Mile 51 Report

May 17, 2014
by mvolson

Location:
Curry
Port Orford Heads west of Tichenor Rock
Conditions:
Saturday 9:00 AM
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
I toured mile 51 by kayak, launching on the east side of the Port of Port Orford at 9 AM and staying out until noon. The tide was +8 ft when I launched but dropped to +3 ft by the time I returned. I filed a separate report on mile 50, which lies in between the Port and mile 51.
Notable Wildlife:
There were many seals (>50) dispersed into the coves along the Port Orford Heads, including many females with pups. There was also abundant bird life: Canada geese, cormorants Pigeon guillemots, oystercatchers, gulls, crows, turkey vultures.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
Debris was not bad at Nellie's Cove and the other small beaches west of there looked even cleaner.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
This mile is entirely within the Port Orford Heads State Park and the actual shoreline is largely inaccessible, much of it at the base of steep cliffs. That is why I toured Mile 51 by kayak. To avoid disturbing the many seals hauled out in the small coves along Mile 51, I did not examine these coves as closely as I can in the fall. However, everything I could see looked normal. The only people I saw were at Tseriadun State Park, at the northwest end of Mile 51.
Other Mile 51 Reports (1)

2013

September 1, 2013 - mvolson
I am not officially assigned to this mile, but I have starting doing the adjacent mile 50 and noticed that no reports have been filed on this mile. I toured both mile 50 and 51 by kayak on 9/1/13....