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A cloudy, showery day on the coast - only one other person with a dog was braving the weather and walking on mile 287. A large flock of sandpipers foraged actively, unfazed by the less than perfect conditions. The first large winter storm of the season is on its way, so we took pictures of the sand accretion in front of the foredune to use as a reference for estimating erosion over the course of the winter. In the flotsam and jetsam on the beach, we encountered broken pieces of a boat (bench seat covers, splintered pieces of fiberglass hull) - a sobering reminder of the power of the sea.

Human Activities

Number of people: 1. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 1. A group of 25-30 students on a field trip for a Portland Community College oceanography course arrived in the parking area just as we did. They first visited the bay, then walked west to the beach at the north end of OR Mile 286. Despite rain showers, they seemed to be enjoying their time at the coast.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 24.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. 3 common murres, 1 cormorant

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Saw a large number of jellyfish in the wrack line. Also saw one fresh, empty skate case (mermaid's purse) at the high tide line.

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.), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces.

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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

Mile 287

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