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202 Jon French 10/26/2020

The north wind was brisk today, with hardly anyone on the beach.  On the southern portion of Mile 202, I counted a cluster of 17 Western Snowy Plovers, which winter here, all sheltering in ones and twos on the downwind side of beach vegetation which my new iNaturalist app "Seek" identified as American Searocket. The app is pretty neat, you just take a photo with your mobile phone, and within seconds an identification pops up on your screen.  It can be hit and miss (it identified a raccoon photo as a "placental mammal"), but it's free and fun to use.  Just one man in a small crabbing boat on the bay today, close to shore but not that far from the mouth of the bay, which they call "the jaws."  The tide was going out, and they say you need to be especially careful here during outgoing tides because the current can be strong, and Alsea Bay has no jetty.

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213 hancherclan 10/24/2020 DISPATCH

1000s of washed up jelly fish and 1 washed up recently deceased sea lion

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129 mzlzee15@gmail.com 10/23/2020

2 Nutria sited at Weywehauser pond.

Sorry, photos poor.

 

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101 GarrettSEA 10/23/2020

Very nice day on the beach, very little wildlife or debris on beach, lots of people & kelp flies.

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238 Cathy238 10/21/2020 DISPATCH

Be aware of bulldozing activity on Mile 238. Even when they aren't working, equipment, piles of sand and rip rap are on the beach. I will attach pictures.

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327 sultanym 10/20/2020 DISPATCH

Walked south of the Del Rey beach entrance 0.5 miles to cover one half of mile 327. I collected about 20lbs of trash from this part of the mile. Notable debris included fishing gear (ropes, bait bucket, rubber worm), plastic bottles and bottle caps (including one bottle with Korean writing and one bottle with Chinese characters on the label), a large wooden pallet covered with live pelagic gooseneck barnacles, and large chunks of styrofoam. I found one dead seabird: a juvenile common murre. 

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290 Foxglove290 10/17/2020

Four of us walked mile 290 collecting abt 40lbs of trash.   A good percent of which was from the fishing industry .  We saw 2 dead sea lions . One appeared to have been shot.   The second had had it's teeth removed and had no visble wound.  We also found 5 shate egg sacks in the drift line.

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116 alaingamerica 10/17/2020

The weather cleared during my visit. The sea was very calm. I decided to spend more time in the high tide zone and so noticed evidence of a land slide that happened earlier this year. The extra attention could account for my impression of more trash than usual. I found a dead gumboot chiton displayed on a rock. I believe it was "loved to death".

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 10/16/2020

The beach was quiet on this beautiful autumn day. We saw two people riding horses on the beach, which we had not seen here before and someone flying a kite. The ride was dropping toward a minus tide a few hours later. It was a Friday afternoon, which may explain why there were not as many vehicles as we saw this summer and the outgoing tide may explain why we didn't see the surfers we often see near Hubbard Creek.

Much less litter than last visit. We only saw that tarp, one plastic bag, a forgotten tee shirt and a bottle cap.

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49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 10/16/2020

There was a sea lion carcass on the port side of the beach. It has been there long enough to be partly covered over with sand, smell bad and have maggots spilling from a tear in the belly. We did not see a head, so we're not 100% sure it's a sea lion, but the color was right. It was on the small size for sea lions I have seen.

There was a lot of fresh kelp in the rack line: stems on the port side and leaves on the Battle Rock side.

There's were 19 dead birds and that seems like a lot for such a small section of beach. Could something at the dock be killing them or is it just that dock activity draws so many more birds? (I missed the space to put the number and am afraid to go back because I lost my whole report when I tried to go back before)

There was an elaborate drift wood shelter next to Battle Rock.

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204 Jon French 10/16/2020

The woman ahead of me on the path down to the beach from the Driftwood Wayside parking lot cried out "Yes! Yes! The beach!!!"  I don't know where she was from, but that's how beautiful it was today. I walked in the dunes looking at some of the driftwood for which the beach is named, old stumps and logs that have been deposited in the beach grass at the base of the cliffs. I counted tree rings ranging up to 110 years old, and these old logs were obviously not new to the beach. Driftwood Beach is very wide, and it's hard to visualize the kind of storm surges that must occur here. Where Buckley Creek flows onto the beach, in addition to the petroglyphs inscribed in the sand cliff, people have left little memorials to departed loved ones on a driftwood log next to the creek.  For when the wind blows, someone has reconstructed the nearby lean-to and added an entranceway. Despite the human traces, you'll almost certainly be alone here.

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244 Victoria 10/14/2020

Fishing in the marine reserve which i called into the wildlife tip hotline.

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339 edjoyce 10/14/2020 DISPATCH

All was normal for this time of year.

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239 mlbutowitsch 10/12/2020

It was a lovely day with sun and hardly any wind.  We did note a dead and partially eaten seal on the bay side.   

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185 Lfleming 10/09/2020

Rather an uncomfortable day with strong winds from the south and a low overcast sky.  We did see 12 species of birds and 10 Harbor Seals.  The Great Blue Heron was standing in the ocean near the edge of the water.  The first section of beach by the parking lot had 314 dead Moon Jellyfish stranded in two different tide lines.  They were all sizes, the biggest being 15".   The beach was clean without any trash.  Very few people and they mostly stayed in the first section except for the rock hunters.  The sand has moved back in so it is not so rocky.

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262 Linda Fink 10/07/2020

A foggy day with few people. Vehicle tracks on beach show that vehicles had been there the day before, where they are no longer allowed. One pickup was on the beach today. McPhillips Park access is blocked off so they must have come from Tierra del Mar direction. Perhaps people don't realize no vehicles except those needed for boats are currently allowed from Tierra del Mar to the mouth of the Nestucca River. Although the people in the black pickup today acted nervous when they saw us so i suspect they knew full well they were not supposed to drive on the beach.

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253 LisaL 10/06/2020

The beach seems pretty busy for a Tuesday in October. It was a beautiful sunny day and I suspect people were trying to soak up the last of the sun while they could. There have been significantly more people at this coast this summer. Since people were not able to travel out of the country and other activities being canceled, it seems they have all come to the beach! There has been a huge problem with litter at our beaches this summer with the increase in visitors. SOLVE just did a big beach cleanup so it was pretty clean today. Today I wanted to document what high tide looked like at a swell of 6 feet to compare it to the big storms this winter and the King Tides. There was still some dry sand, but the beach was very narrow at the far south end. Along the north end, the water comes all the way up to the riprap in places. OPRD has filed for a permit to convert the stairs at Carlton street to a ramp for emergency vehicles. Carlton street would be graded to drain east to Hawk Creek. 

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314 FOHRAP1 10/05/2020

A beautiful day on the beach, Chapman point and Ecola Creek continue to be popular spots for visitors and walkers. Lots of activity in these areas. 

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109 ksvineyard2012 10/05/2020

Beautiful morning, sunny with light breeze. Beach was clean. Low tide. Active sea birds. One dead seal.

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313 FOHRAP1 10/05/2020

A beautiful day on the beach today. What was significant is the small amount of debris left on the beach, after the weekend. COmpared to other Mondays when I picked up litter, there was very little on the beach today. Only 3 masks in the debris pile (compared with over 20 a few weeks ago).  The sign near Tolovana regarding the contaminiated runoff remains - the sign indicates the runoff is contaminated, don't play in it. There were a few dead birds, some kelp along the tide line.

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243 garretta 10/05/2020

Bright, sunny Monday with normal activity. Sand level is receeding somewhat based on rocks at NW 26th.  

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34 tayloreandc 10/03/2020

Foggy morning hike of mile 34. I saw evidence of someone using a chainsaw on downed trees along the shoreline. I've attached photos.

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254 Neskowin254 10/03/2020

Nothing unusual to report.

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238 Cathy238 10/02/2020 DISPATCH

Dead beached whale on Mile 238, either a new one or the recently buried one has been unearthed. Horrible smell extends up and down the beach.

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291 JGarcia 09/28/2020

It was an absolutely beautiful sunny and clear day on mile 291.  Quite a few people were out strolling and playing with their families.  Very little man-made debris. 2 jets flew over and also a Coast Guard helicopter.  I found one bird skeleton, but could not identify it.  I walked the most recent high tide line in one direction and last week's very high tide line on the way back.  Not much to mention in either one.  The very high tide line did have rocks with kelp attached in parts of it.  There was one 55 gallon blue plastic drum up at the high tide line.  It must have been floating for a while, as it had numerous barnacles and mussels growing on it.  

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274 rogans 09/28/2020

A great day to be on the beach - perhaps one of the last before the weather changes again.

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338 Randy and Beth 09/28/2020

A very clean beach mile with scattered crab shells and small piles of bull whip kelp. People were eating lunch or walking dogs.

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293 stu and barb 09/28/2020

Found more garbage  than expected, but less than usual, thanks to the Solve cleanup a week ago.  Usual stuff, but more flip flops than ever??  plus a life vest & lots of beach toys...it never ends.

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147 Lyndell 09/28/2020

Mile 147 looked clean with the build up of blowing summer sands.  The fordune was continuous with the beach as the sand had accumulated in front of the fordune making a ramp to the top.  Same with the Jetty rock and the old road leading to the foredune. 

The Sparrow Park rd. leading to the beach has had some improvement to the giant water hole that a vehicle must cross before reaching the beach. 

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182 mj6dolphin 09/27/2020

A large die off of moon jelly fish. A lot of dead crabs in the wrack line.

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175 Kit Kirk 09/26/2020

Not much to report. The low, thick fog just on the beach, was unusual

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203 JLcoasties 09/26/2020

The beach was fairly clean on the 26th. Many people were using the beach for recreation. There were lots of Burrowing Sea Cucumbers along the whole mile and a dead seal skeleton on the beach (pictures attached).  

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214 AnnaB 09/26/2020

Mile 214 was overcast and shrouded in fog this afternoon, but that didn't slow any visitors. People enjoyed walking their dogs, flying kites, and even horseback riding on the unseasonably warm/humid fall day. It's obvious that familes of whales are just offhshore as whale burps of all sizes dotted the wrack line. Other treasures in the wrack line included stranded moon jellies and a dead bird. 

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202 Jon French 09/26/2020

After the recent storms, I was surprised not to find any marine debris of human origin.  Instead, along the driftline were hundreds of strange little jelly like pods with tiny tails.  After a lot of Googling, these turned out to be dead "burrowing sea cucumbers" (Leptosynapta clarki), which live beneath the sand offshore but can get washed ashore after storms.  See

https://www.beachconnection.net/news/seacuc091315_624.php

Although I haven't seen Western Snowy Plovers nesting along this stretch of the beach, they do winter here (40-50 seen at a time last winter).  Today I came across a cluster of 15-16 settled down in little sand divots near the water.  With few people on the beach, and surprisingly almost no dogs, the plovers, which forage mostly at night, seemed content to just rest in the sand.

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223 adelmanc 09/26/2020

Human Activities: Most people were just walking the beach. I only observed one women with her child climbing a bluff. I observed a few people flying kites, playing football, and a few riding bikes. Although I did not see it happen it was obvious that there had been additional vandalism in an area I had previously observed (picture attached), and additional graffiti on the bluffs but I did not observe anyone doing this.
Shoreline Wildlife: Numerous dead jellyfish (30+), far more than usual. There was a whale vertebrae on shore but it had no meat left on it. I observed an old skeleton of a seal or sea lion that did not have any flesh left on it, and no skull (but I believe this was north of my mile, in mile 222). There was far more kelp on the beach than normal. I observed a lot of sea foam with colors that led me to believe there was a great deal of oil in the water. (picture attached)
Physical Changes: There is a great deal of erosion, especially south of the State Park beach access. Road debris (concrete & asphalt) falling from above. (pictures attached) This is worse each time I do my survey.

So much plastic debris. Especially microplastic. But very little that appeared to be from visitors to the beach.

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226 gsmeyer 09/22/2020

Human activities near or at the shoreline were confined to two fishermen at the far north end of the mile or just beyond (pictured). Otherwise, the only activity was far above the shoreline where there were people driving and walking along Otter Crest Loop and visiting the Lookout area to enjoy the view from the high vantage point, though the Lookout structure itself was closed. The only wildlife observed were gulls and cormorants roosting on offshore rocks and occasionally taking to the air. There were no unusual sightings or any natural or man-made changes to the shoreline.

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245 TerryH 09/22/2020

Warm, humid day on the beach.  Little wind, no smoke.  I was pleasantly surprised not to see much debris from the Labor Day windstorm and the Echo Mtn Fire, other than a lot of pine needles in the wrack line.  The mouth of the Salmon River is just north of this beach.  Noticed a group of people with a fishing pole and informed them of the Cascade Head Marine Reserve, with no fishing allowed.  They said they didn't know.  Nice to see the "Fires Prohibited" signs posted at a couple of the beach entrances.

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184 simmonsk 09/22/2020

The first day of fall on Ocean Beach! I saw many things that I have never noted on this beach particularly the number of dead sea birds and the abundance of crab casings.  I also didn't observe any dogs on the beach, also a first.  The high tide/drift line extended to the cliffside of the beach and was littered with crab casings, mussel shells and jellies.  The beach also has lots of sand formations present and many rocks/rock fields observed in the summer months are covered.  I also observed several driftwood structures but didn't note anyone in them.  I did notice evidence of many fires/fire rings all along the beach.  

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308 John Markham 09/22/2020

Survey taken over two days, 21, 22 September, in conjunction with COASST dead-bird survey. A pleasant lull between two severe wind storms and a day before a very heavy rainfall.

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287 C Nelson 09/21/2020

While it was overall a lovely day, it was deeply concerning to observe recent tire tracks along this stretch of beach. This was the first time I've seen evidence of vehicles in the closure area in my 10 years of visiting regularly. Over the course of the summer, the privately-owned property adjacent to the beach in the center section of the mile has been more fully developed as a large campsite, complete with a large camp stove/oven and large picnic table covered with a canopy. Several pipes, apparently inserted to serve as flagpole bases, have been drilled into the sand at the top of the foredune immediately west of this campsite. Another first was finding the carcass of a dead sturgeon on the beach. Photos of notable findings are attached.

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307 Bald Eagle 09/21/2020

There were 15 people and 2 dogs walking on the beach.

There was no land based debris on the beach.  There was one dead harbor seal on the beach. see picture.  There were 6 brown pelicans on and around Gull Rock.

There were new rock slides from the hillside south of Arch Cape.  There were 5 trees hanging from the top of the hillside.  The high winds beginnning September 7 caused a large number of trees to fall.  see pictures

 

 

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289 ollikainen 09/21/2020

September 15 ended the nesting bird restrictions on mile 289.  We always take our dog so it was the first complete survey for some time.  Originally the zone started at the south end of 289, but now the start is farther north.  It probably is a kilometer in length, .6 miles.  The area at the jetty has a legal passage way between the jetty and the restricted area.  A loop is still possible, but don't bring the dog during the nesting season.

The dry sand area was very clean. I saw just 2 plastic bottles.  The wrack line had a heavy deposit of eel grass.  Most of the human produced garbage was in the wrack and made of  plastic. 

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247 jayenhollytag 09/20/2020

This survey was about two weeks later than we had intended.  It was delayed because of the Echo Mountain Complex Fire.  By the time of this survey, the local air had cleared and people were out enjoying a fresh air Sunday on a beautiful beach.  We saw more people than we usually see, but still not many owing to difficult access.  We saw remarkably little evidence of plastic waste, either from people on the beach or washed in from the surf.  Not sure of the cause for this positive development, although fewer people recreating this year, and interruption of the cruise line industry because of Covid-19, may be causing less trash on our beaches generally.

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247 jayenhollytag 09/20/2020

This survey was about two weeks later than we had intended.  It was delayed because of the Echo Mountain Complex Fire.  By the time of this survey, the local air had cleared and people were out enjoying a fresh air Sunday on a beautiful beach.  We saw more people than we usually see, but still not many owing to difficult access.  We saw remarkably little evidence of plastic waste, either from people on the beach or washed in from the surf.  Not sure of the cause for this positive development, although fewer people recreating this year, and interruption of the cruise line industry because of Covid-19, may be causing less trash on our beaches generally.

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61 shepherdcd 09/20/2020

Another sunny windless day. Large number of jellyfish on the beach. See pics. First walk north on 61 since Western Snowy Plover protection season ended. 

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331 alkarbeck 09/20/2020

Since the smoke had now cleared, there were several families with children frolicking along the shores. The beach itself was very clean!

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265 aricatierradelmar 09/19/2020

There has been an increase in people using this beach due to the lack of parking on the beach in Pacific City, a more general awareness of Tierra del Mar, and more access trails from Sitka Sedge. After the huge storm on Labor Day, there seems to be a lot of land vegetation debris like tree limbs and pine cones that spread over to the beach. 

There were tire tracks along the entire stretch of beach, which I'm positive belong to the beach ranger who comes this way. September 15th is when OPRD takes down all snowy plover signage and essentially 'opens the beach' back up, including around the southern dunes. This section will now be open to dogs, bicycles and horses until March 15th when snowy plover season starts again. 

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193 SKMacK 09/19/2020

The day was overcast and mild. It was a relief to be out of the smoke. A lot of people were parked at the parking area at Yachats State Park but not so many on the beach. More people fishing than I've seen before.  I suspect the ocean is continuing to erode the shoreline but it is difficult to notice any dramatic changes. 

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212 dougdawson 09/19/2020

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cracks forming in cliff erosion 200ft south of  grant creek

44°34'41.7"N 124°04'10.0"W

white worm like clusters (2)

Unusual to seastar washed up

 

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271 yakinsea 09/19/2020

The main observation was a ladder that was placed perhaps 100 ft. above the water at a tricky spot for someone to gain access to the southern part of the cape's end, which goes through sensitive bird and penniped areas.  Also, I only saw one sea lion and a couple of seals and no pigeon guillemonts, though the pelican numbers were much higher than I usually see.

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60 shepherdcd 09/18/2020

Pretty typical beach experience. The 2 dead pinnipeds appeared to be sea lions. One previously reported in August. Large flock of sea birds floating offshore. 

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111 TRBishop 09/16/2020

This tiny area in Oregon was the first to break free of the putrid smoke that has pevaded the state for more than a week due to the record breaking wildfires. The air was fresh and a welcome change! I spent considerable time just taking deep breathes and exhaling to clean out my lungs... it felt so good!... The weather was overcast with light periodic showers, but overall pleasant... Nothing out of the ordinary to report...

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339 edjoyce 09/16/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing much different than last month.  Typical summer beach.

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286 kunkelwa 09/16/2020

Pretty uneventfull observations today. The dead whale from last report is still composting on the shore. Beach seemed pretty clean of garbage. Only 4 dead birds. Many crab shells. Very few jellyfish. Muggy warm weather following a week of fires in the hills east of here.

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129 mzlzee15@gmail.com 09/15/2020

Live injured bird. ?American Coot?

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60 shepherdcd 09/13/2020

Long hike on the Oregon Coast Trail from Floras Lake to Blacklock Point. Started at mile 60 and ended at the southern portion of mile 59. Most of the 4 hours was spent on the trail above the beach. Except for the very northern most point of 59, the beach/rocky habitat is inaccessible from the trail until one reaches Blacklock Point. 

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204 Jon French 09/12/2020

Today's weather forecast called for areas of fog with a Dense Smoke Advisory because of the wildfires, but I didn't smell any smoke, just dense fog all along the beach, with hardly anyone to be seen. Although a Saturday, there were only a few vehicles in the Driftwood Wayside parking lot, where I met a worker with the PacWave wave energy project who was measuring the water level in a borehole the project had drilled (see my previous reports).  He said things are still in the design phase but that the project may begin construction in a few months. This will be exciting to monitor and report on.

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297 NehalemBay 09/12/2020

It was very calm on the beach with low visability because of the smoke from inland fires and the fog.  There were 17 people from 8 cars, walking, running, riding horses, fishing, biking and just sitting.  The sand is so high that the wood piles are not visable leaving a long smooth run of beach down to the surf only interrupted by a line of kelp as wrack.  A few gulls and shorebirds were about.  There was no human debris or disturbances. 

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210 mrkopplin 09/11/2020

The day was foggy/ smoky due to recent fires so visibility was very poor. I did not take any photos. Ocean was very calm.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 09/11/2020 DISPATCH

Two items of note today. Unusual mortality of starfish. Found about 20 in the space of a half mile. All about 3-5 inches long. Also ash in wrack line.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 09/09/2020

Smoke clouded the skies today, but by the time I did my beach clean-up, the wind had changed direction and the temperature had cooled to 62 degrees. Some fog seen out along the ocean. Today, crews were manning 2 front loaders digging a burial site for a juvenile Sei whale that washed up on shore 2 days ago. When I arrived, the whale was already buried in the sand at 15-20 feet in depth according to Rangers. Rangers reported whale weighed around 20,000 pounds. Crews were placing sand over the burial site when I was there around 12noon.

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60 shepherdcd 09/08/2020

A smokey, foggy, walk on the beach. Had to shorten the walk due to the smoke. Nothing else of significance. 

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213 hancherclan 09/08/2020 DISPATCH

Around midnight last night, from our condo observed lights from a fishing boat apparently beached on South Beach, just south of SouthShore community. Notified Coast Guard Yaquina Bay who informed me they were already aware of the incident. Extremely windy and smokey, so didn't venture out. In the morning, walked down to the scene and took some additional photographs.

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221 KathyLJ 09/05/2020

This is my first report in 2020 although I have walked all or part of this mile several times this summer. No significant changes to the beach or cliffs was noted since last fall. In all my visits, I have only noted one dead bird which is unusual and no dead marine mammals or fish.  In general, there is more activity on this section of beach than I have seen in most previous summers. On July 28, 2020 I did a beach clean up with 6 family members. Items found included: plastic bottles and bottle caps, beverage cans, food & snack wrappers, treated wood including plywood with fiberglass backing, bag of dog poop, a diaper, flip flops, clothing items, marine rope, some small pieces of plastic although no large amounts of micro plastics, several cigarette butts & 2 disposable masks. 

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222 KathyLJ 09/05/2020 DISPATCH

I walked mile 222 on September 3, 2020 & again on September 5. Sometime during that time period, a large section of cliff fell. Also, I observed a pallet in Cole Creek that appeared to have come from the ocean. See photos.

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162 mbbsmile 09/03/2020

The fog increased as we walked but we saw two carcasses of sea lions and 4 dead birds. They were all within 50 yards of each other and fur, feathers and bones were all that was left. Several turkey vultures were on the two sea lion carcasses. 
 

 

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184 bluemoonjoanie 09/02/2020

An amazing summer morning on mile 184, with lots of gulls, sunshine, and peace. 

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238 ORbeach 09/01/2020 DISPATCH

Additional photos of the dead humpback whale

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196 Pardiatthebeach 09/01/2020

Summer has brought incoming sand piling up. A  couple driftwood structures have been made for a windbreak. Plants are encroaching out into the sand since there has been no high tide to wash them away. During the last month we have only seen one mask discarded on the beach so it doesn't seem to be a problem here so far.

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259 powston1 08/30/2020

It was a pleasant, sunny day with well-separated groups of people--including young children--just relaxing on the beach.  There were more people than usual on this beach, but I had expected even more given the crowds of folks coming to the coast this summer.  I thought that I might find some problems with litter, fires, or campers, but the beach was very clean and seemed problem-free.

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154 Eugene Hikers 08/27/2020

8 Eugene Hikers ("Hikers") parked at Tahkenitch Campground day area and accessed the beach on Tahkenitch Dunes trail.  Hikers were on Mile 154 for 2 hours.  They observed 6 other people walking on beach and one dog.  The ocean was flat from high tide, beach calm, weather low 60's and overcast, wind 10-15 mph and no live birds seen.  Hikers did see 4 dead birds in various states of decomposition and a bird wing.  Could not determine species of birds, but see photos.  No evidence bird deaths caused by humans, eg, oil or rope entanglement.  Hikers found bones of: a large animal, rib cages of a few smaller animals, and a partial carcass/bones of a seal, possibly.  There were small rocks, shells, dried kelp/seaweed, crab shell molts, clam shells on or near the driftline.  There was a little driftwood.  It was noteworthy the amount of human originated litter/debris the tide washed into some of the snowy plover protected area along Mile 154.  Hikers collected litter/debris that was away from this protected area.  

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60 shepherdcd 08/27/2020

No unusual or significant changes. Wide open mostly deserted beach. The group of 11 adults and children at "secret cove" playing in the stream was the largest number of people I have ever seen there. 

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245 TerryH 08/24/2020 DISPATCH

Walked the northern half of Roads End beach, to the Point.  Clean, windswept beach.  About 40 people and a dozen dogs.  Only dead bird was a murre, recently deceased.  Lots of pelicans this summer.

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49 alaingamerica 08/22/2020

A family of six was playing in the surf in the little Cove south of the dock Beach. The actual dock area seems very quiet, although we did see some dredging activity.

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314 FOHRAP1 08/22/2020

A beautiful walk on the beach during a negative tide revealed lots of visitors on the beach. Haystack Rock tidepooling was quite popular given the -.8 tide. The surprise was how busy Chapman Point was, so many walkers, dogs and folks enjoying the beach.  The human litter on the beach was surprisingly low, but given the wind and rain of the past two days, debris may have gotten buried or blown away. So many dogs, but no dog poop bags were noted.  Also, no masks were seen on the beach, again could be because the wind has been strong over the last couple days and the debris was blown or buried.

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48 alaingamerica 08/22/2020

Very pleasant day. Many people enjoying the beach. Dead birds distributed throughout mile, at least 3 different species. Removed a grocery bag full of litter including firework leftovers and dog poop in bags.

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313 FOHRAP1 08/21/2020

Today was windy, mixed with rain.  A steady 10-20 MPH wind from the SSW meant fewer people on the beach.  Saw lots of juvenile gulls near Haystack Rock.  The walk was beautiful, it is so great to have rain and cooler daytime temperatures for the first time in a couple weeks.  Most notable thing from the walk was the human litter, especially along the dunes.

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197 mudslide 08/20/2020

A beautiful mild, mostly sunny day on the mile. I counted approximately 27 people, including four children and one infant. Seven dogs, two of them leashed. A very low (-1.1) tide, with the damp sand completely clean and the dry sand also just about pristine. A good number of crab carapaces; it looked as if the gulls had had a hearty breakfast. Bright green seaweed also in the drift line, plus the usual sand crabs. At Big Creek on the N end of the mile, a very large flock of gulls was gathered, sitting in the shallows and occasionally finding something to eat in the water. The two large chunks of bluff that started detaching last winter are still standing, much to my amazement. Surely this winter they'll come down...

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202 Jon French 08/20/2020

I planned my walk hoping to reach the northern tip of Alsea Spit around 8:45 a.m. for the predicted low tide of -1.05. I thought it would be an easy walk over flat sand but hadn't counted on the stretches of exposed rough seafloor covered by standing water dotted with sand islands. The spit finally disappeared under water ahead and on either side and the tide beginning to come in. It was fun back home to export my smartphone GPS map of where I had walked onto Google Earth's most recent image of the spit and see how much of my walk had been over what was usually water.  See photos and Google Earth/GPS screen grab.

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180 lectricriderone 08/19/2020

Natural slow erosion of hillside.  Picture.   Parking are appeared over crowded.  

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181 lectricriderone 08/19/2020

Fewer people using the beach generally over the summer and shorter visit times is helping to keep mile 181 wild and clean.  The high sand keeps most of the beach above the tide.  It protects the path people take from erosion as people walk down to the sand from the parking lot.  Steam was coming off the sand in places, a reminder about cold air coming off the water.  The beach seemed nearly empty and 1/4 mile wide.  

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254 Neskowin254 08/19/2020

Nothing unusual to report.

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220 DKPowell 08/16/2020

It was a quiet trip to the beach--being early at 6-7 AM.

Mostly clear, with a slight marine layer which was already burning off by 7AM.

I am concerned about the picnic table--will it be removed before winter storms or will it become flotsom.

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264 rbourke 08/15/2020

More cars parked at the end of Pollock Ave. than ever before and  more people on the beach than previous years.

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182 mj6dolphin 08/15/2020

Lots of high wind action left new foredunes 1-3 ft tall 10 ft long in rows on the beach causing one to have to walk the tide line.Four sea aninomes on the wet sand, five ladybugs eating in the wrack line, hundreds of white feathers in the wrack line.

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238 Cathy238 08/14/2020 DISPATCH

Dead humpback whale is on the beach on Mile 238. It has been there about a week. 

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339 edjoyce 08/13/2020

All is well!

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228 dwhite 08/08/2020

Excluding by sea, the entry to Whale Cove beach requires passage on private property and an easement provided by USFW, so it was unusual to find such a collection of beachgoers. The beach is normally quite clean as it was this time, but with two unusual findings: the door of a small refrigerator with Japanese (?) writing (probably from a boat, and pieces of a fiberglass boat hull.

Also noted was damage at the bottom of the ladder leading down to the beach. This likely occurred during a king tide storm. A king tide storm in the winter of 2019 took the entire ladder down when it launched large driftwood against the bluff. This replacement ladder is bent at the bottom and a step is missing.

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214 AnnaB 08/07/2020

It was a busy Friday afternoon at the beach! Lots of groups of people enjoying the warm sun and cool breeze. Not much mask wearing. Unfortunately, I forgot my phone so wasn't able to take photos.

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243 garretta 08/05/2020

Mid week of very busy summer-Covid19-week on the beach with lots of groups of 8-10 people, multi-generational, 40-50 cars at NW 15th.

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282 EJD 08/04/2020 DISPATCH

I walked this mile today and just wanted to note the abundance of newborn sea stars inside Lost Boy Cave and the surrounding tide water. I have just never seen them this small before in the wild!

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184 simmonsk 08/03/2020

Final low tide of the summer brought lots of people to the beach at this early hour.  Lots of people rock collecting, some fishing and lots of great tide pools.  There are large sand banks all along the beach and many rocks and rock fields visible on past visits, are no longer visible.  I noted small shrimp like crustaceans all along the drift line along with lots of crab casings.  I also saw a small flock of guillemots on the far end of the beach.  They were quite vocal.  The marine layer rolled in and out for the two hours I was on the beach.  

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202 Jon French 08/02/2020 DISPATCH

The only known snowy plover nest this year on Mile 202 failed.  Of the fourteen known plover nests located and monitored this year between Seal Rock and Patterson Memorial Recreation Site just south of Waldport, only three nests were successful, producing five chicks.  At failed nest sites, eggs usually disappeared without a trace, leaving just the nest scrape in the sand. At a few failed nest sites, crow tracks were seen, crows being the primary predator of plover nests. The Mile 202 nest site just south of Bayshore Beach Club was covered with small plover tracks and larger crow tracks. With all the plover tracks, the crow tracks are hard to see but were numerous in the vicinity, and it's likely that a crow was responsible for this nest failure. Compared to other failed nests, it looks like a struggle occurred here. Three successful nests out of fourteen is a pretty dismal record, but at least the plovers are here and trying.

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244 Victoria 08/01/2020

Large numbers of people at the beach today. Mostly social distanced between groups except in parking area. Roads end is getting heavy use this summer.

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289 EJD 08/01/2020 DISPATCH

I saw so many different types of birds along the jetty, I'm no bird expert but I thought I saw pelicans, herons, cormorants, and sea gulls. I also noted thousands of Mole Crabs in the sand with the tide water washing them around. Found and collected some agates along this mile as well!

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