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Had a break in the storms and caught a great morning. Calm, sunny and in the low 50's. Plant material (wood pieces, small branches), Bull Kelp and seaweed littered the beach due to the storms. Also found a lot of plastic bottles, fishing floats and debris, and styrofoam particles. One dead Northern Fulmar and one dead Common Murre were found. A California Seal Lion carcass on this mile was previously reported. Human activity was light, 8 adults and 4 dogs walking. Considerable erosion of vegetated foredunes due to higher river water levels. We had not seen Pelagic Gooseneck Barnacles before - very interesting. A driftwood shelter was reported to the Oregon Parks Department.

Conditions

Temperature: 52 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 4.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 5. Walking or running: 8. All walking, dogs under control. Driftwood shelter had been created. (Reported to Oregon Parks South Coast Beach Ranger.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 3.

Notable Wildlife

Pelagic Gooseneck Barnacles (Lepas anatifera) on flotsam

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. Common Muerre, Northern Fulmar

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. California Sea Lion, dead, N43.08538, W124.43536, slightly south of Haystack Rock, east of other rocks on beach. Animal previously reported by County coordinators.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. Lots of tree branches, fishing floats and plastic bottles due to recent storms

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune. Dune erosion due to high river water levels

Actions & Comments

Driftwood shelter reported to Oregon Parks Department.

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Mile 99

September 29, 2023

Post summer survey of Mile 99 showed movement of Johnson creek approx 1/4 mile north from last survey.

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Mile 99

July 18, 2023

There is little change on mile 99 since the last survey.

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Mile 99

September 9, 2022

A quiet morning after the summer season.

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Mile 99

April 7, 2022

Mile 99 is now mostly flat, without the sand dunes seen on the last survey.

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Mile 99

November 22, 2021

Although there has been over 9 inches of rain since October 1, both creeks (Johnson and Crooked) on mile 99 are at lower than expected levels of max depth of approx 5 inches at usual crossing spots.

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Mile 99

August 23, 2021

Late August  along Mile 99 shows noticably lower sand dunes than in previous years.

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Mile 99

February 2, 2021

Mile 99 shows effects of the winter storms, with expansion of the creeks (Johnson on the south, and Crooked Creek to the north) and erosion of the foredunes.

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Mile 99

July 8, 2020

The summer has brought more sand in, and dunes developed.

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