Report Details

Calm and warm day (58 degrees F by end of survey). Thirty-five visitors, mostly searching for agates. Fifteen dogs (10 unleashed). Small flock of Western snowy plovers observed in flight and two later observed on beach. Two peregrine falcons in flight. Loose dogs or peregrines in area may have disturbed shorebirds.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 7.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 35. Number of dogs: 15. Walking or running: 12. Sitting: 3. Vehicles are allowed on beach and not restricted to waveslope. Multiple tracks cross upper beach and run into dunes and over vegetation.

Concerns

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 15.

Notable Wildlife

9 Western snowy plovers observed in flight, possibly disturbed by loose dogs on beach or peregrines in area. 2 Western snowy plovers later observed resting on beach. 2 Peregrine falcons in flight, vocalizing and interacting aggressively.

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells.

Natural Changes

Creek outlet at south end of beach barred up. Water now pooling in creek channel.

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Mile 52

October 8, 2023

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.

Alison Cebula

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Mile 52

September 9, 2023

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.

Alison Cebula

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Mile 52

August 27, 2023

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Mile 52

July 30, 2023

There were only 5 people and 3 dogs, but I observed this little black and white bird near the water.

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Mile 52

June 30, 2023

Fine morning on beach with visitors mostly near Tseriadun access area looking for agates. Western snowy plovers present during breeding season.

Alison Cebula

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Mile 52

February 20, 2023

8 people at south end of beach with1 off-leash dog.

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Mile 52

November 21, 2022

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

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Mile 52

October 31, 2022

Large bundles of kelp along the south side of Agate Beach.

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