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A sunny and mild neap tide, near low water. Light SW wind, waves 0.5-1.0 m. There were a few parked cars on the beach and a couple of clammers in swash zone; 4 dogs. The density of the strand line debris was extremely variable, ranging from a beach swept virtually clean to large piles of logs. The wood was mostly weathered but had little or no epibionts such as barnacles. Where the litter was dense, it was as usual dominated by plastic. Lots of plastic bottles, but also significant amounts of broken down plastic particles in the mm to cm size range. Larger debris included net and rope. Not much biogenic material in the strand. No bird or marine mammal carcasses, but 30 or so sanderlings were foraging at the tide line. No begging pelicans were observed. The dune face has been significantly eroded and in some places the dune grass has spilled onto the beach. Logs, sticks, and various man-made objects were eroding from the base of the dune. Makes one wonder how long they have been buried…

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 1.3 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 5. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 5. Playing in sand: 2. Other Activities: 3 clamming.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 3.

Notable Wildlife

30 sanderlings. No starving pelicans

Driftline Content

Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Wood pieces. mostly plastic bottles and small particles

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Evidence of wave overtopping. wave-cut foredune

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Another bright clear day on the northern Oregon coast.

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November 7, 2018

We found a flock of 1,150-1,300 Dunlin.

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August 6, 2018

One dead adult Ochre Sea Star was found, with no evidence of wasting.

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October 5, 2012

Beautiful autumn day with a warm east wind.

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November 25, 2011

Took a late afternoon hike on mile from 335 to 334.

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January 22, 2011

A pleasant but relatively unremarkable walk.

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October 11, 2010

A splendid autumn morning near low tide.

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February 7, 2010

A sunny and mild neap tide, near low water.

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