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Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge
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. <br><br> Designated as a research natural area in 1987, it protects one of the few remaining stands of coastal...
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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Description: 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 its southern boundary.

Wildlife to Watch: The refuge is famous for its tremendous diversity and spectacular concentrations of wildlife. Boasting over 320 bird species and 58 mammal species, Malheur is a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Spring is the most spectacular season at Malheur. More than 130 species of birds nest on the refuge, while other waterfowl using the Pacific Flyway stop at the refuge to refuel for their journey northward. In February, northern pintail and tundra swan begin to arrive, followed by large flocks of lesser and greater sandhill crane, and flocks of snow goose and Ross' goose.

Special Tips: The headquarters area is a good starting point for your visit. The refuge office, visitor center, and the George Benson Memorial Museum are located at headquarters. Refuge brochures, maps, and information on road conditions, current sightings, and "hot spots" are available.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 187,000 acres 
Closest Town: Princeton

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Viewing Owls at Malheur NWR - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Take State Highway 78 two miles east of Burns, Oregon. Head south on State Highway 205 for 24 miles to the large refuge sign. Head east on Harney County Road 405 (narrows to Princeton Road) for 6 miles. Turn left at top of hill into headquarters area.

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area