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Mile 238 — Lincoln County, Salishan Spit, North Lagoon, Siletz Bay 
KiwiMcK — A hand full of people and a couple of dogs out on the beach on this spectacular day. Sun shining brightly and the water just sparkling. Is this really the Oregon coast? Large bundles of bull kelp ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Mon Jul 27, 12:00 AM   Bull kelp bundles
Bull Kelp on Southern portion of mile 238
Location: Southern portion mile 238
 Still Time to Join Shoreline Science Workshops--Register Now!
Last years workshop led by Stewart Schultz.
The second of CoastWatch's shoreline workshops for summer, 2015, takes place Saturday-Monday, Aug. 1-3, in Depoe Bay. Online registration is still under way for this and the final workshop in Port Orford Aug. 14-16, and places are still available, but time is growing short. Please make plans to join us, and register today.
These three-day, intensive encounters with natural history and science are the best opportunity we offer each year to gain a great deal of information about the coastal environment in one concentrated dose. While the workshops are designed to be particularly helpful to volunteers (or prospective volunteers) in our CoastWatch program, all comers are welcome. The experience will be valuable to anyone who cares about the coast. You will be exposed to a wide array of information and insights, you will get to know key habitat areas in one portion of the coast in fascinating detail, and you will spend three days enjoying the coastal realm and getting to know fellow naturalists (experienced or novice) and conservationists. We've already held one successful workshop in Arch Cape this summer--now, on to Depoe Bay!
To register and get more information, go here.
As in past years, these workshops will be led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, author of "The Northwest Coast: A Natural History," along with our CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, Fawn Custer, herself a highly experienced marine educator. You’ll learn about tidepools, beaches and dunes, estuaries and coastal forests, and offshore ecosystems. The workshops consist of a mix of lectures, field trips, and laboratory experiences.
This year's workshops will place special emphasis on Oregon's new marine reserves and on the various citizen science projects through which CoastWatchers (and other community members) can help to monitor them. The Depoe Bay workshop will focus on the Cascade Head and Otter Rock reserves, the natural wealth they protect and the ways in which citizens and local communities can get engaged with these special places. Here’s the remaining schedule for the summer:

*August 1-3
Depoe Bay Community Hall
220 SE Bay St., Depoe Bay
*August 14-16
Port Orford Sea Grant meeting room
444 Jackson St., Port Orford
For more information, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027 or

 CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers
Training session for COASST beached bird survey.
CoastWatch has long sponsored several citizen science projects, such as the beached bird survey in which many mile adopters participate. Over the course of the past year, though, we have expanded the range of these projects. We now conduct seven citizen science projects. Through our "Community Engagement with Marine Reserves" project, we are developing a special project to focus citizen science surveys on the areas facing Oregon’s new marine reserves.
We have seven projects up and running. Some are well established, while a couple are just getting started. Some involve joining a team for a formal survey according to scientific protocols; others are simply a matter of CoastWatchers (and other interested citizens) increasing their vigilance for certain types of phenomena they may observe and knowing where to report the information.
To produce good information, while serving as a vehicle for public education about Oregon's marine resources, we'll need many more volunteers for all these projects. Even where we have solid teams already at work, we would like to expand the teams for greater long-term stability, and with many of these projects, we need more volunteers in more places in order to succeed in producing results. Volunteers could be CoastWatchers, other Oregon Shores members, or any interested community member. If you’ve been following this website or CoastWatch bulletins, you’ve already heard about these projects, but this is a reminder, along with a plea for fresh energy and involvement.
The citizen science projects include:
  • The beached bird survey, in which CoastWatch partners with COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, based at the University of Washington). This involves monthly surveys, using a formal protocol that produces genuine scientific data.
  • Marine debris monitoring, using a protocol developed by NOAA. This project also involves consistent monthly surveys and produces scientifically useful data. See this background paper for more information.
  • The sea star wasting syndrome survey, another project that utilizes a formal protocol (developed by PISCO, the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans) and produces scientific data. Go here for more details.
  • Marine mammal stranding, in cooperation with Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. This isn't a formal survey, but we actively train and encourage all CoastWatch mile adopters and other volunteers to report all stranded animals, alive or dead, and provide a form on our website that goes directly to the stranding network. This work produces data points for the stranding network.
  • "Beached marine critters" survey, using a protocol that provides an online means of recording observations of stranded sharks, squid, sea turtles and two species of fish. As with the marine mammal stranding network, this doesn't involve a systematic survey, but if enough volunteers know what to look for and file reports regularly, we will produce data points of use to scientists and resource agencies.
  • Invasive species: At present, this primarily involves species carried on tsunami debris, training volunteers in what to look for, how to handle it, and how to report it to scientists at the HMSC. Our goal is to expand training to include other types of invasives that can be observed on the shoreline, such as algae observed either in situ or in the driftline.
  • King Tide photography project, through which volunteers photograph the year's highest tides, both to demonstrate current conditions and to anticipate what will become ordinary tide levels with sea level rise. The year's project is currently underway; see elsewhere on this page for more information or go here.
CoastWatch will provide training for these various citizen science surveys on a continuing basis. To volunteer or for more information, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, (541) 270-0027,

 Celebration Will Feature Cascade Head Marine Reserve
Cascade Head and Salmon River mouth. Photo by Alex Derr.
Join the newly organized Friends of Cascade Head Marine Reserve, along with CoastWatch and our colleagues in the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership, for a day of learning and exploring, not to mention food and fun, focused on the Cascade Head Marine Reserve.
On Saturday, July 18, this free, family-friendly event will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Knight Park, the public boat launch site just off North Three Rocks Road near the mouth of the Salmon River. The day will offer informational tables, talks and hikes, music and free ice cream (while it lasts!).
CoastWatch’s new intern, Sabrina Ehler, will be tabling during the day, and will lead a field trip to demonstrate our sea star survey project (time not yet set).
Other events will include talks by the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, Lincoln City Audubon Society bird walks, docent-led hikes to Cascade Head with The Nature Conservancy, and a fish printing art activity with the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. From 1-4 p.m., Lucky Gap String Band will present traditional Americana and Bluegrass tunes and visitors can hop on a boat for an informative river excursion and trip across the Salmon River for beach walks on the Westwind spit.
The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership, a consortium of organizations, including Oregon Shores, dedicated to implementing and maintaining Oregon's marine reserves for all Oregonians by supporting scientific research and community engagement.
“We wanted to create an opportunity for the public to appreciate this special place, its beauty, and its importance to so many fish and wildlife species that call the Salmon River estuary and Cascade Head home,” said Friends of Cascade Head member Dan Twitchell. “There’s no better way to understand a place than to immerse yourself in it.”
This event is made possible with funding from a new community grant program through the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership. For a full schedule and more information, visit or e-mail

 CoastWatch Introduces New Intern
Sabrina Ehler.
We’re pleased to announce that CoastWatch will have the assistance of our first-ever intern. This is to introduce Sabrina Ehler, a senior Fisheries and Wildlife major at Oregon State University. Her career goal is fish and wildlife law enforcement.
Sabrina was an honor student at Springfield High School where she developed her desire to work with wildlife. She has already engaged in a variety of volunteer experiences, from water quality testing for the Eugene Water and Electric Board, to removing invasive species, to weeding gardens for Food For Lane County. Her first internship through Oregon State University was as a biological assistant for the Hook & Line Surveys for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. As part of her academic career, she is now taking an intensive internship—and CoastWatch is the beneficiary.
She will be assisting us with various aspects of our citizen science work, under the direction of CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer. In particular, she will focus on our sea star population survey, setting up new sites and helping to recruit and train volunteers. She is also adopting CoastWatch Mile 231, so she will learn about the program through the eyes of a volunteer.
We look forward to making progress in expanding the sea star survey with Sabrina’s help.

 Marbled Murrelet Survey Invites Citizen Observers
Nesting in old-growth forests and foraging in the nearshore ocean, Marbled murrelets tie land and sea together, and are important components of the ecosystems surrounding the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. In what has become an annual tradition, the Audubon Society of Portland is hosting a citizen survey for the elusive bird. All members of the public are welcome, no experience necessary. This ... MORE 
 Photos Shared with Oregon Shores Help Us Illustrate Our Work
As you've likely noticed if you visit this website regularly, Oregon Shores uses numerous photographs of the shoreline and of the entire coastal region. We illustrate articles on this website, and we also use photos in newsletters and e-bulletins and in various other publications, such as CoastWatch handouts. We’re constantly searching for new images of the coast. Some we seek for their sheer ... MORE 
  Snowy Plover Nesting Season Begins, with an Addition
Nesting season for Western snowy plovers, a federally threatened shorebird that nests on the sandy shore, is underway on Oregon beaches. Beachgoers are asked to follow nesting season restrictions, which continue through September 15 on certain Oregon beaches to protect snowy plover eggs and young. CoastWatchers can help by paying special attention to the plover exclusion zones and keeping an eye ... MORE 
  MILE 238  KiwiMcK — A hand full of people and a couple of dogs out on the beach on this spectacular day. Sun shining brightly and the water just sparkling. Is this really the Oregon coast? Large bundles of bull kelp ...  MORE 
  MILE 258  Cynthia & Kevin — A quiet day along this mile of beach. Total of 10 folks strolling or walking their dogs. Very clean this time, only found 1 piece of trash. Only 1 shorebird seen, but scattered all along the ...  MORE 
  MILE 101  bandonandy DISPATCH  — Dead sea lion on the beach for a few days. Appears to be adult. On the beach opposite the Sunset Motel (see photo).  MORE 
  MILE 281  kkrall — There were quite a few people for a weekday, walking, skimboarding and playing in the sand. We saw a family, including children, in wetsuits walking north of Maxwell point, near the cave. There were ...  MORE 
  MILE 218  Jeanellen — It was a beautiful, sunny evening with some strong gusts from the north. I walked big creek north along the ocean side to where it flows in front of Yaquina head, then back along the beach. There ...  MORE 
  MILE 101  beachnut DISPATCH  — Fifteen Common murres--14 of them youngsters--lay dead in the high-tide line from Table Rock south to Face Rock this morning. There was no sign of injury, but they did appear a bit thin. This may be ...  MORE 
  MILE 311  HistoryLover — Beach lightly used even on a busy day on other adjacent beach. There was almost no garbage, almost no dead animals or seaweed. Overall a healthy beach.  MORE 
  MILE 184  Priscilla — One Red tailed hawk perched beside path down to north end of mile. Nesting cliff swallows with babies nearby, sea stars on rocks too numerous to count. River otters playing/eating in tidal pool with ...  MORE 
  MILE 232  GWshark DISPATCH  — Went out and picked up a full bag of trash off bluffs. Originally thought it to be from fishermen, but now believe it comes from people using picnic tables.  MORE 
  MILE 238  KiwiMcK — Just a beautifully sunny day on the beach with a few white caps, sparkling ocean and not much wind. 4 people walking, one person reading and a couple sunning themselves. Two flocks of gulls and ...  MORE 
  MILE 245  TerryH DISPATCH  — Concerned about a campfire site at the north end of Roads End beach. Some brainless wonder thought it was a good idea to use an extremely dry downed fir tree as their windbreak. If that dry tree ...  MORE 
  MILE 102  beachnut — The southern stretch of the mile had an astounding number of people at 5:30 a.m.--4 taking photos, joined later by 8 others. Two regular beach walkers also were out. Gulls and black oystercatchers ...  MORE 
  MILE 103  beachnut — The dogs and I had the beach to ourselves on a mild, windless but cloudy morning around 5:45 a.m., shortly after low tide. No birds were in sight, though a dead, brain-pecked Common murre was seen. ...  MORE 
  MILE 202  Unbound — A cloudy, overcast day on the Bayshore. The debris we found on the beach consisted mainly of the usual microplastics, Styrofoam, and fishing material along with picnic trash left from visitors. ...  MORE 
  MILE 257  BP Van B DISPATCH  — Lovely quiet day on the beach. New contour with a steep drop off at about the high tide line of 5.2. No signs of significant erosion but one large rock fall from the cliff. Few people on the beach ...  MORE 
  MILE 232  GWshark — Other than some fisherman debris and evidence of some fireworks the Boiler Bay bluffs are in good shape. Looks like good feeding area for whales. Bald eagle pair have a nest in trees across ...  MORE 
  MILE 46  Redfish Rocks Community Team — A few dead animals and many live ones! 2 dead gumboots, 1 dead dolphin, 1 dead harbor seal. We have also pulled 3 tires from the beach over the past 2 months. Geez the ocean can be a harsh place ...  MORE 
  MILE 275  AllisaA — the park has placed a new coating of round river rocks carefully done with a new path to the beach from the camp ground in gravel with a more cautious grade as I recall these round rocks cover ...  MORE 
  MILE 31  Lorenzo2 — A dead seal about 1/2 mi. S. of Otter Point. Approximately 3ft long. Flesh all stripped from head so I could not tell if it had had ears. Lots of large mussels washed up onto beach. More than ...  MORE 
  MILE 236  Streets — I took two spins for debris collection. Total, mostly 4th of July debris, came to 8 pounds. I suspect others have done some cleanup before me. Ocean is calm, people are calm, bonfire sites abound. ...  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.