Report Details

This survey was actually over two days, Dec. 23 and 24, 2020.  The weather was very nice both days, although a bit windy on Dec. 24.  Owing to the remote location of this beach, there was very little human activity.  We only saw a three person family with a young child and another adult with a dog, and only on the first day.  Everyone was acting responsibly.  Our main observation, and this was primarily concentrated on the northernmost end of the beach, was a considerable amount of human debris, which we gathered up and took away.  This continues to be a beautiful beach, in very good condition, but it does receive debris from primarily ocean and river traffic.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light.

Human Activities

Number of people: 4. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 4.

Concerns

Apparent violations: None.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3.

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). Various pieces of plastic, including pieces of broken patio furniture, water bottles (two filled with urine, probably tossed from a fishing boat-pretty disgusting), plastic toys, two boat paddles, a few pierces of plywood (painted, so we removed them), and assorted cellophane wrappers and pieces of plastic- most concentrated at the north end of the mile, closer to the Salmon River. We suspect some or most of this debris was associated with boating.

New Development

None

Man-made Modifications

None

Natural Changes

Near the south end of the beach there is usually modest erosion, associated with landslides and water run-off. Nothing out of the ordinary was present this time around.

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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

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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.

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.

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Mile 247

South Spit Salmon River, Tillamook/Lincoln county line

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

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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

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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.

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