Seabird App Takes Flight

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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" Oregon Islands

Creature Features

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Browse this collection of writings and photographs by Refuge volunteer Peter Pearsall.

Get a fresh perspective on our Refuges

Counting Birds from Above

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Ever wonder how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service monitors seabird populations along the rugged Oregon coast? USFWS staffer Miel Corbett profiles a refuge biologist who counts seabirds from the sky.

Embark on an aerial tour with biologist Shawn Stephensen

Whale Cove: Protected as Refuge

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A 14-acre tract of land near Depoe Bay on the central Oregon coast is the newest addition to Oregon Islands NWR.

Read more about the addition
Featured Stories

"Murre-der" at Yaquina Head

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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

Oregon Islands 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