While exploring the waters of Nehalem, you are likely to encounter deer, elk, coyotes, harbor seals, and a variety of birds. These animals are in their natural habitat and should be observed from afar. When kayaking, bring a pair of binoculars so you can quietly view the animals without disturbing them. You can help wounded or stranded animals by calling the Wildlife Center of the North Coast at (503)338-0331.

Estuaries:
An estuary is the marshland where salty ocean water and fresh river water meet. The Nehalem Bay estuary is full of fish, crabs, oysters, and other exciting underwater creatures. Crabbing and fishing are exciting activities to consider if you feel like taking a break from kayaking. The estuary is also one of North America’s four main migratory routes, making it an incredible place to birdwatch. Summer and winter bring all different types of birds such as pelicans and herons.

Resources:
Birdwatching
Wildlife
Oregon Wildlife Report

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