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Sitka Team members and Sitka Center artists in residence accessed Mile 247 via kayak, walked south taking observations of the beach mile and met Camp Westwind Team members near Mile 247's rocky habitat. 4 Ochre Sea Stars were observed in the rocky habitat which did not display any signs of sea star wasting syndrome. After completing a CoastWatch survey form the group walked north picking up debris from the beach before paddling eling back across the Salmon River Estuary. Wind predictions underestimated the actual felt weather of the day, making the estuary slightly choppy.

Conditions

Temperature: 48 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Strong. Tide Level: 1.34 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 7. Walking or running: 7. Sitting: 7. Tidepooling: 2. Kayaking: 1. Tire tracks in sand.

Notable Wildlife

harbor seals, sea gulls, ochre sea stars, acorn barnacles, gooseneck barnacles, giant green anemones, limpets and a great blue heron.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 2.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

none

Driftline Content

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

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All Mile 247 Reports

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Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

March 15, 2024

Sitka Center team member Nancy and Sitka Center artists in residence Evan, Rose, Katrina, Tim, Maria and M accessed the site via kayak.

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

February 16, 2024

Sitka Team members and Sitka Center artists in residence accessed Mile 247 via kayak, walked south taking observations of the beach mile and met Camp Westwind Team members near Mile 247's rocky habitat.

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

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.

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

December 21, 2023

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

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

October 30, 2023

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

Nancy Newman

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

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.

SitkaCenter21

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

August 2, 2023

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

SitkaCenter21

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

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.

SitkaCenter21