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Birding & Wildlife

Oyster Catcher on the Beach

EXCELLENT BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES

Rugged and largely undeveloped, Oregon’s south coast lures birders to view wildlife seldom encountered. The Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, is protected habitat for 1.2 million nesting seabirds.

Birdwatching on Oregon's Adventure Coast

The South Slough National Estuarine
Research Reserve near Charleston, with
its 5,000 acres of saltwater marshes
 and mixed conifer forest, attracts Band-tailed Pigeons and Wrentits.

In April and August Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge attracts rare shorebirds and is a feeding and resting stopover for migrating Pacific Golden-Plover, Dunlin and Whimbrel.

Visit Oregon’s Adventure Coast in September for the annual Oregon Shorebird Festival. You’ll find field trips, talks, and a forum for all skill levels to share and exchange stories. Founded by the Cape Arago Audubon Society, and sponsored by several groups, you can expand your knowledge, and spend a long summer weekend on the Coast - what could be better?

Coquille Point Harbor Seal

SEE OUR SEALS ON YOUR VISIT

The Simpson Reef Interpretive Stop: On Charleston’s Cape Arago Hwy Loop, enjoy excellent views of Oregon’s largest haul-out of seals and sea lions.

Shell Island: Part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Shell Island offers viewing of Northern Elephant
 Seals, Harbor Seals and Stellar Sea Lions. California Sea Lions take over Cape Arago every fall.

Simpson Beach: Directly below Shore Acres State Park, a path leads to a secluded cove that provides great whale watching and a different view of Shell Island.

Southern Oregon Coast Grey Whale

A WHALE OF A TIME FOR EVERYONE

Each Winter and Spring, visitors flock to see
 gray whales migrate between Mexico and the Bering Sea. We have some of the best sites along the coast, at both Shore Acres State Park and Cape Arago State Park.

(541) 269-0215

50 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

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