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Today was a CoastWatch orientation walk with CoastWatch Program Manager, staff from Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (who adopted this mile) and nearby neighbors. A negative tide made for great intertidal viewing and access to the beach beyond the keyhole. There were dozens of healthy ochre sea stars, chitons, blue mussels, sponge, anemone and so much more. Gorgeous healthy habitat. We found a small amount of trash including an abandoned or discarded crab trap, which we took with us. Three beached birds, not identified, were found. We spent about 3 hours and the temperature increased about 10 degrees in that time. We reached this beach by rowing across the Salmon River. We also set up a 100 meter marine debris survey site, to be monitored by volunteers at Sitka.

Conditions

Temperature: 62 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Tide Level: -1.4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 16. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 9. Tidepooling: 4. Kayaking: 8. Fishing: 2.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. unknown

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.).

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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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