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Wildlife Viewing

JACKSON - The Denman Wildlife Area is hosting an array of winter raptors that can be seen from a viewing platform overlooking Whetstone Pond at the area headquarters. This week an immature bald eagle has been hunting around the pond, where it has been joined by several hawks and great blue herons. Canada geese are migrating through the area, as well.

COOS - Oregon Coast Trail from Sunset Bay to Cape Arago near Charleston is a 4-mile hike that overlooks Simpson Reef and Shell Island. There are great places to see sea lions and harbor seals before reaching the state park. For more information on the trail, visit the Coos Regional Trail Web site at www.coostrails.com/traildescriptions/orcoasttrail/orcoast.htm.

LAKE - Tundra swans are present in good numbers on all the major wetlands. Common wintering raptors include rough-legged hawks, harriers, red-tail hawks and golden eagles. Most migrating shorebirds and passerines have moved through the county to winter ranges south of Oregon. Best viewing opportunities are along the Warner Valley lakes, Goose Lake at Goose Lake State Park and along the shores of Lake Abert. Resident and migrating raptors can be viewed throughout the Goose Lake and Warner Valleys.

DOUGLAS - Wintering raptors, especially red-tail hawks, are now being seen along highways throughout the county. Bald eagles are now commonly seen along the mainstem portion of the Umpqua River from Roseburg to Reedsport.