Elk in a grassy valley
: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Animals, Birding & Wildlife 

Observe wildlife in natural environments or have amazing animal encounters at dedicated animal sanctuaries. Whale watch along the scenic Oregon Coast, bird watch at local ponds and estuaries or spot raccoons, opossum, beavers, porcupines, skunks, deer, elk, wolves and black bear along hiking trails and in parks. 

The Willamette Valley's agricultural land offers an abundance of farm animals including cows, horses, sheep, pigs, chickens and even alpacas! Drive the scenic byways during the springtime to see baby animals, or stop by a petting zoo for up close interactions. Hire a truffle dog for forest foraging. From aquariums to hatcheries, there are a variety of fun and educational arenas throughout the region.