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203 JLcoasties 07/19/2019

The major concerns are the number of fires involving the logs that are piled high up on the beach and the quanity of jelly pieces on the beach was much above anything we have ever seen.

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209 scottmillman 07/19/2019

Beautiful day with a lot of human activity. No new changes noticed. Possibly a higher than usual amount of small to medium dead crabs washed up, but possibly a normal seasonal thing?

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333 Merce and Michael 07/14/2019 DISPATCH

Came across these 2 mystery egg cases this morning.

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296 JMorris 07/14/2019

North of the Nehalem River mile 296 is accessible only by an ~2 mile beach walk (or bicycle or horse) or a similar distance on a sandy track running down the center of the spit. Human use is relatively low, moreso during Plover season when bicycles are banned on the beach. Most notable feature was the high number of dead invertabrates in the wrack line. South of the Nehalem River there was much higher human use and impact, including debris (much of it fireworks) and drift log fires. The photos are quadriped printsfrom the Snowy Plover protected area north of the Nehalem River that did not correlate with human footprints. Possibly a coyote?

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306 Frankie 07/13/2019

36 people and 11 dogs on mile 306 at low tide. 7 surfers, a higher number than usual. Adult bald eagle. Continuing bluff erosion.

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101 GarrettSEA 07/12/2019

Beach walk include 9 SEA members and new Coast Watch coorinator Jesse Jones.  More dead birds than we have seen in past, one dead Harbor seal (old & has previously been reported to MMS network) and a dead fish (Cabazon).  Evidence of bluff sluffing in back yard of home on the bluff. Did not include all photos of dead birds.

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243 garretta 07/12/2019

Classic mid-week summer day with lots of people enjoying the beach. Unusual concentration of mussels on the beach for about 150 yards around NW 24th Street. Also, unusual number of small clumps of kelp along drift line and spread on beach. 

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246 gianna70 07/11/2019 View full report 13
208 Batthecat 07/10/2019 DISPATCH View full report 1
198 bahngarten 07/07/2019

Warm ( 63') sunny morning with light winds, distant cloud line to West.  17 people 3 dogs enjoying beach.  Mod. amounts Dungeness crab molt and crab parts along driftline. Few western gulls and crows seen.  Of note was an Ultralight flying at about 30-40' altitude over beach- people and children present.  No identifiying number. Shook my fist at it at third pass over people.  Removed one plastic bottle from beach, clean beach, well used this holiday weekend. 

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214 AnnaB 07/06/2019 View full report 0
219 YHONA 07/05/2019 View full report 4
290 Foxglove290 07/05/2019

My husband and I spent 3 hours (6 man hours)  picking up trash.  We ran into one other couple who were doing the same.   I added their trash lbs to our total count  of 80lbs.  It is reallly frustrating that people don't clean up after themselves.  We did find 2 pair of sunglasses.  Mismatched shoes.  A coat.  And lot's of kids beach toys.  Next year I will probably contact SOLVE  and create and official clean-up event for my mile.

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116 alaingamerica 07/04/2019

A beautiful 4th of July at the South Cove. Many people accepting the invitation by the Park to explore the tidepools. Most people on their best behavior, though I did see some kids climbing a crumbly cliff. 

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339 edjoyce 07/03/2019

Everything was about the same as last report.

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340 Merce and Michael 07/01/2019 DISPATCH

Lots of Grey Whales spouting, as seen from the tower at Parking Lot C. Apparently some were there the night before, too.

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183 Sandy Watch 06/30/2019

Busy day at the beach with 22 visitors, all but 2 people, were at Ocean Beach Picnic area. Only a few sea gulls spotted on Rock Creek.  An unusual amount of juvenile crab parts, backs measuring 2-3 inches across and legs. Rock Creek has fewer smalls rocks showing on beach and more sand. Graffiti! Graffiti on rock at Rock Creek. Gorgeous day at the beach.

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101 beachnut 06/29/2019 DISPATCH

A very thin Guadalupe fur seal is dead in the high-tide zone below Coquille Point, north of Elephant Rock. It was roughly in the same area yesterday and barely alive. Photos sent to Jim Rice and Stranding Report filed.

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255 bballentine 06/28/2019

Beautiful day to walk on beach. Beach continues to be very clean, almost no man-made trash. Beach is very wide at this time and easy to access from the public access point. 

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309 cadonofrio 06/27/2019

No one on the beach yet; of note:  extremely clean driftline (cleanest seen all year); no birds.

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239 ORbeach 06/23/2019

Calm, partly cloudy day.  More visitors than usual on the beach.  Very little trash.  A number of Dungeness crab shells noted in the wrack line, but they appeared to be molts, not due to any trauma.

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238 Cathy238 06/23/2019

Little activity and few people. No debris or garbage. No animals today. Seems to be little difference between low tide and high tide. Beach access 50A is still closed with a sign and barriers on the road side but no sign on the beach side. Unsafe to access from the beach unless one has bouldering skills. Damage to some homes during the winter seems to have been repaired.

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218 dderickson 06/22/2019

I first attempted this survey on June 17. Although the weather app said the wind was at 21mph, I'm guessing it was closer to 30 so I gave up. Too hard to walk into wind, sand whipping my face, getting into my eyes and mouth; the wind was actually shaking my car as I made these notes.

June 22 was a better day -- still moderately windy, but manageable! The dunes are building up. There was a lot of human activity (see above), typical for a summer weekend afternoon/evening. Nothing particularly remarkable about the beach or wildlife, except for a high concentration of small dead mole crabs. I noticed there is a lot of growth of English ivy taking over the tree trunks in some areas along the creek; I don't think it has previously been this noticeable. Brass Buttons in bloom along the creek. The creek is low and shallow.

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226 gsmeyer 06/21/2019

The summer solstice provided a nice day for the numerous tourists visiting Otter Crest Wayside, where there were about fifteen vehicles in the parking area and approximately 35 people at the viewpoints and in the gift shop. In the gift shop, a video camera was set up in extreme telephoto mode with a live feed to a large screen TV, where it was possible to see the previously mentioned birds on distant rocks.  The gift shop is the best single location for viewing the shoreline of mile 226.  Human activity was entirely confined to above and to Otter Crest Loop, where there was more traffic than usual, with people stopping at turnouts to take in the views.  

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245 TerryH 06/21/2019 DISPATCH

"No Fireworks" sign posted at 72nd street beach access.  Thanks!

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331 alkarbeck 06/21/2019

Just like our March report, the beach was quite clean and relatively quiet.  There was a big group which looked like a clamming party digging and hunting for clams.

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210 mrkopplin 06/19/2019

People were enjoying a beautiful day on the beach. No notable changes or comments.

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289 ollikainen 06/16/2019

This is a partial survey.  In the spring,  the southern end of Mile 289 was posted as a bird nesting area.  Now the beginning of the restricted area is about a quarter mile closer to the jetty.   The family dog always accompanies us on surveys and on previous reports,  I strongly questioned why dogs were specifically banned even if they were leashed.  I do have an answer now.  State Parks say the presence of dogs even out of the fenced area and on leash spooks the nesting birds.  Dogs are a big predator.   Kites are banned since they too spook the nesting birds.  They are similar to raptors.   Autos and bikes are also disruptive.  But I do qustion the effectiveness of the signage.  The signs are small and up in the soft sand well away from the normal hard sand walking area.  If you wanted to prevent encroachment, put up large signs in the parking areas warning walkers and bikers.  (This trip is widely published as a great beach loop.)    

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307 Bald Eagle 06/16/2019

There were 8 people and 2 dogs walking on the beach.

The one razor clam shell has not been seen for awhile.

The 15 murres is a much lower number of nesting birds on Gull Rock than just a few years ago.

There was no land based or ocean based debris on the beach.

 

 

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102 beachnut 06/16/2019

Windy, overcast or foggy, and 51 degrees marked my visits to both halves of Mile 102 at 5:30 a.m. Tides were -1.3 or .4. Gulls, crows and sandhoppers were doing their thing, as were 2 walkers and 1 fisherman. Wrack lines showed kelp, algae, small stones, shell fragments and driftwood. Sand blown by moderate northerly winds has covered much wood in places and created drifts in others. No new shoreline modifications were obvious since the winter storms' erosion of vegetated foredunes and wave overtoppings. I found no litter on either stretch; either it went south on the winds or was buried in sand.

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244 garretta 06/14/2019 DISPATCH

Significant trenching/channeling in the sand at Chinook Winds ramp covering about 40 yards. Deep channels, piled sand could be hazardous to evening and night time walkers. May take a KingTide to smooth out. 

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327 sultanym 06/13/2019

A quiet, cloudy mid-morning walk on Del Rey Beach, mile 327 with people clamming, walking, and sitting on the beach. Little wind and mild day. Observed a dead California sea lion on the beach near the Highlands road beach entrance attracting some attention from curious beach-goers. Saw California market squid eggs, some kelp, and rocks at the low tide line. Plastic debris and fire pits past the high tide line and into the dunes. Contacted Dr. Debbie Duffield at PSU and Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network about the dead California sea lion. 

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211 Chad101 06/12/2019

Most of the people were within 100 yards of the Lost Creek beach access.  Standing water has begun to appear on beach, both near base of embankment and near water's edge (see photos).  Pleasant day, mostly sun plus fog, as well as low clouds over ocean.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 06/12/2019

A perfect day to be enjoying the beach, as only a slight breeze and warm temperatures prevailed. School bus dropped off a lot of children at Face Rock. Possibly a field trip! Tide was low, so lots of room to explore on the sand. Beach area very clean.

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243 garretta 06/12/2019

Barefoot on the beach day with brilliant sun, clear sky and temps that felt warmer than weather app reported. Quiet waves, people casually enjoying the beach without drama or conflict. 

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262 Linda Fink 06/11/2019

very wide beach at low tide with people widely separated enjoying themselves in various ways

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294 Paulissen 06/11/2019

Very calm day with more activity than usual due to the presence of a middle school class doing PE on the beach. No concerning observations made.

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207 dewiedeh 06/08/2019 View full report 4
193 SKMacK 06/05/2019

It was a cloudy day. Not many people out mid-week and mid-afternoon. By and large there have been no significant changes south of the Yachats River on the beach next to Yachats Ocean Road. However, the stairs and railing at marker 77 had to be replaced a couple of months ago because of significant wave damage. North of the river, new asphalt is being laid down on the west side of Ocean View drive; no repair of guard rails yet. Apparently the road will remain where it is, and no bluff/shoreline reinforcement is anticipated, making the whole exercise seem futile. Also at end of mile by 7th street, from the beach one can see on bluff a sign indicating "restoration in progress," presumably to prevent further human caused damage to the bluff below the house above. 

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182 mj6dolphin 06/05/2019

There was a lot of gravel beside China creek as a lot of sand had washed away leaving gravel beds exposed.the cliffs have more undercutting on Muriel Ponsler.Some logs had washed up over the cliffs.

The wrack line had feathers, kelp, crab,sea weed.

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34 tayloreandc 06/04/2019

Beautiful sunny morning on Wakeman Beach, with just a slight breeze.  I was unable to access the southern half of the beach because of rocks. (see attached photograph.)

 

 

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217 digincommunity 06/04/2019

Last month we had contacted State Parks regarding the need for a Doggie Poop Station. To our great surprise in just a couple of weeks they installed the station as well as a new pedestrian bridge. A big thanks to State Parks. They also visited the homeless camp near the mid-point of Mile 217 and cut away the willow hiding the camp from view. Unlike our previous walks we saw only Seagulls, one Osprey and a group of a dozen brown Pelicans. The sands that comprise the beach change day to day. Most recently the dunes have become shorter and the high tides have left small ponds of water high up the beach. In and around the Cow Parship we also found some Sea Watch or Wild Celery, and Ovate spike rush, both near the entrance to Agate Beach Wayside and found near the other small drainages along the bluff. Although we did find plastic, plastic bags and other garbage in our several outings, it was less than in our first report despite the fact that many people visited the area.

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217 digincommunity 06/04/2019

Last month we had contacted State Parks regarding the need for a Doggie Poop Station. To our great surprise in just a couple of weeks they installed the station as well as a new pedestrian bridge. A big thanks to State Parks. They also visited the homeless camp near the mid-point of Mile 217 and cut away the willow hiding the camp from view. Unlike our previous walks we saw only Seagulls, one Osprey and a group of a dozen brown Pelicans. The sands that comprise the beach change day to day. Most recently the dunes have become shorter and the high tides have left small ponds of water high up the beach. In and around the Cow Parship we also found some Sea Watch or Wild Celery, and Ovate spike rush, both near the entrance to Agate Beach Wayside and found near the other small drainages along the bluff. Although we did find plastic, plastic bags and other garbage in our several outings, it was less than in our first report despite the fact that many people visited the area.

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216 NHS Leadership 06/03/2019

Just a usual day on the beach, nothing noticible as far as errousoin. Some dune movement. There were spotty clouds. About 15 people walking, low number possibly due to the high winds making it cold.

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245 TerryH 06/03/2019 DISPATCH

Clean beach with the usual organic matter in the wrack line, including the papery remains of an old velella velella stranding.  Very little garbage and I did not see any dead birds.  First beach walk since January, due to foot surgery, and it felt real good.

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206 shelgeson 06/02/2019

It was a pleasant Sunday evening on Mile 206! Despite the cloudy overcast and wind, several individuals were enjoying the coast. I saw several shorebirds (being undisturbed), 2 sea stars, 3-4 seals beached on a rock several yards into the water, and 5 sand crabs that were alive. It was fun to see so much marie life on my mile this visit. It is the most I have noticed since starting to report on mile 206 this past year. There was barely any human debris on my mile this weekend, which is always nice. The vast majority of debris on the shoreline were sea shells and mussle shells.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 06/02/2019

The last few months have brought in driftwood along the high tide line, including some large logs. Minimal plastic debris at this time. 

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220 malachite 06/02/2019

This report was filed primarily to note observation of black oystercatchers feeding/hanging out on rocks exposed by low tides on this mile. On June 1, I observed between 4-6 black oystercatchers, on June 2, 2-4. I haven't been seeing them often on this mile in the past year or so I believe it's because of the increasing number of people w/dogs (often unleashed and too often unsupervised/allowed to harass shorebirds). At this time the # of human visitors is somewhat limited because the NW 68th Street access is closed to enable the city of Newport to replace the pumping station (or the pump) for its sewage treatment system at NW 68th Street. The intertidal zone rocks are located off the beach near the NW 68th street access. My visits occurred from 3 to approximately 5 pm. Low tides at South Beach were 5:35pm, 2.3', and 6:17pm, 2.5' respectively. I walked from north of Yaquina Head to Moolack shores. 1/4 mile south of Moolack shores I saw several youngish (20's) people w/2 dogs that they permitted to chase seagulls again & again & again. However, they did keep their dogs from harassing my dog when I leashed my dog to walk by them. On Saturday, it was foggy, windy (up to 30 mph or so) & a bit chilly on the beach, on Sunday, partly sunny & warmer, mild breeze. On Sunday, I observed illegal campers (camping on the beach is illegal w/in the city limits of Newport, however this rule is rarely enforced), the campers were also violating a state park rule by building a campfire in an area w/trees (mostly dead trees). The latter rule is also rarely enforced. The campers were not far from the base of the north side of Yaquina Head, near NW 56th-NW 58th streets (if those streets ran all the way down to the beach), or definitely within the Newport city limits. Beach looked pretty clean both days. To all those who visit the beaches on this mile, please respect the need of shorebirds, some of whom are nesting/raising their young at Yaquina Head, to feed on species on exposed rocks or the sand (mole crabs, etc) and GIVE THEM PLENTY OF SPACE, to go about their lives. Please don't let your dog(s) get anywhere near them, let alone chase them and don't chase or get close to them yourself. The beach is a fun place for you, for the birds, it's where they forage for food for themselves, for their young, rest and in the fresh water, bathe.

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198 bahngarten 06/02/2019

Light breeze from NW on a cloudy morning. Mod. amounts of Velella velella , pebbles, crab molt, and mole crab carcasses along high tide line. 2 people walking along beach. Notable was one 3 rd. year eagle flying northbound, few crows on beach, several vultures flying. Swainson's thrush songs heard in Beachside campground.

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224 malachite 05/31/2019

Very pleasant day & time for a walk on the beach, very few people. Most of the people I saw were walking/sitting near the long stairway down to the beach at the north end of the mile. Saw 5 whimbrels, a crow or two, seagulls (mostly flying overhead) & one vulture, soaring. Rarely see many birds on this mile & was surprised to see the whimbrels, I haven't been seeing them (lately) further south. I've not seen as many this spring as last spring (not that I consistently visit the same beaches at the same times, etc., from year to year). Until today I thought they'd departed from this part of the coast (this part = north jetty of Yaquina Bay to Otter Rock). On the beaches w/in the city limits of Newport, so many people allow, even encourage, their dogs to chase shore birds (or chase the birds themselves, I've seen adults do that too because you just can't harass other species that are 1/50th of your weight enough) that it's hard to for me to know when migrating birds like whimbrels are leaving of their own will (i.e., time to get moving) or leaving because human/canine activity have made the beaches unsafe and useless as a place to rest & refuel for the next step of their migration. I stayed upslope/upbeach from these whimbrels & made sure my dog did as well (not like that's hard to do). While the low tide was listed in the tide table as 2.1, the water seemed further out then I would expect to see at that low tide level, there was a vast expanse of beach for part of the mile. Winter/continued erosion of beach bluffs noted, seemed as though there might've been a little more then usual this past winter. Overall, beach seemed clean despite a little snack food left on the beach which my dog immediately scented & ran to. I buried it.

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183 Sandy Watch 05/31/2019

 Beautiful sunny day with a strong wind on the beach.  The wind was stronger on the north side of the Rocky Knoll.  Ocean beach picnic area had little rock or debris on the sand, drift line was full of By the Wind Sailor.  Rock creek, southside of  Rocky Knoll, normal amount of small rocks and expose sand.  Someone has tied a rope at the trail leading to the beach which is very helpful.16 people and three dogs, most on the north side of the Rocky Knoll, enjoying walking with one gentleman at the tide pools.  Seagulls, crows and 10 Whimbrel.  The remains of one dead bird, one wing with feathers and partial skeleton.  Not enough remains to identify bird .No trash found on beach or in parking area. 

 

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209 scottmillman 05/29/2019

Pretty usual day. Some Velella velella washed up. Minimal litter or man-made debris. Oregon State Parks truck driving on beach near Beaver Creek. One photo shows a property owner's landscaping bricks on unstable/eroding ground. Unsure if new or old, will monitor.

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227 heidilvz 05/28/2019

It was a cloudy cool morning with little human activity. There is little change from last observation witn the exception of a newly established fire ring. The are has seen light human use as evidenced from the trail conditions, obvious recent fire ring use. Dog tracks were only seen near point 4 fire ring. Shore birds were present in small numbers. At the south end of mile 227, 5-10 birds were observed either nesting or in the process of building nests on the cliffs. The area looks healthy and litter was almost nonexistent. 

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310 historylover1 05/27/2019 View full report 0
214 PCTronquet 05/26/2019

Over 150 people enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, velella in wrack line, no areas of concern....beach clean of trash

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282 krallfamily@comcast.net 05/26/2019

Increase in human activity, new path along bottom of cliff. Need for bathroom facility. 

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99 tbowspencer 05/26/2019

This survey was conducted on Sunday of a holiday weekend, which is likely why more people were on mile 99. The expected shorebirds and seabirds were seen on the offshore rocks, including a large population of pigeon guillemot around Haystack Rock. No erosive changes were noted along the bluff since last survey, and several sand dunes were developing along the middle section of the mile. There was less inorganic debris than on previous surveys. 

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214 AnnaB 05/24/2019

It was a calm evening on Friday with few visitors at the beach. The Velella velella have started washing up and can be found in high numbers just above the water line. The snowy plover nesting area is still under protection with snowy plovers present.  

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214 AnnaB 05/24/2019 View full report 0
213 PaulJulia 05/23/2019

Little human activity on the beach.  Beach relatively clean with very little litter.  Snowy plover study occurring.  One beached bird with green/yellow bands but only its upper wings found.  Truck tracks -- ranger?

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203 JLcoasties 05/22/2019

Today was a bit chilly with the cloud cover but is was a great day on the beach.  The natural change processes of the beach were evident from the last two months.  We do not have any concerns about human activity impacting the beach except for the debris that washes up on the shore.  Most of what we found had been in the water for a long period of time.  The build up of alge, dirt, and the state of decay is what tells us the items have been in the water for a while. 

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153 bebdhm 05/22/2019

Mild day on the beach, amazing amount of log debris near the dunes.  Foredune has not been replaced in area where it is now missing, but grass beginning to repopulate the big dune front.  3 trucks from Univ of Portland Research driving south from Takenitch Creek area in the restricted Plover area.  Very few birds.

 

 

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297 NehalemBay 05/21/2019

This was a cool, blustery day with the sun peeking out just overhead.  There was no human activity on the beach but there were 4 cars in the parking lot.  The beach is long and clean except for the seaweed and small velella in the driftline.  The cliffs of sand mixed with wood are quite tall in some areas.  And the area that has been bulldozed south towards the jetty still seems stark even though the beach grass is sprouting up again.  No bird carcasses were found, and no snowy plovers although some pairs have been sighted by others.  Except for a few Vultures, Whimbrels, Crows, Gulls and shorebirds, there was not much activity on this mile.  

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244 garretta 05/21/2019 DISPATCH

Significant increase in cliff caving and carving approximately 100 yards north of Chinook Winds. See photos attached

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293 stu and barb 05/21/2019

Beach continues to be very clean...no bottles, no cans, no styrofoam!!!  Found only 10 or 12 items of plastic, an empty sand bag, and about 10 feet of crab ring rope that I was able to untangle from sticks ,branches, and dried seaweed. It’s likely to be a different story after the summer crowds arrive.

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189 Volunteer Coordinator 05/20/2019

Report submitted for new volunteers GailRobbw.  no dead animals 12 people on the beach evidence of someone climbing on the cliffs- carvings  overnight camper in the parking lot,

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195 WetWabbit 05/19/2019

It was a lovely, calm day for a beach walk. The beach was as clean as I have ever seen it. The only marine life present included a few broken shells and beach hoppers. There was no human debris, as though SOLVE had just been through. One change noted was an artistic carving on the face of a cliff at the north end of the mile (see photo). It is not likely to last through the next few high tides.

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223 adelmanc 05/18/2019

The weather was not conducive to a lot of beach activity on this day. Rain off and on and a little wind. I was disturbed by the amount of plastic debris I found. I cleaned up as much as I could and plan to return to gather as much micro plastic as I can. There was some evidence of inappropriate behavior by visitors but I did not observe the behavior. It's a beautiful stretch of beach which I look forward to helping preserve.

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101 beachnut 05/17/2019 DISPATCH

A harbor seal pup, half white and half gray, was resting on the Elephant Rock side of the rocky pass below Coquille Point minutes before 6 a.m. close to low tide of 0.8 feet. There were several signs of haul-outs nearby, but the critters had gone into the sea before low tide. Another pup was on the wet sand at Elephant Rock a day earlier at about the same time. Both pups appeared healthy from a distance.

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199 seagazer 05/16/2019 DISPATCH

After being away since my last dispatch, my return has found further changes to Wakonda Beach. First of all, the two properties north of the Wakonda Beach access appear to have survived the heavy surf after the temporary rip-rap was installed that was shown in my previous dispatches. Today there was the activity of one track hoe building a sand ramp down onto the beach and another trackhoe was setting new rock in front of the first house south of the access previously permitted. The first image is of rock that was set to bolster the previously permitted rip-rap in front of the second house south of the access followed by an image of the repair to the rip-rap in front of the first house south of the access.

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254 Neskowin254 05/15/2019

Nothing unusual to report.

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340 edjoyce 05/15/2019 DISPATCH

All looks about the same.  Much marine debris including plastic bottles, shoes, large hunks of mfg. wood, shell casings and much more.

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287 C Nelson 05/12/2019

A beautiful Mother's Day at the coast - overcast/partly cloudy skies with light winds and a moderate temperature made for very pleasant conditions. There was one jogger whose running right along the surf line disturbed the large numbers of whimbrels that were feeding in the shallow surf; all the other folks we saw were walking or running closer to the foredune and appeared to be enjoying the lovely day and the feeding shorebirds as much as we were. The spring/summer reaccumulation of sand has begun to fill in some of areas of erosion we had seen at our last visit and there was very little trash visible anywhere on the mile. All in all, another good visit to Mile 287!

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101 GarrettSEA 05/11/2019

Pretty uneventful walk, we did place flags ind information sigins around seal pups and spoke with visitors about keeping some distance from pups

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244 garretta 05/10/2019 DISPATCH

Observed significant increase in sea star population on the rocks at Chinook Winds. Have been consciously watching at low tide and was pleased when I found one or two but there were too many to actually count stacked on each other. Photo collage attached. Individual photos available. 

Also encountered couple harvesting mussels and suggested they move to 15th Street outside the Casade Marine Reserve. They said they would check out the map and restrictions and seemed to leave. Photos not posted but available. 

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101 beachnut 05/09/2019 DISPATCH

A lively seal pup was resting among the rocks close to the receding tide below Coquille Point, near Elephant Rock, at about 6 a.m. I noticed drag tracks in the same general area the day before, so this area bears watching.

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339 edjoyce 05/08/2019 DISPATCH

Nothing significant to report.

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243 garretta 05/08/2019

Lovely day, low tide, quiet ocean.

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171 oldMGguy 05/07/2019

Unplanned birding day at Heceta Beach this evening.  Just light breezes this afternoon instead of the recent hurricane force gales.  Those winds have created a large field of the temporary summer "transverse dunes" near the Driftwood Shores Resort.  No marine wildlife observed, but lots of birds.  Numerous large flocks of sanderlings feeding in the outwash, a juvenile bald eagle, several turkey vultures, willets with their long straight beaks, killdeers, and whimbrels with the long down-curved beaks on their seemingly undersized heads.  Of course, the usual mobs of crows were patrolling the wet sand beach, digging out mole crabs for dinner.

Technically on Mile 170, but the Siuslaw River's red navigation buoy #4 has been knocked out of its normal position and is now lodged against the South Jetty rocks.  The local Coast Guard station was notified and they are aware of it.

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220 DKPowell 05/06/2019

A nice day on Sea Star Beach--with just a few persons. The birds are back at Yaquina Head, and the hill near my "Keyhole" picture is still eroding--causing slight change to get photo of ocean through a hole in the cliff.

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200 bluemoonjoanie 05/05/2019

Calm day on mile 200 with a minus tide.  

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198 bahngarten 05/05/2019

Overcast morning with little breeze, 6 people, 3 dogs walking.  Driftline content lots of  small mole crab parts, few live mole crabs.  Usual summer sand deposition along high tide line up to 3 feet elevation, in places.  Notable were 15 whimbrel at low tideline feeding.  Clean beach.  Quick visit with Beachside park hosts and State parks employee. 

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245 ParkroseUCC 05/04/2019

Photos of deceased birds (2) and skate egg case

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244 Victoria 05/02/2019

Whrimbels sighting, trash and campfires, car tracks in marine reserve shoreline

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23 Bob Harvey 05/01/2019

The tide was low enough to allow access to the more distant monolith with a cave and marine garden nearby. Lots of anemones and 3 seastars.

 

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180 lectricriderone 04/30/2019 DISPATCH

Crab in the tideline.  Small landslide activity on Heceta Headland . Picture.  The Hobbit Trail is washed out and holes make progress challenging.  Tree roots make the trail uneven with many obstacles.  

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181 lectricriderone 04/30/2019

I saw lots of dungenous crab shells and sandcrab shells.  I remember last year had remains of crabs in spring.   In the morning it's uncrowded and even more so due to school still in session.  I saw no trash.  

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171 oldMGguy 04/27/2019

Windy day on Heceta Beach at noon.  The summer "transverse" sand dunes are beginning to form.  Numerous flocks of gulls and sanderlings either feeding or migrating northbound against the wind.  An osprey and a common tern were busy plunging into the surf in the hunt for lunch.

A recently deceased yearling steller sea lion is washed up at the high water line abouta 1/4 mile south of the Driftwood Shores Resort.  No obvious pre-scavanger injuries or tags observed.

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338 Randy and Beth 04/25/2019

The beach looked relatively clean, but we still collected an assortment of plastic debris (photo attached). We enjoyed watching the busyness of the small sandpipers and observed a larger sandpiper family in the surf zone. (longer legs/longer beak/taller) We forgot the binoculars, so couldn't identify.

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209 scottmillman 04/24/2019

Nothing of concern viewed during this visit. 

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7 lovlielovie 04/24/2019

Tide .47 feet, foggy and calm breeze. Very quiet walk on the drift line. Lots of dead tiny crustaceans, crushed shell and large and small woody debris. At the end of the mile, noted small slide near a home (photo attached) and considerable woody debris built up at the outflow of Ransom Creek. Also spotted a single sea star, 2 Oyster Catchers, a pair of nesting scrub jays and an osprey. 

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8 lovlielovie 04/24/2019

A very calm, foggy negative tide - .3 feet as I was unable to put in the - in the report tide section.  Effectively able to walk the entire mile with only some bouldering and logs across creeks. Saw about 20 people on the southern section of the mile just walking it sitting and enjoying the low tide. 1 small dog on a leash.  Not a lot of gulls or other birds this morning but one cormorant in flight and lots of live rock crabs plus one lonely, alive sea star on the beach. Last week I saw a single otter at the northern tip of mile 8! No sign today. Huge trees and other wood debris along all beaches due to storms several weeks ago. Saw very little micro plastic but did find one large fishing lure. 

Land slide south of the parking area. Tree down with exposed roots. Also plenty of poison oak on the trail behind the big rocks at the south end. 

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238 Cathy238 04/22/2019

Mile 238 was fairly empty and calm. Some more riprap had been placed in certain areas where erosion threatened homes in the winter. Some steep drop-offs still exist, eliminating a few access points for now. Smooth beach all the way up the bluffs in some areas indicating a recent high tide. 

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327 sultanym 04/21/2019

Human activities: I observed 15 people on the beach, 10 were clamming at the low tide line and 5 were sitting on the beach. Along this mile, there was much evidence of clamming with mounds of wet sand piled from clam gun activity. I observed 21 vehicles on the beach, either parked on the dry sand or moving along the beach on the wet sand. 

Shoreline wildlife: Partly cloudy day with little wind in the morning. I observed 8 whimbrels foraging for mole crabs at the low tide line, 3 American crows, 1 Northern Harrier female hunting over the dunes, and 6 Western Gull on the beach. The high tide line below the dune grass had a high concentration of 2-3 inch Cnidaria: Velella velella or By The Wind Sailors, large piles of bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana, and large logs. Dungeness Crab shell casings, shells, and organic detritus were also in the backshore. At the low tide line, I found a large cluster of California Market squid eggs (Loligo opalescens), 2 moon jellies, and more shells.

Physical Changes: some sawdust on the sand and a large wooden pallet (partially broken) were observed at the high tide line. 

Actions taken: I collected approximately 20 lbs of trash including styrofoam chunks, cups, maritime ropes, many plastic bags/10 bottles/7 bottle caps/ 2 toothbrushes, 2 shotgun shells from duck hunters, and litter from beach fires and human presence on the beach. I emailed Oregon State Parks to inquire if they can add a trash can receptacle to the Del Rey Beach parking lot at Highlands Ln or at the pullout near the beach entrance. The nearest trash can is 3 miles away at Sunset Beach parking lot. I hope this will reduce the amount of litter from vehicles on the beach. 

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116 alaingamerica 04/21/2019

I came armed with two fully charged camers and didn't see anything unusual. Beach was cleaner than last time.

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197 mudslide 04/20/2019

After more than a year's absence, it was good to get back out on the mile. I walked about 2/3 of the way. It was a mild, overcast afternoon, with only 11 adults and 2 children on the beach plus two dogs, one leashed, one not leashed. I saw a flock of about 50 whimbrels, mixed in with an equal number of sandpipers. Very small vellela vellelas were scattered in the driftline. Bluff erosion has continued; a very large chunk has recently come down. In lower layers of the bluff that have been exposed only for the past couple of years, one brittle-looking clayey layer has been visibly crumbling. Photos to be added later.

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217 digincommunity 04/19/2019

A large swath of the bluff is well vegetated with shore pines, willow and native shrubs like silverweed, and black twinberry. However, the southern third of the bluff is actively eroding and is devoid of vegetation. The bluff at Jump Off Joe shows signs of mass-wasting. Small thumbnail sized plastics are every few feet, sometimes in dense bunches, sometimes scattered about. Apart from plastics there are washed-up remains of kelp, mussels, sand crabs, mole crabs, and sand dollars. And lots of drift wood from diciduous trees less than 6-8 inches in diameter. The well vegetated bluff looks as though it is a favorite for some campers living rough.

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299 cpendergrass 04/18/2019

A quiet day on Manzanita's beach with more driftwood than usual. Winter storms have carved the dunes back such that the berm created as the dunes meet the slope of the beach is steeper than in the summer months. 

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