Report Details

The group of 6 survey participants consisted of Sitka Center & CoastWatch staff, and community members. The group observed many species in the rocky intertidal area including sea stars. A sea star observation was conducted using materials/protocol provided by UC Santa Cruz. There was an extrememly low tide which created a lot of sand displacment on the beach. The caves in the rocky intertidal area were more accessable than during the most recent CoastWatch survey conducted by Sitka team members.

Conditions

Temperature: 65 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: -1.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 12. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 12. Playing in surf: 12. Photography: 6. Tidepooling: 12. Kayaking: 6. Other Activities: 6 people conducted a 15 minute timed, sea star observation survey using protocol sheets provided by UC Santa Cruz..

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 3.

Notable Wildlife

We observed seagulls, lemon dorid nudibranchs, giant green anemones, gooseneck barnacles, giant acorn barnacles, thatched barnacles, mussels, chitens, ochre sea stars, one mottled sea star, kelp, a large red and brown bug (approx. 2.5 inches by 1.5 inches) we could not identify that moved like a grasshopper.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

We observed one, small dead fish in the wrack line towards the south end (ocean side) of Mile 247, near the rocky intertidal area.

Driftline Content

Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea).

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survey participant measures sea star close up
survey participant measures sea star close up
Several of the many chitens observed at Mile 247 on August 2
Orange and purple ochre stars clustered near the sand and water line at Mile 247
A orange ochre sea star clinging to a rock at Mile 247. This is a good example of the top of the ochre star looking dehydrated / deflated as it waits for the tide to return. This star is not diseased / not an example of sea star wasting disease.
a close image of a purple shore crab that has recently moulted on the sand, this crab was next to the other crab pictured that was in the middle of moulting. The two crabs were in the mouth of the "keyhole" area at the south end of Mile 247
a close image of a purple shore crab that has recently moulted on the sand, this crab was next to the other crab pictured that was in the middle of moulting. The two crabs were in the mouth of the "keyhole" area at the south end of Mile 247
unidentified bug on the sand at mile 247
unidentified bug on the sand at mile 247
Aug 2, 2023 Mile 247 survey team group photo

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Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

June 7, 2024

Trash and dead seal

Joan Mahler

Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

April 26, 2024

Survey participants accessed Mile 247 - Salmon River spit via kayaking/paddle boarding across the Salmon River Estuary.

Mile 247 - Salmon River Spit

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.

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