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Harriers fly low, miss little
Strafing the salt marshes at Bandon Refuge is a specialized hunter, hawk-eyed with the ears and countenance of an owl.
Meet these so-called "marsh hawks"
Photos of wildlife and scenery found at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.
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Snake vs. Newt
Forested wetlands at Bandon Marsh NWR are host to an evolutionary arms race between two common but uniquely adapted critters.
Learn more about this amazing match-up
After more than 10 years of land acquisition, planning, design and preparation, the Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project at Bandon Marsh Refuge took place from 2010 to 2011, summer to summer. After more than a century of impoundment, tides again wash over the marsh, providing habitat for shorebirds and salmon smolts alike.Learn more about Oregon's largest tidal marsh restoration project
About the Complex
The Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex comprises six refuges along the Oregon coast, representing marine, estuarine, and old-growth forest ecosystems.
Bandon Marsh 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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Three new game-based apps teach visitors about the diverse seabirds, marine mammals, rocky shore habitats and creatures that make the Oregon Coast such a vibrant and wondrous ecological system.A new and fun way to "discover" Coquille Point
Browse this collection of writings and photographs by Refuge volunteer Peter Pearsall.Get a fresh perspective on our Refuges
Rachel Carson described the high-energy antics of these shorebirds thus: “[Running] with a twinkle of black feet…keeping in the thin film at the edge of the ebbing surf, where puffs of blown spume or seafroth rolled like thistledown.” Sanderlings race up and down Oregon's beaches and estuaries every winter, gorging on invertebrates.Learn more about these sprinting sandpipers
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
Eelgrass beds form one of the many estuarine habitats at Bandon Marsh, sustaining all manner of life from the grassroots on up.
Page Photo Credits Sanderling - USFWS, Muskrat - Roy Lowe/USFWS, Northern Harrier - ©Kenneth Cole Schneider, Obscure Bumblebee - Roy Lowe/USFWS, White-crowned Sparrow - Roy Lowe/USFWS, Snake and newt - ©Richard Greene, Eelgrass - Peter Pearsall/USFWS, 2016 Oregon Shorebird Festival Logo - ©Ram Papish
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2016