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Mile 52 Report
May 30, 2022
Calm and cool weather.
Calm and cool weather. Fifteen people on beach and four off-leash dogs, with most visitors concentrated near access points at Paradise Point and Tseriadun/Agate Beach. Rock hunting is very popular at this beach. Four people fishing at surf south of Paradise Point. Active western snowy plover nest located on central part of beach is unprotected and vulnerable to vehicle traffic and loose dogs. Vehicle tracks surround the general nesting area. Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation posted one sign at Tseriadun access to inform public about nesting plovers. Driftline was mostly clean with small rocks exposed. Surveyor notifed USFWS and ODPR about nesting activity.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Tide Level: -1.1 feet.
Number of people: 15. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 2. Fishing: 4. 1 ATV operator takes fishing gear and supplies to surf area for 3 additional anglers
Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed: 1.
3 western snowy plover adults observed; 1 active snowy plover nest with 2 eggs
Actions & Comments
Notified USFWS and Oregon State Parks about western snowy plover nesting activity
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Most notable observations were the large amount of wrack debris, including fresh kelp, small woody debris, and remnants of dead gorse plants scattered along waveslope.
Hazy conditions due to smoke from wildfires in wilderness areas east of Port Orford. Juvenile snowy plover and common murre chick offshore indicate successful nesting. Bleached barnacles on rocks may indicate disease or exposure to extreme temperatures. New home construction noted at southeast end of beach.
There were only 5 people and 3 dogs, but I observed this little black and white bird near the water.
Fine morning on beach with visitors mostly near Tseriadun access area looking for agates. Western snowy plovers present during breeding season.
8 people at south end of beach with1 off-leash dog.
Beautiful day on Mile 52; 31 people enjoying the beach on a warm and calm afternoon; majority of visitors hunt for agates near the south beach access; two off-leash dogs roam freely; four dogs are leashed in compliance with park rules; 1 OHV enters beach at Paradise Point and drives south to Agate Beach/Tseriadun access, crossing from wet sand into dry sand/dune area, causing potential disturbance to wintering flock of snowy plovers (7 birds observed); flock of 14 American crows hover near beach and perch in trees adjacent to south beach access; driftline contains mostly small rock, shells, wood and kelp; very little trash