Mile 156 Report

March 23, 2010
by JELong

Oregon Dunes NRA, over dunes from Tahkenitch Creek
Tuesday 12:00 PM
60° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
0.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
2 pair mallards in Tahkenitch Creek estuary; 1 pelican flying by, no other wildlife.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
A few dead crabs, lots of small crab molt shells.
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
Plastic bottles, 3 plastic Hag traps, 2 small plastic fishing floats, a large piece of styrofoam, a mostly buried fishing net
New Development:
Natural Changes:
No erosion evident, significant amount of sand on the beach and up against the foredune
What a great March day on the Oregon Coast! Almost still in the morning, no clouds or wind, temp around 60, just my dear friend Bonnie and I hiking the dunes and the beach north of the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek. Man, it just doesn't get much better than that! Although the wind picked up quite a bit in the afternoon, it didn't deter us from our appointed rounds. We got in our 5 mile loop hike as always. The lack of any shore birds, either dead or alive, was somewhat of a surprise although I haven't seen many for quite a long time. Perhaps they just don't hang out on mile 156 anymore. The large volume of beach sand this time of year was also surprising. There was virtually no erosion of the foredune or beach. As usual, this is a pretty quiet mile of the coast, very few people, no development, no vehicles, not much disturbance of any kind, save for the Plover closure fencing and monitoring activity. Just the way I like it!
  • March 23, 2010
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June 21, 2008 - JELong
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