National Wildlife Refuge
|7000 Christensen Rd
Phone Number: 541-867-4550
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Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Nestucca Bay Refuge was established in 1991 with the acquisition of short grass pastures to provide wintering habitat for dusky Canada Goose and Aleutian Cackling goose. The Nestucca Bay area supports approximately 10 percent of the world population of dusky Canada geese, and 100 percent of a very unique subpopulation of Aleutian Canada geese. It is also an important rest stop for migrating shorebirds and other waterfowl and is used by peregrine falcons and the bald eagle.
The Nestucca Bay and River system supports large runs of native fish species including cutthroat trout, steelhead, and Chinook and Coho salmon. In addition to managed pastures, other refuge habitats include wooded uplands, riparian wetlands, salt marsh, and open meadows. These habitats provide safe haven for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, songbirds, mammals, and amphibians.
The Neskowin Marsh Unit of this refuge is the southernmost coastal sphagnum bog habitat on the Pacific Coast. It is a rare and outstanding ecosystem with exceptional biological value. In addition to bird and mammal species, the sphagnum bog is home to many unusual and beautiful plant species such as the carnivorous Sundew and a native bog cranberry.
Getting There . . .
The Refuge is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off of Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half mile to the parking lot.
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An active pasture management program on this refuge focuses on providing shortgrass habitat preferred by dusky and Aleutian Cackling geese during their wintering period from fall through early spring. Pasture management is currently accomplished through cooperative agreements with local dairy farmers to best manage the pastures and meet wildlife habitat objectives.
Refuge grasslands are grazed and mowed during the goose "off-season" (May-October) in order to maintain the grass species composition and vegetation in the condition that the geese respond to during their use period (November-April). Other refuge management practices involve reforestation, restoration of riparian areas, and removal of invasive plants