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Blanco Reef

Blanco Reef NWR is one of many seabird colony rocks included in the Oregon Islands NWR. This assemblage sits off the coast of Cape Blanco State Park on the southern Oregon Coast, Curry County. Blanco Reef includes Blacklock Point Rocks, Tower Rock, Castle Rock, Gull Rock, Needle Rock, and several unnamed rocks.

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Blanco Reef NWR is one of many seabird colony rocks included in the Oregon Islands NWR. This assemblage sits off the coast of Cape Blanco State Park on the southern Oregon Coast, Curry County. Blanco Reef includes Blacklock Point Rocks, Tower Rock, Castle Rock, Gull Rock, Needle Rock, and several unnamed rocks.

Blanco Reef

Location: On the southern Oregon coast, a series of rocks surrounding Cape Blanco and extending north to Blacklock Point, Curry County.

Description: This site is a small portion of the Oregon Islands NWR. The habitat varies from low elevation rocks to Castle Rock, which is over 150 feet high. Most rocks are devoid of vegetation. This site includes Blacklock Point Rocks (270-022), Unnamed Rock (270-022.1), Tower Rock (270-023), Castle Rock (270-024), Unnamed Rock (270-025), Unnamed Rock (270-026), Gull Rock (270-027), Unnamed Rock (270-027.1), Unnamed Rock (270-027.2), Unnamed Rock (270-027.3), Unnamed Rock (270-027.5), and Needle Rock (270-028).  Photo Roy W. Lowe, USFWS.

Ornithological Highlights: This site provides habitat for more than 45,494 nesting seabirds comprised of eight species. This site also supports 6% of Oregon's Common Murre breeding population (USFWS census data).  Low flying aircraft, close approaching boats and trespass on rocks can all cause disturbance to nesting seabirds. Educational efforts are underway to prevent such conflicts.

For more information on Blanco Reef, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Blanco Reef

Location: On the southern Oregon coast, a series of rocks surrounding Cape Blanco and extending north to Blacklock Point, Curry County.

Description: This site is a small portion of the Oregon Islands NWR. The habitat varies from low elevation rocks to Castle Rock, which is over 150 feet high. Most rocks are devoid of vegetation. This site includes Blacklock Point Rocks (270-022), Unnamed Rock (270-022.1), Tower Rock (270-023), Castle Rock (270-024), Unnamed Rock (270-025), Unnamed Rock (270-026), Gull Rock (270-027), Unnamed Rock (270-027.1), Unnamed Rock (270-027.2), Unnamed Rock (270-027.3), Unnamed Rock (270-027.5), and Needle Rock (270-028).  Photo Roy W. Lowe, USFWS.

Ornithological Highlights: This site provides habitat for more than 45,494 nesting seabirds comprised of eight species. This site also supports 6% of Oregon's Common Murre breeding population (USFWS census data).  Low flying aircraft, close approaching boats and trespass on rocks can all cause disturbance to nesting seabirds. Educational efforts are underway to prevent such conflicts.

For more information on Blanco Reef, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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