's Auklets. Trash picked up included mostly plastic and styrofoam.

Conditions

Temperature: 71 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: E. Tide Level: 3.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 20. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 15. Playing in sand: 5. Other Activities: kite flying. We noted one family of 5 flying kites and playing in the surf. The rest were out walking or exploring the beach.

Concerns

Litter

Notable Wildlife

Spotted 3-5 sea lions playing in water offshore.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3. We noted the following 3 dead birds on our beach and assigned them the following band numbers:Cassin's auklet 318California gull 319Cassin's auklet 320

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. Big tire, some sort of big waterproof bag to hold fluid

Man-made Modifications

Beachgrass planting or removal. Noted progress on ongoing project to fortify dunes near Bayshore spit

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North Spit Alsea River

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North Spit Alsea River

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North Spit Alsea River

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North Spit Alsea River

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North Spit Alsea River

March 14, 2023

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