Boiler Bay rocky habitat

Our mission is to encourage residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the native birds,
other wildlife, and habitats found on the Central Oregon Coast.

Serving Lincoln and Tillamook Counties since 2006


We at Lincoln City Audubon care deeply about the health and well-being of all of our constituents, friends, and visitors. With these thoughts in mind, our July bird walk is cancelled.

ON THE ROCKS | Rocky Habitat Webinar Series
We hope you enjoyed the three June webinars. We are working on another series to highlight the beauty and fragile nature of our special rocky habitats. Stay tuned!

A note about our 2020 Bird Walks. We have updated our Calendar to show the remainder of our 2020 bird walk schedule; however, it is important to note that these walks may also be cancelled due to the pandemic. Cancellations will be posted here and on our Facebook page.


TAKE ACTION to protect our forests!
Oregon’s majestic forests clean our air and water, provide critical habitat for a vast array of species, removes carbon from the atmosphere, and provide incredible opportunities for recreation and respite. Unfortunately decades of clear-cut timber harvesting and other mismanagement have devastated the forests of the Pacific Northwest and created a legacy of endangered species, polluted streams, and other environmental destruction.

In June, OPB/Oregonian/ProPublica jointly published an expose " Big Money Bought Oregon's Forests. Small Timber Communities Are Paying The Price." The article is essential reading to all Oregonians.

Please read the article and share it widely. Submit a letter to the editor (LTE) for your local paper, demand change and hold your local Oregon House and Senate officials accountable.

TAKE ACTION to protect our rocky coastal habitats.
Thanks to strong requests from coastal residents like you, Oregon will soon be empowering communities to propose lasting protections for the coast. The draft Rocky Habitat Management Strategy is now available for public comment. Read about it on our website and at the link below and submit your comments! More info...

How to Contact Your Elected Officials.
Find out who your Federal, State, and local officials are and obtain their contact information. More info...


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Help with Bird Identification We've had to cancel our May bird identification classes, but have set up a couple of pages to help you identify the birds that you're seeing in your backyards and along the coast.

~ Backyard Birds of Oregon's Central Coast

~ Birds of Oregon's Coastal Habitat

Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports from the OBOL (Oregon Birders Online).

If you are interested in signing up to receive Oregon bird sightings reported to OBOL, click here.

eBird includes reports of birds seen locally and around the world. For recent reports and places to bird in Lincoln County, click here. For Tillamook County, click here.

Want to know the status of bird migrations? Check out BirdCast, the realtime migration forecast by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

See our Links page for more resources.


Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching,
call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Birds along central OR coast, call
Harry Dodson (Lincoln City) 541-921-0048

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320

Rocking the Lincoln & Tillamook Coast!

Together, we can make 2020 the year to protect Oregon’s rocky coastal habitats. Starting in June 2020, you and your neighbors can submit proposals to protect some of Oregon's most iconic places. New protective designations will be available for the state’s rocky coastline, from lush tide pools to nearshore reefs, underwater kelp forests and offshore rocks and islands.

Oregon's Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) adopted a revised Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, part of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan, in May 2020. The goal of the new strategy is: "... to be a coordination and adaptive planning framework focused on the long-term protection of ecological resources and coastal biodiversity within and among Oregon's marine rocky habitats, while allowing appropriate use."

The Management Strategy recognizes special rocky habitat areas along the Oregon coast that are in need of site-specific management using adaptable designations. These designations outline recommended management and goals based on the best available ecological and human use information. There are three protective designations in the Strategy, and some existing sites fall under those designations. Beginning in June 2020, others may be proposed by the public at any time.

Marine Research Area (MRA)

Characterization:  Relatively intact system that has, or may benefit from, scientific study and monitoring.

Goal:  Maintain the natural system to support scientific research and monitoring while maintaining ecological integrity.

Lincoln and Tillamook MRAs are Boiler Bay and Pirate Cove

The Boiler Bay Marine Research Area includes “all rocky areas, tide pools, and sand beaches situated between extreme high tide and extreme low tide lying between a line projected due west from the mouth of Fogarty Creek, on the north, and a line projected due west from the westernmost tip of Government Point at Boiler Bay State Wayside on the south.”

Boiler Bay Marine Research Area
Boiler Bay Marine Research Area, photo by dawn villaescusa

Marine Education Area (MEA)
Popularly known as Marine Gardens

Characterization:  High public visitation and educational potentiaL.

Goal:  Protect rocky habitat resources to support public enjoyment, learning opportunities and maintain ecological integrity. These sites should be prioritized for providing enhanced education, enjoyment, public access, and resource awareness.

Lincoln and Tillamook Marine Gardens are located at Cape Kiwanda, Otter Rock, Yaquina Head, Yachats, and Cape Perpetua.

The Yaquina Head Marine Garden The entire Yaquina Head area is part of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (YHONA). An approximately 1.8 mile section of this coastline is one of Oregon’s seven marine gardens. The Yaquina Head marine garden encompasses “all rocky areas, tide pools, and sand beaches situated between extreme high tide and extreme low tide lying between the sand beach on the north, and the sand beach on the south of Yaquina Head. Includes rocky areas abutting the sand beaches on the north and south sides of the headland.”

Yaquina Head Marine Garden
Black Oystercatchers at Yaquina Head, photo by dawn villaescusa

Marine Conservation Area (MCA)
formerly known as Habitat Refuges

Characterization:  Relatively intact system with high ecological value.

Goal:  Conserve the natural system to the highest degree possible by limiting adverse impacts to habitat and wildlife.

Management:  This designation allows for different types of management prescriptions based on site conservation goals and needs.

Lincoln and Tillamook Marine Conservation Area is at Whale Cove.

Whale Cove is the only currently state designated Marine Conservation Area (formerly known as marine habitat refuge) in Oregon. The MCA includes “all areas in Whale Cove below extreme high tide east of a line drawn across the mouth of the cove."

Whale Cove Marine Conservation Area
Whale Cove Marine Conservation Area, photo by dawn villaescusa

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy?

Also referred to as Part 3 of Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan (TSP), the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy is the coordinated management framework used to manage Oregon's coastal rocky habitats zero to three miles from shore. The strategy includes both coast-wide and site-specific management recommendations.

How does this differ from Marine Reserves?

Marine Reserves and Marine Protected Areas were established by statute in 2008. Oregon has currently designated 5 Sites as Marine Reseres. Two of these, Cascade Head, and Otter Rock, fall within Lincoln and Tillamook counties; and two, Cape Falcon, and Cape Perpetua, fall partially within our two counties. Within the Marine Reserves all removal of marine life is prohibited, as is ocean development. Marine Protected Areas are adjacent to existing Marine Reserves and have similar, but somewhat less restrictive, regulations.

Aren't Rocky Habitats already protected as State Parks?

Past state leaders did a great of providing public access to the coast with the Oregon Beach Bill. And we have a number of state parks along the coast. But this designation does not protect the rich diversity of fish and wildlife habitat found along Oregon’s rocky shores, including our lush tide pools, nearshore reefs, underwater kelp forests and many important offshore rocks and islands. In fact, many coastal residents have raised concerns about unintended consequences and real damage in heavily trafficked areas on our coast. Lacking awareness, well-meaning visitors often trample rocks that harbor important wildlife and get too close to marine mammals like seals and their pups.

Recognizing this, the state of Oregon has created a rocky habitat designation proposal process to help protect rocky shores for education, research, and conservation. By working together to propose new protective designations, we can create more awareness of rocky habitats and support important research to better understand our changing ocean – all while keeping these amazing areas safe and open to the public.

More information...

PHASE I (completed)
Determine public interests and priorities in the Rocky Shore. Update the general coast-wide strategy and incorporate public interests.

PHASE II (completed)
Update the Rocky Shores Natural Resource Inventory with the best available science. Develop and use the Rocky Habitat Web Mapping tool to collect community proposals for adapting site designations.

PHASE III (ongoing)
Review and incorporate accepted community proposals into the strategy and rocky shores resource inventory. Develop and distribute rocky shores communication plan.

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