Winter Storms Creating Havoc with COASST Surveys
After enduring 4 days of storms trying to get enough beach to survey for the COASST project we finally had to call it quits. However we were rewarded with this beautiful sunrise the last day.

Winter Storms Creating Havoc with COASST Surveys

We haven’t had quite the cold weather we usually get but the wind has been remorselessly beating up Washington and playing havoc with our attempts to get to our beach for a COASST survey

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Changing the Way We Think About Plastic
Of course, you'd expect to see some fishing debris; but this much? also look closely and you'll see much more than just fishing debris.

Changing the Way We Think About Plastic

Approximately nine million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year—the equivalent of five plastic grocery bags stuffed with plastic trash on every foot of coastline around the world.

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Big Fish in a Little Stream
Although the creek is closed to fishing, you can fish the mouth of the creek.

Big Fish in a Little Stream

Anyone who lives in the Pacific Northwest is familiar with the migration of the different species of Salmon. What did surprise me recently was the the size of the water these amazing fish are willing to attempt swimming up to breed. My childhood handmade sailboat wouldn’t float in the amount of water we’re talking here?

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First Beach Cast Bird Found
A Glaucous-Winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) is our bird #302. Photo Credit: Steve Weileman

First Beach Cast Bird Found

I really don’t want to think about the number of miles or the total elevation lost and gained that were traveled to find our first bird but it finally paid off with the discovery of our first bird (and second) to document for the volunteer COASST program.

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A Summer Hunting the Green Crab
Theresa collecting our traps from Site 277.

A Summer Hunting the Green Crab

This was only our second year for this site, and actually our first full year. Last year we had a late start as we waited for the permits to make their way through the system. I mention this because it makes is somewhat difficult to come up with any hard conclusions regarding the data.

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Third Survey at Toleak Beach
Sunset over James Island. This was our view from Basecamp. Helped make up for the grueling hike to the beach.

Third Survey at Toleak Beach

The trail was heavily overgrown compared to our first trip out in early May. I felt Theresa’s absence like a weight on my back. Bending down for a better look I saw yet another bit of cougar scat. Unlike the previous trip this was obviously not fresh but that didn’t keep my head from constantly swiveling as I started up the trail to Scott’s Bluff.

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