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Mile 307 — Clatsop County, Cove Beach north, Arch Cape, Arch Cape Creek 
elsecobb — More sand than I have seen in 30 years, clean beach, small dried up jelly fish all along the drift line. One vey large rock slide South of the Arch, and a smaller one 200 yards further south. A few ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Tue Jul 8, 4:00 PM   Rock slide
Large rockslide south of the Arch Cape
Location: immediately South of the Arch
 Watch for Training Opportunities for Sea Star Wasting Survey
Photo by Jim Young
Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, has been conducting demonstrations of monitoring for sea star wasting syndrome, such as the recent field trip to Maxwell Point, near Oceanside.
Some CoastWatchers who have volunteered to participate in CoastWatch’s sea star monitoring, a citizen science project using a protocol developed by marine researchers, have expressed uncertainty about recognizing the signs of wasting disease. If you would like to help monitor the health of the sea start population, keep an eye on this website or the CoastWatch bulletin to learn about opportunities to be trained.
CoastWatch is organizing this citizen science project in support of scientists who are tracking the distressing epizootic (animal epidemic) which has been devastating sea star populations in Washington and California, and has now spread to Oregon
Any CoastWatcher can help by looking for signs of sea stars in distress in tidepools they visit, and reporting this. (One important note: Don’t handle sea stars that appear to be in distress or the rocks around them, and above all, don’t touch them and then touch healthy sea stars or the rocks they are clinging to. No one is sure how the disease is spreading, so it is important to avoid any contact that might be the cause of spreading it.)
CoastWatch is training some volunteers willing to commit to following a formal protocol to monitor specific areas as part of the scientific study. Fawn will be discussing with potential volunteers what is involved in participating in this citizen science survey. The methods used for counting and measuring sea stars and assessing the prevalence of wasting disease are relatively simple, but in order to ensure repeatability of sampling effort within a group and standardize methods among groups, some initial training will be required.
Because wasting syndrome can lead to rapid declines in sea star numbers, it is essential that we survey as many areas as possible prior to or during the wasting event. These “pre-decline” surveys will allow scientists to estimate impacts of wasting syndrome on sea star populations, and document recovery over time.

If you are interested in participating in CoastWatch’s project, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027,

 Marine Debris Monitoring Project Underway
The recent upsurge of marine debris on Oregon’s shoreline, much of it from the Japanese tsunami and some of it bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. CoastWatch has been working with four partner groups as the Oregon Marine Debris (OMDT) team to address the debris problem. This involves scouting the ... MORE 
 Scientists Seek Reports of Non-native Species
Some of the debris that has washed up in recent weeks appears to be from the Japanese tsunami, and might be ferrying non-native and potentially invasive species. Scientists working at the Hatfield Marine Science Center would like to be notified if you find debris from Japan (or simply from Asia, judging from any visible labels), and it is covered with organisms that don’t look like our familiar ... MORE 
 COASST Offers Beached Bird Survey Training in Bandon
COASST volunteers at work. Photo by Penelope Chilton
CoastWatch is the Oregon partner of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high-quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds.
If you think this might be of interest to you, join COASST staff for a full, 6-hour training session in cooperation with the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators Conference taking place in Bandon. The workshop takes place this Sunday, July 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Barn, 1200 11th St. SW in Bandon.
Dozens of CoastWatchers find collaborating with COASST to be highly satisfying, since it affords the opportunity for non-scientists to contribute to legitimate data used by scientists. The goal is to assist government resource agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska. Volunteers need no experience, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month.
There is no charge to attend a training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a COASST Beached Birds field guide. Training activities take place indoors. RSVPs would be appreciated; or 206-221-6893.

 Act Preserving Cascade Head Area to Be Celebrated
Salmon River estuary seen from Cascade Head. Photo courtesy of the Sitka Center.
The 40th anniversary of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Act will be celebrated on Monday, July 21, 4:30 p.m. at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (540 N.E. Hwy 101).
The Cascade Head Scenic Research Act protects the sweeping prairie headlands and forests, along with the Salmon River estuary. Campaigning for protecting Cascade Head was one of Oregon Shores’ earliest battles. A panel of ecologists, artists, and writers will explore the public benefits—ecological, cultural and artistic—made possible by the act of Congress protecting this unique landscape.
Looking at this 40th celebration from a myriad of perspectives the panel will explore the value in documenting, preserving and restoring natural areas. Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council Executive Director Catherine Pruett will lead a discussion with Sitka Center for Art and Ecology co-founder Frank Boyden, artist Deb DeWit, Oregon State University Spring Creek Project Director Charles Goodrich and retired U.S. Forest Service Ecologist Sarah Greene.

 Familiar Face Brings ‘The Next Tsunami’ to Newport
Author—and CoastWatcher—Bonnie Henderson will speak about her new book, The Next Tsunami, as part of the Nye Beach Writers Series, sponsored by Writers on the Edge. Henderson’s last book, Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris, was inspired by her experiences as a CoastWatcher—she is the adopter of Mile 157 in the Oregon Dunes. Her new work (she gave us a preview at last fall’s Oregon Shores ... MORE 
 Volunteers Sought to ‘Adopt’ Seabird Colonies
The Audubon Society of Portland—among Oregon Shores’ partners in the Our Ocean coalition--is starting up a citizen science project to monitor seabird nesting colonies adjacent to the recently designated Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. Audubon is looking for volunteers that would “adopt” a colony and monitor a subset of nests to determine hatching success of chicks. Study species: Near-shore ... MORE 
 Watch for By-the-wind Sailors Stranded on Our Shores
Every avid Oregon beachcomber is familiar with Velella velella, or by-the-wind sailors: little (typically 4 to 6 cm.) violet-blue floating creatures that are often stranded by the hundreds or thousands on the beach April through July. They live in vast congregations on the sea’s surface, in warm and temperate ocean water around the world. They have no means to propel themselves; rather, they ... MORE 
  MILE 256  jcameron — July Report  MORE 
  MILE 307  elsecobb — More sand than I have seen in 30 years, clean beach, small dried up jelly fish all along the drift line. One vey large rock slide South of the Arch, and a smaller one 200 yards further south. A few ...  MORE 
  MILE 245  TerryH DISPATCH  — Stranding of By-the-Wind Sailors (Velella velella) all along Roads End beach.  MORE 
  MILE 248  Dr Kayak — Merlin cruising the surf zone at Cascade Head.  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Sunny calm morning. Many footprints in sand, denoting heavy holiday weekend usage. Many Velella velella (by-the-wind sailors) at high tide line. Dungeness and mole crag parts, small pebbles, some ...  MORE 
  MILE 147  onehorse — Two couples in tents just above the high tide mark were the only people we saw on our miles, but there were many more than that, maybe 30 or 35 north where Sparrow Park Road meets the beach. The ...  MORE 
  MILE 35  Oceanhippie2 DISPATCH  — Dead Stellar Sea Lion at the water edge with 3 GSW ..... Located south west of Ophir Rest Area. I did notify Mr Rice.  MORE 
  MILE 8  brookingsbill DISPATCH  — At least two whales spouting and breaching South of Goat Island at a distance of between 1/2 and 1 mile offshore. Assume these are residents who are not migrating North  MORE 
  MILE 237  JDip237 — Another beautiful day on the coast! Moderate amounts of typical driftline materials found.  MORE 
  MILE 23  brookingsbill — The beach is definitely getting more visitors but doesn't seem much the worse for it. A little more trash but still not much of a problem. Not a place for solitude. Sea star population seems to be ...  MORE 
  MILE 158  oceanwalker842 — Mid 70's at the beach with little wind....nice! Interesting fog/mist seemingly coming out of the sand (see photo)....reminiscent of Twilight Zone where creepy creatures come out of the haze. No ...  MORE 
  MILE 171  oldMGguy — Best day of the year so far for beach walking - sunny, calm, and very warm! There is a mass stranding of gazillions of Velella velella aka "By-the-wind-Sailor" or "Sail jellyfish", all along the ...  MORE 
  MILE 328  Jann Luesse — A beautiful sunny day with a bit of wind. The heat brought people to the beach along with their fireworks and campfires. Unfortunately they leave the debris behind. Styrofoam is still showing up ...  MORE 
  MILE 140  MetzmanJoe — My patrol area is mile 140 for my USDA/APHIS job so I am coving this stretch of beach at least 3 times a week. Today was notable due to the large quantities of Vellella jellyfish washed ashore. The ...  MORE 
  MILE 101  beachnut DISPATCH  — Just a quickie to report on what may, and I stress may, possibly be tsunami wreckage on this mile which I walk most days, though it's not in my brief. So, it is a large and heavy plastic grid of ...  MORE 
  MILE 23  Bob Harvey — Strong N. wind , beautiful day. Unusual :(1) dead rotting seal pup (2)1 large remnant of fiberglass boat , partly buried in dry dunes (3) sea stars possibly suffering from wasting. Only a total of ...  MORE 
  MILE 224  malachite — Nice day at the beach, cool, overcast, little to no wind. Met some surfers coming up from beach (4-5) as I was going down long stairway. Tide coming in, fairly high. High tide at Yaquina Bay ...  MORE 
  MILE 244  rainydaywalker — A couple of large groups, one of them a family gathering, included small children. A few of these group members were wading on the west side of the rocks out from the NW 38th Street access. I made ...  MORE 
  MILE 160  lightbug — The beach was unusually clean, I only carried off two bags full of trash, but it was high tide time and the water had scoured the beach recently. There were two groups of seals lounging on the beach, ...  MORE 
  MILE 14  artist — Aside from the strange brown color of the ocean water near the beaches and sea cliffs, there's nothing out of the ordinary to report.  MORE 
CoastWatch, a citizen monitoring program, engages Oregonians in personal stewardship over their shoreline. Volunteers adopt mile-long segments of Oregon's coast, keeping watch for natural changes and human-induced impacts, reporting on their observations, and sounding the alarm about threats and concerns.

CoastWatch is founded on individual vigilance and responsibility for one portion of the ocean shore. But the program also links hundreds of 'mile adopters' in a coastwide network of concerned citizens taking action to conserve shoreline resources. CoastWatchers serve as an early warning system not only for the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, but also for neighbors along their miles, local government, regulatory agencies and other conservation groups.