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We observed quite a few birds, a dead sea lion, a dead starfish and conducted an MDMAP survey for the NOAA program. There were students from Camp WestWind and their counselors walking / sitting in groups on the beach. The crecent- shaped beach to the south of the rocky 'key hole' was inaccessable due to the level of sand and water at the time of this survey.

Conditions

Temperature: 54 F. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 0.8 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 32. Walking or running: 25. Sitting: 7. There were visible tire tracks in the sand. Confirmed after our last survey that yes -the staff at Camp WestWind use their ATVs to check the beach / remove debris.

Notable Wildlife

We observed 2 osprey, 2 bald eagle, 4 canada geese, 1 great blue heron, many sea snails, many sea anemone and several sea gulls.

Driftline Content

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

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune.

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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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