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    Our Ancient, Massive Spruce

    The old-growth forest of Cape Meares NWR is home to two superlative spruces: Oregon's largest Sitka Spruce and the "Octopus" tree.

    Learn more about these mammoth trees

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    Uncommonly Marvelous

    Dashing and dapper, the Common Murre lives into its thirties and "flies" underwater, sometimes to 300 feet or more.

    Though not penguins, they're just as cool

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    Images from a Timeless Cape

    Browse our wildlife gallery to catch a glimpse of the multitudes contained within an old-growth coastal headland.

    Go to the gallery

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    A Predator Nonpareil

    Speed. Power. Fearlessness. The Peregrine Falcon has it all. Perched atop rugged sea stacks, these hunters rule the coast with impunity.

    Meet the world's fastest animal


Learn About Seabirds

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Meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteers at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint every weekend in summer and get close-up views of nesting seabirds.

Check out our seabirds

Our Ancient, Massive Spruce

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The old-growth forest of Cape Meares NWR is home to two superlative spruces: Oregon's largest Sitka Spruce and the "Octopus" tree. This species is one of only a handful worldwide that reach 300 feet in height.

Learn more about these mammoth trees

Lions of the Sea

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Steller Sea Lions exemplify the leonine aspect of their name. Roaring rather than barking, possessing a thick golden pelage reminiscent of a mane, these pinnipeds spend the lion's share of their time offshore, or hauled out on remote, unpopulated beaches.

Get acquainted with the world's largest eared seal
Featured Stories

Have Eagles no Murre-cy?

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As Oregon's Bald Eagles prosper, nesting Common Murres take a beating. How does a resurgent raptor spell reproductive disaster for a colonial seabird? It's not as cut-and-dried as you might think.

Get the grisly details

About the Complex

Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex

Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

Learn more about the NWRS