Three Arch Rocks historically was a breeding site to more than 200,000 Common Murres. These days, the larger colonies are all but abandoned. See what's spooked the murres
About the Complex
The Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex comprises six refuges along the Oregon coast, representing marine, estuarine, and old-growth forest ecosystems.
Three Arch Rocks is managed as part of the Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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Three Arch Rocks was once home to the largest breeding colony of Tufted Puffins in Oregon. If you want to see these comical-looking seabirds today, check out Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach from May-August.Meet these "parrots of the sea"
Browse this collection of writings and photographs by Refuge volunteer Peter Pearsall.Get a fresh perspective on our Refuges
These handsomely costumed birds squeak like real-life rubber duckies—and they're winter residents up and down our coast. They're the only North American duck to migrate from sea to mountain streams to breed.Get a behind-the-scenes look at this motley character
While admiring the refuge from afar, stay on the lookout for soaring raptors, among the most impressive predators on our coast.Learn more about coastal raptors
Two young conservationists in the early 20th century set out to document, and ultimately preserve, these peerless monuments.
Page Photo Credits Common Murre - ©Ram Papish, Tufted Puffin - ©Ram Papish, Peregrine Falcon - USFWS, Harlequin Duck - ©Heather Roskelley, Bald Eagle with Murre chick - Roy Lowe/USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2016