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The Morning After -- July 5th here in Bayshore, on an otherwise beautiful weekend, means residents spending hours beginning to clean up the fireworks debris left by the few thoughtless holiday visitors who don't believe the "Fireworks Prohibited" signs should restrict their freedom to trash the beach. Attached are photos of the debris my wife and I and neighbors have been collecting, piece by piece, some of it now being partially covered by blowing sand. Unfortunately, it's not harmless trash but also toxic stuff potentially deadly to wildlife. The little red plastic shards look vaguely edible, and there's no way of getting it all. I know this is just preaching to the choir, but it makes me feel better.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 30. Number of dogs: 10. Walking or running: 30.

Concerns

Fire, Litter

Apparent violations: Mile 202 was mostly clean, but see the attached photo of July 4th fireworks debris collected from a 50' X 100' area of the beach near the Bayshore South beach access. And see the photo of a still smoldering log with COVID mask, nobody around..

Notable Wildlife

Crows, cormorants, swallows, a couple hundred gulls sitting at low tide water's edge near the tip of Alsea Spit (see photo). An osprey flew overhead going north without anything in its talons. I saw it a few minutes later sitting on a beach log feeding on an eel (see photo), so it must have caught the eel in or near the surf. The osprey nest in the Bayshore Beach Club parking lot hasn't been occupied despite the encouraging signs of a couple of months ago.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. One very decomposed carcass, a gull?

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.). See photos of Bayshore South fireworks debris (and also a photo of Mile 203, Bayshore North, fireworks debris).

Natural Changes

The beach looked similar to my previous walk.

Actions & Comments

My wife and I collected fireworks debris from beach.  Neighbors on Mile 203 also helped with collecting fireworks debris further north.

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Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

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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.

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Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

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Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

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Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

October 30, 2023

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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