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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.

Conditions

Temperature: 68 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.

Human Activities

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..

Concerns

Apparent violations: None.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3.

Driftline Content

We saw an unusually high number of Mermaid's Purses (egg cases).

New Development

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.

Natural Changes

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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Mile 247

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

December 21, 2023

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

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Mile 247

October 30, 2023

During this survey there were no visible Ochre Sea Stars in the rocky habitat at the south end of Mile 247.

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Mile 247

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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Mile 247

August 2, 2023

The group of 6 survey participants consisted of Sitka Center & CoastWatch staff, and community members.

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Mile 247

July 19, 2023

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.

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Mile 247

May 30, 2023

This survey was conducted by Sitka Center Team Members Nancy, Sadie and Cole.

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Mile 247

April 26, 2023

We observed quite a few birds, a dead sea lion, a dead starfish and conducted an MDMAP survey for the NOAA program.

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