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Watching wildlife around Newport

Newport is home to all kinds of creatures on land and in the sea, but there are a few that are more iconic than others.

 If you want to get a good look at some of our untamed neighbors, there are a few spots to check out.

Anyone who’s been to the bayfront can tell you, there’s one sound that’s always there: the barking of sealions. Down near dock 5, families gather regularly to watch these marine mammals laze about on the dock on sunny days. If you’ve never seen them before, just follow your ears and you’ll spot them soon enough.

For those looking for a quieter wildlife watching experience, consider looking for whales. There are many whale watching tour agencies that take landlubbers out daily to watch whales in their natural habitat. However, if you’re more comfortable on solid ground, grab some binoculars and head up to Yaquina Head Natural Area, which offers a great whale watching view.

If you’re a birdwatcher planning a trip to the coast, you’re in luck: Newport has a number of great spots to seek out wild birds. With almost 10 stops on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail within city limits, Newport offers great parks and trails to walk while looking for warblers, creepers, flycatchers, woodpeckers, thrushes and more. Check out our information on where to go birding in Newport Under the “Activities” tab.

But wherever you go and whatever you look for, remember to let the wildlife be — for your safety and theirs — and take only pictures.