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  A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS
Mile 239 — Lincoln County, Salishan Spit north, Siletz Bay 
 MORE ABOUT MILE 239  
ORbeach — Sunny but windy afternoon. Not much to report. Little evidence of human activity. Little marine debris. Natural sand mesas ... seasonal phenomenon. Healthy population of harbor seals in their ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Sat Apr 12, 4:40 PM   Natural sand mesas
Location: Salishan Spit
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 OTHER RECENT COASTWATCH MILE REPORTS 
  ALERTS
 Annual Auction Will Support Oregon Shores’ Work
This raven mask, created by Jane Clugston of The Belfry, will be offered in Oregon Shores' auction.
Our second annual online auction will provide coast-lovers another chance to support Oregon Shores’ work while enjoying travel options (lodging, meals and tours), classes, goods and services (see photo for one unique item that will be offered)
The auction will run May 1-11 (yes, it concludes on Mother’s Day, a symbolic occasion on which to put in a bid to help us protect Mother Earth).
But first, you can help us make the auction a success, and build Oregon Shores’ capacity to defend the coast we love, by donating an item to be auctioned. Do you have lodging or other travel opportunities you can offer? Does your business provide goods or services that would be of interest to those willing to bid in support of coastal conservation? Auction items need not be coast- or outdoor-themed, although of course that helps.
Guidelines from our auction-master: Items should sell for $30. The auction will be open to everyone on eBay, so think in terms of broad appeal, or of goods or services you personally would bid on. Make listing the item easy: provide a link to a website or a complete write up and photo of the item. Make sure if it needs to be shipped that you include its dimensions and how much it weighs. Include a link to a photo, which should be high resolution (if you have it at 100% it should take up most of the computer screen). Suggest a minimum bid—the lowest amount at which you would consider it worthwhile for Oregon Shores to sell the item.
Deadline for auction donations is April 15 (or contact us to make special arrangements). To donate, go here. If the item involves something non-tangible—a certificate for lodging or a class or tour—we will also need a letter mailed separately, ideally on letterhead, confirming that the service is being offered for auction with a description and value (an eBay requirement). You’ll find directions on the donation form.
For questions or help, contact board member Corrina Chase, (541) 921-7394,
or click this.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL
 

  EVENTS
 Shoreline Science Workshops to Return This Summer
Stewart Schultz and Fawn Custer.
CoastWatch will sponsor another series of intensive shoreline science workshops this year. We received highly enthusiastic feedback from the initial round of workshops we conducted last year, so we’re going to do it again.

Stewart Schultz (author The Northwest Coast: A Natural History) and Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, will once again lead intensive three-day workshops that provide in-depth information about beach, dune, wetland and tidepool habitats. Background information will also be presented on topics of concern such as marine debris, invasive species and climate change impacts. The workshops are open to the public, but are particularly designed to enrich the experiences of CoastWatchers in observing the shoreline.
Here are the dates: July 18-20 in Bandon, July 28-30 in Yachats, and August 1-3 somewhere in Tillamook County (several locations still under consideration). More details will be available soon, but meanwhile, if you weren’t able to take one of the workshops last summer (or would like a refresher course), please mark your calendars.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL
 

  NEWS
 CoastWatchers Asked to Keep Lookout for Transponders
Transponder
CoastWatch has received a request that volunteers help to find transponders, released by the Tattori University of Environmental Studies (TUES) in Japan, and report any such finding with a picture and its location.
As part of an on-going study to research the movement of marine debris in the North Pacific, researchers at TUES released transponders, shaped like 2-liter orange soda bottles with an antenna, from northern Japan during four phases in June and October 2011, January 2012 and January 2013. This study is particularly relevant to the movement of the debris washed out to sea by the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.
One transponder was found near Arch Cape, Oregon in March, 2013, 21 months after it was set adrift. The founders reported it to researchers at TUES, who then asked Oregon Sea Grant’s Dr. Samuel Chan to collaborate on the study and contact the anonymous founders to learn more about the circumstances of the findings. Between 24 to 30 months after launch, the transponders’ battery life ends, and they no longer communicate their location. They drift to wherever winds and currents carry them, and the only way to find out where they end up is to physically find them and report their location.
So next time you go to the beach, remember to look for a transponder that looks like an orange soda bottle – but is far from it. However, safety first: Don’t pick up or move any item that could be hazardous or toxic.
You can report the transponder finding to Sam Chan, click here.
For more information on the study, and maps of the transponders tracking, please check this website. The website is primarily in Japanese, but it provides English translations.
Speaking of marine debris, here’s a link to an article on the subject that may be of interest: click this.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL
 

  SIGHTINGS
 Sightings of Returning of Coho Can Take Place on the Beach
By Bonnie Henderson As Native people have long understood, salmon may be considered the foundation of life in the Pacific Northwest. They feed dozens of animal species, including humans, and even the land itself, providing nitrogen to streamside trees when they return to their natal waters to spawn and die. Coho (or silver) salmon, one-fourth the size of Chinook salmon, are the definitive ... MORE 
  MILE REPORTS SINCE MAR 23 2014
  MILE 21  TwoShermans DISPATCH  — Mrs. Peregrine Strikes Again Upon our arrival, we observed the resident Peregrine pair on the dunes just adjacent to the Pistol River mouth. The male had just arrived, scaring up about 20 gulls ...  MORE 
  MILE 102  beachnut DISPATCH  — On a very foggy, drizzly morning I saw no young elephant seal near the south jetty of the Coquille River as was reported the previous day. Nor was there a warning sign about the stranded marine ...  MORE 
  MILE 239  ORbeach — Sunny but windy afternoon. Not much to report. Little evidence of human activity. Little marine debris. Natural sand mesas ... seasonal phenomenon. Healthy population of harbor seals in their ...  MORE 
  MILE 226  George&Sheila — Aside from the two fishermen at the north end of the mile, the only human activity was at the state park lookout near the south end of the mile, from which much of the shoreline of the mile can be ...  MORE 
  MILE 213  Paul/Julia — Forgot to take a camera which would have documented some fallen trees/shrubs from the seriously eroded area south of Henderson Creek. South Beach Park Ranger said Japanese tsunami debris is still ...  MORE 
  MILE 109  smforeman — No unusual activity. Great day for birdwatching and agate collecting. At Five Mile Point saw usual suspects: Harlequin Duck pair, Surf Scoters, Oyster Catchers. Two vultures in updraft over ...  MORE 
  MILE 206  Jenni — The beach has been very clean lately, not much driftwood, seaweed or debris. Sewer smell reported in December is gone. There were two rocks on the north end of the mile in the intertidal zone that ...  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Drizzly, foggy morning. Clam and crab parts, pebbles along beach. Significant lack of driftwood at high tide line. Six people and two dogs walking. Note: Orca pod seen off Yachats 4/2 and 4/5, by ...  MORE 
  MILE 21  TwoShermans — The migratory eagles we observed over the Pistol River did appear to bother gulls that typically bath in the Pistol river estuary. We saw three to four harbor seals in the river confluence with the ...  MORE 
  MILE 220  kmalarkey — 17 people are a crowd, but it is spring break for Washington and Montana. The sun after rain was a welcome sight. The beach is remarkably clean and the sea stars seem healthy on this beach. Several ...  MORE 
  MILE 100  JohnnyCN — It was a quiet day on Mile 100, a bit cool but with very little wind and few people. Nothing unusual except my own presence after an extended illness. I had forgotten how much I love the beach. It ...  MORE 
  MILE 289  ollikainen — Last fall, we thought there would be a big increase in tsunami debris over the winter. It didn't happen. You can find some scattered Japanese style wood construction beams and plastic bottles, ...  MORE 
  MILE 106  amyfra — Very quiet. Large expanse of flat beach. High tide has reached dune but no signs of erosion. More garbage than last month. My gas tank was broken into and gas cap removed while car was parked at ...  MORE 
  MILE 177  Brien M DISPATCH  — This beach is one mile South of my adopted mile, but I decided to do a dispatch report because there is a de-capitated whale's head washed up on the beach, and I thought it should be reported. The ...  MORE 
  MILE 131  thunderhead — On the Oregon SOLVE day, there was good turnout but not much to collect, at least at Horsfall Beach. It seems that sand moved onshore during the last major storm, and buried whatever debris was on ...  MORE 
  MILE 338  Randy and Beth — A very clean beach with moderate driftwood and no man-made debris. Smooth, round 5" diameter stones scattered on the beach. An absence of birds was notable. Sections of the surf were reddish/brown in ...  MORE 
  MILE 172  Robin and Mark — Lots of people for spring break. Very little material in the drift line  MORE 
  MILE 274  tomanderica — Less people than we would have expected on Spring Break weekend but the people who were on the beach were having a mellow afternoon. The beach was very clean (day after SOLV Clean-up) - even the tide ...  MORE 
  MILE 4  mtuffey — No erosion problems so far this winter. No other problems either. Just people enjoying a sunny day on spring break.  MORE 
  MILE 11  sandy beach — It was a calm, sunny day but my 3 family members and I were the only ones walking the rocky shore line of Mile 11. Once we came to the only stretch of sandy beach, we found a big wad of rope with 2 ...  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.