Nestucca Bay Refuge Hosts Open House Event
Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as they host an Open House at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 28, 2006 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This free interpretive and interactive event is being held to celebrate the National Wildlife Refuge System and is open to the public. Late October marks an exciting time of year at Nestucca Bay Refuge, as Aleutian cackling and Dusky Canada geese have migrated south from their breeding grounds in Alaska to their wintering grounds in western Oregon. The geese can be seen feeding on the short grass pastures at Nestucca Bay Refuge and surrounding farmlands.
During the Open House event, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Coast Range, the Pacific Ocean, Cape Kiwanda and Haystack Rock as they embark on one of two simultaneous two-hour hikes around the refuge to watch wildlife and learn about the history and purposes of the refuge. One of the hikes will focus on birds, as Wildlife Refuge Specialist Dawn Grafe leads a tour around the refuge to look for large and small birds in a variety of habitats including managed pastures, woodlands, and open bay. These habitats provide safe haven for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and many species of songbirds.
A second hike will be led by Project Leader Roy Lowe and will focus on the history of Nestucca Bay Refuge, the restoration of native forest, and the plans for opening a portion of the refuge to public use. A special highlight of this year's Open House event will be a tour and discussion of the proposed Cannery Hill Overlook project, which would allow the public to visit the refuge and view the wildlife and spectacular scenery. The proposed project would include improving the entrance road, creating two small parking lots, and constructing a trail and viewing deck up on Cannery Hill. Environmental documents analyzing the benefits and potential impacts of this proposed project will be available for public review in November, and visitors attending this Open House event will get an on-the-ground preview of the proposal.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have binoculars and field guides to loan for those who would like close-up looks at wildlife. Please dress for Oregon's ever changing and often inclement weather. Meet at 9:00 am at the gravel parking area on Christensen Road (turn west onto Christensen Road off of Highway 101 and travel approximately Â½ mile) across from refuge housing. For more information contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:43 AM / Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
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Cape Meares Parking Area to be Improved
Beginning the week of September 18, the parking lot at Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge, Lighthouse and State Scenic Viewpoint will be undergoing construction for approximately two months. With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service providing the funding and the Western Federal Lands Highway Division administering the contract, the parking lot at this ever-popular attraction will emerge with 12 more vehicle parking spaces, three designated RV parking spaces, new curbing, more level sidewalks, and a newly paved surface. The parking lot will remain open during construction but will have limited capacity depending on the phase of construction.
Cape Meares Lighthouse and State Scenic Viewpoint is sandwiched between the two parcels of Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge protects rare old growth Sitka spruce and hemlock forest, and seabirds and peregrine falcons nest on the vertical seacliffs of this Refuge. The Park and Lighthouse are managed by Oregon State Parks, and the Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge welcome visitors and operate the gift shop. With nearly half a million visitors each year, the parking lot, viewing decks, and trails at this spectacular location have been in need of upgrades to accommodate the ever expanding visitation. Over the past few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided funding to construct two high-quality viewing decks and to design and install interpretive panels on the decks and trails. The viewing decks allow visitors a spectacular view of Three Arch Rocks and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuges out in the Pacific, as well as migrating gray whales, seabirds, and sea lions. The interpretive panels help visitors understand what they are seeing. The parking lot upgrade is the final component of the improvement project for this well loved Oregon coast gem.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:43 PM / Category: Cape Meares NWR
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