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Mile 242 Report
December 15, 2015
This is what I found significant in my walk this morning: 1) There were very few people on the beach because of beach access closures and driftwood debris.
This is what I found significant in my walk this morning: 1) There were very few people on the beach because of beach access closures and driftwood debris. 2) The high surf scoured the beach, pounding beach bluffs and riprap. Much new driftwood near Canyon Drive, less to the north, 3) Saw only one dead bird and surprisingly little ocean debris. 4) D River was the biggest I've seen it, about 75 yards wide on the beach. Lots of water volume. I had to walk up to 101 and cross the bridge to continue my walk north. 5) Compared to Mile 241 (which I walk almost daily), there was little bluff erosion, probably because the bluffs in mile 242 are not as high or as steep.
Number of people: 6. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 5. Surfing: 1. Very few people on beach. Beach access difficult because of driftwood blocking Canyon Drive access. D River wayside still closed by Oregon State Parks because of recent storms and high surf.
Apparent violations: none.
Cars/trucks parking: 3. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 1.
Very little wildlife observed. That's what was notable. Just a flock of gulls at D River.
Total dead birds: 1. No band. About eight inches long. Black except for some white tail feathers on underside of tail and a few white feathers on underside of its wings.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
High surf scoured the beach and deposited driftwood all the way up to the bluff. Noticeably little beach debris.
Evidence of wave overtopping. Landslides/major boulder falls; One small bluff slide that dislodged some pine trees. In sharp contrast to Mile 241 where there was alarming bluff erosion.
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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.
I did not get any pictures as my camera is not working correctly at the moment.
For it being a rainy first day of spring break the beaches were pretty busy.