Harriers fly low, miss little
Strafing the salt marshes at Nestucca Bay is a specialized hunter, hawk-eyed with the ears and countenance of an owl.
Meet these so-called "marsh hawks"
A Predator Nonpareil
Speed. Power. Fearlessness. The Peregrine Falcon has it all. Perched atop wind-bowed conifers, these hunters rule the coast with impunity.
Meet the world's fastest animal
Flora and fauna abound in the mosaic of habitats at Nestucca Bay NWR—all that's required is patient observation to suss them out.
Browse images of refuge wildlife
A Variegated Landscape
Nestucca Bay NWR boasts some seven different habitat types. Ever heard of forested lagg? Or sphagnum bog, or shrub carr? They're all here.
Get the lay of the land and its inhabitants
Birding & Blues Festival 2016
Join us April 29-May 1 for the 12th annual Birding & Blues Festival in Pacific City.
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About the Complex
The Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex comprises six refuges along the Oregon coast, representing marine, estuarine, and old-growth forest ecosystems.
Nestucca Bay is managed as part of the Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Equal in weight to a couple of pennies, Golden-crowned Kinglets are among our smallest birds. How does this bantam satrap survive western Oregon's inclement winters, let alone those even further north? In two words: insulation & bugs.Learn about Bergmann's rule and how the kinglet breaks it
Browse this collection of writings and photographs by Refuge volunteer Peter Pearsall.Get a fresh perspective on our Refuges
As tireless pollinators of plants both wild and cultivated, native bumblebees play an essential ecological role on the Oregon coast. Comprising nearly 30 species, Pacific Coast bumblebees are threatened by maladies introduced by non-native bees; some varieties have all but disappeared.Get the buzz on these remarkable insects
Nestucca Bay NWR boasts no less than seven different habitat types. Ever heard of forested lagg? Or sphagnum bog, or shrub carr? These, plus pastures, prairies, woodlands and estuarine mudflats, round out the variegated landscape at Nestucca.Get the lay of the land and its inhabitants
Degradation of its preferred coastal prairie habitat has put Oregon Silverspot Butterflies on the brink. An erstwhile resident of Nestucca Bay, efforts are underway to bring it back.
Page Photo Credits Cotton Moss - Peter Pearsall/USFWS, Oregon Silverspot Butterfly - USFWS, Moss sporophytes - ©Stephanie Mcknight, Golden-crowned Kinglet - Peter Pearsall/USFWS, Obscure Bumblebee - Roy Lowe/USFWS, Northern Harrier - ©Kenneth Cole Schneider, Peregrine Falcon - USFWS, Great Blue Heron - Roy Lowe/USFWS, Two Rivers Peninsula - ©Bergman Photography, Black-throated Gray Warbler - ©Ram Papish
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2016