Wayne Hoffman

August 15, 2017
Marsh in the Southern Flow Corridor.
Recently restored marsh in the Southern Flow Corridor.  This area will be a productive nursery for juvenile fish, and will be high-quality habitat for wading birds and waterfowl.

The Southern Flow Corridor – a Wetland in Recovery

Five rivers flow into Tillamook Bay: the Tillamook, Trask Wilson, Kilchis, and Miami Rivers. The Wilson and Trask rivers are the largest, arising high in the […]
May 15, 2017
Dunlins used to be called “Red-backed Sandpipers.”

Bird Migration

Some surprising visitors: bird migration The main northward push of shorebird migration on the Tillamook Coast is in May each year. The main migrants include Whimbrels, […]
May 11, 2017
Western Trillium or Wakerobin on Mt. Hebo

Flowers on Mt. Hebo

Spring brings wildflowers to Mt. Hebo Wildflowers and Vegetation, and where to find them on Mt. Hebo I drove up Mt. Hebo on May 3 to […]
February 23, 2017
Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage

The first wildflower of the year

Most years the first wildflowers I see are Skunk Cabbages. Despite their name, these are really lovely, showy flowers that provide a splash of bright yellow […]
February 21, 2017
Western Gull Tillamook Coast
Western Gull with Herring

Mass spawning of Pacific Herring: A wildlife spectacle

In late winter each year, at select locations along the Oregon Coast, Pacific Herring spawn in huge numbers and attract a frenzy of fish-eating birds and […]
January 13, 2017
Cackling Goose
Cackling Goose at Martella Dairy in a fine drizzle.

A Wild Goose Chase – and a very special flock of geese

I have been travelling around Tillamook County surveying flocks of wintering geese to see what kinds are present this year. The dairy pastures in the county […]
December 16, 2016
Kilchis Point shoreline
View west from the end of the Kilchis Point shoreline trail.

Walking the point: A visit to Kilchis Point

Tillamook County has a place for quiet, nature observation. This is Kilchis Point Reserve. Owned and managed by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, the property encompasses […]
November 16, 2016
Tropical Kingbird

Visitors from Mexico: Tropical Kingbirds

On Saturday, October 22, a birder from Portland found a Tropical Kingbird in the Nestucca River Valley, about half way between Pacific City and Cloverdale. On […]
September 22, 2016
Northern Harrier
Migrating raptors, like the Northern Harrier, appear first to the north

Birds of Tillamook Coast: Migrating on an East Wind

Between mid-August and early November, the Oregon Coast gets a few scattered days with an east wind. These days have some of the nicest weather of […]
September 16, 2016
Sea Lavender is a rare saltmarsh flower that occurs sparsely north at least to Lincoln County, and should be watched for in Tillamook County

Late-summer Tidal Marsh Wildflowers on the Tillamook Coast

The tidal marshes on the peripheries of our estuaries are critically important habitat for juvenile fish and shellfish, including many commercially important species. They are also […]