Monday, July 6, 2015

July 6th-- Burned Out on Fireworks!

It is our Nation's Birthday.  It is a big deal.  I get it!!!  Happy Birthday USA!

The US girls won the World Cup Soccer Tournament.  I get it!!!!  It's a big deal.  Congratulations USA Girls Soccer!

But… we have to light so many explosive fireworks on the beach?  I get it.  The fireworks over the water is beautiful, celebratory, magical, it makes you say, oooohhhhhhh,  aaaaaaahhhhhh!  But….could you please clean up the mess?

Large Fireworks Canister on the beach.

It is against NC state law and Wrightsville Beach ordinance to set off personal fireworks.  I hate to be that person who is a "kill joy"...  I really do!  But….. clean it up.  Come on.

In case you haven't heard, our ocean is choking on plastic and debris---OUR plastic and debris.  The inhabitants of the ocean is choking on OUR plastic and debris.  The Ocean and the Earth give us so much.  Food, water, air, beauty, trees, flowers, animals, and recreation.  Can't we return the favor and do our part to Keep It Clean?

 John and I picked up 162 pieces of fireworks debris on our little section of beach (about 3/4 mile) today.  And guess what?  We didn't get it all.  There was more, but we only had so much time.  And guess what else?  It was a very low tide, which meant the high tide already washed most of the debris out to sea.
162 Pieces of Fireworks Debris
Even Gigi couldn't look at the trash this morning.  She turned her back to it.  :-)

Total of Items in our Litter Bags:
24 cigarette butts
31 food wrappers
13 plastic bottle caps
2 metal bottle caps
7 plastic lids
22 straws/stirrers
3 plastic cutlery
2 plastic water bottles
3 glass beer bottles
1 beer can

1 plastic grocery bag
4 other plastic bags
1 paper coffee cup
1 plastic cup
2 foam cups
1 foam plate
28 plastic packaging (mostly from fireworks)
1 strapping band
1 cigar wrapper
1 can of chewing tobacco
1 dirty diaper (So gross!)
1 hat
1 single flip flop
1 very smelly bandeau top
9 toys
12 pieces of paper
6 wet ones
1 plastic dental flosser
1 surf leash band
1 tube of chapstick
6 plastic zip ties
1 block of surf wax
3 metal tent stakes (2 matched the one I found last week)
2 artificial pink flower petals (this is the third week we have found these)
1 Altoids tin with a suspicious smelling hand rolled cigarette.

In spite of the trash, our beach is soooo beautiful.  Look at the changing colors in just 1.5 hours this morning!

The most patriotic thing you can do is to take care of the environment and try to live sustainably ~ John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Peace and Clean Oceans,

KIC Volunteer, Pat Tillery finds lots of trash on July 4th.

Hope Presley cleans up zone 3 on July 5th.

Two and half hours, one kitchen trash bag, and MANY small black buckets full (I lost count after 8), Zone3 is trash free!!! I knew there'd be a lot, but that was insane!  ~Hope

Friday, July 3, 2015

Calm Before the Storm

June 29, 2015

The heat has been crazy around here, but I'm not complaining!  I love summer and I especially love summer nights.  And although storms can unnerve me at times, they have been pretty amazing.

Fortunately for John and I, the recent storm cooled the air just enough to make our Monday morning walk pleasant both in temps and the amount of trash that we found.

I have heard from a couple of KIC volunteers that the trash seems to be less this year.  John and I were each surprised by how clean the beach seemed this morning.  However, we are counting this as "the calm before the storm" since next weekend is July 4th, which is typically when volunteers find the most trash.

I was especially tuned into the sound of tinkling this morning as the waves washed in and out over the tiny shells.  I love that noise!

Here are some of our morning pictures.  (Please excuse the graininess---we were using our cell phones)

Safe and Sound Incubation

Incoming and Outgoing Surf at Oceanic

Couples' Presurf Yoga Session

Stormy Wave.  Can you hear the tinkling?

Our litter bags consisted of:

21 cigarette butts
28 food wrappers
12 plastic bottle caps
1 metal bottle cap
5 plastic lids
13 straws/stirrers
2 pieces of plastic cutlery
1 stainless steal fork
1 firework
1 plastic bottle
9 aluminum cans (most of these were partially buried like in this photo)

1 paper plate
2 strapping bands
2 cigarette cartons (found beside the buried beer cans)
1 tampon applicator---yuckyuckyuck
5 plastic pieces
22 paper pieces
2 artificial flower petals
4 wet ones
1 paper doily
2 tubes of chap stick
1 band aid
1 metal tent stake
2 clumps of surf wax
4 hair ties 6 zip ties
3 pieces of clothing (1 sock, 2 single flip flops)
11 toys

Gigi loves trash sorting with me!
Peace and Clean Oceans,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Some of my favorite things---Friends, Birthdays, Pets and Trash!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to someone who has made a difference on Wrightsville Beach and has rippled change into the world.  Hope you have the best day ever, Danielle Richardet!  So glad we are friends!

Wow! Has the weather ever been hot!  And so it was on our sea turtle patrol walk this morning.  We did not find turtle tracks, but we did find this sand sculpture with a message.  I hope this brings us good luck tonight.

The beach is full of beauty in the mornings.  Today, we saw dolphin, black skimmers, runners, yogis, and families waiting for the sunrise.  It was a good morning.

We did find trash too, of course.  But, I got a little help sorting it from some of my furry friends.

Sasha Bear, Gigi Dog, and Ringo Starr.  Everyone is avoiding the group photo.

Gigi loves her pink blanket with the sun.  We found this abandoned on the beach a few years ago and it has been Gigi's ever since.  She always lays on it when I sort the trash.

Gigi just noticed that she needs braces.  :-)

Sasha Bear and Me.
Today our litter bags included:
16 cig butts
29 food wrappers
1 plastic food container
8 plastic bottle caps
2 metal bottle caps
12 other plastic lids
29 straws/stirrers
4 plastic pieces of cutlery
2 pieces of actual silverware

2 plastic bottles
1 glass bottle
4 aluminum cans
1 ziplock bag
3 plastic cups
1 cigar tip
2 plastic zip ties
7 foam pieces
17 plastic pieces
3 plastic packaging
26 paper pieces
2 wet ones
1 bandaid
1 beach umbrella wire
1 plastic contact lens case
1 piece of surf wax
6 artificial flower petals
3 strapping bands
1 hair tie
1 plastic flosser
1 chapstic
1 panty liner (yuck)
1 comb
4 clothing articles
16 toys (including a whole set of measuring cups which I may use)

We also got to enjoy the presence of a butterfly today.

Peace and Clean Oceans.

Beach Bunny spotted at Access 44

Volunteers, Jim and Lucretia take care of the sea turtles, birds and the beach!   Here are some pics they took around access 44.  Look at all the trash they collected.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Turtles on the beach!

KIC volunteer Beth W. sent me this photo of turtles she has found on the beach during her morning patrols.  Aren't they adorable?  :-)   Thanks Beth for rescuing these turtles and for Keeping It Clean.

Pat keeps the beach clean.

Dedicated KIC volunteer, Pat T. keeps her zone clean.  Here are pictures of the trash she has collected over the past two Saturdays.  (I love the volleyball!)

3 sweeps in zone 4

Monday, June 8, 2015

We had a very pleasant patrol morning.  It was not as hot and muggy as last week and the noseeums seemed to absent, which is always a good thing.

So glad Wrightsville Beach is a non-smoking beach.  Since this ordinance was passed, we find much less cigarette and tobacco related litter on our beach.  The signs are nice too.  Kids can teach us a lot.

We had some interesting trash finds this morning; not the least of which was the bottom of a fiberglass boat.  It did not have any sea life attached, so we assume it had not been in the ocean very long before washing ashore.  We did carry it to the trash can so that the town workers can dispose of it properly.  It was heavier than I thought!

We also found this coconut that had sea life attached.  Wonder from where it traveled?  This is a first in my beach sweeping experience.

But perhaps my favorite find of the day was when we were approaching the end of the walk and something caught my eye in the soft sand.  I said, "What is that?" and walked up to investigate.  I'm glad I did because it was a sea turtle who needed to be rescued!  :-)

Total items in our litter bags include:
15 cigarette butts
39 food wrappers and packaging
5 plastic bottle caps
2 metal bottle caps
2 plastic lids
13 straws/stirrers
2 plastic cutlery
2 plastic bottles
1 glass bottle (non-beverage_
1 plastic grocery bag
2 plastic cups
2 foam cups
3 pieces of rope
4 balloons
1 cigarette lighter
3 strapping bands
1 cigarette package 
1 tampon which I picked up with a stick!
4 articles of clothing
12 toys
1 hair bow
11 pieces of paper
1 wet one
1 clothes pin
1 fiberglass boat bottom
1 winning lottery ticket totaling $2!
1 brittle and broken non-disposable plastic cup

Friday, June 12, 2015

I was at the beach for a walk on Friday, June 12th and picked up some trash as I went.

4 plastic bottles
2 plastic cups
1 wet one
1 surf board leash
1 cleaning brush

Monday, June 15, 2015

On this morning, I patrolled the beach sans John.  The day was already bright when I arrived at 5:35AM and there were already quite a few people enjoying the start of this new day.  AHHH….the summer season has arrived.  Kids are out of school and families are enjoying their beach vacations.

Today my litter bag included:
15 cigarette butts
27 food wrappers and packaging pieces
11 plastic bottle caps
5 plastic lids
10 straws/stirrers
1 plastic spoon
2 plastic bottles
1 aluminum can
2 plastic ziploc bags
2 plastic cups
4 foam cups
2 tobacco packaging
1 balloon
1 firework
5 articles of clothing including 1 sock and 2 matching pairs of flip flops
12 toys
1 plastic zip tie
3 balloon strings
1 chap stic
4 wet ones
1 champagne cork
1 plastic hotel key
2 hair ties
1 pair of kids sunglasses
Foxy Cat joined me for the trash sorting today.  She is 8 years old.
I also found two seashell treasures.

Peace, love and clean oceans,