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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
One of the crown jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge protects a vast complex of wetlands in southeastern Oregon's high desert. It is adjacent to the Steens Mountain Wilderness, with the Wild and Scenic Donner and Blitzen River flowing into the refuge at...
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Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Cape Meares Refuge is located on a small headland just south of Tillamook Bay on the northern Oregon coast. It is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean and Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint.

Designated as a research natural area in 1987, it protects one of the few remaining stands of coastal old growth forest in Oregon. The Sitka spruce and western hemlock forest provides habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including threatened species such as northern spotted owls, bald eagles, and marbled murrelets.

Wildlife to Watch: Vertical sea cliffs provide nesting habitat for peregrine falcons and thousands of seabirds such as Brandt's and pelagic cormorants, common murres, tufted puffins, pigeon quillemots, western gulls, and black oystercatchers. Migrating loons, grebes, and flocks of shorebirds, and waterfowl are also commonly observed.

Marine mammals, including California and Stellar's sea lions, harbor seals, and gray whales can often be seen from this overlook. The Oregon Coast Trail runs through the refuge, connecting the community of Cape Meares with the refuge.

Special Tips: Two fully accessible wildlife viewing decks provide visitors with an overview of the Cape Meares' visitors are able to see three National Wildlife Refuges and two National Wilderness areas from a single spot!

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Tillamook

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Cape Meares NWR - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Cape Meares Refuge is approximately 10 miles west of Tillamook, Oregon on the Three Capes Scenic Route.

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Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area