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It was a beautiful, clear day to walk along mile 238. Once again, the landscape of this beautiful mile has changed, more flat than on previous walks  On this day, there was more bird activity, a few dead cormorats, and a few other dead birds that I could not identify, and a dead sculpin on the beach. There were green plants growing on the beach that I had not seen in past months. The most unusual activity and sighting, were two fort-like structures built out of large pieces of driftwood. It appeared as if some individual(s) was occupying both of the structures, at least for the day. There were many bags outside one structure. There was a sign "Potty" with an arrow pointing in one direction. I wondered if I happened upon a beach camp. One person walking on the beach told me the structures were "forts" built by kids, although some adults were occupying the "forts".

Conditions

Temperature: 62 F. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N.

Human Activities

Number of people: 10. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 5. Playing in surf: 3. Sitting: 2. This is a more remote part of the beach, with few people out on this beautiful, clear morning. Most people were walking, with a few children playing in the surf.

Concerns

Driftwood removal

Apparent violations: There were two structures built from driftwood at the north end of mile 238, away from the last group of homes and off the beach There was an adult inside one of the structures with clothing and bags left outside the structure. In the other structure, an adult was laying in front of the structure. I asked someone on the beach if they were aware of the driftwood structures and they responded that it was probably some children that built them..

Notable Wildlife

Numerous groups (15 -25 in groups) of very small sandpiper-like birds with white bands around their necks and darkish heads. I tried to make more ID observations and take pictures, but the shorebirds took off flying to the right, then banking to the left, landing further away. I had not seen these many birds on the mile before. There were also seagulls and a few vultures.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. 2 cormorants, and a few unidentified birds

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

one sculpin

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces. Mile 238 lacks a lot of the trash that is found on many beaches with public access. Most of the items found on past visits were washed up on the shore, with the exception of plastic water, beverage bottles left behind. On this day, I found a rather pristine beach compared to previous visits. There were few pieces of styrofoam, plastics, hardly any fishline or pieces of netting. There were even fewer plastic and glass beverage bottles.

Natural Changes

The beach landscape has changed a bit since a few months ago, and looked more washed out and flat.

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Mile 238

Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay

May 20, 2024

The beach was completely empty today.

Cathy

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Mile 238

Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay

December 20, 2023

Beach was completely deserted today. The only usable accesses are at 50B and in between properties 281 and 283.

Catherine Berger

Mile 238

Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay

October 8, 2023

Beach was calm and litter-free.

Cathy238

Mile 238

Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay

July 9, 2023

Some beach accesses have been reopened (50B and between property 281/283).

Cathy238

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Mile 238

Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay

March 26, 2023

Beach accesses are currently closed along Salishan Drive, except at the end of the road at access #50, and an unmarked access at lot #349.

Cathy238

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Mile 238

Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay

December 29, 2022

Very little beach to walk on at this time of year at high tide.

Cathy238

Mile 238

Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay

September 1, 2022

Some accesses are usable again, like the one near lot 281.

Cathy238

Mile 238

Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay

June 7, 2022

Very little activity and little debris (logs, kelp, etc) today on this mile.

Cathy238