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Mile 247, at the Salmon River Estuary, continues to be a very clean and pristine beach, likely owing to its remote location.  One difference on this inspection was the total lack of dead seabirds, which we had documented previously.  There were also very few live birds, perhaps due to bald eagles that live near the mouth of the Salmon River.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N.

Human Activities

Number of people: 6. Walking or running: 6.

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), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). We found and removed a bag of trash including pieces of nylon rope. We also found a large, probably 55 gallon, drum with a long rope attached that we were not able to remove, but Camp Westwind employee said he would remove it with a maintenance vehicle.

Natural Changes

Landslides/major boulder falls. It is difficult to know how much of the landslide areas on the southern portion of the beach are new. Much of the slide area is long-standing and does advance over time.

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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.

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