Mile 298 Report

October 24, 2009
by william.l.schult@doc.state.or.us

Location:
Tillamook
Nehalem Beach, Nehalem Bay SP 2
Conditions:
Saturday 12:00 PM
Sunny
60° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Humans / Pets:
People:
20
Dogs:
5
Activities:
Walking / Running:
10
Sitting:
10
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
5
Activity Comments:
People were either jogging, playing with dogs or sitting/sleeping on the sand. We were the only ones walking up and down the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
We observed very little wildlife. There were about 12 seagulls and one flock of sandpipers. The sand was void of any wildlife.
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Species/names:
2 cormorants - one with full skeletal remains and feathers. The other had feathers and few skeletal remains.
Stranded:
None
Fish & Invertebrates:
None
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
A beautiful day and a beautiful beach. This is our first visit to this area. There were sporadic clumps of kelp, lots of crab shells and large pieces of driftwood. The beach was clean of trash which surprised us since the park had many campers in it. There were about 20 beachcombers and joggers on this stretch of the beach at any one time, most of them in the northern portion. We saw only about a dozen seagulls and one flock of sandpipers in the area. I guess I was expecting more wildlife, but I'm not sure just what is normal.
Other Mile 298 Reports (17)

2019

July 21, 2019 - Sue R.
From the entrance to the beach from the state park, walking north, I saw about 40 people, eight dogs, three horses, lots of washed up upside-down crabs, and several small beached jellyfish.  There...

2013

January 12, 2013 - nkn pete
Had 7 members of the NKN Natural Resource/Envir club & 2 adults observing the beach and removing litter. Collected 6 SOLV size plastic bags of litter. Mostly plastic bottles, styrofoam, and a...

2012

February 11, 2012 - nkn pete
There were 17 members of the NKN Nat'l Resource/Envir. Club to help with the beach cleanup and coastal monitoring. We collected 3.5 SOLV bags of debris (mostly all plastic and styrofoam) & one 30...

2011

April 16, 2011 - nkn pete
Beach very clean only collected one SOLV bag of trash. We had 12 members of our NKN Natural Resource/Envir. Club survey & collect litter. We cut Scotch Broom for the Nehalem Bay state park when...

2010

December 30, 2010 - nkn pete
Area was very clean. Less than one SOLV size bag of trash collected, mostly plastic. No evidence of oil or marine pollution. Only one dead gull seen. We saw a young seal in the surf. It was acting...
June 10, 2010 - nkn pete
Done with NKN 6th Grade Middle School (covered the beach from the base of the dune to the shore). Thorough cleanup using 55 kids. Only 2 SOLV bags collected. Found a long message in a bottle....
February 15, 2010 - nkn pete
Seven members of the Natural Resource/Environment Club worked on this monitoring activity. No mortality -- everything looks clean and good today. Beach very clean only 0.5 SOLV of litter collected...

2009

November 1, 2009 - nkn pete
Walked mile 298 to check for dead birds. Observed:1 ancient murrelet quite old just wings1 black footed albatross older both wings still attached to shoulder girdle1 western grebe -- fresh entire...
September 19, 2009 - nkn pete
Beach was very clean. Our NKN National Resource/Envir Club only collected 1 full SOLV bag + 1 clump of rope.

2008

November 22, 2008 - nkn pete
Light human use (6 people, 3 dogs). Very little litter.Had members of the NKN Nat'l Resource Club with us. We documented the amount + type of litter for the International Coastal Cleanup Project on...
September 20, 2008 - nkn pete
We also helped with the SOLV beach cleanup. Found an old derelict tent, and collected one SOLV bag of trash. (Beach was clean.) We completed the international survey of litter found on the beach for...
June 11, 2008 - nkn pete
Heavy (73) human use. First time we didn't see any beached birds. ~20 NKN Middle School students participated in the monitoring/clean up - only 1 SOLV-size bag of debris (mostly plastic bottles)...
May 10, 2008 - nkn pete
Beach berm still steep from winter storms, but beginning to flatten out.Observation done with NKN Nat'l Resource Club members. We also cleaned the beach, a total of 1 SOLV bag collected. Most of the...
January 29, 2008 - nkn pete
December storm - really changed the beach. Large over 4m wide pile of tree trunks + branches from flood throughout mile surveyed.Much erosion of beach + dune - cut back and steep angle ~ 40° to high...

2007

September 15, 2007 - nkn pete
Beach was clean of debris. We collected less than 1/2 SOLV bag. This project was done with NKN Nat'l Resource Club members from the NKN Middle + High Schools. We also completed an Ocean Conservancy...
June 7, 2007 - nkn pete
It was the first time we did not see any dead birds in years!!There were about 30 - 40 Dungeness crab cases along beach. They may have been molts.Beach was clean - 2 SOLV-size bags of trash collected...
February 3, 2007 - nkn pete
Surveyed the beach with members of the NKN Natural Resources Club. Two full SOLV bags of trash collected, 1 10-gal plastic can + one 3' plastic yard fence. Most garbage ~90% was plastic (land based)...