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 dependant birds including great blue heron, great
egret and many species of waterfowl can be seen foraging in
the tidally influenced waters.
[Some material adapted from
the Siletz Bay Estuary Website]