Report Details

Because the SOLVE beach clean up was cancelled this year, I was expecting to see more litter than usual on the beach. However, little debris was visible, likely because accumulating sand had covered it. There was no evidence of new deposits of tsunami debris, although there were several pieces of Japanese construction wood that has been present since last spring. Interestingly, one of the larger Japanese beams had been carried behind the foredune and incorporated into the construction of the large camping structure located at the mid-section of the mile. There were more dead birds than usual, maybe due to the unseasonably cold winter conditions of the last couple of weeks.

Conditions

Temperature: 45 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 10. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 7. Other Activities: 3 eating around beach campfire. A lovely, quiet winter day on Mile 287. Fewer folks out; little evidence of recent human activity - with exception of tracks from two vehicles the length of the mile (one ATV and one full size vehicle with wide tires). While neither vehicle was present during my visit, based on the tracks remaining it appeared that both vehicles accessed the beach from the north end of the spit, drove southward towards Cape Meares, then returned to the north end of the spit crossing mile 287 from each direction. The larger vehicle drove up (and possibly parked) on a low area of the foredune at the north end of the mile. Of note, at the north end of the mile, there were several places where high tides had overtopped lower areas of the foredune, in one section frequently enough that the dune grass was dying off. The beach sand levels are the highest I've seen since beginning my visits to Mile 287.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 11.

Notable Wildlife

elk tracks/manure in sand, no elk seen

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 7. 4 gulls, 2 common murres, 1 great blue heron (first time I've seen one of these on the beach). Most had been recently tagged by the COASST volunteers who monitor that section of beach - they were working at the same time we were visiting and it was great to meet them!

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces.

Natural Changes

Evidence of wave overtopping.

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Mile 287

September 16, 2023

A lovely, busy day at the beach on this sunny, late summer SOLVE clean up day.

C Nelson

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July 4, 2023

An absolutely gorgeous summer day -- warm, clear, sunny, light breeze.

C Nelson

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April 22, 2023

We were disappointed that the SOLVE beach clean-ups have not been re-initiated following the pandemic, so decided to do our own.

C Nelson

Mile 287

January 22, 2023

The primary purpose of this visit was to observe the impact of the last of this winters king tides.

C Nelson

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January 13, 2023

Remarkably clear smooth sand with small amount of driftwood pushed high up the beach.

JuliaH

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Mile 287

December 12, 2022

A pleasant December afternoon.

C Nelson

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April 6, 2022

A pleasant, partly cloudy spring day.

C Nelson

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February 17, 2022

A quiet day at the beach - just a handful of folks strolling along the shoreline, only one of whom had a dog with them.

C Nelson