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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


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

The Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex comprises six refuges along the Oregon coast, representing marine, estuarine, and old-growth forest ecosystems.

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

Learn 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.

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Page Photo Credits — Common Murre - ©Ram Papish, Douglas Squirrel - ©Ram Papish, Peregrine Falcon - USFWS, Oregon's champion Sitka Spruce - Roy Lowe/USFWS, Steller Sea Lion - ©Ram Papish, Bald Eagle with Murre chick - Roy Lowe/USFWS, Double-crested Cormorant - ©Ram Papish
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2016
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