Report Details

4 people walking on beach; 4 people digging for agates; 1 unleashed dog; no vehicles, but tracks were present. Beach swept mostly clean by recent tides; very little trash or plastic; no "nurdles" (plastic pellets) observed; 5 western snowy plovers resting together in dry sand; 1 alive stranded duck (brief look - unknown species); 1 dead brown pelican; 3 dead common murre. Area of cut shore pines on bluff (likely private property, but unknown). Notice of pesticide spraying posted at Paradise Point parking area.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 5.9 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 4. Vehicle tracks through roosting habitat of western snowy plovers Unleashed dog Discarded picnic supplies and cloth mask on beach (observer collected and removed)

Concerns

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 3. ATVs/OHVs parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

5 western snowy plovers observed (federally listed - threatened) 1 stranded duck species walking in dry sand- did not allow approach/unable to ID/possibly originated from Garrison Lake

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. 1 brown pelican; 3 common murre

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

1 small dead fish at driftline - anchovy/herring/smelt?

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Styrofoam, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.). Very little trash or plastic in drift line; beach is relatively clean No small plastic pellets (nurdles) observed! Styrofoam float and large strand of rope entangled in kelp at drift line

New Development

Landowners adjacent to beach have developed private access trails with gates at property boundaries (existing - not new development)

Man-made Modifications

Removal or cutting of native shore pines at bluff - private property? Notice of pesticide application posted at Paradise Point parking area - east side of roadway

Natural Changes

None noted

Actions & Comments

Have not yet determined if cut trees are on State Park land or private property (likely private)

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Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

May 29, 2024

Everything seemed fine but I thought it was weird there were no birds

Brian / Michaela Donato

Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

May 7, 2024

There was a lot of small wood debris.

Brian Donato

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Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

May 7, 2024

There was a lot of small wood debris.

Brian Donato

Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

March 26, 2024

Velella velella in the wrackline.

Crystal Roy

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Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

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

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

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

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

August 27, 2023

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Mile 52

Agate Beach, Garrison Lake, south of Paradise Point SW

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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