Mile 300 Dispatch

August 31, 2017
by Volunteer Trainer

Manzanita Beach, Manzanita, Neahkahnie Beach
Thursday 9:30 AM
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I found this murre chick on the beach at Manzanita, August 31. I took it to a rehab lady in Rockaway Beach (recommended by the Wildlife Center in Astoria) an hour or so after recovering it, but unfortunately it died as we arrived at her facility.  Anyway, I thought it was noteworthy because I’ve seen so many dead murres on the Manzanita beach (~40/km in July!) and ALL were adults; I have not noticed any chicks on the water. Also, I think I read on OBOL that very few chicks were produced at Yaquina Head and other coastal colonies. This seems a little late for such a young chick. So, I thought it might be worth reporting to you folks. Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested if you think it’s worthwhile.

Cheers, Jules Evens
Avocet Research Associates, LLC

  • Murre Chick-Manzanita 8/31/17
    Murre Chick-Manzanita 8/31/17
Other Mile 300 Reports (44)


January 11, 2020 - mccannavc
These observations were recorded during a King High Tide.  12:00PM on 1/11/2020. The Cape Elizabeth Boay reported 9.5 high tide, 16 kts WNW, 21 kts gusts, and significant wave heights of 29 feet.  It...


December 1, 2019 - llucaskmehra
Rainy day so fewer people on this holiday weekend Sunday. Friday was sunny and more than 200 people and their dogs were enjoying - walking, running, exercising dogs, throwing footballs, kites,...
August 18, 2019 - mccannavc
Mile 3008/18/19Sunday Morning6:30am - 9:00amThe surf was 3-4 feet waist to chest high. The scent of beach fire was notable.There was evidence of human beach activity prior to my arrival - 6 sand...


November 25, 2018 - llucaskmehra
Lovely days for November, observations over four days - many people enjoying the beach with dogs, upwards of 200 on Friday. No wildlife likely as a result of the busy tourist weekend. Sea gulls...


July 19, 2017 - marko
Unusual increase in dead grebes on Mile 300.


December 21, 2016 - marko
September 19, 2016 - marko
Decapitated seal on beach.  Cormorant, gull only other wildlife.
May 27, 2016 - marko
May Report
  • starfish, Manzanita Beach, Manzanita, Neahkahnie Beach
  • vellella on beach
March 9, 2016 - marko
I forgot to post this on 110215 - dead shark at foot of North Avenue on Mile 300
  • dead shark that lingered quite a while at the foot of North Avenue.
March 8, 2016 - marko
Purple, very slippery small organisms. What are they - krill?
  • slippery purple small organisms; On the beach
  • slippery purple small organisms on Oregon beach


August 24, 2015 - marko
Dead murres on north beach of Manzanita
January 3, 2015 - beachmike
I just received a phone call in regard to a large number of dead Cassin's Auklets currently washing up on Manzanita Beach. She counted over a hundred in the span of a quarter mile from Laneda Ave.


October 17, 2014 - marko
Excess of dead birds on mile 300
October 7, 2014 - marko
I've seen 4 dead Grebes on mile 300


August 29, 2013 - beachmike
Submitted by a guest to the website:We are vacationing in Manzanita for a week. Yesterday, we walked the beach and found one dead gull. Today we found six dead adults and adolescent gulls in a strip...
April 7, 2013 - beachmike
Stormy morning on the coast. No signs of tsunami debris. Found one interesting post, but it didn't look as if it had been at sea very long and was held together by modern-looking nails.


June 16, 2012 - beachmike
I noted a few pieces of unusual debris (flat and rounded foam-based materials) that could be tsunami-related, based purely upon reports I've seen of other such objects on TV. See attached photos....
  • Large tree in foreground washed up root-ball and all.  Halfway submerged beneath the dune.
  • I found three pieces like this.
April 14, 2012 - beachmike
Very popular day on the coast. Everything is pretty clean, due mostly to the recent SOLV event. Didn't see any readily apparent tsunami debris in this mile.


May 21, 2011 - beachmike
Overall, the mile appears to be in good shape. Heavily used, but remarkably clean of litter, considering. Very little wildlife observed this time around.


September 29, 2010 - beachmike
Beach was extremely clean from the recent cleanup weekend. Very few people on the beach for such a lovely day. I soon realized that it may have something to do with the salps (
August 15, 2010 - beachmike
Pod of orcas 500 yards off Manzanita beach right now! Easily six to eight fins visible at any given time. Perfect viewing weather. Look just north of Ocean and Manzanita intersection to see them...
April 18, 2010 - beachmike
Significant shoreline activity along access trail "8", about a quarter mile south of Laneda Ave. Much of the foredune has been scraped away across a section of beach about a 100 yards across....
February 14, 2010 - beachmike
Almost like the 4th of July on the beach today, based on visitor traffic. Too many people to accurately count, but definitely in the low hundreds. About one dog for every 7 of them. None on leash...
January 2, 2010 - beachmike
Very stormy day on the coast around noon today. The sea-foam was 1-2 feet high along the driftline. The surf was rushing in right up to the beachgrass, catching many walkers off-guard and causing a...
  • A sneaker wave comes ashore on Manzanita Beach.


October 30, 2009 - marko
Walking on mile 300 each morning, I am NOT seeing a recent excess of dead birds. (We did find a dead human 2 weeks ago). Beach is almost pure sand.
October 18, 2009 -
See "Action and Comments" for summary.
October 11, 2009 - beachmike
The beach appeared clean and almost swept free of anything to report. It was difficult to even find the driftline. About the only negative I observed today is that the horseback riders are still...
  • Lots of beach walkers today!
September 16, 2009 -
Large number of dead birds (10) reported on this mile.
September 5, 2009 - beachmike
This is a heavily used beach, particularly on these holiday weekends, but it manages to stay reasonably clean. Every drift-log is typically heavily torched from campfires, making for a bit of an...
June 13, 2009 - beachmike
Despite the high use of this beach, it remains pretty pristine in terms of accumulated trash and other human impact. My only complaint is that folks tend to torch every large log or stump that...
February 1, 2009 -
Jellyfish every 10 feet. 11 people walking.


December 30, 2008 -
Dead birds: Northern Fulmar, Sheerwater, Rhinoceros Auklet. 23 people, 4 playing in creek.
November 25, 2008 - marko
Large patch of knotweed growing at north end of mile 300. Light use: 4 people, 2 dogs.
November 1, 2008 - beachmike
The beach was really clean. I couldn't find anything to pick up. Dogs were all off-leash except for one, but none were observed chasing wildlife. There are a few companies that lead horseback...
  • Representative of the beach crowd that day.  A few strollers with dogs.  Someone practicing kitesurfing on the shore
  • The pelicans were making many dives into the surf, so I'm guessing there's some decent fishing out there.  Amazing display of fishing prowess in the heavy wind and waves.
September 26, 2008 -
Light human use (7). Nothing much to comment on.
September 8, 2008 - marko
Heavy use by humans (35) and dogs (6). Pelicans still active. 6 dead murres.
August 23, 2008 -
Very heavy human use (102). Beach grass seems to be spreading and the dunes building up.
March 4, 2008 - marko
Very little human activity on this day. Huge amounts of driftwood. Creek runoff moved by storms.A very quiet day. It felt like nobody else was here. Eventually I saw in the distance what appeared to...


November 23, 2007 - JCampf
Thanksgiving weekend -- unusual # (82) of people on beach. Sunny & bright.
November 21, 2007 -
What a fabulous crisp, sunny, winter day.
September 5, 2007 -
Nothing extraordinary. Dead harbor seal, sculpted sands.
June 7, 2007 - marko
Several eagle sightings. Few dead birds. Large driftwood & plywood structure nailed together on beach for more than a month. No action yet taken by Nehalem State Park regarding dangerous...
April 27, 2007 -
A great deal of wood on beach at the wrack -- must have been a big storm at high tide sometime earlier.Walking to Jetty miles 298-297 saw about 1000 migrating shorebirds (heading north in groups of...
January 25, 2007 - marko
Dead sea lion at north end of beach. Pretty calm.