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Mile 203 Report
June 21, 2023
The dunes have reappeared due to the spring winds.
The dunes have reappeared due to the spring winds. The winter storms had sliced the dunes into shoulder high walls.
Temperature: 59 F. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 4.5 feet.
Number of people: 16. Number of dogs: 5. Walking or running: 11. Playing in sand: 5. Most people were just walking. The 5 people playing in the sand did not last long due to the cold wind.
Apparent violations: None observed.
Cars/trucks parking: 2.
Small rocks, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). Small plastic pieces, a child size coat, wide tip marker, OSU sweat shirt and a child size sunglasses
The dunes have repaired themselves from last March. The winter storms had cut the dunes so that there was a wall of sand which limited the ability to get up on the dunes from the beach. I am attaching picture to show the changes.
Actions & Comments
A good day on our mile. Very little sea debris. Found an OSU sweatshirt and a child size coat, both in very good condition. We washed both and will donate them to Goodwill.
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The beach has had substantial washing away of old dunes and washing up of beach grass into the dunes. There were 45 bird carcasses of we believe are Cassin's auklets.
Today I and my two CoastWatch partners conducted a NOAA Marine Debris survey on our 100 meter survey site at Sandpiper Beach, Mile 203. On reaching our marine debris survey site, we saw a lot of Cassin's Auklet carcasses, which COASST calls CAAU, all high up on the beach among the beach vegetation and washed-in sea grass, many carcasses partially covered by sand or vegetation. After we completed our debris survey, I returned to our survey site and began collecting CAAU carcasses in groups of 9, as COASST recommends, ultimately collecting 40 carcasses in 4 full and 1 partial grouping. Below is a link to our Sandpiper Beach NOAA debris survey site where most CAAUs were found, reached by a boardwalk that enters the beach midway in the debris survey site. COASST defines a "wreck" as more than 20 beached individuals of one species per kilometer, and a "MME" (Massive Mortality Event) as a spike of up to hundreds of carcasses per kilometer. We also found a beached Northern Fulmar and what is I believe was either a female Gadwall or White-winged Scoter, which I took note of but didn't measure or report on to COASST. I submitted documentation with photos of the CAAU beaching event to COASST, and COASST responded that they had received reports of CAAU beachings from Southern Oregon sites like Coquille Point and Cape Blanco but also as far north as Manzanita. All this sounds very dry, but it was really sad to see and handle all these beautiful little dead birds and wonder if this is completely natural or if climate change, and perhaps a decline of prey species making these birds more vulnerable, factors into these mortality events. https://mdmap.
The storms and rain caused some beach washout from the ocean and from the land.
Last year at this time, Jesse Jones helped us set up a 100 meter NOAA marine debris survey site on Mile 204, which we later moved to Sandpiper Beach on Mile 203.
After observing 8 snowy plovers on Mile 200 yesterday, I wanted to check up on the plovers on Mile 203.