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Mile 297 Report
February 16, 2020
This was a brisk day with big clouds on the long holiday weekend.
This was a brisk day with big clouds on the long holiday weekend. The beach is very long, sloping gently from above where the large amount of wood sits. The sand has covered most of that wood. There was little debris, natural or human on the mile. 12 people were out walking, fishing, photographing and running. No bird carcasses were seen, and only a few shorebirds and gulls were present. What was notable was four ATV tracks that ran down the beach, and then multiple circles of tracks up where the dunes were leveled to encourage snowy plover nesting. Somebody, or somebodies seemed to be having a good time driving around in the sand.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 0.5 feet.
Number of people: 12. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 8. Photography: 2. Fishing: 1. Other Activities: 1 biking. 4 sets of tracks. No way to know if going down and back once or twice. There were circles of tracks in the area at the south end toward the jetty, where the dunes have been bulldozed to encourage snowy plover nesting. The ATV (s) had spent some time driving around in the short grass back there.
Disturbances: Disturbance of nesting seabirds
Cars/trucks parking: 9. ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited: 2.
The grass is growing up on the area plowed to encourage snowy plover nesting.
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