Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - Oregon
Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (OR)
Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge consists of some of the most scenic estuarine habitat along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. On either side of Highway 101, starched skeleton trees jut forth from the estuary and are reminiscent of a time when the salt marsh was diked to provide pasture for dairy cows. Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, and other raptors can often be seen roosting at the top of these snags, and a variety of estuarine-dependent birds including Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and many species of waterfowl can be seen foraging in the tidally influenced waters.
- Public domain. Photo submitted by Mary Beth Seibert