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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


Nestucca Bay Paddle Trips

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Paddle through the heart of Siletz or Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge this summer with an interpreter. Click here for details and registration.

2019 Paddle Trips

Expanded Opportunities for Fishing at Nestucca Bay Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes expanding fishing opportunities on Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge for the 2019-2020 hunting and fishing season. We propose to open two new areas of the refuge to bank fishing. We are seeking public comments on the Draft Fishing Plan and draft Compatibility Determination from June 5 – July 5, 2019. Once completed, the final plan will establish new fishing regulations and locations for refuge lands. Written comments can be mailed to Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR 97365. They can also be submitted via email to oregoncoast@fws.gov.

Nestucca Bay NWR Draft Fishing Plan

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
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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