Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Harriers fly low, miss little

    Strafing the salt marshes at Nestucca Bay is a specialized hunter, hawk-eyed with the ears and countenance of an owl.

    Meet these so-called "marsh hawks"

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    A Predator Nonpareil

    Speed. Power. Fearlessness. The Peregrine Falcon has it all. Perched atop wind-bowed conifers, these hunters rule the coast with impunity.

    Meet the world's fastest animal

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    Wildlife Gallery

    Flora and fauna abound in the mosaic of habitats at Nestucca Bay NWR—all that's required is patient observation to suss them out.

    Browse images of refuge wildlife

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    A Variegated Landscape

    Nestucca Bay NWR boasts some seven different habitat types. Ever heard of forested lagg? Or sphagnum bog, or shrub carr? They're all here.

    Get the lay of the land and its inhabitants


Humbling, Bumbling Bumblebees

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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

A Variegated Landscape

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Nestucca Bay NWR boasts no less than seven different habitat types. Ever heard of forested lagg? Or sphagnum bog, or shrub carr? These, plus pastures, prairies, woodlands and estuarine mudflats, round out the variegated landscape at Nestucca.

Get the lay of the land and its inhabitants
Featured Stories

Two Rivers Peninsula Nature Trail

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This 102-acre forested headland within the Nestucca Bay Refuge protects a dramatic coastal vista near Pacific City, and offers hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Learn more about hiking and the peninsula's history

About the Complex

Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex

Nestucca Bay 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