Report Details

No signs of recent human activity. Lots of plastic shards on the dry sand. Two jellies, nearly a dozen whole sand dollars and many pieces of crab shell in driftline. Ten or more floats per mile. One new Plover nesting area marked with signs. Saw at least four harbor seals (identified by Steve Nielsen) in the New River. Only seven birds sighted along mile 94.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 5.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 3. Just the two of us, Steve Nielsen and myself and my dog LucieAnne (who stayed on the wet sand).Coast Walk, Mile 94 (and 95), Tuesday morning, June 8th, 2010. Steve Nielsen and I started out from my house, the Lonely Plover, at 8:20 AM. It was overcast and the breeze, which I later estimated as ten to fifteen miles an hour, was from the south. We walked down to the dinghy on the Lower Fourmile Creek, and I rowed us over to the west bank of the New River. The current in the river was swift. I estimated it at six to eight miles and hour and the river was higher than I had ever seen it when I was actually on the west bank. Of course, I have seen it higher, but not when I have gone to the beach. We crossed the dunes and walked north. The waves were very small, not more than two feet trough to crest. The driftline was full of sand dollars, and I collected nearly a dozen whole ones, more than on any other visit. There were also little stones up to the size of golf balls, but as we headed north the driftline became empty. We did not see a single bird until we reached the mouth of the New River, where we saw a lone gull flying south. By then we were at what I think is the north end of mile 95. Along the way we saw no signs of other humans except for a lot of shards of plastic (from small up to a few inches across) on the dry sand. Much more than I can recall seeing before. Also a lot of round plastic floats, again perhaps ten or more per mile. There were no vehicle tracks or human footprints in the sand, which is a little unusual as usually the BLM folks leave tracks of ATVs on the weekdays. The sand was warm under foot in spite of the breeze and the overcast and the ocean water was cool but not frigid.On our way north I saw no jellies but did find two, around one to two inches across their long direction, on the way back. There were lots of crab parts here and there along the drift line. When we got back to the south end of what I think is mile 94, six birds, of unidentifiable species, flew a little further south of us and landed on the wet sand. Along our walk we did see a couple of examples of fresh bird tracks in the wet sand but never saw who made them. We were rewarded when we got to the mouth of the New River by the presence of at least four harbor seals (Steve identified them) in the river, at least one or two appeared to study us from the water. Although the amount of large driftwood on the beach was unremarkable until we got up to the north end of mile 95, we did find a lot there. Not as much as on my last visit but much more than any other visit. The other oddities were that the far side of the New River has now a high (ten to fifteen foot) sand bank eroded by the fresh water, and there was another waterway stretching to the north, which Steve identified as the output of Lower Twomile Creek. I had never seen that before. I’m guessing it was the result of the mouth of the New River moving further north and the heavy rains. I was unable to row us up river to the mouth of the Lower Fourmile Creek against the current and the wind, and so, we beached on the east side of the New River and hauled the dinghy overland on the BLM path. We got back to the Plover around noon.

Concerns

Litter

Apparent violations: Lots of plastic shards on dry sand.

Notable Wildlife

Total 6 birds, two jellies.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Nearly a dozen whole sand dollar shells, many crab parts, two jellies.

Driftline Content

Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces.

Man-made Modifications

Another gorse bush.

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Evidence of wave overtopping.

Actions & Comments

I brought back two plastic bottles and a couple of plastic items Steve said are used to hold bait in crab traps, one crab float and one round float.

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Mile 94

May 1, 2016

Accessed mile by rowing down Fourmile Creek and beaching on west side of New River.

John Hull

Mile 94

March 13, 2014

Dead lamb and salmon on the beach.

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Mile 94

November 23, 2013

More people than we have ever seen on a beach walk before, two fishermen in small powered boat on new River, one fisherman walking, and what appeared to be a family of three walking South along the West Bank of the New River.

John Hull

Mile 94

June 19, 2013

Warm day, beach wide and fairly flat, pretty clean with occasional kelp, few jellies, dozens of crab carapaces, a few broken Sand Dollars, feathers, and some other crab parts.

John Hull

Mile 94

November 4, 2012

Saw pelican with injured wing walking on beach and a dead baby sealion and three dead birds (just partial carcasses).

John Hull

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Mile 94

April 5, 2012

Once again no people nor signs of people.

John Hull

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Mile 94

October 18, 2011

Beach sand and wet sand very clean.

John Hull

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Mile 94

September 19, 2011

Beach was very clean.

H Witschi