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Mile 245 Report
March 4, 2012
A gorgeous day, many people were out enjoying the beach.
A gorgeous day, many people were out enjoying the beach. walking its length. Picked up an unusual and considerable amount of chunks of white styrofoam. Several small landslides have occurred this winter with continued undermining of the trees and foliage at the top of the cliffs. There have been very few birds normally seen in this area. Nine dead murres were found from 73rd Street access and to the north. A young man was seen climbing the steep and eroded cliff adjacent to the basalt outcropping at the north end of the beach.
Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light.
Number of people: 140. Number of dogs: 15. Walking or running: 138. Other Activities: 2-kite flying. A young man was climbing the eroded wall just before the basalt outcropping at the north end of the beach (tidepool area). Seems pretty foolish with all the evident erosion.
Cars/trucks parking: 39. RVs/Buses parking: 3.
Total dead birds: 9. Murre
Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam, Wood pieces. unusual amount of white styrofoam chunks
Erosion of vegetated foredune, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Landslides/major boulder falls.
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