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Mile 324 Report
July 6, 2022
Snowy Plover nesting area warning signage was recently added as well as a specific roped off area for known nest sites - checked with J Jones as to who set the signage and was directed to Audobon, Portland.
Snowy Plover nesting area warning signage was recently added as well as a specific roped off area for known nest sites - checked with J Jones as to who set the signage and was directed to Audobon, Portland. Extensive fireworks debris everywhere.
Temperature: 67 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 4.0 feet.
Extensive debris from the Fourth of July holiday including illegal fires, fireworks and general little.
Fire, LitterApparent violations: Evidence of illegal dunes fires over the Fourth of July holiday..
Seaweeds and seagrass, Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Styrofoam. Fireworks debris, general little
Snowy Plover nesting area warning signage and roped off area for known nest site
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People enjoying the beach, nesting Snowy Plovers in distress, Juvenile Brown Pelicans learn about dogs;
Lots of birds observed: Osprey - 2 fishing at mouth of estuary; one adult and one juvenile Adult Bald Eagle resting on north end of Necanicum SpitSnowy Plover flying around estuary island acting distressed with a loose Jack Russel Terrier in the vicinity of Nest 7A
New flock of Brown Pelicans at mouth of estuary along with some Canada Geese, seagulls and Caspian Terns were disturbed several times before relocating to sandbar surrounded by water;Snowy Plover disturbed on island between Necanicum River and Neawanna Creek by two people tidepooling;Tour Helicopter flew over five separate times twice low enough (though probably not illegal) to disturb two Bald Eagles and two Osprey hunting in estuary;Small structure built of driftwood still on the Necanicum Spit being used as shelter;
We saw lots of dead crabs, some kelp and algae on the surfline, and some driftwood.
My morning walk began gloriously with the sun peaking through the clouds and chirping birds flitting through the dune grasses.
Beautiful clear day, moderate amount of human activity; two Snowy Plovers seen in newly designated protected areas exhibiting nesting behavior; one harbor seal pup on the rocks of the Necanicum Inlet Island; numerous seagulls and terns along with a few cormoronts; The amount of fireworks debris, burned logs, and styrofoam at the waterline is disheartening.