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Human Activities: 6 people and 2 dogs enjoying walking/playing and surf fishing during this respite from rain and wind.Shoreline: Wrack lines contained the usual shells, wood pieces and abundant amounts of plastic and styrofoam. I did not see any debris that could have been from the Japan tsunami. Groups of sandpipers (Sanderlings?) were foraging from surfline to dune face. There were 4 dead Rhinoceros auklets, one of which was tagged with a COASST survey ID from 2-23-12. (4 Rhinoceros auklets were identified on the 2-23 COASST survey.) This seems like a larger number than usual. There was also a large amount of bull kelp on the beach in both single pieces and large bunches.Physical Changes: There did seem to be a little more erosion on the north half of the beach with some recent tree and bush dislodgement.

Human Activities

Number of people: 6. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 4. Playing in sand: 1. Fishing: 1.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

Sandpipers (sanderlings?) actively foraging in the surfline and all the way up to the dune face. Lots of bull kelp on the beach, both singly and in large piles.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 5. 5 Rhinoceros auklets. (4 dead Rhinoceros auklets seen on COASST dead bird survey, same mile, on 2-23-12.) Only one of the dead birds seen today had a COASST tag on it.

Driftline Content

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

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Newly exposed roots/trees falling.

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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.

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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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