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A beautiful day on Mile 202, with sunlight refracting through the clouds making the sun look huge. Recent storms have caused some erosion but have also brought in new sand, so much that the "landmark driftwood" which I've been photographing for two years is now almost covered up. A flock of threatened Western Snowy Plovers continues to winter here--I counted 36 near Alsea Bay and a pair further north. Although the human footprint of nesting disturbance and habitat destruction caused by development and the introduction of invasive European Beachgrass has resulted in the decline of Snowy Plovers, these little birds, like in the attached photo, will use actual human footprints as a partial shelter. Up on Oceania Drive, fronting the beach, the Bayshore Beach Club HOA recently spent a reported $5,000 to $7,500 to dig out and haul away sand from three of the Mile 202 beach access paths. Just a month later, the northern two access paths are doing well, however the 67D access, where the sand really blows, looks fated to return to its previous state.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 25. Number of dogs: 10. Walking or running: 25.

Notable Wildlife

38 wintering Snowy Plovers

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Styrofoam.

Man-made Modifications

Sand removal. Bayshore Beach Club HOA has recently removed and hauled away sand from three of the beach access points on Mile 202. The HOA has reported this was done with the necessary permits.

Natural Changes

Some dune erosion but more sand accumulation than erosion

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Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

May 6, 2024

Bayshore's HOA recently spent $2,500 for permits and bulldozing a path down to the beach behind the Bayshore clubhouse, a designated public access, smoothing out the drop-off resulting from winter erosion and restoring access for beach goers and our State Parks ranger's ATV.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

March 7, 2024

Mile 202 beach accesses and exits are now restricted because of erosion and sheering off of the sand cliffs along its northern portion, so I now need to plan for a receding tide if I want to walk the entire mile safely.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

January 28, 2024

After finding forty beached Cassin's Auklets on Jan.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

October 30, 2023

A beautifully calm, sunny day, maybe the last for awhile, with a fifteen mile view from Seal Rock to Cape Perpetua and hardly anyone on the beach except for two surf fishers and a couple valiantly trying to launch a kite with no wind.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

August 30, 2023

As I began yesterday's mile walk and monthly COASST beached bird survey, a light rain began to fall, the first in months.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

July 23, 2023

As I have done before, I combined today's walk with my monthly COASST survey for dead seabirds.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

May 16, 2023

The beach was fairly cool today after 99 degrees two days ago.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

March 14, 2023

This was my second monthly beached bird survey for COASST (Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team) which I combined with my mile walk.

Jon French