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  A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS
Mile 245 — Lincoln County, Roads End Beach, Wayside, Logan Creek 
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TerryH  DISPATCH — As Carl Sagan would say "billions and billions" of tiny plastic bits and what I have now learned are the remains of cellophane worms, the little filaments seen all over the beach this winter.    COMPLETE DISPATCH  
 Tue Feb 9, 3:30 PM   Roads End wrack line
Lots of tiny plastic bits and the remains of cellophane worms in the wrack line.
Location: Roads End beach
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 Register Now for ‘Sharing the Coast’ in 2016
Bill Hanshumaker, Sea Grant chief scientist, will speak on Saturday evening.
An intriguing line-up of speakers, a host of compelling workshops, some fascinating field trips and plenty of opportunity to socialize with fellow coast-lovers await you at this year’s 8th annual Sharing the Coast Conference.
CoastWatch collaborates each year with the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) in sponsoring this annual event, which offers a wealth of information to those monitoring the coast (CoastWatchers) and those teaching about it and interpreting it for visitors (NAME members, who may well be CoastWatchers, too). The public is invited, too.
This year’s Sharing the Coast Conference is coming up March 4-6 at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay (1988 Newmark). Register now, either online, or by downloading the form and mailing it in.
Keynote speaker for the Friday evening “community talk,” which is free and open to the public, is Fritz Stahr, who manages the Seaglider Fabrication Center at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography. He co-founded the Ocean Inquiry Project in 2000, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching marine science through on-the-water experience while conducting research in Puget Sound to the benefit of both scientific research and students. Dr. Stahr will describe his experiences in exploring the ocean through the use of ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), and in introducing students to marine science.
Speakers on Saturday include oceanographer Bill Peterson, who will survey “The Changing State of Oregon’s Ocean,” and marine ecologist Cynthia Trowbridge, who will provide a wealth of information about “The Natural History of the Driftline.” Workshops will cover such subjects as marine mammals, tidepool life, marine debris, “beached marine critters” (from squid to sharks to sea turtles) and sessions on teaching marine science for teachers. Field trips will be led by Dr. Trowbridge and eco-tour guide Marty Giles.
Saturday evening will feature a party, trivia contest and informal talk by Bill Hanshumaker, chief Sea Grant scientist at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, on marine habitats.
Sunday speakers include Dr. Samantha Hatfield, who is both a scientist associated with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and a Siletz Tribe member. She will speak on the relationship between “traditional ecological knowledge” and climate change and other environmental issues on the coast. Also speaking on Sunday will be Daniel Elbert of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on “Snowy Plovers and Dune Ecology.” Sunday’s workshops deal with whale research, estuary and shoreline habitats, marine reserves and more. Field trips will explore both outer coast and estuary.
Conference fees will be $25 for current members of either Oregon Shores or NAME, and $45 for the general public, which includes Saturday lunch and the party. (Members whose dues are out of date will need to renew their memberships to qualify for the discount). There is a special student rate, $20, and admission to Sunday only (lunch on your own) is $15.
For more information, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org.
 

  EVENTS
 Beached Bird Survey Trainings Planned for North Coast
COASST Volunteer Coordinator Erika Frost.
CoastWatch collaborates with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) to conduct the beached bird survey at many sites on the Oregon coast. The survey offers an opportunity to participate in genuine citizen science, producing data of use to scientists, while making a difference for the environment. COASST and CoastWatch will be co-sponsoring numerous training sessions this year. The first two were held in January on the south coast.
Now it is the north coast’s turn. COASST and CoastWatch have planned two training sessions this month:
Saturday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Clatsop Community College, South County Center, Room 2/3 (1455 N. Roosevelt Dr. in Seaside)
Sunday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Cannon Beach Library (131 N. Hemlock. in Cannon Beach)
Trainer will be Erika Frost, COASST’s volunteer coordinator since February, 2014. She has a degree in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, and has worked as an educator for zoos, nature centers, aquariums and non-profits around the U.S.
COASST is 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. Goals of the project include assisting government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, providing data of use to scientists, and to promoting 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 with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about ¾ mile) each month.
During the training session, you’ll about COASST’s founding and the development of citizen science, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out your new skills with some actual specimens. There is no charge to attend, 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.
It would be helpful to get an idea of how many will be attending for planning purposes. If possible, please RSVP to COASST at (206) 221-6893 or coasst@uw.edu.
 

  NEWS
 Marine Mammals Visit the World of Haystack Rock
Debbie Duffield.
Whales may not inhabit the tidepools of Haystack Rock, but marine mammals are part of the larger ecosystem of which it is a part. In honor of these mammalian visitors, the Friends of Haystack Rock are hosting a talk by marine mammal expert Debbie Duffield, “Marine Mammals, the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and Marine Reserves.” The talk takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Library (131 N. Hemlock).
Dr. Duffield is a professor of biology at Portland State University, and is also the director of the north coast Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network (she directs the effort from Tillamook to Astoria, and up the Long Beach peninsula in Washington, while the stranding network for the rest of the Oregon coast is administered from Newport). Her own research specialty is genetic variability, whether among marine mammals, horses or humans.
The talk, part of the "World of Haystack Rock" series, is free and open to everyone.
CoastWatch collaborates with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, as one of our citizen science projects.
 

MORE NEWS...
 Hold Your Breath for Puffin Talk in Bandon
Biologist and bird expert Ram Papish will share A Passion for Puffins on Feb. 10, 7 p.m. in the Bandon Barn (1200 11th St. S.W.), at the monthly meeting of the Cape Arago Audubon Society. Papish will explore the world of these charismatic seabirds, and read his upcoming children’s book Puffling. He will reveal secret techniques for creating illustrations and share many dramatic puffin photographs... MORE 
 Gold Beach Speaker Will Offer Soaring Thoughts
Seabirds wander vast stretches of the sea, but when it comes time to nest, tens of thousands of them call Curry County home. Kalmiopsis Audubon Society President Ann Vileisis will introduce these winged county residents when she presents “Flying offshore: Getting to know Curry’s seabirds” at the Curry Public Library in Gold Beach (94341 3rd St.). Her talk takes place Thursday, March 24, from ... MORE 
 Seabirds and Citizen Science Flock Together in Manzanita
Oregon Shores members and CoastWatchers hear all the time about the citizen science projects we conduct, but some of our colleagues in the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (OMRP) also have active projects. One of these will be featured at the next meeting of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, when Joe Liebezeit of the Audubon Society of Portland (an OMRP partner) speaks on “Bird Conservation ... MORE 
 Leading Shoreline Maven Reconsiders the Beach
Neal Maine has been protecting, photographing and thinking about the Oregon shoreline for a lifetime. A legendary biology teacher at Seaside High School for more than 30 years, he was also an early Oregon Shores board member, and subsequently helped to found the North Coast Land Conservancy and served for many years as its executive director. He now concentrates on opening eyes to the beauty of ... MORE 
 Geologist Will Trace Water’s Role in Shaping Coastal Landscape
The land we see has been shaped by water. In fact, on the coast most of the land we see was once under water. This will be geologist Tom Horning’s theme when he speaks on “The Geology of Water” at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Seaside Public Library (1131 Broadway St.). The presentation is free and open to the public. Horning will lead his audience on an imaginary tour of our shoreline ... MORE 
 South Coast Trainings Start Search for Citizen Scientists in 2016
CoastWatch collaborates with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) to conduct the beached bird survey at many sites on the Oregon coast. The survey offers an opportunity to participate in genuine citizen science, producing data of use to scientists, while making a difference for the environment. We held two trainings in January, for prospective volunteers in Bandon and Port ... MORE 
 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 ... MORE 
  SIGHTINGS
 What Are Those Tubes? Evidence of Bereft Tube Worms
Bundle of cast-off worm tubes. Photo by Karen Heere.Many reports have come to CoastWatch in the past few weeks concerning mysterious “fibers,” “filaments” or tubes. The last term is about right. These small, many-ringed, transparent tubes are the remains of the feeding apparatus of a species of worm, Spiochaetopterus costarum, most commonly known as the cellophane worm. These creatures are ... MORE 
  MILE REPORTS SINCE JAN 15 2016
  MILE 245  TerryH DISPATCH  — As Carl Sagan would say "billions and billions" of tiny plastic bits and what I have now learned are the remains of cellophane worms, the little filaments seen all over the beach this winter.  MORE 
  MILE 294  Paulissen — There were no dead birds, and a tremendous amount of phytoplankton along the driftline which are the only really different observations we had compared to previous surveys. The increase in human ...  MORE 
  MILE 103  beachnut — No one was out on this mile, not surprising in view of the 10-foot dune drop-offs along this mile. Scattered litter of plastics and Styrofoam. A few gulls, lots of logs, scattered rocks and shell ...  MORE 
  MILE 102  beachnut — Sunrise on the northern half of Mile 102 was magnificent at around 7 a.m. close to low tide of 2 feet. Only some gulls near the jetty were also there to appreciate the view. Profuse logs and wave ...  MORE 
  MILE 241  DOCLARK — Sunny-warm day. Concern: children climbing on unstable bluff-informed parent No notable wildlife  MORE 
  MILE 181  PhotoJim — Lots of people on the beach, parking lot full, people trolling for parking spots, both at the day use and at the 101 Hobbit beach parking. Logs at edge of bluffs.  MORE 
  MILE 45  humbug45 — Quiet beach with no visitors; rare wildlife: single foraging black oystercatcher and a few gulls. Found five crab pots in varying degrees of deterioration. Also other fishing boat debris (buoys, ...  MORE 
  MILE 14  artist — Except for large salamander on the dunes, there is nothing unusual to report. The entire trail is in good shape, especially since vegetation was cleared from portion of trail just north of Indian ...  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Warm, 62' sunny afternoon, Beachside campground closed, no one on beach, few unidentified gulls at a distance. Again this month, thread-like light-straw colored 3" strands clumped all along beach ...  MORE 
  MILE 219  driscolke — A lovely day at Yaquina Lighthouse tidal area. The geologic collection of offshore rocks permitted a wonderful view of the many exciting marine wildlife. Although there were a few 8-10 yr. old sea ...  MORE 
  MILE 225  driscolke — It was a blustery, cool day at Otter Rock. I used the Inn's staircase to access the north tidal area exposure as the marine garden asphalt walkway is badly eroded by high tidal waters. There were ...  MORE 
  MILE 182  Nikki T. — I very much enjoyed being back on Muriel Ponzler beach (mile 182) after a protracted absence. I brought a friend with me. We were looking for dead birds for COASST, as well as surveying "my" mile. ...  MORE 
  MILE 216  Newport Highschool — The beach was relatively clean. The driftline consisted primarily of wood pieces, plastic pellets, styrofoam, animal shells and casings. Most notably, we did observe a dead gull and headless,sea lion ...  MORE 
  MILE 195  WetWabbit — It was a rare, partly sunny day, bringing many hikers and dogs onto the beach. Streams were full, making the crossing of Starr Creek a challenge. I included a photo of a fibrous material washed ...  MORE 
  MILE 224  malachite — Nice day on the beach, able to toss the ball for my dog to retrieve w/out interference from out of control off lead dogs (dog has has its ball stolen by loose dogs on multiple occasions). Saw only ...  MORE 
  MILE 257  BP Van B DISPATCH  — Much change in the beach profile since early December. This stretch of beach had had much accumulation of sand in dunes, berms, and sandy plateaus up against the cliff. Some of these were 5 or 6 ...  MORE 
  MILE 258  Cynthia & Kevin — One family of 4 seen walking the shoreline, along with another couple with their 2 dogs off leash. Large amount of debris seen, from a broken up plastic deck chair, tire, large rectangular piece of ...  MORE 
  MILE 208  Batthecat — December storms moved tons of sand off the beach, exposure of bed rock and gravel most of the 208 mile. Unusually strong erosion of cliffs. Probably because the major storm in December came from the ...  MORE 
  MILE 205  Fawn and Mike — Today was a break in the storms for most of the morning. The entrance at Quail Drive was more eroded due to the heavy rains over the last few months. The sea foam was high on the vegetation line ...  MORE 
  MILE 281  kkrall — Unable to visit entire mile or area north of the tunnel due to very high tides and storm surge. Lots of small rocks on beach, new logs at entrance to Oceanside beach walkway. Very Little litter.  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.