Mile 156 Report

March 8, 2008
by JELong

Oregon Dunes NRA, over dunes from Tahkenitch Creek
Saturday 12:30 PM
50° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
8.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
Apparent Violations:
Activity Comments:
Only room for one vehicle where we access and we took the spot.
Notable Wildlife:
I noted three seperate groupings of Sanderlings, the largest being about 50 birds, the other two slighltly fewer.
Dead Birds:
Too far deteriorated to successfulyy identify them.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
One truck tire, several plastic bottles, one styrofoam float
New Development:
Natural Changes:
I hiked with my friend Bonnie on her mile, 157, then we headed south down my mile, 156. We both noted the almost total absence of foredune erosion or sand scouring on the upper beach. Although the sandy beach was about 1/3 to 1/2 narrower then in mid-summer, the sand on the remaining beach was as deep as I remember seeing it during the winter. There was an almost complete lack of debris except for a few plastic bottles, one tire and one styrofoam float. In light of the old shipwrecks and cannons that had been uncovered at other sections of the Oregon coast this winter, we were quite surprised (and highly disappointed) that we had no new buried treasures to discover on our miles. But we found a really great lunch spot out of the wind and the turkey sandwiches were quite good, so we got over it.
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June 21, 2008 - JELong
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May 26, 2007 - JELong
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