When You Find More Mammals Then Birds
Winter tides don't leave much room on the beach for setting up a tent and clear days like this mean cold nights.

When You Find More Mammals Then Birds

Sitting around the campfire afterward, uploading our data, I’m always grateful to have the opportunity to be part of such a worthy project.

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Braving The Snow to Revisit Layser Cave
This is the entrance to Laysers Cave in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Had an entirely different feel dusted in snow.

Braving The Snow to Revisit Layser Cave

More interesting was the discovery of beads made from ocean shells and arrows made from obsidian only found in Oregon.

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A Cold Hike To The Top of Dog Mountain
A sun dog appears over Riffe Lake on our way to the summit of Dog Mountain.

A Cold Hike To The Top of Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain isn't particularly high, but its location makes it very popular with the sailing community. Steve and Theresa hike up to check out the stunning views.

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Toleak Survey Short Film
Theresa braving the winds and cold weather in order to search for beach cast birds.

Toleak Survey Short Film

Here's a short video that shows our typical environment when we got to Toleak Beach to conduct our COASST beached bird surveys.

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Exploring Cathedral Falls
Looking down in the Goat Creek Canyon at it's namesake. The trail just seemed to have one surprise after another.

Exploring Cathedral Falls

Steve strikes out with a couple of colleagues to search for the massive and equally impressive Catherdal Falls in the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

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A New Twist to Our Toleak Survey
Our 'basecamp' for this months COASST beach survey. Clear skies on the Washington coast in the winter mean cold nights and this was no exception.

A New Twist to Our Toleak Survey

With our trailer out of commission for the time being we decided to do our Toleak Survey with a twist and camp on the beach.

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Escaping Wildfires in Fort Clatsop
Based on diagrams provided by Capt. Clark this repelica of the Corp of Discovery winter quarters was built close to the where the original was located.

Escaping Wildfires in Fort Clatsop

It seemed the entire west coast suddenly erupted in flames. We found refuge in one of the few places free from the hazardous air conditions.

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Harbor Porpoise Found on Toleak Beach
Our COASST survey beach on a nice day. As winter approaches it won't be like this for long.

Harbor Porpoise Found on Toleak Beach

We’ve been surveying this section of the Washington coast for approximately two years. We do it year-round every month and in every kind of weather; wind storms, rain, and snow.

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