Oregon

The famous lighthouse at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

The famous lighthouse at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area hosts a multitude of recreational activities that attract many people, from birding and whale watching to exploring creatures living in the tidal pools, Yaquina head is an accessible area for the public to learn about the nature found off the coast. The area extends a mile off the shore of Newport, Oregon into the Pacific ocean with a characteristic light house that has been a beacon to incoming ships since the 19th century.

The ocean from a bed of California blue mussels.

The ocean from a bed of California blue mussels.

The rocky islands and tidal pools are home to a vast diversity of animals like migrating gray whales, seabirds and harbor seals who call it home year round, as well as many colorful marine invertebrates. The habitat found at Yaquina head is preferred by birds like Oystercatchers, Turnstones, Sandpipers and many species of Auklets. Celebrate Shorebird Interns will conduct their pacific flyway survey at Yaquina Head while being ambassadors of migratory birds to the thousands of visitors that come to the area throughout the year.

To find out more about Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area go to the Bureau of Land Management website at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html

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New in 2015! Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is situated in the Tualatin River floodplain on the outskirts of Portland, OR, and is home to varied and abundant forms of wildlife. It is rich and diverse habitats area one of a few urban refuges in the country. The refuge encompass  1% of the 712 mile watershed of the Tualatin River.

Tualatin River NWR ( © David Rohan)

Tualatin River NWR ( © David Rohan)

The land for The Tualatin River NWR was set aside in 1992 by the US. Fish and Wildlife, and with the combined efforts of residents and USFW, Tualatin River NWR was founded. With careful curating, Tualatin River NWR has become an essential area for local and visiting wildlife, while providing residents with the opportunity to experience and learn about the nature around them. Celebrate Shorebirds Interns will engage in the pacific flyway survey at Tualatin River NWR which boast over 200 species of birds and is a key stopping point on the pacific flyway for migrating birds . Celebrate Shorebirds Interns will also assists in existing educational programs at the refuge while bringing a unique and creative outlook to the development and improvement of new and old programs.

To find out more about Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge go to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife website at: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Tualatin_River/

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