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Mile 335 — Clatsop County, Columbia Beach, Coffenbury Lake, Fort Stevens SP 
srhoads — Beautiful sunny day. Quite beach. Not much natural or human debris. Lots of seagulls. Most folks had dogs.Nice big waves   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Mon Sep 26, 12:30 PM   Shorebirds
Seagulls on a quiet beach.
Location: Fort Steven's State Park; Coffenberry stretch
 Watchers Can Help to Keep Marine Reserves Honest
Gazing at Otter Rock from shore. Marine reserves are closer than you think! Photo by Cathy Tronquet.
The boundaries of Oregon’s new system of five marine reserves are largely being observed and honored, but there is a need for citizen observers to help keep things that way. That was the chief message delivered by Sergeant Todd Thompson of the Oregon State Police’s marine fisheries unit to the public information session about marine reserves enforcement that took place Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Lincoln City. The event was co-sponsored by CoastWatch (and our Otter Rock Community Science Team) and the Coast Range Association on behalf of the Friends of Cascade Head Marine Reserve.
Many people have the notion that marine reserve are out over the horizon somewhere. In reality, the reserves begin at the low-tide line (at extreme low tides you can walk into one!) and go out no further than three miles, which is well within sight, especially from any high vantage point.
According to Sergeant Todd Thompson, since the inception of Oregon’s marine reserves, the majority of Oregon’s fishing fleet has respected the boundaries. Todd reported that the few citations that had been written were to out-of-state commercial fishermen and some recreational fishermen. Otter Rock and Redfish Rocks (near Port Orford) were the first marine reserves, and in the beginning there were some citations. Happily, there were no citations at all for these two reserves in 2014-2015, despite 670 patrol hours and 96 contacts from watchful citizens.
The Cascade Head and Cape Perpetua came on line in 2014; even with over 580 patrol hours and 110 contacts they only found 38 cases of fishermen who were not in compliance. Due to the fact that Cape Falcon wasn’t established until 2016, the State Police have no data for that reserve at this time. The marine fisheries unit has only the one vessel, ”The Guardian,” that carries a zodiac. Having only the one vessel makes it challenging to cover the entire coastline, especially in rough waters. Though they do have a partnership with the Coast Guard, Sergeant Thompson depends on citizens on the beach to call whenever they believe they are observing someone fishing or crabbing in the marine reserves. CoastWatchers and others who regularly watch the ocean in the vicinity of one of the marine reserves could be especially helpful by learning the location of the boundaries so as to make accurate observations (and not sound false alarms).
Citizens wishing to submit a report may call the State Police Dispatch at (800) 452-7888, or may call Sgt. Thompson directly on his cell phone at (541) 270-5478.

 Join the World in Cleaning Beaches this Month
If you are a reader of Oregon Shores’ website or bulletins, or attend our events, you hear continuously about the problems created by marine debris for the ocean and its wildlife, not to mention people. Our CoastWatchers pick up beach litter regularly, and many participate in our special marine debris survey. But once a year we are joined by the rest of the world in the International Coastal ... MORE 
 Advisories Lifted, but Summer Alerts Revealed Beach Water Problems
The Oregon Health Authority continued to issue new health advisories throughout the summer. The last major alerts were announced in August, for the Newport and Neskowin areas; the advisories for ocean waters touching the shore in these areas have now been lifted. However, the freshwater sources that are the cause of the problems remain polluted. One health advisory was declared for Nye Beach in ... MORE 
 Teachers and Guests Will Hear Talk on Stewardship and Citizen Science
Lower Yaquina Bay, with the Oregon Coast Aquarium to the right. Photo by Alex Derr.
Educators of all types (including informal educators like CoastWatchers) will gather in Newport Oct. 14 for the annual Coastal Learning Symposium. Students are welcome, too. And CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer will there, speaking on “Getting Your Students on the Beach with Stewardship Goals.” Fawn will be presenting from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m.
This year’s event takes place at the Oregon Coast Aquarium (2820 Ferry Slip Rd. in Newport), which is sponsoring, along with a host of partners. Registration for the all-day affair begins at 8 a.m. The full schedule is not yet available, but it is safe to say that it will feature a variety of talks, workshops and field trips. To learn more, obtain the schedule once it is available, and register, go to the event website.
Fawn will introduce educators to CoastWatch and our citizen science projects and discuss how teachers of all types can introduce students to shoreline science both through adopting a mile and through participating in citizen science. She will also have specimens and artifacts to share.
For more information about the symposium, contact Sara Shaw Roberts, (541) 867-3474, ext. 5317,

 Help to Fill the Bill for Pelican Count
Brown Pelican. Photo by Michael Sims.
Volunteers are needed for a one-day citizen science project, surveying West Coast populations of the Brown Pelican. The survey takes place on Oct. 15, during the four hours prior to “civil twilight.” (In case you’re wondering, civil twilight begins at sunset or when the geometric center of the sun is 0°50′ below the horizon, and ends when the geometric center of the sun reaches 6° below the horizon. It is essentially the point at which, in clear weather, there is no longer enough illumination to clearly distinguish terrestrial objects. We had to look it up.)
The survey is sponsored by the West Coast network of Audubon societies, including Portland Audubon, our partners in the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and ebird. In Oregon, 17 sites have been targeted, and volunteers are needed for those, but you can also choose your own survey site. Volunteers are asked to observe for at least one hour.
The goal is to initiate a new, long-term, biannual citizen science-based survey to help understand the abundance and distribution of Brown Pelicans in California, Oregon, and Washington. This survey will complement a 47-year time series of productivity monitoring data at the U.S. Channel Islands and a shorter data set in Mexico. Specific questions to be answered include the size and spatial distribution of the pelicans along the coast; the age structure of the population and how it is changing; and the relationship between productivity among U.S. and Mexican breeding colonies and “recruitment” (birds that mature and join the adult population).
For more about the survey, the volunteer opportunity, and the targeted sites, go to
To confirm your interest in participating and determine a site that works for you, contact Joe Liebezeit of Portland Audubon, (971) 222-6121,

 Check in on the State of our Coast in October
The annual review of coastal science and policy, the State of the Coast Conference, is coming to the Salishan resort in Gleneden Beach on Saturday, Oct. 29. Sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant, the all-day conference brings together scientists, conservationists, community leaders, fishermen and others concerned about our marine environment. Keynote speaker for the 2016 edition will be Michael ... MORE 
 Go Birding to Sites on the Threatened Pistol River
The Pistol is one of the south coast rivers threatened by proposed mining at its headwaters. The threats to the Pistol River, along with Hunter Creek and the North Fork of the Smith River posed by potential mining development are especially grave, because these rivers are among the best remaining refuges for healthy native salmon runs anywhere. This gives a certain poignancy to the upcoming ... MORE 
 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 ... MORE 
 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 ... MORE 
  MILE 335  srhoads — Beautiful sunny day. Quite beach. Not much natural or human debris. Lots of seagulls. Most folks had dogs.Nice big waves  MORE 
  MILE 102  beachnut — The half mile north of the Coquille River was not occupied by anything other than gulls and sanderlings at about 7:30 a.m. on a clear, 52-degree morning with mild northerly wind. Tire tracks were ...  MORE 
  MILE 103  beachnut — Heading north at 6:45 a.m. and 52 degrees with a mild north wind at mid-tide, we saw no one but encountered 4 men rock-hunting and one dog on the way back. Just gulls otherwise. Driftline was ...  MORE 
  MILE 228  DWhite — Whale Cove has recently acquired its Wildlife Refuge designation, so the intrusion humans is now more difficult and development prohibited. The portion of state beach (not part of the Wildlife ...  MORE 
  MILE 110  TRBishop — The Coast Trail access near the southern edge of Mile 110 is overgrown, and the trail is nearly inaccessible, and probably will be next year due to vegetation, gorse encroachment, and natural ...  MORE 
  MILE 285  Cynthia & Kevin — A perfect day on the coast with a light breeze and sunshine. Lots of folks walking the beach, some with their dogs. A few ladies sunbathing and 2 on horseback. The beach was very, very clean.  MORE 
  MILE 239  ORbeach — Not much to report. Pleasant fall day. One fisherman + one family on the Salishan Spit. Several fishing/crabbing boats in Siletz Bay and the river mouth. Collected a small amount of debris. Som...  MORE 
  MILE 189  minustide — The SOLVE Beach cleaner-uppers were new for me. Sept 24 is the big SOLVE beach clean up in Oregon. There were perhaps a few more people than I am used to. This could be owing to the spectacular ...  MORE 
  MILE 7  DewPoint Dave — Nice morning for a walk on the beach at low tide. Drift-line had quite a bit of seaweed near the south end of Mile-7. Very little man-made debris was found.  MORE 
  MILE 331  alkarbeck — Beautiful sunny day. A small group of students were there taking advantage of the sunny day.  MORE 
  MILE 309  cadonofrio — Beautiful day; extremely clean driftline; only a few birds; many visitors.  MORE 
  MILE 289  ollikainen — The most notable impression on this end of summer survey was the loud roar of the surf as opposed to the more normal subdued summer surf. There was a large swell. Even on the ebbing tide, an ...  MORE 
  MILE 300 — Decapitated seal on beach. Cormorant, gull only other wildlife.  MORE 
  MILE 171  oldMGguy — Lots of folks out observing the preparations to remove the 50' commercial fishing vessel beached early Saturday a.m. A salvage tug from Coos Bay is scheduled to pull the stranded boat off the beach ...  MORE 
  MILE 217  LMackey — Fine day, lots of people having a good time.  MORE 
  MILE 306  Frankie DISPATCH  — Update on the whale which washed up Friday evening: It appears to be a sub-adult humpbacked whale. Its flippers measured +- 7ft so it was approximately 21 ft long. Its tail was missing. When it ...  MORE 
  MILE 306  Volunteer Coordinator DISPATCH  — Friday evening: Is coming in to our beach. Bloated whale? Viviane at Cove Beach Saturday morning 7:23 Yup, it's definitely on our beach in front of the Gull Rocks. Tail is cut off. Has baleen so ...  MORE 
  MILE 314  cheeseguy — The dead birds were all found in approximately the southern 3/8 of the mile. This is consistent with the fact that more dead birds are found closer to Haystack Rock in other surveys. No change seen ...  MORE 
  MILE 226  George&Sheila — It was a calm, sunny day along mile 226, which no doubt helped with the whale sightings, which were the most abundant that I have ever previously observed here or anywhere else on the Oregon coast. ...  MORE 
  MILE 323  photosbyboothe — It was a beautiful morning. Pretty mellow out on the beach, 31 people out walking, 2 playing in the water, and 2 flying kites. The driftline was full of mole crab molts mixed in with a little bit ...  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.