|Photo by D. Derickson of COASST
Unfortunately, Bayocean participated in this "wreck". In a CoastWatch report on December 26, 2014, Cape Meares resident Olli Olikainen counted 126 dead auklets along Mile 289, which is at the northern end of the ocean side of the spit, and 121 dead auklets along Mile 286. The Cape Meares Community Association web site lists others who helped out: Keith and Anita Johanson, BJ Byron, Kevin and Kathy Burke, Carolyn Olikainen, Wendy Kunkel, Dave Audet, John Harland, Ciel Downing, Rod Pelson, and Pete Steen. Thanks to all of you for doing this unpleasant but important work.
The good new is that Olli saw no dead birds on March 30, 2015 , just a few remaining bones and feathers. Hopefully all seen on Bayocean in the future will be flying by like little tennis balls against the backdrop of a coastal sunset.
|Photo by Jamie Chavez via Flickr Creative Commons
|Photo by Julio Mulero via Flickr Creative Commons