Puffin Pale Ale Marks Centennial of Three Arch Rocks NWR
Tufted Puffins are back on the Oregon Coast to nest for the summer and most of them are found on Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. This sanctuary for more than 100,000 nesting seabirds celebrates a 100-year anniversary in October of this year. To mark this special occasion Rogue Ales of Newport and the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex have teamed up to offer a limited bottling of a special commemorative brew "Puffin Pale Ale." On July 9, 2007, the 22-ounce bottles of Puffin Pale Ale will go on sale to the public with a custom label portraying the refuge and a tufted puffin. The label also includes a brief history on the establishment of the refuge. Rogue Ales will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Puffin Pale Ale to the Refuge to support education and outreach programs. "We are extremely pleased and grateful that Rogue Ales is partnering with us to celebrate the refuge's centennial anniversary," said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader of the Refuge Complex. "Oregon has a long history of wildlife conservation and Three Arch Rocks is a prime example of that," said Lowe. Puffin Pale Ale will be sold in stores along the Oregon coast and in Rogue Pubs throughout the state.
In 1901 and 1903 William L. Finley and Herman T. Bohlman made arduous journeys to Three Arch Rocks to document the wildlife using the rocks for sanctuary. To their dismay they also discovered and were compelled to document the indiscriminate killing of sea lions for oil and blubber and the shooting of nesting common murres for sport and target practice. Armed with the information they collected and the photographs they took, Finley traveled to Washington, DC, to meet with President Theodore Roosevelt in the White House to seek his help in protecting the wildlife using this important site. President Roosevelt was convinced of the need for protection and on October 14, 1907, he declared by Executive Order Three Arch Rocks a Federal Reservation for breeding birds and animals. The name was later changed to Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, the first National Wildlife Refuge established in the western United States. One hundred years later, Three Arch Rocks protects the largest seabird breeding colony in Oregon and one of the largest on the West Coast, as well as the only breeding site on the Oregon north coast for threatened Steller sea lions.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:08 PM / Category: Three Arch Rocks NWR
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