| A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS|
|Mile 169 — Lane County, North end Siuslaw South Jetty Road |
|oceanwalker842 — Busy day for this mile for being in the middle of the week. Beautiful beach appreciation day brought out visitors to an otherwise forgotten area.
Few birds as usual.
Very little man-made trash. One ... |
| Wed Jul 20, 1:15 PM More high tide line|
Location: middle of mile
| Jul 19 NEW D River Alert Underscores Importance of Beach Water Testing|
Water quality warning sign. Photo by Gretel and Tom Oxwang.The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory July 19 for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at D River Beach, located in the midst of Lincoln City. Update: The advisory was lifted on July 21. Water samples indicated higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria. While the advisory was in effect at D River Beach, visitors were warned to avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even with no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.
Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets, and wildlife.
The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call (971) 673-0400, or (877) 290-6767 (toll-free).
This episode, along with another advisory concerning freshwater entering the ocean at the Nye Beach turnaround, underscores the importance of testing ocean waters on our beaches. Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor selected Oregon beaches (generally, those most frequently visited) and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.
OBMP samples16 beaches on a rotating basis using the current “beach action value” (BAV) of 158 colony forming units of bacteria per 100 milliliters (cfu/100 mL); BAV is the action level at which advisories are issued and lifted. Details about monitored beaches, sampling locations and schedule can be found on OBMP’s webpage here.
The recent episode also underscores the reality that far too few beaches are tested. This is, of course, a funding issue.
You can subscribe to the OBMP listserv for the north, central or south coast areas, or all three, and receive weekly water quality alerts. To put yourself into the pipeline for information, contact Tara Chetock, program coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Jul 17 NEW Tsunami Tree Washes Up at Nye Beach|
A strong reminder that tsunami debris, possibly freighted with non-native organisms, is still floating to our shores, arrived on Thursday (or Wednesday night) of the past week. A beachwalker reported that a tree covered with mussels and other life had washed up at Nye Beach in Newport. Scientists from the nearby Hatfield Marine Science Center quickly investigated, and found that it did indeed ...
| Jul 8 Next Round of Hearings on State Parks Plan Coming Up|
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), otherwise known as State Parks, is engaged in comprehensive planning for the future of parks in its South Beach and Beverly Beach planning units, which essentially cover the entire Lincoln County coast. A set of public meetings is coming up which will give interested citizens a chance to comment. Two rounds up public meetings have already been ...
| Mar 24 NEW Keep Watch over Snowy Plovers as Nesting Season Begins|
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 ...
| Sat Jul 9 NEW August Community Science Day Planned for Otter Rock|
The Otter Rock promontory from the north. Photo by Alex Derr.We’ve held two Community Science Days at Otter Rock, as the first steps toward organizing a CoastWatch Community Science Team pulling together all our citizen science projects focused on the area surrounding the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. We’re pioneering the concept here, with the hope of making this work for the other marine reserve areas as well, and eventually for other areas of the coast.
Join us on Aug. 6 for another such event. As with the previous Community Science Days, meet on the north side of Otter Rock (Devil’s Punchbowl) at 9 a.m. Guided tidepool exploration will take place throughout the morning. Between 9 and 10:30 a.m. there will also be opportunities to learn about marine debris and our marine debris monitoring project (from Fawn Custer, our volunteer coordinator), and about the sea star wasting episode we've been through and our sea star population survey (from volunteer CoastWatch Community Science Team coordinator Karen Driscoll). At 10:30 a.m., there will be a discussion of beached birds and a demonstration of the beached bird survey in which we collaborate with COASST.
We will be offering hot dogs, s'mores and other goodies at a noon picnic on the beach, but at our usual exorbitant rates—they will cost you a piece of marine debris. The event wraps up with a guided driftline walk led by Fawn Custer.
The event offers fun and education (plus a cleaner beach), but our underlying goal is to continue building the CoastWatch Community Science Team at Otter Rock. Everyone is welcome to this free event, but our hope is that those participating will consider getting involved in one of our citizen science projects (if they aren’t already), and volunteer to be part of the community science team.
For information about the Community Science Day, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, email@example.com. If interested in helping with the Community Science Team, contact Fawn or Karen Driscoll at (503) 435-8229, firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Jul 18 NEW Blitz Cape Perpetua for Science|
Cape Perpetua viewed from Ocean View Dr. in Yachats. Photo by Susan MacKinnon.A double-barreled “BioBlitz” is planned for the Cape Perpetua area in August, and volunteers are needed. The dual events take place Aug. 3 in Yachats, just north of the cape, and Aug. 4 at Stonefield Beach, to the south of the cape. Both will run from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
A BioBlitz is a one-time, intensive survey of a place, in which a large number of observers descend on the area and attempt to inventory the species to be found there on one particular day. These blitzes are sponsored by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (State Parks), which would like to gain more knowledge of the habitats it manages on the fringe of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. Other sponsors are the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (of which Oregon Shores is a member), Portland Audubon and the U.S. Forest Service. Volunteers are needed to augment the ranks of State Parks staff and other researchers to cover these areas as thoroughly as possible.
On Aug. 3, meet at the Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site, just south of the Hwy. 101 bridge in Yachats. And on Aug. 4, meet at Stonefield Beach State Recreation Site, just south of Tenmile Creek (about four miles south of Cape Perpetua and seven miles south of Yachats). On each day, the project will run from roughly low tide to roughly high tide. Bring waterproof shoes, binoculars, water, snacks and, of course, dress for the weather—the BioBlitz takes place rain or shine.
It will be helpful if you have a smartphone and the iNaturalist app, obtainable at http://www.inaturalist.org/. You will then be able to upload your observations directly to the Cape Perpetua species list.
For more information, contact Celeste Lebo, a State Parks natural resources specialist, at (541) 563-8595 or (541) 272-9008 (cell), email@example.com.
| Jul 7 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 ...
| Jun 22 Seabird Watchers Invited to Contribute to Citizen Science|
Birdwatching and citizen science come together in a new project initiated by the Audubon Society of Portland, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, among other partners. Volunteers are sought to help monitor seabird nesting colonies adjacent to the recently designated Cape Falcon Marine Reserve in order to better understand how seabirds may respond to the ...
| Jun 12 Here’s an Opportunity to Express Your Coastal Values|
What areas of the coast do you consider most precious? Which stretches of shoreline need better protection? What do you like to do when you visit the coast? How strongly to you support marine reserves, wave energy development or ocean planning? A research team at Portland State University would like to know. They are conducting a survey of Oregonians that seeks to understand how Oregon residents ...
| Apr 17 Oystercatcher Survey Now Underway|
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 ...
| 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 JUN 4 2016|
| Jul 23 BradHill DISPATCH — The past several days, I have caught myself sniffing and smelling the air on Sunset Beach. I've got to say the ocean smells funny. Odd funny. At first I thought perhaps there is an oil spill out ... |
| Jul 20 oceanwalker842 — Busy day for this mile for being in the middle of the week. Beautiful beach appreciation day brought out visitors to an otherwise forgotten area.
Few birds as usual.
Very little man-made trash. One ... |
| Jul 15 annjohn — It was a cloudy, but not cold, Friday afternoon. There were just over 50 people on the beach, mostly playing in the sand or walking.
The main difference since our last report is that the sand ... |
| Jul 15 bballentine — One person walking on beach, group of 10 horseback riders.
A number of jellies washed up on beach, several drifts of small crab molt, large number of large crab carapaces and claws. Deposits of ... |
| Jul 14 D Bone — Thirty-seven people were observing wildlife at Simpson Reef. Another 8 were hiking the trail.
Shell Island and Simpson Reef had molting Northern elephant seals, good numbers of Stellar sea lions ... |
| Jul 11 B M George — The weather was amazing with great visibility. We could see the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The beach was quite clean. We only picked up one bag of trash. We were pleased to see that the initials ... |
| Jul 10 oldMGguy — Perfect warm sunny afternoon for a barefoot stroll thru the surf edge after this morning's heavy rain squalls. The surf wash zone is heavily coated with smashed Moon Jelly pieces along the entire ... |
| Jul 9 Blue Turtle — It was a very windy day with lots of sand blowing across beach. Unusual to have such a strong south wind this time of year. But have had rain for past 2 days. More due today.
Only 2 people and a ... |
| Jul 7 Linda Fink — Amazing change to the beach and dune. Tons of sand gone from the edge of the dune... it's now a cliff. Cape bluff more collapsed with lots of rocks at shoreline. Sand gone from beach leaving exposed ... |
| Jul 7 spinger — continuing concentration of moon jellies in drift line, very modest recovery of ochre stars, lone standing spruce above
Hug Point is gone. |
| Jul 7 Mile200 — Mile 200 looked really good today. This is also after the Waldport fireworks. I believe the locals are really working on keeping this particular stretch of the coastline cleaned up, as it is close to ... |
| Jul 3 bahngarten — Cloudy NW breezy a.m., 11 vehicles in parking lot, 12 people, 3 dogs walking or running. Beachside campground full. Driftline had moderate amounts small jellyfish parts, along with 3-4" circular ... |
| Jul 1 mtuffey — Osprey sighted by its nest. Nothing else noteworthy to report. |
| Jun 26 alkarbeck — Sorry we were a little late getting this report to you. My pics didn't turn out as ground fog rolled in along the shoreline. The beach is quite clean right now. Lets hope the 4th of July does not ... |
| Jun 25 bebdhm — Beautiful sunny windy day at the beach. The beach closed to motor traffic plover sign was 1/4 mile south of our mile, new sign and placement.
Quiet on our mile with no birds. Shrimp molt, clumps ... |
| Jun 25 Batthecat DISPATCH — Providing a record for the first Community Science event at Otter Crest with Fawn Custer. Science Day featured Karen Driscoll, the CoastWatch Community Science volunteer coordinator, Athena Crichton ... |
| Jun 24 SusanM — I noticed no significant changes in the shoreline or the amount of erosion threatening either Ocean View Drive north of the Yachats River or Yachats Ocean Road south of the river. |
| Jun 23 Lorenzo2 — Nine Zarapico (common Mexican name, US common name is "curlew"), a migratory bird seen here every year at about this time. Brown, with a long downward-curving bill. I used to hunt them in Mexico. ... |
| Jun 21 ollikainen — The solstice survey finds Mile 289 very clean and the recent history of sand build up continues. Over the winter there was some minor dune erosion, but this is now completely erased. New bright ... |
| Jun 4 Streets — Beach is relatively clean, in spite of having just gone through Memorial Day weekend. |
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.