Clearing parts of the forest and removing dead or diseased trees is necessary for the overall health and well-being of the entire ecosystem. Habitat restoration takes many forms. Shown here, professional foresters first top the tree, then trim the branches leaving them long — rather than cutting them off altogether — which gives birds a sturdy place to roost.
Types of birds you might encounter at Yakona Nature Preserve and around the Yaquina Bay area include many types of waterfowl, shore birds and song birds. Bring your binoculars for a chance to see Killdeers, Semipalmated Plovers and Spotted Sandpipers on the beach. Look for American Widgeons, Buffleheads and Scaup floating among the reeds. Listen for Swainson’s Thrush, Common Yellowthroats and Black-Headed Grosbeak along the forest trails. Watch for eagles and other birds of prey. And find migratory shorebirds, including Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Least and Western Sandpipers, Dunlin, and Short-Billed Dowitcher in the mudflats.