Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge is a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon Coast.
It is one of six National Wildlife Refuges comprising the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex and protects one of the last remaining coastal old growth forests.
This Oregon refuge set on Cape Meares has provided protection since 1938 for Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock, some more than 200 feet tall and hundreds of years old.
The vertical sea cliffs at Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge, provide nesting habitats for peregrine falcons, Bald Eagles, Brandt's and pelagic cormorants, common murres, tufted puffins, pigeon quillemots, western gulls, black oystercatchers, and thousands of other birds. Migrating loons, grebes, and flocks of shorebirds, and waterfowl are also commonly observed.
Hiking enthusiasts can enjoy several trails that wind through the headland and old-growth forest. The Oregon Coast Trail passes through the center of this headland refuge where interpretive displays describe its many inhabitants. It is possible to see migrating Gray Whales, three types of Scoter, Western Grebe, and Common Loons. A wildlife viewing deck provides a seasonal view into the aerie of a falcon pair.
Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge are easily seen from the cape. It is the only viewpoint in the United States where three refuges can be seen at the same time.
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