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Mile 289 Report
March 21, 2008
Snow is still visible on the higher peaks of the Coast Range, and last night we had hail and snow (non sticking) on beach.
Snow is still visible on the higher peaks of the Coast Range, and last night we had hail and snow (non sticking) on beach. Spring might be several weeks later than normal.Mile 289 continues to see sand building up and the beach widening. Winter storms did not erode the foredunes. Because you need to walk 2 miles plus to reach Mile 289, there is little human activity except on pleasant weather days.
Temperature: 48 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 7.0 feet.
The entire spit is a no vehicles allowed area, but there were tracks of a full-sized vehicle on the beach. On occasion, there can be official vehicles on the beach such as Coast Guard, Sheriff, Fire, etc.
Apparent violations: none.
Cars/trucks parking: 5.
many shorebirds both in the surf area and in the dry sand area
Total dead birds: 5. 3 Northern Fulmars, a gull probably Western, and a Surf Scoter
Seaweeds and seagrass, 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. sense that much of the stuff is from ocean based sources, but of course, have no proof
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Mile 289 continues to have sand accretion. Sand is building up in front of the foredune. It is a short climb up to the top of the existing foredune. The only place where water has eroded a 90degree slope in the foredune is right at the jetty as the beach curves to the east.The stern and a large piece of deck from the Catherine M are still on the beach. The fresh logs and driftwood from the December flood now have weathered and much of it is buried in sand. As you move towards the jetty, the amount of wood on the beach increases.Some notable finds include 3 life jackets, all different types, 3 crab floats, a large diameter plastic culvert (from flood), and a worker's helmet.
All Mile 289 Reports
This mile is not surveyed 4 times a year since it became a designated bird nesting area.
September 15 ended the nesting bird restrictions on mile 289.
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.
This survey was all about the jelly fish that covered the most recent wrack areas.