| A PHOTO FROM RECENT REPORTS|
|Mile 207 — Lincoln County, Seal Rock Wayside north, Seal Rocks, Deer Creek |
|Maxine C — Normal human and dog activity for this time of year. Spring migration of birds underway--whimbrels on the beach, geese overhead. A bright red sea star, Pacific henricia, seen in a tidepool earlier ... |
| Wed May 15, 1:30 PM Clean beach, almost|
Someone apparently scattered an offering to Neptune of old cut-up fruit. The gulls and crows were definitely not interested.
Location: At Curtis Street beach access
| Thu May 9 Join Volunteer Coordinator As She Tours Curry County|
Watching over Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve will be one focus of Fawn Custer's visit to Curry County. Photo by Ben Nieves. Our new volunteer coordinator, Fawn Custer, will be visiting Curry County next week, May 16-18. There will be a number of chances to meet with her or join her out on the shoreline. Don’t miss this chance to get to know her and to ask questions about CoastWatch, monitoring, tsunamis debris, invasive species or whatever else you’ve always wanted to know about the shoreline but been afraid to ask.
Among other things, she is hosting a get-together for CoastWatchers at a home 47256 Lakes End Drive in Langlois on the evening of May 16, at 7 p.m. Just a chance to meet informally with CoastWatchers, learn what kinds of training or other information they would find helpful, talk with you about scouting for tsunami debris, etc. (Lakes End Drive is reached from Highway 101 off the Floras Lake Loop, to Floras Lake Dr., to Lakes End Dr.)
Earlier that day, she will be making a presentation to the Port Orford City Council at 3 p.m., inviting the city to adopt Mile 49, from Battle Rock to the dock.
On Friday, May 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., she will lead a tidepooling expedition at Rocky Point (2.1 miles south of the Battle Rock wayside at Port Orford, or 3.2 miles north of Humbug State Park). She will also lead a beach expedition that afternoon at the same site, beginning at 1 p.m., to talk about marine debris monitoring and monitoring for invasive species on tsunami debris. Also in the Port Orford area, on Saturday, she will be tabling at the Redfish Rocks on the Docks event in Port Orford from 1-5 p.m. (see article on this event below).
Also on Friday (May 17), she will host a casual get-together for CoastWatchers in the southern part of the county from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Chetco Public Library, 405 Alder St. in Brookings. She invites anyone interested in a longer conversation about CoastWatch and how it could be improved and meet the needs of the community more effectively to join her for dinner afterward.
In between, she has some available time to meet with individuals or groups, possibly while walking the shoreline. If you would like to be sure to cross paths with her, contact her at (541) 270-0027, or click here.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL
| Sat May 11 NEW CoastWatch Will Be on the Docks in Port Orford|
The people of Port Orford have made extraordinary efforts to engage their community with the Redfish Rocks marine reserve offshore. Leading the way is the Redfish Rocks Community Team—which also happens to be the very active adopter of Mile 46. On Saturday, May 18, the community team is sponsoring Redfish Rocks on the Docks, an educational event designed to provide information about all the ...
| Sat May 18 NEW COASST and CoastWatch Collaborate on Trainings|
Surveying beached birds provides clues not only to the state of bird populations, but to the health of the ocean environment. CoastWatch has long partnered with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) to gather data on beached birds on the Oregon coast. This activity isn’t for all CoastWatchers, since it involves regular monthly surveys, but those CoastWatchers who do ...
| Apr 12 New CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Comes Aboard|
Fawn Custer Our new volunteer coordinator will be familiar face to many. Fawn Custer is, among many other things, a long-time leader of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), and in that capacity has collaborated with CoastWatch in producing the annual Sharing the Coast Conference for five years.
The volunteer coordinator position, which has a special focus on our tsunami debris project, is primarily funded by a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust.
Fawn has taught in both classroom and informal settings for more than 25 years. While she has taught biology and chemistry, her primary teaching focus has always been marine science. Notably, she spent 14 years as an educator at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. While developing and implementing marine science and environmental science lab classes for the HMSC, she also taught high school marine science on-line, developed an invasive species curriculum for educators and protocols for interpreters, and trained volunteers in interpreting intertidal ecology and the marine environment for the public. She has frequently presented workshops and developed curriculum for both formal and informal educators.
She is currently Marine Science Education Specialist with the Lincoln County School District, on contract, and also teaches as a substitute in that district. She will continue to do some teaching, as long as the CoastWatch position remains part-time. Our goal is to make the volunteer coordinator full-time and permanent.
Fawn and her husband, Michael, live in Seal Rock. Contact her at (541) 270-0027. Once it is up and running, her CoastWatch e-mail will be this.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL
| May 14 Opportunities to Explore New River Coming Up|
On the remote borderlands between Coos and Curry counties, the New River and its bordering beach is one of the less visited areas of the Oregon coast (and an area where we need more mile adopters). There will be two chances to visit the area and join an accompanied walk this weekend. On Saturday, May 18, the Bureau of Land Management, which manages the area, will be holding an open house for ...
| Mar 2 Tsunami Debris Project Developing Volunteer Network|
CoastWatch has been working for many months along with four other public interest groups to develop a volunteer-based response to debris from the Japanese tsunami that may wash up on our shores. The Oregon Marine Debris Team is ready to put our plan into place, and we’ve been holding workshops from Seaside to Brookings to train and organize volunteers for the project. The first round of these ...
| Mar 8 Sightings: Salps Surprise CoastWatchers with Shoreline Appearance|
By Bonnie Henderson. This winter CoastWatchers from Clatsop County south to at least Coos County have reported finding an elongated jellyfish-like creature stranded on the beach, sometimes in large numbers. This organism—barrel-shaped and nearly transparent, typically five or six inches long, with two thin, dark, spindly appendages at one end—is an oceanic filter-feeder known as a salp. A pulse ...
| MILE REPORTS SINCE APR 25 2013|
| May 15 Maxine C — Normal human and dog activity for this time of year. Spring migration of birds underway--whimbrels on the beach, geese overhead. A bright red sea star, Pacific henricia, seen in a tidepool earlier ... |
| May 13 Lyndell — Mile 147 had no human activites going on. Campsites had been covered with blowing sand as if it were summer. The 4 miles leading to mile 147 did have some human activity in the form of fishing and ... |
| May 11 rasmussenschramm — Not much has changed on our mile since our last report. It is very clean. The line of the bluff over the beach has softened a little since last time, but that's all we noticed. |
| May 9 Dr Kayak — No humans at Cascade Head! But plenty of wildlife, wind, and choppy water ... |
| May 6 malachite — Most notable sighting was of the many live and dead winged carpenter ants which might've been the reason for the unusual number of crows & gulls I saw on the beach today. Usually I see very few ... |
| May 6 beachnut — Heading south from the Coquille River this mild and sunny morning was pure pleasure. Oyster catchers were noisy on the close islands. Also active were cormorants, gulls, crows. Couldn't tell if the ... |
| May 5 bahngarten — 15 people, 4 dogs enjoying an early a.m. walk/run on this sunny beach. 1 Caspian Tern plunging beyond surfline for food. Almost continual northbound flights of small sandpipers--10-50 per group, at ... |
| May 5 beachnut — A perfect morning for our coastline: sunny at 6 a.m., little wind, a balmy 65 degrees. No one else was on this stretch, though I could see a couple of surf fishermen further north. Wildlife was ... |
| May 5 beachnut — Walking north from the Coquille River at 6 a.m. was pure pleasure on a sunny, light-wind, 65-degree day AND no one else was there until the end. Lots of sanderlings flew hither and yon seeking ... |
| May 3 bballentine — Beach much wider than 2 months ago with sand spits projecting into ocean. Generally clean with less plastic foam than last visit. Several sections of heavy wood beams. Found structural section of ... |
| May 1 dderickson — Beautiful, bright day with brisk northern wind; very few people on the beach, and the ones I counted weren't there long. Significant sand cover has moved back on to the beach (this is my first year ... |
| May 1 JohnnyCN — Wind was the dominating factor in today's CoastWatch walk. Wind blew the sand, and the sand covered everything or swept the beach clean, thus accounting for the fact that I have almost nothing to ... |
| Apr 28 CapeWalker — Wandered from Hughes House to MILE 57. Few folks on beach, fishing and beach combing. NO Pets, some sheep on grassy hill sides. Saw Bald Eagle yesterday, none today. NO sea mammals, some sea ... |
| Apr 28 Sally/Julia — Very calm day at the coast. Very low tide. No birds observed. More wood pieces this time but less litter. |
| Apr 28 janhnlt — Very low tide brought out the people with their children and dogs. The Beach was very clean with very little debris. The wind picked up considerably as we completed our survey. It was a beautiful ... |
| Apr 28 turnstone — Three River Otters South of Bray's Point were the highlight. Birds of note, Black Oystercatcher, Bald Eagle, Pigeon Guillemots.
Sand is returning to cover the cobbles on the beach. |
| Apr 28 azbeach DISPATCH — Correction to previous reports, inadvertently identifying the grazing roamers on our mile as domestic goats. I've been informed, and confirmed, that these are actually sheep. I'm posting this in ... |
| Apr 27 beachnut — At 6 a.m. on a chilly, cloudy morning, we were not alone. A rock hunter with an unleashed dog was there, and later four others each with dogs materialized. Beach was mostly clean of litter. A ... |
| Apr 25 kathrynl — 12 foot long solid wood board -- might be a top to a structure? no visible nails -- approximately 1/3 mile down the beach from Driftwood Shores. Very little litter on beach; however, plenty of dog ... |
| Apr 25 Blue Turtle — A glorious day on beach watching the amazing migration of birds. The numbers are just unbelievable. have never seen anything like it.
Bonaparts Gulls flying just over the waves near shore and out ... |
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.