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This CoastWatch survey was conducted by Sitka Team member Nancy and 4 members of the Sitka Center 2024 resident cohort: Thomas, Erin, Christian and Fran. Mile 247 was accessed via kayak. The group spent 2.5 hours walking the length of the mile, conducting a CoastWatch survey, removing debris from the beach and seeing how much of the rocky habitat at the south end of the mile was accessible. As mentioned elsewhere in this report, 10 dead Cassin's auklets were observed, also a dead wild rabbit. The debris present on the beach at the time of this survey was mostly ocean-based debris from ships or fishing boats. We observed tire tracks and evidence of one beach bonfire.

Conditions

Temperature: 42 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Tide Level: 1.14 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 9. Walking or running: 9. Sitting: 9. Tidepooling: 5. Kayaking: 5. We observed tire tracks in the sand at the south end of Mile 247, on the ocean side of the sand spit. We also observed a large piece of harvested treated lumber in the high tide line. It was about the size and length of a railroad tie with pieces of metal flashing nailed to it.

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Litter

Notable Wildlife

We observed an eagle, several great blue herons, sea gulls, a cormorant, giant green anemones, a chiten, two Ochre Sea Stars, acorn barnacles and mussels.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 18. We observed 10 dead Cassin's Auklets in the high tide line all along the mile with a higher concentration of them at the south end of Mile 247, on the ocean side. No leg bands were present on any of the birds.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). The wrack line was where the majority of the dead Cassin's auklets were observed. During this survey there was a high concentration of ocean-based debris from ships (nets, buoys, crab line, etc).

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune. We observed a lot of sand displacement of the foredune. During this survey, the gradual slope of the foredune to to beach was more of a 90* angle and many dune grass roots were exposed.

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Mile 247

January 19, 2024

This CoastWatch survey was conducted by Sitka Team member Nancy and 4 members of the Sitka Center 2024 resident cohort: Thomas, Erin, Christian and Fran.

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Mile 247

December 21, 2023

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology team members Nancy and Alison conducted this CoastWatch survey.

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Mile 247

October 30, 2023

During this survey there were no visible Ochre Sea Stars in the rocky habitat at the south end of Mile 247.

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Mile 247

September 14, 2023

As stated above, notable wildlife on the estuary side of the sand spit included 2 herons, 1 harbor seal and many small (approx.

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Mile 247

August 2, 2023

The group of 6 survey participants consisted of Sitka Center & CoastWatch staff, and community members.

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Mile 247

July 19, 2023

The site was accessed by kayak and the survey team walked around the north end of the sand spit to the ocean side of the monitored mile.

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Mile 247

May 30, 2023

This survey was conducted by Sitka Center Team Members Nancy, Sadie and Cole.

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Mile 247

April 26, 2023

We observed quite a few birds, a dead sea lion, a dead starfish and conducted an MDMAP survey for the NOAA program.

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