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The season of warming weather has brought more people to mile 242. We experienced low tide. One team member discovered a green spongy cushion (Codium setchelli). It was shared that this is a favorite food for nudibranchs. We would appreciate Lincoln City sending out a stronger message for people who are searching for floats. The general public is climbing bluffs and causing erosion to sensitive areas. We noticed that the plants and grasses along Mile 242 have been trampled. This program is increasing tourism at the cost of coastline stability.

Conditions

Temperature: 52 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: -1.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 125. Number of dogs: 18. Walking or running: 100. Sitting: 125. Tidepooling: 25. Other Activities: Families were building sandcastles. Kite flying. Napping. Looking for glass floats. Metal detecting for gold and silver. Trash collection. Sitting and listening to music. Sand art/drawing.. The Coastwatch vehicle was parked on the beach, in the designated area. As part of this organization, we model/teach environmentally sustainable practices. We were curious why this vehicle chose to park on the beach instead of street parking. The team noted tire tracks north of D River in nondesigned areas.

Concerns

Litter, Climbing bluffs/seastacks

Apparent violations: South of D River: A landowner has cut down and trimmed trees at the edge of the property. The debris was pushed over onto the bluff. We also noted where the debris landed, erosion was more substantial. Large pieces of sandstone collected below the debris. There were many areas south of D River where individuals have carved names, inappropriate words, and a variety of initials. Carvings were noted on sandstone cliffs, large boulders, and large pieces of driftwood. More foot traffic is happening in restricted areas. We noted that footprints are causing damage to shore plants as well as the sandstone cliffs. Larger items have been left on Mile 242. Our team removed twenty-five pounds of litter, including a mattress, sewer pipe, and a throw rug..

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 5.

Notable Wildlife

The team viewed the following. Black OysterCatchers Surfbirds (5) Gulls Beach hoppers Sea Stars (6) Sculpins (many) Hermit crabs (many) Sea Anemones

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3. 2 Auklets (no bands) 1 unknown (no band)

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). We observed beach hoppers.

New Development

Steps down bluff. We noted that a developed property owner extended the steps that were previously built so that the residence could reach the beach.

Man-made Modifications

Dune modification/removal. Driftwood pieces were put at the bottom of someone's stairs to create steps up to their stairway.

Natural Changes

Newly exposed roots/trees falling. More rocks were exposed due to the low tide. One team member found a fossilized bone in the rocks by the tidepool area. (Photo included) We are monitoring one area, GPS coordinates 44*57'42"N 124*1'10"W. The intention is to watch this sand cliff cliff over time. We will include a photo with each report.

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Mile 242

Lincoln City, D River SW, Devils Lake SP, Oceanlake

May 10, 2024

The low tide and the number of sea stars made tide pooling an educational experience for many families.

Teachers: Annette, Maureen, Bobbie, and Sally

Mile 242

Lincoln City, D River SW, Devils Lake SP, Oceanlake

April 12, 2024

The season of warming weather has brought more people to mile 242. We would appreciate Lincoln City sending out a stronger message for people who are searching for floats.

Teachers: Sally, Bill, Annette, Maureen, Bobbie, Laurie

Mile 242

Lincoln City, D River SW, Devils Lake SP, Oceanlake

March 13, 2024

The winter storms have caused erosion with the 242 mile. It was a beautiful, sunny day filled with people and dogs exploring this stretch of mile 242.

Teachers: Annette, Sally, Bobbie, Bill, Maureen

Mile 242

Lincoln City, D River SW, Devils Lake SP, Oceanlake

February 2, 2024

We found some type of plant tuber, four total, North of D Sands. Graffiti was noted on a boulder north of D Sands. Of the dead birds, 51 were south of D Sands, and 10 were north. Our team collected a 3-gallon bag of marine debris.

Maureen Foelkl

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 242

Lincoln City, D River SW, Devils Lake SP, Oceanlake

March 8, 2020

Was a sunny day at the beach today.

Bluewater

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 242

Lincoln City, D River SW, Devils Lake SP, Oceanlake

July 21, 2019

I did not get any pictures as my camera is not working correctly at the moment.

Bluewater

Mile 242

Lincoln City, D River SW, Devils Lake SP, Oceanlake

February 17, 2019

It was a pretty calm day at the beach.

Bluewater

Mile 242

Lincoln City, D River SW, Devils Lake SP, Oceanlake

October 14, 2018

Today was perfect beach weather.

Bluewater