The waters, beaches and forests of the Nehalem Bay Area abound with wildlife. Whales pass by during their bi-annual migration. The shoreline teems with birds, including many types of gulls. Seals can be seen at the mouth of the Nehalem River estuary which can be easily accessed from the Nehalm Bay State Park.
Bird watching can be good year round here, but the best birding is April through August. Pelicans, common murres and puffins are at the coast only during these months. Stellars jays, chickadees, nuthatches, flickers, woodpeckers, house sparrows and a variety of hummingbirds are just a few of the local birds, and many more stop by during migration.
Elk and deer can be seen in our local forests and meadows. We are fortunate to have a resident herd of between 50 and 70 Roosevelt Elk who often come out in the late spring, early summer to eat salt grass on the islands and estuary directly in front of downtown Wheeler. It is truly amazing to watch the babies (who are born in June) frolicking on the island with their mothers for several days at a time.