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Mile 247 Report
September 20, 2020
This survey was about two weeks later than we had intended.
This survey was about two weeks later than we had intended. It was delayed because of the Echo Mountain Complex Fire. By the time of this survey, the local air had cleared and people were out enjoying a fresh air Sunday on a beautiful beach. We saw more people than we usually see, but still not many owing to difficult access. We saw remarkably little evidence of plastic waste, either from people on the beach or washed in from the surf. Not sure of the cause for this positive development, although fewer people recreating this year, and interruption of the cruise line industry because of Covid-19, may be causing less trash on our beaches generally.
Temperature: 68 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.
Number of people: 12. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 12. Other Activities: Most if not all of the people present had arrived via boat or kayak along the Salmon River..
Apparent violations: None.
Total dead birds: 3.
We saw an unusually high number of Mermaid's Purses (egg cases).
This beach is often dynamic and on this day wave action had carved a ledge along the surf line near the northern end of the beach. We expect the beach to look different on our next survey.
One or two trees had apparently been blown down at the top of a cliff, possibly related to the recent windstorm that had fanned local fires.
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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology team members Nancy and Alison conducted this CoastWatch survey.
During this survey there were no visible Ochre Sea Stars in the rocky habitat at the south end of Mile 247.
As stated above, notable wildlife on the estuary side of the sand spit included 2 herons, 1 harbor seal and many small (approx.
The group of 6 survey participants consisted of Sitka Center & CoastWatch staff, and community members.
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.
This survey was conducted by Sitka Center Team Members Nancy, Sadie and Cole.