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A cloudy, overcast day on the Bayshore. The debris we found on the beach consisted mainly of the usual microplastics, Styrofoam, and fishing material along with picnic trash left from visitors. Although we did find a lot of remnants from fireworks, it was not as bad as we feared coming off Independence Day the weekend before. Our biggest piece of debris was a long, approximately 5',4" diameter PVC pipe that had washed up onshore. We were unable to determine its origins, but pulled it off of the beach and disposed of it.We encountered a greater-than-usual number of visitors on our mile this day, probably due to the combination of summer travel and the warm weather in the valley bringing people to the coast.

Conditions

Temperature: 63 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 44. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 30. Playing in surf: 6. Sitting: 8. Very busy day on the Bayshore, much more populated than usual possibly due to summer visitors combined with relatively good weather.

Concerns

Litter

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 4.

Notable Wildlife

Gulls, sandpipers

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. We identified/marked the following dead sea birds:2 Common Murres, 1 Brandt's Cormorant, and what we believe to be 1 Sooty Shearwater.

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. Fireworks remnants

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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

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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