Wildlife & Habitat

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Cape Meares NWR marries old-growth conifer forest with sheer coastal cliffs, offering a wide breadth of habitat for everything from Pacific Water Shrews and Northwest Salamanders in the damp understory, Marbled Murrelets and Northern Spotted Owls in aging cavitated trees, to Peregrine Falcons and Black Oystercatchers nesting on the bluffs.

  • Seabirds

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    Seabirds are gregarious, ocean-dwelling birds that live off the bounty of the sea, coming to land only to breed and raise their young. The rocks and islands scattered along the Pacific Coast provide ideal nesting habitat, and in the long days of summer they bustle with the raucous calls of tens of thousands of seabirds.

    Meet the seabirds of Cape Meares 

  • Birds of Prey

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    Hunters from on high, birds of prey come in many shapes and sizes and lifestyles, unified in their proclivity to living off the flesh of others. Several species frequent the Oregon coast, from the fish-eating Osprey and dive-bombing Peregrine Falcon to the reclusive Northern Spotted Owl.

  • Marine Mammals

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    Three species of marine mammals use the rocks and islands off Cape Meares as areas to haul out of the water and raise their young. Harbor Seals, Steller Sea Lions and California Sea Lions can be seen resting on the offshore landforms, all of which belong to either Three Arch Rocks or Oregon Islands Refuges.

    Learn more about our pinnipeds

  • Habitat

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    The rugged landforms along the Oregon coast provide crucial habitat for a wide variety of life. From pupping pinnipeds to nesting seabirds, fragile nudibranchs to wave-beaten barnacles, creatures diverse and distinct find refuge here.