| A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS|
|Mile 224 — Lincoln County, Beverly Beach north, Johnson Creek |
|malachite — Pleasant day on the beach. Of the 3 dogs, 2 not under good control. One dog ran over & tried to play w/my dog (who was interested in retrieving, not playing), the other dog chased whimbrels, no ... |
| Tue Apr 26, 1:20 PM Dead comorant (or other bird)|
Dead bird, tentatively identified as a cormorant. No band seen on single leg visible.
Location: Near Alpine Chalet access, south of that access.
Copyright: (c) Susan Hogg
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| Mon May 2 NEW Otter Rock Action Day Promises Fun and Stewardship|
Shoreline north of Otter Crest, site of our tidepool walk. Photo by Kirt Edblom.CoastWatch is joining with the Surfrider Foundation’s Newport Chapter (which took the lead in organizing this) and the Coast Range Association to host an Otter Rock Marine Reserve Action Day on Saturday, May 14, from 1-6 pm. Location is Otter Rock/Devil’s Punchbowl State Park at Otter Crest. This will be a festive occasion with a serious purpose. Family-friendly fun will be on tap all afternoon, but this also an opportunity to learn more about the marine reserve offshore and opportunities to care for its through monitoring, citizen science and cleanups.
Fawn Custer, our CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, will lead a tidepool walk beginning at 1 p.m. She will be joined by Kristen Milligan, program coordinator with PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans) at Oregon State University. They will introduce our sea star monitoring survey (which sends data to PISCO), and discuss the sea star wasting epidemic that has drastically affected our intertidal ecology. Fawn will also provide an introduction to our marine debris monitoring survey.
From 3-6 p.m., join in for a beach cleanup challenge, games (bocce, cornhole and others) and surfing, and at the end of the day free fish tacos and libations for those who have participated in all activities. Be sure to check in by 2 p.m. to receive an “event passport” entitling you to goodies around the bonfire at day’s end.
RSVPs are strongly encouraged, to enable us to make sure enough food and drink are available. RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/ORACTION. Help us spread the word by circulating this flyer about the event.
In addition to the groups hosting the event, sponsors include the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership, Ninkasi Brewing, Big Foot Beverages, Fred Meyer and Inn at Otter Crest.
For more information about the citizen science aspects of the event, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, email@example.com.
| Mar 24 NEW Keep Watch over Snowy Plovers as Nesting Season Begins|
Snowy plover exclosure. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.Restrictions designed to protect the threatened Western snowy plover went into effect March 15, and will last through Sept. 15.
All beachgoers are urged to help in ongoing efforts to restore the Oregon population of this beach-nesting bird by respecting restrictions and being careful not to disturb the birds and their nests. CoastWatchers who miles include plover habitat can play a valuable role here, keeping watch to making sure that restrictions aren’t violated—and reporting any violations observed—and also watching for plovers that may be nesting in new areas not currently protected.
Plovers nest on open sand along Oregon’s beaches. During nesting season, they can become distressed by human disturbances, which can cause them to abandon their nests. Plovers are small and well-camouflaged and can be easily harmed by vehicles and dogs, often inadvertently. Last year plover monitors discovered tracks from an off-highway vehicle that had traversed across a closed area and crushed a nesting adult and its chicks.
Nesting areas are delineated by ropes and sign posts. Maps and signage at trailheads and parking lots also will alert visitors to the presence of nearby nesting areas. Nesting areas are closed to all entrance. In addition, the dry sand surrounding the nesting areas are closed to the public. During nesting season, some activities are also restricted on the adjacent wet sand. Hiking and horseback riding, however, are permitted on all wet sand.
Campfires, pets, bicycles, off-highway vehicles and kites are prohibited within the closure areas as they can frighten nesting adults, causing them to abandon their eggs. “We’re making great strides in reversing the downward slide of this species,” says Cindy Burns, Siuslaw National Forest wildlife biologist (not to mention CoastWatcher). “It takes everyone’s efforts, so we hope people will do their part in sharing the beach this nesting season.”
Nesting areas are delineated by ropes and sign posts. Maps and signage at trailheads and parking lots also will alert visitors of nearby nesting areas. Nesting areas are closed to all entrance. In addition, the dry sand surrounding the nesting areas are closed to the public. During nesting season, some activities are also restricted on the adjacent wet sand. Hiking and horseback riding, however, are permitted on all wet sand.
All restricted beach areas have nearby beaches that permit dogs on leash and kites. Oregon State Parks maintains online maps of dog-accessible beaches during shorebird nesting seasons. For more information on snowy plover protections, including a link to the maps of open beaches, go to the Siuslaw National Forest’s web page.
The Western snowy plover is a federally protected shorebird. Nesting areas within the Siuslaw National Forest include Baker and Sutton beaches north of Florence (approximately CoastWatch miles 153-156); the stretch from the Siltcoos estuary south almost to Sparrow Park Road, including the Oregon Dunes Day Use and Tahkenitch Creek beaches (approximately CoastWatch miles 151-160); Ten Mile Creek estuary, starting from a quarter of a mile south of the Douglas/Coos County line to the Coast Guard South OHV Trail, about three-quarters of a mile south of Tenmile Creek (approximately miles 138-141).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed Western snowy plovers as a threatened species in 1993. Habitat loss from invasive European beachgrass, as well as human disturbances, including litter and discarded food scraps which attract predators, have contributed to the birds’ decline.
| Thu Mar 10 Pacific City Event Offers Birding, Blues and CoastWatch|
Sanderlings symbolize the festival. Photo by Peter Pearsall.The annual Birding and Blues Festival is coming to Pacific City, April 29-May 1, and CoastWatch will be part of it.
Fawn Custer, our volunteer coordinator, will speak on Sunday, May 1, at 11 a.m. on “The Things We Learn from a Walk on the Beach.” Her talk, covering a wide range of the common and not so common organisms found while beachcombing, will take place at the Kiawanda Community Center (34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr. in Pacific City).
From noon to 1 p.m., Fawn will lead a beachwalk dedicated to exploring the driftline (or wrack line, as some call it).
The rest of the festival offers plenty to do, beginning with a free community open house on Friday, April 29th featuring a live seabird presentation and a children’s art activity. The weekend will include guided backroads tours, kayak trips, a “Pioneer Trail Tour” on historic roads through the Siuslaw Naitonal Forest, and birding field trips including walks focusing on seabirds, shorebirds and owls.
Avian researcher John Marzluff is the festival’s keynote speaker. Professor Marzluff, of the University of Washington, will discuss his most recent book, “Welcome to Subirdia” (2014, Yale University Press), which describes how suburban neighborhoods host a splendid array of biological diversity and suggests ways in which we can steward these resources to benefit birds and ourselves. Marzluff speaks 1:30-2:45 at the Kiawanda Center.
A free Friday evening talk at the Pelican Pub & Brewery features independent wildlife biologist Deborah Jaques speaking on “Pelican Travels, Tribulations and Social Networking,” from 6-8 p.m. The pub, known for award-winning microbrews, is just to the south of Cape Kiwanda on the Three Capes Highway.
More information can be found at www.birdingandblues.org.
| Mon Mar 28 NEW This Summer’s Shoreline Science Workshop Now on the Calendar |
CoastWatch will offer only one Shoreline Science Workshop this summer, instead of the usual three. The good news is that we’re giving you plenty of advance notice to sign up for the one that will take place. It will be held July 8-10 at the Depoe Bay Community Hall (220 S.E. Bay Street). Online registration is now available. These workshops, by now a CoastWatch tradition, are led by ecologist ...
| Mon Mar 28 NEW King Tide Project Dates for Coming Winter Announced|
Track stars have their P.R.’s—personal records. Call this an O.R. We are hereby setting our organizational record for the furthest advance notice we have ever given anyone about anything. Flip your calendar many months ahead, because we already have the dates for the coming winter’s King Tide Project. The extreme tidal series we’ll be photographing, to preview future sea level rise, will be ...
| Sun Apr 17 NEW Catch These Opportunities for Oystercatcher Survey Training|
CoastWatch sponsors a great deal of citizen science activity, but some of our partners in the Oregon Marine Debris Team also offer opportunities to assist in scientific observation. One of these is Portland Audubon, which sponsors a Black Oystercatcher survey and is looking for new volunteers. Participants in this project will assist researchers in studying how Black Oystercatchers use rocky ...
| Apr 21 Workshop Coming Up for ‘Plover Patrol’|
Snowy plover observed at South Beach. Photo by Cathy Tronquet.The long-term effort to restore the Oregon’s coast’s population of snowy plovers, and the recent good news about the population’s recovery, have been one of the shoreline’s feel-good stories of recent years. During the past two years, plovers have re-colonized two north coast areas, Nehalem Spit and South Sand Lake, which were historical habitat but had long been vacant, a strong sign that efforts to recover the species are succeeding.
Those who spend a lot of time on the beach and would like to help keep an eye on snowy plovers are invited to a special workshop for “Plover Patrol Volunteers.” The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), which manages the shoreline, is recruiting citizens to assist in monitoring the 16 areas designated as plover breeding habitat (some currently occupied, some just hoped-for).
The workshop takes place this Sunday, April 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nehalem Bay State Park Meeting Hall. The workshop is required for those who want to become actively engaged in monitoring areas closed for the bird’s protection. (Those who have taken this workshop in the past aren’t required to attend again, but are welcome to do so as a refresher.)
The agenda for the day is divided--the first half of the day is all about plovers and their history here in Oregon, while the second half is about how to survey for them. Refreshments and snacks will be provided; if you have special dietary needs or like a hearty lunch bring a little something extra. There is room at the workshop, and OPRD encourages you to invite along others who might be interested. It is requested that you RSVP.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Vanessa Blackstone, OPRD wildlife biologist, at (503) 383-5012, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit OPRD’s Nature Notes blog.
| Apr 17 NEW Brown Pelican Survey Planned for May|
A new citizen science initiative aimed at Brown pelicans will debut on May 7. The west coast Audubon network, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and ebird are partnering on a new survey for Brown pelicans along the coast on that day between 5-7 p.m. For the Oregon coast branch of this effort, 17 priority survey locations have been identified (however, surveys can be performed at other sites of ...
| Apr 2 Plans Evolve for Oregon Dunes Restoration Strategy|
Anyone who loves the Oregon Dunes, the longest stretch of coastal dunes in the United States, is aware that they are a dynamic landscape, and that their dynamism depends on moving sand. The introduction of non-native species, especially the highly invasive European beachgrass, has created a severe threat to the dunes, through stabilizing the sand and preventing its movement. The U.S. Forest ...
| Jun 7 2015 Photographers Invited to Help Oregon Shores 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 ...
| Feb 25 NEW By-the Wind Sailors Make Beach Landings Early this Year|
Reports have been flooding in since mid-March that the by-the wind sailors, known to science as Velella velella, have arrived early this year. Large masses have been reported on some beaches, in some cases already decomposing. What’s more, we’re seeing large wash-ups of young, so small they aren’t readily apparent as this organism, as the tiny creatures are just changing from medusa to polyp. ...
| MILE REPORTS SINCE APR 9 2016|
| May 1 bahngarten — Hot 70' clear day, wind from east. 17 cars in Beachside State Park parking area. 27 people walking, wading, playing with dogs (5), sitting- enjoying a fabulous day. Notable were 17 whimbrels feeding ... |
| Apr 26 malachite — Pleasant day on the beach. Of the 3 dogs, 2 not under good control. One dog ran over & tried to play w/my dog (who was interested in retrieving, not playing), the other dog chased whimbrels, no ... |
| Apr 25 Volunteer Coordinator DISPATCH — Another tsunami boat for sure. The Japanese government has asked us to sample these. John assumes that it will be carried up the shore with the incoming tide and would like to sample it. It looks to ... |
| Apr 24 Emily K — First time surveying this beach. Was not able to survey all of beachline due to high tide. Should be surveyed at low tide and not during storm surge due to short width of beach and proximity of ... |
| Apr 22 Volunteer Coordinator DISPATCH — After giving the Earth Day talk at Beverly Beach State Park, we ventured onto the beach for the wrack walk. A small amount of debris. Thank you to those who joined me on the surprisingly( it was ... |
| Apr 21 TerryH DISPATCH — Dead sea lion about 4' in length, no signs of injury but looks quite skinny, northern end of Roads End mile, nearest cross street 76th NE, submitted Marine Mammal report with photos. |
| Apr 21 PCTronquet — Our first report as CoastWatch volunteers. We have been watching the plover on our mile since January, 8 snowy plover and 1 mountain plover. As of this date, we think they have all moved on, our ... |
| Apr 19 Radioguy — Little human activity on this beach except for a few agate hunters at the north end by Tokatee Klootchman Wayside. The rocky part prevents most people from traversing the entire mile. Very little ... |
| Apr 18 Briton — Mile surveyed by air; aerial photos provided. |
| Apr 18 Volunteer Coordinator DISPATCH — Submission from Diane and Rex Amos.
Diane and Rex Amos photographed these at 6:50 a.m. just north of Margo Visher’s near the dunes. There were about 8 of them. Learned from Joe Liebezeit, Avian ... |
| Apr 17 srhoads — Beautiful warm day. Lots of human activity and vehicles. Collected a quantity of human and fishing debris, 2 pairs of sandals. Still finding tsunamis debris. No glass bottles today. Activity in ... |
| Apr 16 GWshark — Nothing significant on this stretch. Most people were sitting in their vehicles. About 10 fishing vessels just off shore here. |
| Apr 15 Volunteer Coordinator DISPATCH — The information and photo are from John Chapman at HMSC. He was able to scrape some of the animals off the boat. Many live specimens. A reminder that we are still getting tsunami debris with live ... |
| Apr 14 driscolke — Arrival of ocean seabirds which nest on the rocks at this site is significant; usually seals are evident along with pups; this is a popular site for tidal pools. Usually sighted are eagles and Black ... |
| Apr 11 WetWabbit — It was a quiet Monday afternoon with only two beach visitors and one dog (3+2 including myself and Westly).
Two differences from my last report in January were noted, evidently resulting from ... |
| Apr 11 DOCLARK — Noted and photographed 25 sea stars with no signs of wasting syndrome. Small harbor seal carcass just north of Olivia Beach stairs. |
| Apr 11 Frankie — Mile 306's main public access washed away w/in the last month. Beach sand retreat has been enormous this winter. (Sand is visible at low tide on Mile 307.) Underlying sandstone is exposed in several ... |
| Apr 10 bahngarten — 52' cloudy morning, light NW wind. 9 people, 3 dogs walking. Beachside campground mostly full. Moderate amounts decomposed Velella velella, small mole crab parts, pebbles, and shells (mostly razor ... |
| Apr 10 annjohn — Sunday was cloudy but pleasant, and hence the beach had more people enjoying it than previous weeks.
The main change to the beach is the loss of sand - up to 7 feet according to one park employee. ... |
| Apr 9 driscolke — Most significant was the establishment of the sea star survey site, exciting numbers of 3 species. Natural landslide from Otter Crest Inn was significant and exciting to view, no injuries just noise ... |
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.