Bird-watchers flock to the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (541/347-3683), especially in the fall, to take in what may be the prime birding site on the coast. The extensive mudflats attract flocks of shorebirds, including red phalaropes, black-bellied plovers, long-billed curlews, and dunlins, as well as such strays from Asia as Mongolian plovers.
he refuge protects more than 700 precious acres of the Coquille estuary’s remaining salt-marsh habitat along the southeastern side of the river. Migrating waterfowl, bald eagles, California brown pelicans, and other birds feast on the rich food sources. The refuge and its elevated observation deck are open daily sunrise–sunset.
Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge lies a short paddle across the river from the Bullards Beach State Park , or via Riverside Drive, which runs from Bandon  to U.S. 101 on the south side of the Coquille River bridge.