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Mile 239 Report
July 31, 2022
A warm calm summer's day.
A warm calm summer's day. More people than usual on the beach (40+) and the parking lot at the end of Salishan Drive was full. We counted 8 license plates from Oregon, 4 from Washington, 1 from California and 1 from Utah. Although it was mostly sunny out, the hot weather in the Willamette Valley sucked in the marine layer along the immediate coastline so the fog came and went. Only a few harbor seals in their usual place at the end of the spit. The number of cars in the parking lot might indicate there had been more foot traffic in the area, so possibly some of the seals scampered off into the water when they saw humans approaching ... but I have no evidence of that. The few people who were there when we were there were very respectful and kept their distance. Very little trash to pick up.
Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 1.0 feet.
Number of people: 41. Walking or running: 8. Sitting: 32. Photography: 1. Estimated 127 people and 9 dogs on the Taft side of the Siletz River, but we did not walk that side.
Cars/trucks parking: 14.
Approx. 15 harbor seals on shore at the north end of the Salishan Spit; a few more in the water
Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt).
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