"Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge" Cape Meares State Park Things to Do Tip by GuthrieColin
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The Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge is hope to more than 100,000 nesting common murre. It was the first National Wildlife Refuge west of the Mississippi. The park is located about 1/2 mile of shore it totals 15 acres and is composed of 3 large rock islands and 6 smaller ones. The species found on the rocks include Common Murre, Leach's Storm-petrel, Brandt's Cormorant and Pigeon Guillemot as well as Stellar Sea Lions.
The refuge was established thanks to the efforts of conservationists William L. Finley and Herman Bohlman. They witnessed and photographed in the early 1900’s hunters killing Sea Lions and sport shooting thousands of birds on the island. In 1903 the pair brought the photos and their findings to then President Theodore Rosevelt and on October 14 1907 The Wildlife Refuge was created.
The Refuge is closed to public access and even the surrounding waters are protected. The best way to appreciate the refuge today is to take a look from Cape Meares. A good pair of Binoculars would be good to get better views and hope for good weather.
Directions: 1/2 mile off shore to the south of the Cape.
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