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Mile 289 Report
September 18, 2007
Busy day on mile 289 due to Air Force training.
Busy day on mile 289 due to Air Force training. Sand has built up during the summer. The normal pattern is for the winter storms to scour away most of it. But since I have lived nearby, the tip of Bayocean Spit is showing no sign of erosion. Sand seems to be building.
Temperature: 64 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 3.0 feet.
Number of people: 22. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 2. Other Activities: survival training USAF. there were about 10 official vehicles and several private vehicles on the emergency road on the bay side of Tillamook spit. All related to USAF training.
Apparent violations: none.
Cars/trucks parking: 1.
heavy wrack present. lots of sea grass and other stuff intertwined with it. very few birds were present.
Total dead birds: 6. 4 murres and 2 gulls. The beach is quite wide and this wasn't a thorough search.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), 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. nothing very large
Actions & Comments
Mile 289 is usually very quiet, but twice a year the Air Force holds survival training on Bayocean Spit. They are camped on the spit by Crab Harbor. Today they seemed to be swimming or paddling into shore from two 47 foot motor lifeboats from Coast Guard Tillamook Bay. Helicopters were used yesterday in some training well off shore.They stay for about a week, and they are very good about leaving the entire area cleaner than it was before they arrived. The mile has seen a build up of sand over the summer. Dunes with vegetation are building up in front of the present foredune. There is a sand bar near the surf-line that fairly steeply slopes to the ocean side and gently slopes down to the east. This creates a low spot between the ocean and the foredune area. The jetty now has sand up to the top rocks up until the time it runs into the wet sand. There is a taller rock on the jetty that can be used as a reference point. I estimate the sand has built up 100 yards further to the west since last winter. The is a lot of wood debris in the upper areas,The beach was fairly clean. I doubt that SOLV volunteers made it that far away from the parking lot, but maybe some did. Plastic sheets, wrappers, etc outnumbered plastic bottles. The only large item that caught my eye was a bright orange plastic pallet that had indentations like an egg carton.Since the mile includes the jetty, I'll report many dozen small open boats were looking for fall salmon inside the channel and just outside in the jaws and south of the south jetty. This is perfectly safe until the swells built up to 6 plus feet. Then an occasional series will roll through that area which are larger and will break in the shallow water near the jetty. I know of one boat that was capsized last year. In all likelihood it will happen again this year.
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.