How USFWS Supports Marine Feathered Fauna
Seabirds of the Oregon coast require places to safely rest, nest, and raise their young close enough to their fishy food sources. So, where do these breeding birds find themselves in the summer months? Rearing chicks on sheer coastal cliffs and rugged, wind-swept islands which dot the majority of Oregon’s coastline.
These birds are well-adapted to the harsh life on the sea stacks, but human-caused disturbance and threats, as well as natural pressures, pose risks to seabirds each year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages all the rocks, reefs and islands which comprise Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, in addition to five other National Wildlife Refuges along the Oregon Coast. Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge spans more than 320 miles of Oregon’s coastline, from Seaside to the California border. The 1,853 rocks, reefs and islands support 1.2 million nesting seabirds of more than 14 species and four species of marine mammals.
Explore this page for more resources on how the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex supports our seabirds through habitat management, research, and community engagement.