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Mile 287 Report
January 22, 2011
The large numbers of fresh trees and new driftwood logs high on the beach were no doubt a result of the recent heavy rains and flooding in the coast range.
The large numbers of fresh trees and new driftwood logs high on the beach were no doubt a result of the recent heavy rains and flooding in the coast range. Tides in the past several days have been very high; at the northern-most end of the mile the foredune had been overtopped and new driftwood logs had been deposited either on top of or behind the dune. Photos taken at the same location in October 2010 and January 2011 illustrate the increased depth of the sand and degredation of the foredune.
Number of people: 24. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 18. Playing in sand: 4. Sitting: 2. Other Activities: 1 domestic cat on a leash. There were many more folks on the beach than I've seen previously this winter - probably because this was the first sunny, dry weekend we've had in a long time. Everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves in the sun. One family had brought their cat along on a leash - the first time I've seen a domestic cat on Bayocean spit.
Cars/trucks parking: 36.
Total dead birds: 2. 1 common murre, 1 northern fulmar
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. Large quantity of fresh driftwood logs
Erosion of vegetated foredune, Evidence of wave overtopping.
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A lovely, busy day at the beach on this sunny, late summer SOLVE clean up day.
An absolutely gorgeous summer day -- warm, clear, sunny, light breeze.
We were disappointed that the SOLVE beach clean-ups have not been re-initiated following the pandemic, so decided to do our own.
The primary purpose of this visit was to observe the impact of the last of this winters king tides.
Remarkably clear smooth sand with small amount of driftwood pushed high up the beach.