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Mile 180 — Lane County, South Carl G. Washburne SP, Hobbit Trail, Heceta Head 
billmaxmcw  DISPATCH — Summer replenishment of sand, primarily blown in from the north. New colonization of dunes by grass and succulents, like yellow sand verbena and American searocket in photo. Very clean beach.   COMPLETE DISPATCH  
 Mon Aug 25, 10:00 AM   yellow sand verbena, American searocket
 CoastWatchers Asked to Search for Sea Turtle
Sea turtle washed up near Siuslaw jetty. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
We’ve received the following request from Dawn Harris of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
A coastal visitor found an endangered green sea turtle in Florence this
week. They took a photo but then returned it to the ocean.
Specifically it was initially found at Parking Lot #2, Siuslaw South
Jetty. From the photos it appears to be hypothermic, but
unfortunately was returned to the water by the visitors. It will
likely wash up again. We would like any help that CoastWatchers could
provide to locate this endangered species. If anyone finds it,
please ask them to protect it from humans and scavengers and
call for help at 1-800-452-7888?

Dawn Harris
Visitor Services Manager
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
2127 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport OR 97365
Please make every effort to keep watch on your own mile, and any other stretch of shoreline you can reach, particularly remote areas. CoastWatch may be able to provide resource managers with an assist here.

 Help is Needed for Sea Star Wasting Survey
Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, conducts demonstrations of monitoring for sea star wasting syndrome, as often as she can. CoastWatch is assisting in a formal citizen science survey, documenting the spread of this dismaying phenomenon. Some CoastWatchers who have volunteered to participate in CoastWatch’s sea star monitoring, a citizen science project using a protocol developed ... MORE 
 Marine Debris Monitoring Project Still Needs Volunteers
The recent upsurge of marine debris on Oregon’s shoreline, much of it from the Japanese tsunami and some of it bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. CoastWatch has been working with four partner groups as the Oregon Marine Debris (OMDT) team to address the debris problem. This involves scouting the ... MORE 
 Scientists Seek Reports of Non-native Species
Some of the debris that has washed up in recent weeks appears to be from the Japanese tsunami, and might be ferrying non-native and potentially invasive species. Scientists working at the Hatfield Marine Science Center would like to be notified if you find debris from Japan (or simply from Asia, judging from any visible labels), and it is covered with organisms that don’t look like our familiar ... MORE 
 Reminder: Community Rewards Program Benefits Oregon Shores
Ocean spray. Photo by Kitty Brigham.
Coastal conservationists can support Oregon Shores and CoastWatch while shopping, without spending an extra penny.
Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program divides up $2.5 million each year among non-profit organizations whose members or other supporters designate them as beneficiaries. If you shop at Fred Meyer, please consider helping Oregon Shores to protect the coast with every purchase.
Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Oregon Shores at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number, 92817.
Once you’ve done this, every time you use your Rewards Card, you help to build Oregon Shores’ stake in the company’s annual charitable giving. The amount received by the organization depends on the amount of spending attributed to us—the $2.5 million is divided up proportionately among the non-profits in the program.
Purchasers still earn Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates—their own benefits as shoppers aren’t reduced. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information about the program, go to
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL

 Another Way to Support Oregon Shores While Shopping
Amazon may dominate the retail world, but now the company is sharing a little of its largesse with non-profits through its AmazonSmile Foundation. By designating your favorite non-profit group—namely, Oregon Shores—through the program, you can assure that a small share of the purchase price of anything sold on their website will go to support our work. Go to ... MORE 
 Watch for By-the-wind Sailors Stranded on Our Shores
Every avid Oregon beachcomber is familiar with Velella velella, or by-the-wind sailors: little (typically 4 to 6 cm.) violet-blue floating creatures that are often stranded by the hundreds or thousands on the beach April through July. They live in vast congregations on the sea’s surface, in warm and temperate ocean water around the world. They have no means to propel themselves; rather, they ... MORE 
  MILE 224  malachite — Nice day on the beach, quite warm despite the stiff breeze. I estimated tide height: according to my tide table, high tide this afternoon at the HMSC dock at Yaquina Bay was 7.6' at 1:54 p.m. so ...  MORE 
  MILE 180  billmaxmcw DISPATCH  — Summer replenishment of sand, primarily blown in from the north. New colonization of dunes by grass and succulents, like yellow sand verbena and American searocket in photo. Very clean beach.  MORE 
  MILE 200  Mile200 — A calm summer morning on Mile 200, with the shifting incoming/outgoing tides. The shoreline had what seemed to be an unusual amount of algae/kelp on it. The actual beach had little to any garbage on ...  MORE 
  MILE 178  Brien M — My coast mile has many areas that can only be accessed by water. I have done it that way before, but given it's difficulty, I decided to study my mile from a whole different point of view. I ...  MORE 
  MILE 103  beachnut — A deserted beach on a calm, mild morning is hard to beat. Gulls, cormorants, whimbrels and sanderling-size flocks were out about their business of food gathering. Only litter to be found was small ...  MORE 
  MILE 102  beachnut — No one was out on the northern part of this mile at 6 a.m. on a calm, windless morning. Beach was clean apart from a dead marine mammal, possibly an elephant seal. No signs of injury; also no eyes ...  MORE 
  MILE 156  Radioguy — My first trip to mile 156. I had to cross mile 157 to get to "my" mile. Both miles had no significant issues to report. About a four hour round trip walk from the Oregon Dunes Overlook parking lot ...  MORE 
  MILE 190  LyndaC — Heavy tourist traffic in the area and many people enjoying a day that began cool and foggy with sun breaking out and giving us a pleasant day. A group of Chinese tourists were led by volunteer ...  MORE 
  MILE 101  beachnut DISPATCH  — A heads-up about an apparently dead marine mammal (think it's a sea lion) of about 6.5 feet in length opposite the southern end of Elephant Rock in Bandon. It has been there two mornings in a row, ...  MORE 
  MILE 189  Soggybottom — It was a busy morning on the beach for Neptune State Park. Families were wading in a very low Cummins Creek and playing in the sand in spite of a very strong wind. The beach was very clean ...  MORE 
  MILE 178  Brien M — It was a very comfortable Saturday morning low tide. Warm, with light cloud cover. I was able to do a follow-up survey on the sea stars that live on the off-shore rocks. And sadly, SSWS was very ...  MORE 
  MILE 197  mudslide — Went down the mile at around 4:30 p.m., just after high tide, at the end of a mostly foggy day in response to the request to look out for the endangered sea turtle that was recently encountered in ...  MORE 
  MILE 185  lfleming — A very foggy day with the beach empty of people. The sand was the highest we have seen it in years so we were able to get out farther into the rocks to count sea stars. We had a -0.2 tide, the same ...  MORE 
  MILE 244  rainydaywalker — It is always refreshing to receive a thanks from strangers. by the time we parted company, Wally from Tuscon, Jennifer, Warren and their children from Snohomish and I had bonded over sea stars. ...  MORE 
  MILE 255  bballentine — Beach very wide, sand has built up a bench against dune. Much of the rip-rap in front of beach houses at southern end of mile is covered with sand. Beach was clean for the most part, no water bottles ...  MORE 
  MILE 171  oldMGguy — Due to recent strong northerly winds, seasonal "transverse" sand dunes are well-developed all along Mile 171. The seasonal low dunes are the most extensive I've seen on this mile since 2007.  MORE 
  MILE 111  TRBishop — Beautiful August day; I spotted a large piece of red "gelatin" that looked unusual; in my 30 years of walking this beach, this substance is always clear. I'm not even sure what it is. I'm speculating ...  MORE 
  MILE 14  artist — Except for the couple camping, there was nothing noteworthy. The trail from Whaleshead to the dunes area remains well maintained, except in the dunes area itself, where there is constant movement and ...  MORE 
  MILE 208  Batthecat — Obvious increase in traffic on the beach. All "gravel" areas are under the sand. Only difference was the amount of septic seepage into the sand making it truly "mucky" to walk over.  MORE 
  MILE 244  rainydaywalker — Rocks at the 36th Street beach access usually provide some challenge between the paved drive and the sandy dune. Today, the rocks were covered, allowing smooth walking. I have felt fortunate for ...  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.