Report Details

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. We noted high concentrations of microplastics in the tide line. We saw 1 dead seagull. We noted a high concentration of what we suspect were ligia oceanica AKA beach cockroaches at the south end of the mile near the rocky habitat. We observed gooseneck barnicles, mussels, sea snails, crabs, ochre sea stars, a lemon dorid nudebranch, mole crabs and a high concentration of leather chitens in the rocky habitat. The team noted ling cod spawn in the tide pools at the south end of the mile as well. There was not a high concentration of debris for this survey but a MDMAP survey was conducted. There was evidence of several beach bonfires. The team observed a flock of approximatly 10 California Brown Pelicans.

Conditions

Temperature: 61 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 0.3 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 11. Walking or running: 11. Sitting: 1. Photography: 3. Tidepooling: 3.

Notable Wildlife

The team noted a high concentration of isopod esque creatures (we suspect they were ligia oceanica AKA beach cockroaches) at the rocky area at the south end of Mile 247. The team also noted a high concentration of molted mole crab shells.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1.

Driftline Content

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

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a dead seagull
bonfire evidence
Mile 247 view
Bonfire evidence
Beach debris removed from Mile 247

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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

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.

SitkaCenter21

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.

SitkaCenter21