Dawn Grafe and Ashley Dayer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present "Watchable Wildlife of the Oregon Coast" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive.

During the slide presentation, Grafe and Dayer will introduce the six national wildlife refuges on the Oregon Coast and the seabirds and shorebirds that depend on them.

Tips on who, what, when, where and how to watch will be integrated into the talk. An emphasis will be placed on wildlife watching opportunities on public lands at Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge, part of the network of more than 530 National Wildlife Refuges, areas set aside specifically for wildlife. Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge includes 1,400 rocks, reefs, and islands and provides breeding and nesting habitat for more than one million seabirds of 13 species. Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge protects coastal old-growth forest and houses and a much-watched nesting pair of the fastest animal in the world - the Peregrine Falcon.

Grafe is a Refuge Operations Specialist for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge complex in Newport. Dayer is the Education and Outreach Specialist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

The presentation is free with admission to the museum. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older and $4 for children ages 6 to 17. Members and children age 5 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call (503) 325-2323.


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