| A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS|
|Mile 300 — Tillamook County, Manzanita Beach, Manzanita, Neahkahnie Beach |
|markos — Excess of dead birds on mile 300 |
| Fri Oct 17, 12:00 AM Murre|
| Oct 6 NEW Keep Watch for Transponders While on the Shore|
Japanese transponderMost CoastWatchers and other beachcombers are highly aware of the debris generated by the Japanese tsunami of 2011 that has been reaching our shores. But now an alert has gone out concerning “debris” that was tossed into the sea deliberately. CoastWatchers and other Oregon Shores members who walk the beach may be able to help.
After the tsunami took place, scientists released instruments known as “transponders” to track the movements of debris. These floating instruments are about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle and were set in the ocean from different ports off Japan in 2011-12 after the massive Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Researchers from Tattori University for Environmental Studies in Japan have been collaborating with Oregon State University, Oregon Sea Grant, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program on the project.
The researchers’ goal is to track the movement of debris via ocean currents and help determine the path and timing of the debris from the 2011 disaster. An estimated 1.5 million tons of debris was washed out to sea and it is expected to continue drifting ashore along the West Coast of the United States for several years.
“These transponders only have a battery life of about 30 months and then they no longer communicate their location,” says Sea Grant’s Sam Chan (who is known to many CoastWatchers, having provided training on invasive species on a number of occasions). “So the only way to find out where they end up is to physically find them and report their location. That’s why we need the help of fishermen, beachcombers and other coastal visitors.”
These transponders contain transmitters and are not hazardous. Persons who find a transponder are asked to photograph it if possible, and report the location of their find to Chan at Samuel.Chan@oregonstate.edu; or to the NOAA Marine Debris Program regional coordinator in their area at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/contact-us. They will provide shipping instructions to persons who find the transponders so that the instruments can be returned to the research team.
One of the first transponders discovered in the Northwest washed ashore near Arch Cape in March, 2013, about 19 months after it was set adrift. The persons who found it reported it to Chan, who began collaborating with researchers in Japan.
| Sep 26 Beach Walkers Asked to Keep Watch for Avian Pox Victims|
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has contacted CoastWatch to ask for our volunteers’ help in monitoring for signs of avian pox. Some mortality from the disease has been observed among Common murres in Oregon (although no large-scale die-off has been reported). CoastWatchers and others are asked to pay special attention to the presence of dead birds on the beach. Although the disease is not ...
| Sep 5 Step Up to Take Part in CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects|
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 are in the early stages of a special project to focus citizen science surveys on the areas facing Oregon’s new marine reserves. We have six projects up and running. Some ...
| May 2 Volunteers Needed as Marine Debris Monitoring Project Prepares for Fall |
The upsurge of marine debris on Oregon’s shoreline late last spring, much of it from the Japanese tsunami and some of it bearing potentially invasive organisms, was a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. With winter storms on the horizon again, we need to ramp up our marine debris monitoring effort to be ready to respond. CoastWatch has been ...
| Mon Oct 6 NEW Beached Bird Survey Trainings Offered for Prospective Citizen Scientists|
COASST field trainingCoastWatch serves as the Oregon partner for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). Through this citizen science project, volunteers from all backgrounds can learn to participate in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. The goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and promote 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 3/4 mile) each month. CoastWatch works with COASST (based at the University of Washington) to recruit volunteers and make sure that Oregon sites are consistently covered.
If you are interested in participating, two opportunities are coming up to join COASST staff for a full, 6-hour training session. You’ll learn about how COASST started and how the program works, 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 a training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a Beached Birds field guide. Training activities take place indoors.
Here are the upcoming events:
Saturday, October 25: Driftwood Library, 801 SE Hwy 101 #201, Lincoln City
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Refresher training for current volunteers begins at 1 p.m.)
Sunday, October 26: Arch Cape Fire Hall, 72979 US Hwy 101, Arch Cape
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Refresher training for current volunteers begins at 1 p.m.)
If you plan to attend a training session, it would be helpful to the organizers if you would contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 221-6893. If you can’t attend this event, but might be interested for the future, you will find information on this website about future training sessions, or go to www.coasst.org or call (206) 221-6893 for additional information on upcoming events and trainings.
| Sep 30 Learn about Watching Seabirds in Newport Talk|
Brandt's cormorantThose who are interested in contributing to citizen science—or simply interested in seabirds—might land on the presentation offered on Thursday, Oct. 16, by the Yaquina Birders & Naturalists. Amelia O'Connor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present a slide talk on "Seabird Monitoring in Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve.”
During the past summer, O’Connor and 19 volunteers monitored six different cormorant colonies and Sea Lion Caves in order to estimate breeding productivity for Brandt's, pelagic, and double-crested cormorants and the abundance of breeding pigeon guillemots and rhinoceros auklets.
The data from this citizen science project will contribute to a “baseline”—data on the current situation, with which future comparisons can be made—for Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and provide an indicator for forage fish abundance within the reserve. Similar opportunities for volunteers will be offered for volunteers next year, both here and near other marine reserves, so this is a chance to learn about the volunteer opportunities, as well as about Cape Perpetua’s seabird populations.
The free event, open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. at the meeting room of Central Lincoln PUD (2129 North Coast Highway, aka Hwy. 101) in north Newport. The PUD is on the west side of the Highway between Whaler's Village and Atonement Lutheran Church.
For more info, call (541) 265-2965.
| Sep 30 NEW Lecture Will Consider Plastic Marine Debris as Geological Factor |
Some have described our current era as “the plasticene age,” given that future geologists are likely to find a layer of indestructible plastic in sediments and rock formations, long after we are gone. It is appropriate, then, that this academic year’s Geology Lecture Series at Southwestern Oregon Community College kicks off with a talk by Giora Proskurowski on “Plastic in the Global Ocean.” The ...
| Sep 27 NEW Cascade Head Symposium Will Explore Area’s Science and Conservation|
Those who have a special interest in the Cascade Head area, whether from the standpoint of scientific research, conservation or simply appreciation of one of the coast’s most beautiful places, will wish to take note of the Cascade Head Science Symposium. This intensely place-based event takes place Oct. 24-25 at Westwind on the Salmon River spit. Jointly sponsored by the Westwind Stewardship ...
| MILE REPORTS SINCE SEP 25 2014|
| Oct 17 markos — Excess of dead birds on mile 300 |
| Oct 11 beachmike — Sneaker Waves seen on the beach this morning. National Weather Service warns that more may possible on Sunday. Everyone appears to be minding them though. Overall, the beach is really clean right ... |
| Oct 11 kkrall — Foggy but warm lovely day. Note large amount of eel grass from tunnel south to the Capes. In this same area, unusually large number of dead murres. Saw one raven eating one dead murre. Examined ... |
| Oct 8 RMSherriffs — Part of jellyfish and eel crass in surf line,
groups of black waterbirds beyond surf line. |
| Oct 7 LyndaC — A grey day at the coast, but a good number of people enjoying the day. |
| Oct 7 markos — I've seen 4 dead Grebes on mile 300 |
| Oct 5 TerryH DISPATCH — Dead sea lion, 5-6 ft in length. Far north end of Roads End mile. One wound looked like a gunshot. Tire tracks in the sand indicate the park ranger had made a recent visit. Marine mammal report ... |
| Oct 5 bahngarten — Clear calm autumn morning, 11 people, 5 dogs walking beach. Moderate amount of clear half-dollar- sized jellyfish along tideline. 1 carcass common murre in sand. Shells, sand fleas, and small ... |
| Oct 2 YaakovM — Beautiful early fall afternoon. Very low human activity. Did see one fellow walking with a bike on the way from the beach to the dunes near the north end of the mile. Appeared as if he might be ... |
| Oct 2 B M George — Today was our last day on beach before heading to Tucson tomorrow. Wanted to save our last walk of our mile until today. It was a beautiful day and very glad we took time from packing to do it. ... |
| Oct 2 TerryH — 52 dead murres, most had been on the beach a few days. A lot of whale spouts the past month, often seen in pairs. Beautiful fall day. |
| Sep 30 Doug C — Unusual find of numerous squid egg cases. They possibly could have been shaken from the area where they were deposited by the storm that passed through the week before. Large piles of kelp were also ... |
| Sep 30 Doug C — Sunny day with calm wind brought out a couple dozen people. Piles of kelp, squid egg cases and velella velella jellyfish were present in the wrack, primarily on mile 102, but some were on mile 101. A ... |
| Sep 29 mtuffey — Nothing has changed, since June. The exception is that Chetco Point park which is part of mile 4 and 5 has been closed over the summer, due to water treatment plant work. The work is supposed to fix ... |
| Sep 27 skylaar — A very nice, sunny fall day and a lot of people enjoying the day. Many people walking or sitting in the sand. Happily did not see a lot of trash (was also SOLV beach clean-up day). |
| Sep 27 C Nelson — A great fall day to be at the beach! It was notable that all the regularly used campsites were clean, in contrast to prior years when considerable trash had been left behind. Lots of sand has been ... |
| Sep 27 Brien M — The annual Fall beach clean-up was today, and weather conditions could not have been better. I filled all three of my SOLV bags, plus an arm full of loose, larger items. Afterward, I was still in ... |
| Sep 26 lvfish — There was very little garbage on the beach. There were 4 people in our group and only picked up about 30 lbs of garbage on our mile.
There were 25 people and 5 dogs. Beverly Beach State Park RV ... |
| Sep 25 bballentine — Beach was the cleanest we have seen it, very few pieces of styrofoam, no water bottles or other packaging. Only two others on beach, 1 running 1 sitting. Found 3 mures that appeared to be exhausted ... |
| Sep 25 artist — All was normal and there's little to report except for the overgrown condition of the trail along the cliff just north of the dunes. Since the trail further north (closer to the bridge) was recently ... |
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.