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There is a major die off (wreck) of Cassin's Auklets going on now. We found 126 on Mile 289. We do COASST surveys on Mile 286, and neighbors warned us of a huge number of small birds washing in a few days ago. On the way to 289, we did a quick count on 286. There were 121 on 286. It will take hours and hours to tag and photograph all those according to the COASST protocols.I googled Cassin's Auklet Die Off. There were many hits. Here is one from Sonoma, CA,'s a major event, but it appears to the COASST people to be limited to breeding success. The Cal people have a different take.


Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 7.3 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 5. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 2. Other Activities: 3 on horseback. We did not leave from the primary parking area on the spit. We made the long walk from the Cape Meares community.



Apparent violations: small fire left burning at jetty. Not a major problem in Dec..


Cars/trucks parking: 2.

Notable Wildlife

shorebirds in the wrack area.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 132. 126 Cassin's Auklets, 2 Western Grebes, 2 Northern Fulmars, 1 Common Murre, and 1 Rhinoceros Auklet

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, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. Pineapple Express event provided a west wind that filled the beach with debris and dead birds.

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Natural Changes

No erosion

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All Mile 289 Reports

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Mile 289

September 20, 2021

This mile is not surveyed 4 times a year since it became a designated bird nesting area.


Mile 289

December 24, 2020

There is no trace of nesting bird protection.


Mile 289

September 21, 2020

September 15 ended the nesting bird restrictions on mile 289.


Mile 289

August 1, 2020

I saw so many different types of birds along the jetty, I'm no bird expert but I thought I saw pelicans, herons, cormorants, and sea gulls.


Mile 289

March 20, 2020

Mile 289 is again restricted due to bird nesting.


Mile 289

December 5, 2019

This survey was all about the jelly fish that covered the most recent wrack areas.


Mile 289

June 16, 2019

This is a partial survey.


Mile 289

March 21, 2019

The signage is up again keeping all dogs off Mile 289.