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

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Where Salmon Find Refuge

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In many ways, salmon are the lifeblood of the Pacific coast. Their annual migrations inland and seaward amount to a wave of nutrients that ebbs and flows like a piscine tide, bringing nourishment to animal and plant alike. For the former, it is the flesh of these vimful fish that sustains them—even enriches them, as is the case with humans. For the latter, it is rather the elemental constituents of that flesh, liberated by decay and repurposed as fertilizer for lush forests.

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Roosevelt Elk

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The largest of North America's four elk subspecies, Roosevelt Elk are an impressive and conspicuous resident in Oregon. Huge herds migrate from forested slopes to coastal flats in winter. Watch for them at lower elevations in fields and clearings, browsing on vegetation or simply lolling about.

Meet the bugling elk, largest of all deer species
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Beds of Grass, Sea of Leaves

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Eelgrass beds form one of the many estuarine habitats at Siletz Bay, sustaining all manner of life from the grassroots on up. Often mistaken for "seaweed", eelgrass is not algae but a true flowering plant, or angiosperm.

Get the dirt on these life-sustaining lawns

About the Complex

Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex

Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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