Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

ManagementBlack Oytsercatcher

As on all of our Refuges, one of our most important management functions is protecting the wildlife by providing undisturbed habitat.  We do this by placing Refuge boundary signs, instituting spatial and seasonal closures, having a year-round Refuge staff and volunteer presence, and by providing outreach and education. 

Working with our own staff, volunteers and partners, we support surveys and research on Caspian terns, glaucous-winged gulls, black oystercatchers, waterfowl, forage fish species, and butterfly species of concern.  We participate in the COASST program (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team - http://www.coasst.org/), backyard bird counts, Christmas bird counts, and birding festivals.  We remove trash and other debris as well as invasive plants whenever we find them.  In particular, we have had a successful program of reducing Dalmatian toadflax on Graveyard spit.

Last updated: November 3, 2011