This site is a small portion of the Oregon Islands NWR. It is comprised of four large rocks including seabird colonies 219-017, 270-018, 270-019 and 270-020. Only 270-020 contains low vegetation, the rest are mostly devoid of vegetation and little soil is present.

Ornithological Summary

Over 200 Brown Pelicans have been observed at this site. These rocks support more than 6% of Oregon's breeding population of Common Murres and 27% of the state's breeding Brandt's Cormorant population. A total of 49,542 seabirds nest here including six species. Bald Eagles routinely forage on seabirds at this location with up to three seen at one time.

Conservation Issues

Human disturbance is a concern at this site from low flying aircraft, close approach of boats, and humans on the beach and the adjacent mainland. Educational efforts are underway to alleviate these problems. Significant increase in bald eagle predation, particularly from juvenile birds, has been causing widespread nesting failure at these colonies since 1994. Some abandonment of this site is occuring.

Ownership

This site is within Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Oregon Islands Wilderness.

Habitat

This site is comprised of four large rocks, only one of which contains low vegetation, the rest are mostly devoid of vegetation and little soil is present.

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