| A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS|
|Mile 193 — Lincoln County, Yachats Ocean Road Wayside, Yachats SP |
|SKMacK — The gradual erosion of the coast north and south of the Yachats River continues. I was unable to identify any major changes except for the placement of a barrier where a portion of Oceanview Drive ... |
| Wed Jul 1, 1:00 PM Looking north from Agate Cove|
Another view of the beach from Yachats Ocean Road
Location: Just north of Agate Cove south of River
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| Fri Jul 3 NEW Help to Care for the Cape Falcon Reserve Area on Sunday|
Cape Falcon vantage point. Photo by Alex Derr.CoastWatch will assist Surfrider and the Coast Range Association, our partners in the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership, with the Oswald West Day of Action coming up this Sunday, July 5.
The Surfrider-organized event offers an opportunity to take care of the beaches near the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, enjoy some tidepool exploration and interpretation, and then enjoy grilled local seafood along with beverages, supplied by the Coast Range Association.
Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, will lead the team cleaning up the beach at Falcon Cove, and will provide some beach and rocky shore education along the way.
To join the fun, meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot (along Highway 101) of Oswald West State Park (between Manzanita and Arch Cape). Cleanup and field trip activities will take place through 12:30 p.m., followed by the tuna or rockfish grill. Information about the new Cape Falcon Marine Reserve will also be provided.
Be sure to RSVP, so we'll know how much food to have:
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| Jun 23 NEW CoastWatch Introduces New Intern|
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 ...
| Mon Jun 15 NEW Summer Shoreline Workshops Coming Up--Register Now|
Registration is now under way for CoastWatch’s 2015 Shoreline Science Workshops. 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 ...
| Jul 3 NEW Help to Identify Hot Spots for Beach Fireworks Abuse|
Fireworks on beach. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.Fireworks are prohibited on Oregon beaches and in state parks. They disturb wildlife when they go off, and the resulting debris can seriously litter the shoreline and pose hazards.
However, enforcement is often limited. As one CoastWatcher recently posted on a listserv, “How nice that they have these rules. But is there a way to get state parks, Oregon State Police, Fire Marshall, etc., to get real about enforcing them? Our beaches have become a free-for-all for illegal fireworks as far as I can tell.”
CoastWatcher Fran Recht has put out the word that she will gather reports of fireworks on Oregon beaches this year, so as to provide State Parks and other authorities with advance information about potential trouble spots next year. Send your observations about places on the beach where you see fireworks being used, or where you find fireworks debris in following days, to her at email@example.com.
| Dec 21 2014 CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers|
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 ...
| Sat Jun 13 CoastWatch Training Sessions Coming Up this Week|
Volunteers Jessica Waddell and Karen Heere work on sea star survey. Photo by Fawn Custer.Fawn Custer, our CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, has added a couple of training opportunities to her schedule for the week after next. Both involve citizen science as well as basic CoastWatch monitoring.
On Monday, June 22, beginning at 2 p.m., Fawn will lead a field trip from Manhattan Beach State Park. The twin goals of the event are basic training in conducting a CoastWatch mile survey, and specific training in participating in our marine debris survey, a citizen science project that follows a formal NOAA protocol and produces genuine data. As it happens, the walk will take place on CoastWatch Mile 294, which has not been receiving regular mile reports in recent years and needs a fresh adopter or two.
The mile is also one of the sites of the formal marine debris survey CoastWatch organizes on behalf of the Oregon Marine Debris Team (our partnership with four other organizations to address this problem). While all CoastWatchers are asked to report on marine debris found on their miles, the citizen science survey takes place at 11 sites, and utilizes a protocol created by NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The team working at this site needs additional volunteers, so this is in part a recruiting session for this site, but feel free to attend to learn more about the survey—and about CoastWatch monitoring—and perhaps consider getting involved at other sites. All are welcome to come along to learn about these surveys, other citizen science opportunities and enjoy a guided field trip. Come prepared to walk on sand.
To join this field trip, meet at the Manhattan Beach State Park parking lot across from Neah-Kah-Nie High School off Hwy. 101, at the northern end of Rockaway. If you arrive a bit late, Fawn will be wearing bright orange rain pants so that she can easily be spotted on the beach. To learn more about the mile: http://oregonshores.org/mile_tour.php5?mid=294
On Tuesday, June 23, beginning at 11 a.m., Fawn Custer will lead volunteers on a field trip to conduct two citizen science surveys at Chapman Point on the north end of Cannon Beach. This is an opportunity to learn about two types of monitoring at another beautiful spot on the coast.
CoastWatch mile 213 has been set up as a survey site for both our marine debris and sea star population citizen science projects. We are looking for volunteers who would commit to joining the survey teams (either or both) and continuing the surveys that have been started here. Our goal is to establish sites to track sea star populations, and to compile information on the marine debris washing up on our shores. Both projects use scientific protocols and develop real data used by resource agencies and scientists. While we hope to recruit volunteers for the surveys at this site, anyone interested in citizen science and in CoastWatch is invited to come along and enjoy a guided field trip. Come prepared to walk on both sand and rocky intertidal areas.
To find the starting point, turn west onto W. 5th Street at the north end of Cannon Beach. Turn north on N. Laurel. Turn west on W. 7th. We’ll park around that area and follow the trail down through the sand onto Chapman Beach. If arriving late, look for Fawn who will be easily spotted in her bright orange rain pants. For a preview of the area: http://oregonshores.org/mile_tour.php5?mid=315.
Contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information or to let her know you are coming so she will be sure to look for you.
| Jun 21 NEW Marbled Murrelet Survey Invites Citizen Observers|
Last year's Marbled murrelet survey. Photo by Conrad Gowell.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 year there are two events, July 16-17 and July 23-24 (each Thursday and Friday). If you’ve never glimpsed a Marbled murrelet, this may be your best opportunity. The events are designed to introduce participants to this fast-flying and elusive seabird that nests in the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest. The free programs are led by Kim Nelson, Oregon State University researcher and Marbled murrelet expert and Paul Engelmeyer, manager of Portland Audubon’s Ten-Mile Creek Sanctuary and coastal IBA (Important Bird Area) Coordinator.
With either of the events, enjoy the Thursday evening presentation on Marbled murrelets at the Yachats Commons, and a guided pre-dawn survey and coastal viewing Friday morning, culminating in a picnic after the surveying is done. You will then be free to spend your weekend hiking, strolling, and exploring the spectacular coastline, Cape Perpetua, and the Siuslaw National Forest, along with the community of Yachats.
This is the 10th anniversary of this highly successful program. Organizers have added a second weekend this year to accommodate birders and curious naturalists from Washington.
For more information and to register, please visit http://audubonportland.org/issues/species/murrelet/survey. RSVPs are necessary.
Please RSVP by contacting Paul Engelmeyer, Portland Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary manager and Coastal IBA Coordinator, at (541) 547-4227 or email@example.com. Paul can also provide additional information about the survey.
| Jun 7 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 ...
| Apr 17 NEW 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 ...
| MILE REPORTS SINCE JUN 13 2015|
| Jul 2 mzlizee — Bright and sunny inland with wet fog at shoreline, brightening as you move inland toward the dunes. 4th of July weekend and the promise of a very busy sunny day at the beach. With inland (I5) temps ... |
| Jul 1 SKMacK — The gradual erosion of the coast north and south of the Yachats River continues. I was unable to identify any major changes except for the placement of a barrier where a portion of Oceanview Drive ... |
| Jun 29 beachnut DISPATCH — A dead sea lion pup lay in the high line several yards north of the Tishatang beach access. No signs of injury. Flies swarmed around the head. I'm filing a marine stranding report on this find. My ... |
| Jun 25 ORbeach DISPATCH — Walked the north side of the Siletz River outlet, which is part of our mile but which we seldom reach. Sunny, breezy day. 79 people counted between Mo's and the surfline, including 5 rock hunting, ... |
| Jun 24 Randy and Beth — The driftline contained numerous sand casings. These fell apart when touched and were about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length. They look like skinny tubes. I'm not sure what these are--any ideas? There was ... |
| Jun 23 cadonofrio — Quite a few visitors all along our mile on a beautiful day; some shorebirds along the drift line. |
| Jun 22 azbeach — Seasonal sands have arrived, making this mile very accessible. No problem to walk the entire mile without bouldering or going overland. Lots of footprints, minimal debris, land or marine-based. |
| Jun 21 ollikainen — The solstice skies were gray due to marine stratus. Sand and then more sand is the story of this survey. This mile has been accreting sand in recent years. The trend continues with new a new ... |
| Jun 21 ORbeach — A calm, cloudy but pleasant day. Only one family enjoying the beach. 3 bags of trash collected, including two large items: a door and a fiberglass tube. No tsunami-related items found this time. |
| Jun 21 Lorenzo2 — Dead harbor seal on beach.
| Jun 21 alkarbeck — The only oddity on the beach today was ground fog/steam and it was sunny. It was difficult to see up ahead due to this oddity. Otherwise it was a very pleasant day and no one was abusing or littering ... |
| Jun 20 dderickson — Sand is building up on high zone; still evidence of dessicated Velella velella; vehicle tracks on sand; monkeyflower growing on bluffs; driftwood fort with a missing dog poster (photo attached). |
| Jun 20 rainydaywalker — This morning at around 9 a.m., I walked about an eighth of my mile, directly west of NW 37th to NW 39th streets. I was checking on the health of my rock-inhabiting neighbors. Using the “observing ... |
| Jun 18 bebdhm — A foggy mild day, by the time we completed the mile fog was all but gone.
Very clean beach which was quite wide due to low tide.
A little algae in high tide line. Lots of small jumping sand ... |
| Jun 17 m219walker — Mostly sunny afternoon, two family groups plus 3 surfers using beach. No obvious drift line besides a small wooden pallet.
Yellow blooms of Potentilla and pink Beach Pea made me observe the beach ... |
| Jun 16 George&Sheila — The only human activity observed was at Otter Crest State Wayside, well above the ocean. Six or seven vehicles were parked at this location. The only notable wildlife observed was nesting pelagic ... |
| Jun 14 humbug45 — Birds spotted included numerous Rhinoceros auklets and two Black oystercatchers, along with gulls. |
| Jun 14 beachnut — Days of screaming north winds have drifted and blown sand, covering much of the high-tide line. So no visible litter and only traces of shell fragments and small rocks resulted. A sizeable gravel bed ... |
| Jun 14 beachnut — A bald eagle in the wet sand on the northern half of Mile 102 was an unusual sight this cloudy, cool and moderately windy morning at 5:30 a.m. Usually it's only gulls and crows to report. The eagle ... |
| Jun 13 Bald Eagle — Ocean debris surveys were being conducted on mile 307. Other people were enjoying the sunny and windy weather.
About 50 pelicans were on or near Gull Rock.
This is the third year that the sand ... |
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.