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Oregon Coast Tufted Puffins, the iconic bird of Cannon Beach, could be in trouble
Cannon Beach

by Lori Tobias for the Oregonian

Tufted Puffin at the Oregon Coast AquariumScientists are concerned about the steady decline in the number of Tufted Puffins along the Oregon Coast. While they used to number in the thousands, they have dwindled into the hundreds.

CANNON BEACH - On a May morning, the tide flowing out, the sun shining, a man peers through binoculars at Haystack Rock, oblivious to the dogs, kids and beachcombers passing around him.

Then suddenly, he shouts to a companion: "Hey, I saw one flying off the cliff. You could really see the color on its head in the sun. Way cool."

Oregon Coast Osprey and Aerie

by Our Oregon Coast

Osprey Aerie 6

Raptors of the North Oregon Coast
Seaside - Gearhart

By Don Anderson for the Seaside Signal

Seaside Signal imageMany birders might associate raptor sightings with the warmer and drier conditions of eastern Oregon. But the meadows, waterways and marshes of the North Coast attract several of these magnificent birds, which are easy to see because of their size. Raptors are any bird of prey, like a hawk, eagle, falcon or osprey. In fact, the Seaside area has all four types of birds.

North Pacific Coast and the Marbled Murrelet

The Marbled Murrelet is a Flagship Species in the Old-Growth Forest Preservation Movement.

by National Parks Traveler Bob Janiskee

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/files/storyphotos/Marbled_murrelet_USFWS.jpg?0The Marbled Murrelet spends most of its life at sea, but in much of its range it nests only in old-growth forests. That’s a big problem for this chunky little bird, since good nesting habitat is getting scarcer in the North Pacific Coast region every year. Low reproductive success may spell doom for this little-known species if the logging of old-growth and mature forests isn’t carefully constrained in national forests along the North Pacific Coast. With thousands of jobs at stake in the timber industry, this issue is a political hot potato.

Those of us who’ve been around for a while have gotten used to the idea that the northern spotted owl is the poster child for the old-growth forest preservation movement. The loss and fragmentation of its old-growth forest habitat in the Pacific Northwest, coupled with increased competition and hybridization with barred owls, still bodes ill for the spotted owl’s long-term future.

Wauna mill hands over Blind Slough land to Nature Conservancy

On your way to or from the Oregon Coast stop and paddle the Blind Slough...

Blind Slough

Article and map By Erik Olson / The Daily News

NEAR KNAPPA, Ore. — When Lewis and Clark paddled up the Columbia River in the early 19th century, they were surrounded by giant Sitka spruce trees growing in the marshlands. Over the decades, progress and development ate up much of the swampland along the Pacific Coast, clearing away the trees and valuable habitats for salmon, eagles and beavers.

Population of Western Snowy Plovers in Oregon is increasing

Snowy PloverAfter 20 years of recovery efforts, the population of western snowy plovers in Oregon is increasing, but the small shorebird is still vulnerable.

The plover’s numbers had decreased for decades, mainly due to the loss of nesting habitat to non-native European beachgrass, but also because of predators, such as fox, crows, ravens and skunks. Direct human disturbance and human development also contributed to the bird’s decline.

Enchanting Oregon seascape offers a hidden look at an abundance of life

Oregonian PhotoIf you open a field guide to birds, however, you may notice that dozens of Oregon's birds live miles offshore. Many of these species rarely come within view of the coast at all.

Today, I found a side of Oregon I had never expected -- one known only to fishing trawlers and a handful of others.

Life is looking up for snowy plovers on the Oregon Coast

Snowy PloverLife is looking up for snowy plovers.

The small shorebird, listed as threatened on state and federal endangered species acts,  appears to be responding to recovery efforts, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Meet Ichabod and Olive at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Ichabod and OliveThe Oregon Coast Aquarium introduced two 18 month-old turkey vultures to their new permanent home Friday morning. The introduction went without a hitch under light rain as CJ McCarty, Aquarium Curator of Birds carried them on her glove to their newly constructed aviary. Today the names, “Ichabod” and “Olive” were selected from public entries in a “Name the Turkey Vulture” contest. The turkey vultures, male and female siblings, are rescued birds from the Raptor Education group in Antigo, Wisconsin.

Pelicans converge on Bandon Oregon's offshore rocks, river

brownpelicanIf you’ve been to the beaches in the past week or the South Jetty, it’s been hard to miss these lumbering visitors on the offshore rocks, ocean and river. Thousands of brown pelicans have converged on the south and central Oregon coast, with fall migration is under way to Southern California and Mexico.

Oregon Coast Birdwatching in Tillamook
Tillamook - Garibaldi

Mail Tribune PhotoPut on a coat, don't forget the binoculars and grab a chunk of cheese — it's time for some serious bird watching on the Oregon Coast at Tillamook.

Of course you'll always find flocks of birds on the coast any time of the year, but in Tillamook Bay the best time is August through March.

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