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Urban travelers flocked to the coast to escape the sweltering heat and enjoy the cool sea breezes. The region's excessive heat warning and a long holiday weekend brought numerous visitors. Mile 242 was cleaner than the team had anticipated. Thanks to SOLVE having a beach clean-up before our visit. The team was concerned with a large fire pit area that was left burning unattended. There was a lot of firework debris and a large plywood firework board that was abandoned. The team collected close to nine pounds of litter, most having to do with fireworks.

Conditions

Temperature: 72 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: -1.1 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 250. Number of dogs: 39. Walking or running: 250. Sitting: 250. Tidepooling: 50. Surfing: 2. Fishing: 1. Other Activities: The mile had many children digging, wading, and playing in D River. The team saw two horseback riders, lots of sitting and sunbathing. There were people harvesting mussels..

Concerns

Apparent violations: Near Gyllos restaurant an active fire was smoking. No flames but red coals. The team extinguished the fire with water from D River. Many open fires clearly used larger pieces of driftwood and one pallet. The team was concerned about fireworks debris left on the beach. One particular area had multiple fireworks mounted on plywood. We found evidence from the shore to the bluff littered with fireworks and discarded matter..

Notable Wildlife

Our wildlife observations included an osprey, a few seagulls, seastars, anemones, hermit crabs, sculpins, sand fleas, gooseneck barnacles, and 3 pelicans.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. There were 2 cormorants and 2 seagulls. No legs bands found.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Note: We have observed the decomposition of a sea lion since January 2024. Today there are still signs of the animal and the scent of decomposition.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

One dead seastar.

Man-made Modifications

Stream modification. D River had three different modifications with rocks. Two going across the one with the formation in a circular shape. These modifications were created by people exploring and playing in the river.

Natural Changes

The team noted that major boulder falls occurred south of D River.

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Garbage cans overflowing from holiday celebrations.
Time for a new trash picker upper.
Open buring firepit unattended.

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Mile 242

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

July 8, 2024

Urban travelers flocked to the coast to escape the sweltering heat and enjoy the cool sea breezes.

Teachers Bill, Bobbie, Sally, Annette, and Maureen

Mile 242

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

June 6, 2024

The late spring discoveries of Mile 242 brought many people to enjoy the tidepools. https://beachconnection. We collected three pounds of trash and noted that there were fewer plastic bottle caps this month. Although the wind brought a chill to the air, it was a beautifully sunny day to explore the mile.

Bobbie, Sally, Annette Retired Teachers

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