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Human Activities: Crisp sunny day, wonderful for walking, but only saw one person and her dog enjoying the beach.Shoreline Wildlife: Flocks of small shore birds were foraging in the drift line and also up higher on the beach around piles of bull kelp and sea grasses. Saw a small shark (about 40 inches long) providing meals for gulls and crows. It may have been a salmon shark but seemed to short/small.Physical Changes: No new man-made changes. There has been significant erosion of the dune face in one section of beach between the two northern-most beach accesses.

Conditions

Temperature: 38 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SE. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 1. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 1.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

Several flocks of small shore birds (Western Sandpipers?)

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. Northern Fulmars

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Small shark, about 40 inches long, apparently quite tasty. Gulls and crows feasting.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces. About 20 small pumpkins

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Evidence of wave overtopping. Significant erosion of dune face between 2 northernmost beach accesses; waves in that area have been bigger than usual (and wonderful!) according to a local surfer.

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Mile 254

December 17, 2023

see previous box for the most salient observations!

Heidi Heidenreich

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Mile 254

October 1, 2023

One cannot help but notice the 120+ large clumps on entangled kelp all along mile 254.

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Mile 254

July 16, 2023

The north half mile of 254 (after the end of the rip rap )has experienced serious erosion.

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Mile 254

June 4, 2023

There is a marked difference between the 1/4 mile of rip rapped beach with its gentle slope and 2' shelf of sand blown against the rocks AND the north 3/4 mile where the dunes are receeding and are eroding in height.

heidenreichh

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Mile 254

January 29, 2023

It has been two months since my last observation and, of course, there have been many storms, a great deal of rain and high winds in that time.

heidenreichh

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Mile 254

November 20, 2022

One dead sea lion which I understand is all too common at this time  on the Oregon Coast.

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Mile 254

October 4, 2022

This is my first observation for mile 254.

MatthewsE

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Mile 254

September 18, 2022

About 1/2 of my mile, north of the rip rap,  is experiencing significant erosion.

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