Report Details

It was invigorating to be on the beach again. Short visits due to winter tide conditions and my schedule have limited this activity. I was so taken by the apparent joy among the folks out for their own beach fun, that I decided to photograph the humans, as well as the shell/pebble/wood content of the shoreline. The tops of offshore rocks seemed to be relatively bare of the usual mussels.

Conditions

Temperature: 65 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 5.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 56. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 6. Playing in surf: 3. Playing in sand: 8. Sitting: 1. Photography: 2. Other Activities: glass float hunting 6. I photographed activity and artifacts (sand writing). A fellow, dressed like a beachcomber in khaki hat, cargo cutoffs and teeshirt, sitting comfortably reclined in the dunes, enjoying the view, returned my wave. I did not photograph him. A group 1/8 mile s of casino stairs appeared to be a family in two lines along the dune, one line facing w, the other facing e. Each person at the s end of the west-facing line walked to a container held by two folks in the e facing line and dropped in some object. This continued until the last person, an adolescent girl, was the only w facing member of the party. She took out a camera and photographed the e facing group. A good time seemed to be had by all. Not wishing to intrude in their ceremony, I did not photograph them. I also photographed oil rising from the base of the striated dune about 20 feet n of the casino stairs.

Concerns

Climbing bluffs/seastacks

Apparent violations: Cliff climbing in marked zones.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 3.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces.

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Mile 247

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South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

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

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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

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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

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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.

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