Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.432339899833
Longitude: -124.082379720300
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), southerly to the Lincoln County-Lane County line (44° 16.5774', Mile 190).
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North Spit Alsea River
Mile 202 Reports (49)


October 12, 2022 - Jon French

This was my first Mile 202 walk since the end of Snowy Plover nesting season in September. Of twenty-six documented Snowy Plover nesting attempts in Lincoln County this year, seven chicks were known to fledge after surviving their first month after hatching. Last winter's storms scoured out much potential more

  • Snowy Plovers resting in sand
  • Snowy Plover and Sanderling -- Can we be friends?
  • Landmark driftwood and Beach Grass, 2/14/2020 and now
  • Spreading invasive European Beach Grass
  • Mile 202 with new sand
  • Boaters enjoying Alsea Bay
  • Gulls and Alsea Bay bridge
  • Osprey nest platform
July 21, 2022 - Jon French

Every day now for over a week, I and two other U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service volunteers, along with our local State Parks Ranger, have been monitoring three active Western Snowy Plover nests near Alsea Bay as the nests approached hatching time. Nest number BASH15A hatched two chicks a more

  • Snowy Plover chick with Dad sitting on (brooding) second chick
  • Dad sitting on (brooding) two chicks
  • Plover Patrol's Nancy Thomas scoping for chicks
  • Plover nest BASH19A with abandoned egg
  • Abandoned Western Snowy Plover egg
  • Pelicans at edge of Alsea Bay
  • Das Bug crabber working close to shore
  • Enjoying a calm morning on Alsea Bay
  • Unauthorized removal of dune vegetation
  • Red Statutory Vegetation Line, central Mile 202
May 25, 2022 - Jon French

I walked today with my fellow CoastWatcher and Plover Patrol volunteer Nancy Thomas. A few days before, I had helped our Beach Ranger, Doug Sestrich, put up protective rope enclosures around Snowy Plover nests number 8 and 10 here  on Mile 202 in Bayshore (BASH08A and BASH10A in the more

  • BASH08A Snowy Plover roped nest enclosure
  • Roping a nest
  • Composite of Snowy Plover eggs camouflaged as beach rock
  • Composite of Steller Sea Lion carcass, 5/1/2022 and 5/25/2022
  • Harbor Seals hanging out on beach
  • Landmark Driftwood, 2/14/2020 and 5/25/2022
  • Sand Castles
May 1, 2022 - Jon French

As I entered the beach at access 67D with my fellow CoastWatcher Nancy Thomas, we saw a Bald Eagle sitting on a carcass. We approached the carcass, about 8' long, a marine mammal which we later identified as a female Steller Sea Lion. We didn't see any signs of injury, more

  • Bald Eagle and Raven at carcass
  • Female Steller Sea Lion carcass
  • Closeup, note the long whiskers
  • Raven beginning to scavange carcass
  • Turkey Vultures waiting patiently
  • Immature Bald Eagle and Raven
  • Immature Bald Eagle
April 23, 2022 - Jon French

There weren't many people on the beach for a Spring weekend, the day after Earth Day. A hazard warning was in effect for sneaker waves, and recent tides had run up high across the beach, but the surf was fairly calm, and no one seemed concerned. The week before, more

  • Combined photo, Western Snowy Plover nest with 2 eggs on 4/17 and empty 4/23
  • Banded Snowy Plover, a bird that spent the winter here
  • Western Snowy Plover tracks
  • Mr. Crow announcing his prize, what looks like a chicken bone!
  • Why plovers think kites are predators
  • Front end loader dumping sand over dunes
  • Looking south beyond Alsea Bay to Cape Perpetua
  • Looking north to Seal Rock
April 1, 2022 - Jon French

I walked Mile 202 today with fellow CoastWatcher and U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Plover Patrol volunteer Nancy Thomas.  We spent the afternoon zig zagging up and down the beach for about four miles, looking for Western Snowy Plovers and their nests.  We saw about twenty plovers and discovered more

  • Western Snowy Plover card, front
  • Western Snowy Plover card, back
  • Snowy Plover pre-nest scrape in sand, with plover tracks
  • Crow/raven tracks, the Snowy Plover's #1 predator of eggs
  • 3 egg Snowy Plover nest
  • Another 3 egg Snowy Plover nest
  • Snowy Plover nest almost imperceptible in foreground
  • Plover starting broken wing display to lure me away from nest
  • People and dogs enjoying beach
  • Boaters enjoying Alsea Bay
March 23, 2022 - Jon French

This is commercial season for what they call Market Squid, small squid that only live a year or so. Last night at dusk, the ocean off Mile 202/203 lit up with squid boat lights. The lights attract the squid, then the boats deploy their nets around the squid. Just more

  • Squid boat lights at dusk
  • Squid boat in fog probably returning to Newport
January 14, 2022 - Jon French

A beautiful day on Mile 202, with sunlight refracting through the clouds making the sun look huge. Recent storms have caused some erosion but have also brought in new sand, so much that the "landmark driftwood" which I've been photographing for two years is now almost covered up. A more

  • Mile 202 looking south towards Cape Perpetua
  • Beach erosion and new sand accumulation
  • "Landmark driftwood," 2/14/2020 and now
  • Part of wintering Snowy Plover flock
  • Snowy Plover resting in heel of human footprint
  • 67D access path, 12/14/2021 after sand removal and now


December 4, 2021 - Jon French

I don't often walk the beach when it's so windy, but I wanted to get in a final walk before my hip replacement on Tuesday. I got on the beach shortly after the morning's King Tide, which wasn't that high. The Windfinder station on Oceania Drive recorded gusts to more

  • Dunes and blowing sand
  • Beachgrass blowing in wind
  • Blowing sand
  • Looking towards Snowy Plover area
  • Snowy Plover running in wind
  • Gulls hunkered down along Alsea Bay
  • Crab boat lights at dawn
October 27, 2021 - Jon French

I have reported before on the problems of erosion and sand accumulation along the southern portion of NW Oceania Drive paralleling Mile 202's Bayshore Beach. Houses on the seaward side of the street, mostly vacation rentals, are not located landward of a relatively stable dune ridge, as are houses more

  • Oceania Drive sandstorm
  • Oceania Drive sandstorm
  • Oceania Drive sandstorm
  • Oceania Drive after storm
  • Oceania Drive after storm
  • Oceania Drive after storm
October 13, 2021 - Jon French

With the November 2nd election approaching, yard signs are up on Oceania Drive, which parallel's Mile 202's Bayshore Beach, supporting and opposing Lincoln County ballot initiative 21-203, which would restrict and phase out short term rental vacation houses (STRs) in certain unincorporated residential areas of the county, including Mile more

  • Fishing the mouth of Alsea Bay
  • Western Snowy Plover
  • Juvenile Pacific Golden Plover and Western Snowy Plover
  • Juvenile Pacific Golden Plover
  • Pro-Short Term Rentals (No on 21-203) yard signs
  • Anti-Short Term Rentals (Yes on 21-203) yard signs
  • Dumping of gravel/rock and roofing material on dunes
  • Closeup of roofing material dumped onto dunes
  • Driftline mystery object
  • Bayshore Beach Howitzer
July 31, 2021 - Jon French

The fog and north wind of the past few days eased this morning, and although there was no sun to speak of, plenty of people and their dogs were out enjoying the beach.

This year's Western Snowy Plover breeding season seems to have concluded, with 48 nests located and monitored more

  • Western Snowy Plover
  • Pelicans and gulls in fog
  • Pelicans and gulls, closer view
  • Bonfire remains near dunes
  • Introduced European Beach Grass spreading to beach sand
  • Landmark driftwood with new driftwood placed atop
  • Group enjoying beach
  • Sand crab remains in driftline
  • Keiko, gone but not forgotten
July 21, 2021 - JLcoasties

Possible dead Harbour Seal with ODFW tag.  This was reported to Jim Rice at the OSU Marine Mammal Instituteread more

  • Marine animal skeleton on Mile 202
  • ODFW Tag on marine skeleton
  • ODFW tag number on marine skeleton on Mile 202
April 25, 2021 - Jon French

At the Bayshore Beach Club beach access, I posted a "Snowy Plovers Are Here!" sign, then walked down to where two plover nests had recently been discovered and roped off. There were no birds at either nest, and later in the day another Plover Patrol volunteer confirmed that both more

  • Snowy Plover sign at Bayshore Beach Club beach access, 67B
  • Snowy Plover sign at Bayshore Beach Club close up
  • Roped enclosure, Snowy Plover failed nest #1
  • Roped enclosure, Snowy Plover failed nest #2
  • Western Snowy Plovers
March 26, 2021 - Jon French

My wife and I joined our neighbor Nancy Thomas and her husband for today's walk. Nancy is a fellow CoastWatch (Mile 203) and Plover Patrol volunteer and today was doing a survey for beached birds for COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team), the 20 year old citizen science more

  • Discovering half-buried wing
  • Excavating remains, our dog Sweetie looking on in Coyote Vest
  • Nancy brushing off excavated remains
  • Arranging cleaned remains
  • Measuring and writing date
  • Nancy documents with photo
  • Oh no, another wing!
  • Bobcat dumping sand
  • Driftwood debris at Alsea Bay 1-19-2021
  • Driftwood debris at Alsea Bay 3-26-2021
  • Landmark driftwood 3-31-2020
  • Landmark Driftwood 3-26-2021
January 19, 2021 - Jon French

A sunny but somber morning on Mile 202, the ocean fairly calm after last week's storms, King Tides, and beach hazard warnings. Last Friday afternoon, a local resident, Toni Goessman, age 60, didn't return home from walking her two boxer dogs on the beach, and when one of her more

  • Man walking his dogs at waters edge--note the driftline
  • Couple walking at waters edge--note no attention to the surf
  • Driftwood debris, north shore of Alsea Bay
  • Driftwood debris and flip-flop sandal
  • Home at edge of Alsea Bay
  • Home at edge of Alsea Bay
  • Bobcat dumping sand onto dunes
  • Bobcat dumping sand onto dunes
  • Crabbing boat working close to shore


December 29, 2020 - Jon French

The most striking thing about today's walk on mile 202, the north spit of Alsea River, was the contrast between 202 and its northward extension, 203. After recent storms and King Tides, the driftline on 202 was marked by large driftwood logs and masses of small branches and twigs, more

  • Driftwood at Alsea Bay
  • Driftline, Mile 202 looking south
  • Someone planted a driftwood tree
  • Beaver chewed driftwood
  • Beached Scoter -- Melanitta sp.
  • Western Snowy Plover
  • Sand District portion of Oceania Drive paralleling Mile 202
  • Oceania Drive riding mower
November 15, 2020 - Jon French

Alsea Bay was fairly calm at noon for today's 8.985' King Tide, but on the ocean side the surf was high and roiled up after last night's rain and 60-plus mph wind gusts. This what it looked like, with surf all the way up to the dunes at times. more

  • Surf up to dunes
  • Western Snowy Plover area, Mile 202
  • Snowy Plovers along surf
  • Snowy Plovers along surf #2
  • Driftline
October 26, 2020 - Jon French

The north wind was brisk today, with hardly anyone on the beach.  On the southern portion of Mile 202, I counted a cluster of 17 Western Snowy Plovers, which winter here, all sheltering in ones and twos on the downwind side of beach vegetation which my new iNaturalist app "Seek" more

  • Western Snowy Plover sheltering from north wind
  • 3 Western Snowy Plovers sheltering from north wind
  • American Searocket beach vegetation
  • Smooth sand beach
  • Gulls at edge of Alsea Bay
  • Lone crabber, Alsea Bay
September 26, 2020 - Jon French

After the recent storms, I was surprised not to find any marine debris of human origin.  Instead, along the driftline were hundreds of strange little jelly like pods with tiny tails.  After a lot of Googling, these turned out to be dead "burrowing sea cucumbers" (Leptosynapta clarki), which live more

  • Burrowing sea cucumbers
  • Burrowing sea cucumber closeup
  • Western Snowy Plovers
  • Landmark driftwood 2-14-2020
  • Landmark driftwood 9-26-2020
  • Beach tree, decorated
August 20, 2020 - Jon French

I planned my walk hoping to reach the northern tip of Alsea Spit around 8:45 a.m. for the predicted low tide of -1.05. I thought it would be an easy walk over flat sand but hadn't counted on the stretches of exposed rough seafloor covered by standing water dotted more

  • Alsea Spit walking map
  • North Alsea Spit looking east toward Bayshore
  • North Alsea Spit looking south
  • South tip of North Alsea Spit
  • Brown Pelicans and Gulls
  • Turkey Vulture scavenging Gull carcass
  • Turkey Vultures on sand
  • Tube Worm casings
August 2, 2020 - Jon French

The only known snowy plover nest this year on Mile 202 failed.  Of the fourteen known plover nests located and monitored this year between Seal Rock and Patterson Memorial Recreation Site just south of Waldport, only three nests were successful, producing five chicks.  At failed nest sites, eggs usually more

  • Bayshore failed nest
  • Crow tracks and failed nest Bayshore
  • Crow tracks near failed nest Collins Creek
July 22, 2020 - Jon French

"Snowy Plovers are Here!" announces the children's artwork sign posted by Beach Ranger Doug Sestrich at the Bayshore Beach Club beach access just north of a new Western Snowy Plover nest. See photos. On July 13th, Doug spotted a plover and nest with one egg, and Roy Lowe subsequently more

  • Snowy Plovers are Here!
  • Plover buffer and beachgoers
  • Fuzzy plover on nest behind buffer sign
  • Plover on nest behind buffer rope
July 6, 2020 - Jon French

The Morning After -- July 5th here in Bayshore, on an otherwise beautiful weekend, means residents spending hours beginning to clean up the fireworks debris left by the few thoughtless holiday visitors who don't believe the "Fireworks Prohibited" signs should restrict their freedom to trash the beach. Attached are more

  • Osprey with eel
  • Gulls at shore
  • Fireworks debris on sand
  • Fireworks debris, Bayshore South
  • Fireworks debris Bayshore North
  • Smoldering log and COVID mask
May 9, 2020 - Jon French

Ospreys atop nest platform, Bayshore Beach Club parking lot.  Osprey couple settling in atop a very exposed nest platform I didn't think would be occupied.  Now for a little work on that nest!read more

  • Ospreys atop nest platform, Bayshore Beach Club parking lot
  • Ospreys atop nest platform, closeup
May 1, 2020 - Jon French

Another beautiful day on Mile 202.  I watched a flock of 18 whimbrels feeding along the shoreline, probably migrants headed north to breed on the tundra.  Someone in the past attached an osprey nest platform atop a utility pole in a parking lot across from the Bayshore Beach Club.  I' more

  • Whimbrel
  • Portion of whimbrel flock
  • Osprey nest pole
  • Osprey nest platform
April 20, 2020 - Jon French

No Western Snowy Plovers were seen this visit, but extensive plover tracks were seen in the dry sand near the sloping dunes when walking south down the beach.  See attached photos.  The plover tracks are blurry in the soft sand, but they are a little "pigeon toed," not quite straight, more

  • Network of plover tracks
  • Plover tracks with pen
  • Plover tracks closeup
April 13, 2020 - Jon French

No snowy plovers today, and very few birds at all.  Plover sightings have declined from 30-40 individuals during my walk on 1/30/2020, to approx 20 on 2/14, to 12-14 on 3/4, to 10 on 3/22, to 6 on 3/31, to none today.  Continuing sand accumulation and smoothing out of more

  • Landmark driftwood looking south to former snowy plover location
  • 2/14/2020 photo of landmark driftwood looking south to plover habitat
  • Former location of plovers
  • 3/4/2020 plover area
March 31, 2020 - Jon French

Very little human activity today.  Short-term vacation rentals at Bayshore have now been banned due to more

  • Dead seal pup
  • Dead seal pup closeup
  • Western Snowy Plover
  • Tree trunk driftwood with new sand
  • Landmark driftwood with new sand deposit
March 22, 2020 - Jon French

Spring Break Sunday on Mile 202.  I saw only 25 people on my walk south beginning at 11:15 a.m., but more were arriving by the time I ended my walk back at the Bayshore Beach Club beach entrance at 12:45 p.m.  Except for two groups of four people each ( more

  • Spring  Break Sunday, North tip of Alsea Spit
  • Area containing aproximately 10 Western Snowy Plovers
  • Plovers after human disturbance
  • Tree trunk driftwood with new sand
March 4, 2020 - Jon French

The 12-14 Plovers were seen in approximate area as on my 2-14-2020 walk, in the dry sand south of 67D beach entrance and landmark driftwood, located now precisely with Polaris navigation app and Bing map.  Plovers are standing, appearing to be pairing more

  • Area where Plovers seen
  • Plover pair
  • Plover location map
February 14, 2020 - Jon French

Fewer Western Snowy Plovers this walk than on 1/30/2020, approximately 20 total today (30-40 last visit) in two clusters south of beach access 67D (beyond the landmark driftwood in the attached photo and before the steep sand bluffs).  On my previous walk, the plovers were about a quarter of more

  • Western Snowy Plovers
  • Landmark driftwood looking South to Plover habitat
  • Plover habitat
  • New sand dump
  • Layered sand deposits forming sand bluff
  • Dead gull at beginning of walk
  • Dead gull scavenged, end of walk
January 30, 2020 - Jon French

Another beautiful walk on Mile 202, highlighted by seeing 30-40 Western Snowy Plovers scattered along the upper portions of the sand perhaps 100 yards North and South of Beach Access 67C (Bayshore South), a stretch of sandy beach and rolling dunes a half mile or so north of the more

  • Western Snowy Plover, Bayshore Beach
  • Western Snowy Plovers, Bayshore Beach
  • Banded Western Snowy Plover, Bayshore Beach
  • New sand deposits #1, Bayshore Beach bluffs
  • New sand deposits #2, Bayshore Beach bluffs
  • Erosion at tip of Alsea Spit
  • Plastic water bottle, Cest Bon, Chinese brand
January 14, 2020 - Jon French

A chilly north wind but still beautiful on Mile 202, which I had virtually all to myself.  I previously walked 202 on 12/30/19 and wanted to view any changes after a weekend of storms and King Tides.  Sand appeared to have been deposited on the rolling dunes along the more

  • Beached gull #1, body cavity scavenged
  • Beached gull #1, head missing
  • Beached gull #2, scavenged
  • Beached gull #3
  • Beached Cassin's Auklet
  • Great Blue Heron surf fishing
  • Eroding sand dumped on 12/23/2019
  • Eroding sand bluff
  • Erosion below house
  • Debris collected from beach


December 30, 2019 - Jon French

A beautiful morning on Mile 202.  A beach hazard/sneaker wave warning was in effect, and I anticipated few people on the beach, but I encountered at least 60 people and perhaps half as many dogs, people just walking, running their dogs, a few people jogging close to the surf, more

  • Dumping of sand onto beach on Mile 202, Alsea Spit
  • Front end loader loading sand for dumping on beach, Mile 202
  • Concentrated group of crab molts
August 19, 2019 - samdel

A beautiful day at the Beach. Some days earlier a juvenile humpback whale was beached around the middle of mile 202. It was eventually euthanized and buried somewhere on mile 202. read more


July 20, 2017 - unbound

During our beach cleanup on July 20, 2017 we saw 36 people and 7 dogs. Most people were walking, but it was a beautiful sunny day, so there were some folks who opted to checkout the surf and others who were sitting and enjoying the day. We saw many more


March 26, 2016 - unbound

A quiet, cloudy day on the Bayshore. We saw two families, grouped in 6 and 4, respectively, out walking on the beach. We found significantly more marine debris than usual, especially fishing-related items. Odd findings included a crate, a garbage can lid, and a dummy foot for shoe making. more

  • It was a cloudy, overcast day during our cleanup on the Bayshore, North Alsea River Spit, OR.
  • Photo of the wrack line. Lots of driftwood and Velella Velellas.
  • We found significantly more trash on our mile than in previous cleanups. Most of it appeared to have washed onshore. Lots of fishing gear and large pieces of plastic.
  • We found a crate covered with barnacles. We looked but could find no markings of origin.
  • We found a garbage can lid. No markings or sign of origin.
  • We found what appeared to be a foot dummy for shoe making. We did not find any markings or signs of origin.
  • We found a very fresh and pliable deceased pacific loon entangled in netting. We tagged it as #339 as part of our COASST survey. We cut the netting off and disposed of it after tagging.
  • We found a black scoter as part of our COASST dead shorebird survey. We tagged it as #340.


November 27, 2015 - unbound

Beautiful sunny day on the beach great for a post-holiday cleanup. Counted 27 humans and 9 dogs. Most individuals were walking, but noted one family sitting and observing. Picked up mostly plastic debris including water bottles and food packaging. Also noted Styrofoam and rope debris. Found 5 dead shorebirds more

  • We found a large, flat fish washed up above the wrack line. Possibly a Mola mola?
  • Dead shorebird we identified as a Brandt's Cormorant. Possibly a sooty shearwater. Difficult to tell due to condition of carcass. Tag #334
  • Dead shorebird identified as a northern fulmar. Tag #335.
  • Dead bird identified as a Canadian goose, but possibly a brown pelican. Difficult to identify due to condition of carcass. Tag #336.
  • Dead shorebird identified as a large immature gull. Only head found. Body nowhere in vicinity. Tag #337.
  • Dead shorebird identified as a Northern Fulmar. Tag #338.
  • Looking south down the Bayshore, N. Alsea River mile 202, Oregon.
  • Looking North up the Bayshore, N. Alsea River mile 202, Oregon. Beautiful sunny day with no clouds.
September 17, 2015 - unbound
Overall light human activity with 21 people and two dogs. We did not notice any unusual levels of trash or debris, but did pick up about a bag's worth. We found nine dead Common murres, possibly connected to a recent wreck on the Pacific Northwest coast. We spotted a more
  • Conditions were mostly cloudy on the Bayshore, North Alsea River, OR on the day of the cleanup
  • A few driftwood structures found on the Bayshore.
  • The fog rolls in on the Bayshore during the cleanup.
  • Sea jelly and kelp found in the wrack line during Bayshore cleanup.
  • We found a toothbrush during our Bayshore cleanup.
  • One of the nine common murres we found and tagged during the Bayshore cleanup. Possibly connected with recent wreck.
July 11, 2015 - unbound
A cloudy, overcast day on the Bayshore. The debris we found on the beach consisted mainly of the usual microplastics, Styrofoam, and fishing material along with picnic trash left from visitors. Although we did find a lot of remnants from fireworks, it was not as bad as we feared more
  • Warm, but cloudy, overcast day on the Bayshore near Waldport, OR.
  • Found big length of PVC pipe laying on beach. Origin unknown. We pulled it off of the beach and disposed of it.
  • Here's a close-up shot of the length of PVC pipe we found on the beach.
  • Common Murre found on the Bayshore/North Alsea River Spit near Waldport, OR.
  • We believe this to be a Sooty Shearwater, found on the Bayshore/North Alsea River Spit near Waldport, OR.
  • Brandt's Cormorant found on the Bayshore/North Alsea River Spit near Waldport, OR.
  • Second Common Murre found on the Bayshore/North Alsea River Spit near Waldport, OR.
February 16, 2015 - unbound
Beautiful President's Day on the Bayshore near Waldport, OR. Enjoyed a very sunny day with record high temps. Noted approximately 20 humans on beach - one family flying kites and playing in the surf, while the rest were walking along the water's edge. Noted lots of driftwood and debris more
  • Photo of tire found on beach.
  • Found a large bag used to hold liquids.
  • A beautiful day on the Bayshore near Waldport, OR. Shot looking southwards towards Alsea Bay outlet to ocean. Lots of driftwood near spit.
  • Dead bird identified as a Cassin's auklet. We banded the carcass as #318.
  • Not much left of this bird, but we identified it as a California gull and banded it #319.
  • Identified carcass as a Cassin's auklet and banded it #320.
January 19, 2015 - unbound
Due to several recent large storms, we noted a much-higher than normal amount of driftwood on the beach, especially towards the North Alsea River Spit. We also noted a higher amount of debris on the beach, mostly bottles and pieces of plastic. Found objects of note included a rusted more
  • Picture of buoy we found washed up on our mile. We did not find any identifying markers to place its origin.
  • Another angle of the buoy we found washed up on our mile. We did not find any identifying markers to place its origin.
  • Rusted propane tank found on our mile. It was too big for us to remove during our survey.
  • One of the dead shorebirds we encountered during our survey. We identified it as a Northern Fulmar.
  • A dead shorebird we found during our survey. We identified it as a Cassin's Auklet, possibly remaining from the large December wreck.
  • Noted new beach grass planted as part of dune maintenance.
  • Small sampling of some of the debris we found on the beach during our survey. Bucket was found on the beach, but we put it to use right away.


October 26, 2014 - unbound
Several days of big wind and rainstorms brought lots of debris to mile 202/North Alsea Bay. We encountered a greater-than-usual amount of driftwood on the beach as well as big stumps and logs floating in and out in the surf. Lots of plastic and other non-natural debris was in more
  • Dead seabird Cassin's auklet
  • Another dead seabird believed to be a Northern Fulmar.
  • Very large animal carcass of unknown origin. Found washing in and out of the surf amongst driftwood. Unable to identify but definitely had flesh and bones.
  • Big storms brought in way more driftwood than usual to Mile 202. Logs and stumps of various sizes were seen up on the beach as well as floating in the surf.
  • A few pelicans were spotted with a whole lot of gulls down at the end of the Bayshore spit, North Alsea Bay, OR.
  • Shot of debris in the wrack line.
  • A shot of Mile 202 looking south from the north end. Most of the debris was found on the south portion of the mile near the north shore of the Alsea bay.
June 1, 2014 - unbound
Beautiful day for a beach cleanup. Lots of debris in the wrack line, particularly plastic. Found bottles, trash, buoys, micro plastic, straws, etc. Also found a lot of styrofoam and rope.Not a lot of people on the beach. Appeared to be a big family flying kites and playing in more
  • Beach conditions for Bayshore, North Alsea River near Waldport, Oregon on 5/25/2014. Beautiful weather and few people on beach.


June 12, 2008 - dddurrett
Blue sky, sunshine(remember sunshine?)Another perfect day on Mile 202, very peaceful, and again, almost deserted. I posted a new seal pup sign at the entrance at Bashore Beach Club, I had info leaflets about marine wildlife but nobody to give them more
  • Photos taken to the south and north
March 5, 2008 - dddurrett
A perfect day at the beach, blue sky and a cool breeze.I picked up very little litter. Sparce drift line with no garbage. I was approached by a couple from California and they couldn't believe how clean and beautiful the beach was. I explained a little about Coast Watch more


November 5, 2007 - dddurrett
There was the normal amount of logs and tree debris for this time of year. I picked what little litter there was,(hooray-not one plastic water bottle!). After a good two hours on the beach it remained deserted, maybe because of limited access. Overall mile 202 looked very more
September 9, 2007 - dddurrett
Beautiful day but very few people on the beach for a Sunday.Very little litter, picked up 1 bag full. Found remnants of small drift wood more