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Gull on Haystack RockBelow are some of the Birds, Marine Invertebrates and other things that call Haystack Rock home. Many of the birds come to the rock in the spring and stay through the summer--just like some of our human visitors! The marine invertebrates are hearty year-rounders. We update this page often so be sure to check back soon to learn more about Haystack's amazing habitat.

Click on the list below to learn about:

Birds
Tufted Puffins
Pelagic Cormorants
Pigeon Guillemots
Western Gulls
Black Oystercatchers

Algae
Green, Red, Brown
Diatoms

Marine Invertebrates
Sunflower Sea Star
Common, Ochre Sea Star
Giant Green Anemone
Aggregating Anemone
Nudibranchs/Sea slugs
Chitons: Lined, Leather, and Gumboot
Hermit Crab
Crabs
Barnacles


Birds-birds on the Go-go
HRAP Interpreter Todd Jennings wrote an article on the area's fall bird migration. The article appears in the August/September 2001 issue of the Pelican Post, a free publication. A text only copy is available online by clicking here. For the sidebar on the remarkable science behind bird migrations click here; another sidebar details birding destinations and tips for the North Coast of Oregon and around the mouth of the Columbia River (click here).

References (Birds):
Alden, Peter, Amy Gregoret, Richard Keen, Daniel Matthews, Eric A. Oches, Dennis Paulson, Robert Sundstrom, and Wendy Zomlefer. 1998. Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest (National Audubon Society), Chanticleer Press, Inc. NY.

Sibley, David Allen. 2000. The Sibley Guide to Birds (National Audubon Society), Chanticleer Press, Inc. NY.

Ehrlich, Paul R., David S. Dobkin, and Darryl Wheye. 1988. The Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds. Simon and Schuster, Inc. NY.

References (Marine Invertebrates):
Sept, J. Duane. 1999. The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest. Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC Canada.

Russo, Ron and Olhausen, Pam. 1981. Pacific Intertidal Life. Nature Study Guild. NY.

Mohler, June E., Fox, David S. and Hastie, Bill. 1997. Guide to Oregon's Rocky Intertidal Habitats. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Resources Program.

Photo Credits:
Haystack Rock Awareness Program Photo Archives
Don Baccus
Marcus G. Martin
Brian Godfrey
Gary Hayes

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