Top 200 North American Birding Hot Spots
By Peter W. Thayer
You probably have two or three favorite birding spots within a few minutes of your home. As you become interested in seeing even more species, you realize you need to visit different habitats. You have to go find the birds -- they are not going to come to you! Perhaps you have already taken a field trip with your bird club to a REALLY great birding Hot Spot over an hour away. Your state or province has dozens of wonderful birding locations you will want to explore. Of all the wonderful spots to see birds in North America, a few locations are truly incredible! Below we have alphabetically listed over 200 of the top birding spots in North America. How many have you visited? What are you waiting for?
Dauphin Island/Fort Morgan
30.14 N 88.02 W
These islands in the Gulf of Mexico can be a spectacular spot -- especially during migration or just after a hurricane! These two sites, a ferry ride apart, rank right up there with Rockport or High Island, Texas.
34.36 N 86.29 W
The lake is the best spot in Alabama to find wintering grebes and loons. Bald Eagles can be seen near the dam.
53.00 N 173.60 E
You can see the end of the world from here. Rare migrants for those trying to see 700 birds in North America. Outward bound type conditions -- for the truly possessed birder only!
71.20 N 156.60 W
Not much diversity, but what is here is spectacular. All four Eiders including Spectacled Eider and Steller's Eider. Breeding plumaged Sandpipers and Phalaropes are here, too.
59.30 N 135.00 W
See thousands of Bald Eagles near Skagway from October through January as they assemble here to feast on salmon.
Copper River Delta
60.50 N 144.90 W
Would you believe 20 million shorebirds and waterfowl a month moving through during spring migration!! Be there at the end of April and the beginning of May.
Denali National Park
62.48 N 150.15 W
Arctic Warbler, Ptarmigans, Northern Goshawk, Gyrfalcon, and Northern Wheatear are all possible. Good birding between Talkeetna and the park. Inside Denali, travel is by shuttle-bus. You will see lots of mammals, too.
Kenai Peninsula (Anchorage-Homer)
59.39 N 151.33 W
A 240 mile drive full of northern specialties. Watch for Boreal Chickadee, Bohemian Waxwing and Spruce Grouse in Chugach National Forest. Red-faced Cormorants, all 3 Scoters, and Wandering Tattler at Kachemak Bay.
64.40 N 165.20 W
Fly into Nome in early June. You will have 22 hours of daylight for birding! Look for Glaucous Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake and Arctic Tern along the waterfront. Try Taylor Road (beyond Mile 73) for Bluethroat and Bristle-thighed Curlew.
57.10 N 170.30 W
St. Paul Island is your destination. You are almost sure to find a fantastic Asian migrant plus Parakeet, Crested and Least Auklets. Watch for McKay's Bunting, Bar-tailed Godwit, and Rock Sandpiper.
St. Lawrence Island (Gambell)
63.70 N 171.70 W
Perpetual inclement weather. Many Asian strays and semi-regular migrants. Perhaps you will see Yellow-billed and Arctic Loon; Spectacled Eider; Wagtails; Ross's and Ivory Gull; or a Red-throated Pipit.
Banff National Park/Lake Louise
51.51 N 116.11 W
One of the most beautiful spots in the Canadian Rockies. Over 260 species have been recorded here. Birding is good even in the winter. Look for Clark's Nutcrackers, Black-capped, Boreal and Mountain Chickadees.
53.39 N 112.60 W
Located near Tofield, 30 miles east of Edmonton. They have a Snow Goose festival in the spring and fall, but it is a great place at all times for birding.
Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary
53.44 N 113.77 W
Southwest of Edmonton, this sanctuary has been designated as one of Alberta's "Special Places". Trails wind their way through marshes, sand hills, meadows and aspen and pine woods. May through August are the best times to visit.
50.51 N 111.94 W
Near Brooks, AB, this is a fantastic area for birds. American White Pelicans and American Avocets can be found here in the summer.
Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
32.18 N 111.03 W
A museum and botanical garden in one -- a great spot for birders and non-birders alike. The botanical gardens, west of Tucson, attract desert species. Look for Verdin, Gilded Flickers and Gila Woodpeckers.
Cave Creek/Portal/Chiricahua Mountains
31.52 N 109.09 W
This is one of THE most exciting birding spots in North America according to many. South Fork Trail may yield Elegant Trogan or Flame-colored Tanager. There is great "owling" and lots of rare hummingbirds here as well.
Madera Canyon/Florida Wash/Santa Rita Mountains
31.42 N 110.52 W
Magnificent Hummingbirds and magnificent birding. On everyone's top 10 list. Buff-collared Nightjar, Cassin's and Botteri's Sparrows at Florida Wash. Strickland's Woodpecker higher up the mountain. Elf Owls nest at the lodge.
31.35 N 110.45 W
Patagonia is famous for its roadside rest area. Watch for Gray Hawk, Thick-Billed Kingbird, and Rose-throated Becard. Sonoita Creek Sanctuary (open Wed-Sun) is one of the best birding spots in Arizona! Look here for Violet-crowned Hummingbirds.
Ramsey Canyon/Huachuca Mountains
31.29 N 110.20 W
World famous for the variety and quantity of Hummingbirds. Go in July or August. Sit and marvel. Black-chinned, Magnificent, Blue-throated, Broad-billed and maybe even Violet-crowned Hummingbird. One of the top 10 spots in North America.
Rustler Park/Chiracahua Mountains
31.50 N 109.17 W
The road between Onion Saddle and Rustler Park is great for higher-elevation species like Mexican Chickadee, Olive, Grace's and Red-faced Warbler. Hike the Barfoot Peak Trail at Rustler Park.
San Pedro River
31.32 N 110.11 W
Seven miles east of Ramsey Canyon, this riparian habitat is great for Green Kingfisher, Vermilion Flycatcher and, with luck, Tropical Kingbird. Walk north across the river for Gray Hawks.
Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon
35.02 N 111.45 W
One of the loveliest spots in North America. The red cliffs of Sedona make a perfect backdrop to the birds flying overhead. Yes, there are birds in other parts of Arizona besides the southeast corner! Stop here on your way to the Grand Canyon.
Sycamore Canyon/California Gulch
31.23 N 111.17 W
HOT, HOT, HOT. The hike to Hell looking for Five-striped Sparrow will seem more fun looking back than it does at the time. Take WATER and a 4-wheel drive.
Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge
35.20 N 93.14 W
This is the place to be during the winter. Snow Geese and Bald Eagles are here. Raptors are easy to spot. In spring and summer look for Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Lark Sparrows.
Ouachita National Forest
34.48 N 94.06 W
The US Forest Service's Buffalo Road Demonstration Area, 7 miles south of Waldron, is a great spot for Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman's Sparrow and Brown-headed Nuthatch.
Vancouver/Reifel Bird Sanctuary and Victoria Waterfront
49.10 N 123.08 W
The Reifel sanctuary is a key spot during shorebird migration with many rare species found here. Crested Myna, an Asian bird, is established in Vancouver (local and declining). Northwest Crow is everywhere. Take the ferry across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and watch for Sooty Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Fork-tailed Storm-petrel or a Jaeger. Look for Sky Lark at the south edge of the Victoria International Airport.
Arcata Marsh/Humbolt Bay
40.85 N 124.19 W
Wetland birds are abundant from October thorough May. The extensive trails make birding a pleasure here. The Humbolt Bay National Wildlife Refuge has great views of the bay and its birds.
Elkhorn Slough/Moss Landing
36.49 N 121.44 W
One of the top 3 Christmas Bird Count areas each year. Shorebirds galore at the Slough. Check the Moon Glow Dairy Farm for Tri-colored Blackbirds. Eat an artichoke fritter in Castroville.
Joshua Tree/Big Morongo
34.02 N 116.31 W
Combine the Mojave Desert with an oasis here and there and you get BIRDS! Bendire's Thrasher, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Scott's Oriole can be seen. An excellent spot during migration. Many eastern vagrants accidentally end up here.
41.56 N 121.41 W
Six national wildlife refuges in southern Oregon and northern California attract waterfowl and, in the winter, Bald Eagles. The Lower Klamath NWR and Lake Tule NWR are perhaps the best in winter.
37.95 N 119.18 W
Mono Lake is famed for summer and fall migrants as well as the strange rock deposits left behind by falling water levels. You may be lucky enough to see a California Gull!
36.36 N 121.53 W
Pelagic (open ocean) trips run by Shearwater Journeys will be looking for Flesh-footed and Buller's Shearwaters; Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels. The "regular" species are likely to add half a dozen birds to your life list! Whales are always a possibility.
35.34 N 120.85 W
Peregrines, Merlins, Snowy Plover, Eurasian Wigeon, Brant, and a 200+ species Christmas Count. 122 species seen in one day, without moving from the Elfin Forest! Stop at nearby Montana de Oro State Park for Hutton's Vireo, Chestnut-backed Chickadee and more (best in August through November and in winter, bring your scope and scan the ocean).
33.38 N 117.53 W
Look for the endangered California Gnatcatcher in the brushy areas surrounding the Slough -- before the developers get them! This is a wonderful spot that needs to be protected!
Point Reyes/Bodega Bay
38.00 N 122.58 W
This is such a great spot they built a Bird Observatory here! This natural migrant trap has good birding all year around. Something really rare seems to turn up every year.
33.05 N 115.41 W
An absolutely UNBELIEVABLE experience any time of year! This huge oasis in the middle of the desert attracts millions of birds in the winter! The south end is best for birds like Shorebirds, Burrowing Owls and Mountain Plover. Take a friend and Cher the experience as you look for Yellow-footed Gull during the hot, Sonny, smelly summer.
San Diego/Tijuana Slough/Pt. Loma
32.41 N 117.17 W
An early September pelagic (open ocean) trip may let you see Black and Least Storm-Petrels and Craveri's and Xantus's Murrelets. Clapper Rails are at Tijuana Slough. Pt. Lomas can be a great spot during migration.
San Francisco Bay
37.48 N 122.28 W
Seabirds flying over the water. Rails and other marsh birds at the southern end of the bay. Over 250 species and up to 800,000 waterbirds at one time. San Francisco is an ideal vacation spot for the entire family. It is OK to leave your heart here, but don't leave your binoculars!
34.25 N 119.43 W
With over 430 birds recorded here, birders will think they died and went to heaven. The San Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean combine for exceptional birding -- especially in winter. Yellow-billed Magpies are common in the foothills near Nojoqui Falls Park.
Yosemite National Park
37.44 N 119.42 W
Tourists come for the scenery. Birders see all that plus some spectacular birds as they move off the beaten path. Look for Great Grey Owls, Northern Pygmy-Owls, Williamson's Sapsucker, American Dipper and Red Crossbills. Black Swifts nest at Bridalveil Falls.
Colorado National Monument
39.10 N 108.92 W
Beautiful red sandstone cliffs are home to birds that prefer arid lands and Pinyon/Juniper pines. Stop at Devil's Kitchen picnic area and Saddlehorn Campground.
Fountain Creek Regional Park
38.24 N 104.17 W
Good riparian habitat here can be very productive during migration. Watch for Lazuli Bunting and Lesser Goldfinch. The marsh has Wood Duck, Sora and Virginia Rail.
Pawnee National Grassland
40.45 N 104.19 W
Look for Mountain Plover, Brewer's Sparrow and Lark Bunting plus Ferruginous Hawk and McCown's Longspur. A visit in June is ideal -- the birds are singing and the wildflowers are in bloom.
Rocky Mountain Park/Golden Gate Canyon Park
40.23 N 105.38 W
A real Rocky Mountain high! Blue Grouse, Three-toed Woodpecker, Clark's Nutcracker, Red Crossbill, White-tailed Ptarmigan and Rosy-Finches. Black Swift in the summer
Audubon Center in Greenwich
41.01 N 73.66 W
This 522 acre sanctuary is a great spot for beginning birders and is good almost any time of the year.
Lighthouse Point Park
41.22 N 72.91 W
Watch for Hawks overhead in the fall from this spot, near New Haven. The surrounding woods are also very good for fall migrants.
White Conservation Center
41.73 N 73.23 W
35 miles of trails and interesting 4,000 acres of interesting habitat make this the best birding spot in northwest Connecticut.
Delaware Bay/Bombay Hook NWR
39.17 N 75.26 W
It is estimated that over 500,000 Red Knots, Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Dunlin gather here in late May to eat the Horseshoe Crab eggs. Try Reed's Beach, NJ, too.
White Clay Creek State Park
39.74N 75.78 W
The woods are full of singing songbirds in April and May. Cerulean Warblers nest here.
26.25 N 81.34 W
A boardwalk through the swamp will let you get up close and personal with birds and other critters. Watch for Wood Stork and Limpkin.
24.38 N 82.55 W
Fantastic in late April. Almost anything can show up inside Fort Jefferson during spring migration. Magnificent Frigatebirds and Brown Noddies nest nearby. Watch for Black Noddies. Bridled Terns are likely on the boat trip back to Key West.
Everglades National Park
25.15 N 80.50 W
Anhinga Trail, Snake Bight Trail, and Eco Pond. Watch for Roseate Spoonbill, Purple Gallinule and Short-tailed Hawk. Mosquitoes over 6 inches in length may be counted on your bird life list.
24.42 N 81.23 W
Look for White-crowned Pigeon, Gray Kingbird and Mangrove Cuckoo as you bird your way down to Key West. Try the airport there at dusk for Antillean Nighthawk.
Fort Myers Beach/Estero
26.43 N 81.91 W
In back of the Holiday Inn is one of the best spots to photograph shorebirds in Florida. The lagoon and mudflats are full of interesting birds during migration and all winter long. Wade out to the Gulf beach. If the traffic to Sanibel Island makes you crazy, try visiting here instead. Go early before the sunbathers show up.
26.28 N 80.13 W
Purple Gallinule, Smooth-billed Ani and Limpkin are possible here. Try landfill at west end of 45th street in West Palm Beach for Snail Kite. Swing by Jonathan Dickinson State Park to see Florida Scrub-Jay.
Merrit Island NWR
28.38 N 80.43 W
Where else can you see space shuttle launches and Mottled Duck at the same time? Over 150 species on the Christmas Bird Count including over 20 species of Ducks. Snowbirds welcome!
Sanibel Island/Ding Darling NWR
26.46 N 82.06 W
Drive the loop to see Herons, Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills and alligators! BIG BIRDS that are RIGHT THERE! One of the top birding spots in North America. Take the kids and grandma. Eat lunch at the Mucky Duck. The causeway to Sanibel and roads on the island are a nightmare in winter. Get there early. (Check the woods around the lighthouse for passerines before you leave Sanibel.)
St. Marks NWR/Tallahassee
30.08 N 84.12 W
Red-cockaded Woodpecker country. Lots of waterfowl in the winter. Look for Wood Stork, Least Tern, Piping Plover and Budgerigar, too.
31.11 N 81.46 W
This resort destination has done a wonderful job of preserving natural areas. The south end of the island is probably the "birdiest". The island has 20 miles of jogging trails that take you through good birding habitat.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
33.91 N 84.61 W
The mile-long road to the top of the "mountain" should yield about 20 warbler species in late April. On weekends, you can ride a shuttle bus to the top. Good trails cover most of this park located about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta.
30.79 N 82.00 W
This huge wetlands area is on the Georgia/Florida border. Look for specialties like Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Bachman's Sparrow.
American Falls Reservoir
42.75 N 112.75 W
The reservoir attracts Bald Eagles as well as shorebirds and ducks. There are good viewing areas near the town of American Falls. Things may slow down in the summer, but can be quite exciting during the winter.
43.84 N 112.18 W
Look for waterbirds during the summer and search riparian areas for spring and fall migrants. This is a good spot to look for Peregrine Falcons.
Deer Flat NWR
43.50 N 116.80 W
Waterfowl are very abundant in winter. During migration they are joined by shorebirds. Late summer is a good time to see Ibis, Herons and Egrets.
43.01 N 115.59 W
The Snake River Birds of Prey Natural Area near Boise has about 700 pair of nesting raptors! Visit from mid-March to early June. Watch out for falling Evil Knievils.
Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge
40.45 N 89.93 W
Waterfowl congregate here during the winter, with counts exceeding 400,000. Bald Eagles and Swans are usually present as well. Fall shorebird migration can be productive if you find the right spot.
Illinois Beach State Park
42.41 N 87.81 W
This varied habitat, just south of the Wisconsin border, has beaches, grasslands, wetlands and woods. Raptors funnel overhead during September and October. Migration is the best time for songbirds.
Lincoln Park Bird Sanctuary/Montrose Point
41.88 N 87.62 W
Birding in downtown Chicago during migration can be extremely productive! Search the small shrubs and hedges near Lakeshore Drive and almost anything can turn up! Turn around and check the Lake Michigan shoreline and the lake for loons and grebes. Visit the bird gallery in the Field Museum when you are done.
Shawnee National Forest
37.39 N 88.26 W
The southern tip of Illinois is the home of the Shawnee National Forest. This wilderness is a great spot to find woodpeckers, warblers, vireos and owls. This is the way America looked 300 years ago.
Indiana Dunes State Park
41.66 N 87.06 W
The shoreline of southern Lake Michigan is a great spot for loons, grebes, gulls and shorebirds. In between the dunes are forested or swampy areas where migrants like to hide. Spring migration is good for hawk watchers.
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
38.96 N 85.82 W
Waterfowl love this place. During the migration season over 15,000 birds may be present at one time. Marshy habitat, open fields and woodlands result in a wide variety of passerines as well. This Refuge is located between Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville.
Cone Marsh Wildlife Area
41.38 N 91.39 W
This marshland area is southeast of Iowa City. Look for King and Virginia rails, Sedge Wrens and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. The water levels vary, so you may see lots of waterfowl and shorebirds.
Lake Red Rock
41.39 N 93.00 W
This is where many rare gulls have been seen. In migration you will see loons, grebes and waterfowl. Bald Eagles are easy to see in the winter -- check the river below the dam.
Riverton Wildlife Area
40.71 N 95.56 W
Late fall is the time to visit to see hundreds of thousands of waterfowl. Mid May is the best time to see shorebirds. Walk the dikes into the marshes for better looks at Least Bittern.
38.25 N 98.37 W
These two areas, east of Great bend, are among the most important inland staging sites for migrating shorebirds in the western hemisphere. About 45% of all shorebirds stop here on their way north including White-rumped, Baird's and Stilt Sandpipers.
Cimarron National Grassland
37.25 N 101.82 W
Prairie, sagebrush and riparian habitat make for great birding in this grassy sea. Lesser Prairie-Chicken perform at their leks during courtship season. Look for Burrowing Owls at the Prairie Dog towns.
Weston Bend Bottoms
39.61 N 95.04 W
The Missouri River lowlands is a bird magnet during migration. Nesting birds include Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager and Northern Parula.
Falls of the Ohio
38.28 N 85.76 W
Across the river from Louisville, this can be a great birding spot when the Ohio River is low in late summer and early fall. Rarities like Baird's Sandpiper and Buff-breasted Sandpipers have been seen here. In winter, interesting gull species may appear at any time.
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
36.78 N 88.04 W
Nesting warblers, vireos and Wild Turkeys are found throughout the area. Spring and fall songbird migration here is excellent. This is also one of the nicest places in the state to take your family for an outdoor vacation.
Cameron Parish/Sabine NWR
29.52 N 93.29 W
Southwestern Louisiana can be very rewarding, especially in the winter months and during spring migration. Look for Snow Geese, Peregrine Falcon, Wood Storks and Least Terns.
29.15 N 90.21 W
This barrier island at the mouth of Barataria Bay may have more birds per capita than anywhere else in the US during a spring migration fallout. You should be able to find shorebirds, ducks, gulls, terns, wading birds and many songbirds in the spring and fall.
Peveto Woods Sanctuaries
29.77 N 93.51 W
This area is famous for spring "fallouts". The Gulf Coast can become littered with birds when a north wind or heavy rains force songbirds to drop into the first bush they see after crossing the Gulf of Mexico.
Acadia National Park
44.15 N 68.20 W
Spruce forests and rugged rocky coastline combine to make Acadia a top 100 Spot for birders. Seabirds are plentiful. You may even see a Purple Sandpiper or an Atlantic Puffin.
Baxter State Park
44.06 N 67.13 W
Bicknell's Thrush can be found at Mount Katahdin. Look in burned out areas for Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers. This is 204,000 acres of remote birding in a land of BIG mosquitoes.
44.06 N 67.13 W
This ferry used to take 7 hours to travel from Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Now a newer ferry called The Cat makes the crossing in 2.5 hours. In September you might see Manx, Greater and Sooty Shearwater; Wilson's and Leach's Storm-Petrel; Northern Gannet as well as Red and Red-necked Phalarope.
Machias Seal Island
This is a great place to see nesting Atlantic Puffins in the summer. You must book ahead -- small boats leave from Jonesport and Cutler. Arctic Terns will dive-bomb your head, so wear a hat!
43.47 N 69.22 W
Small, isolated, and far offshore, Monhegan Island is famous for its picturesque beauty -- and birds! Its size and location concentrate land bird migrants and attract off-course vagrants. Late September can produce over 100 species during a long weekend.
58.48 N 94.12 W
Go in mid to late June to see Ross's Gull, Hudsonian Godwit, Arctic Tern, Smith's Longspur and lots of other sought-after birds. Take the train up and fly back.
Riding Mountain National Park
50.54 N 100.06 W
In southwest Manitoba, this park has many excellent, easy to reach birding sites. Watch for Northern Hawk-Owl. At dusk, watch beavers as they build yet another dam.
39.66 N 76.18 W
Come in the winter to see the Bald Eagles. Thousands of gulls may be found just below the dam.
38.38 N 75.06 W
Stay away in summer -- too crowded. But the rest of the year you will find seabirds and shorebirds along the jetty and in the surrounding areas.
Mount Auburn Cemetery (Boston)
42.40 N 71.11 W
Visit in early May. This migrant trap is a great spot for warblers and other spring migrants. Located just west of Fresh Pond Parkway in Cambridge.
42.48 N 70.49 W
North of Boston, this can be a great birding spot in winter! Snowy Owl and Northern Shrike may appear. Spring migration brings in the warblers and there are always plenty of waterfowl at any time of year.
Lake Erie Metropark
42.07 N 83.19 W
This is a wonderful spot for raptors in the fall. They come around the western end of Lake Erie and fly right over your head! The Point Mouillee State Game Area is just south of here. The wetlands and marshes are good for rails, gulls, wading birds and shorebirds, especially during migration.
44.40 N 84.08 W
This is where you must go if you want to see the Kirtland's Warbler. Visit from mid-May to late June. This rare warbler nests only in young Jack Pines.
Sault St. Marie
46.48 N 84.30 W
A winter visit should add some new birds to your life list! Great Gray Owls, Snowy Owls, Sharp-tailed Grouse and Snow Buntings can be found by driving through the open country south of town. A Gyrfalcon is regularly seen on the electric power plant roof near the canal locks. Watch for Bohemian Waxwings in residential areas.
Whitefish Point/Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
46.46 N 84.58 W
April is the time to look for winter specialties and early spring migrants. Loons, Winter Wrens, Evening Grosbeaks, Gray Jays and much more. Stay in Paradise -- with 30 foot snow piles along main street.
Duluth/Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve
46.50 N 92.00 W
Great Gray Owls in the dead of winter! Check your antifreeze. Buy A Birder's Guide to Minnesota by Kim Eckert. Also look for Hawks in the fall and Connecticut and Mourning Warblers in the summer.
47.82 N 90.30 W
Start at Grand Marais and follow Cook County Road 12 north. This 63 mile drive passes through boreal forests. Look for Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Ruffed Grouse, Crossbills and Great Gray Owls. Good any time of year, but June and July are best.
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
45.03 N 92.78 W
If the rest of the family want to visit the Mall of America, you can head over here. Lots of variety here -- bottomlands, lakes, marshes and oak savanna. There are miles of hiking trails.
47.17 N 92.62 W
Drive the back roads in this area to see Sharp-tailed Grouse, Upland Sandpiper, Great Gray Owl and Connecticut Warblers. In winter this is a good spot for raptors.
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
33.29 N 88.81 W
Lakes, bottomlands and pine woods make this one of Mississippi's finest birding spots. You should have no trouble finding a Red-cockaded Woodpecker along Woodpecker Trail. Visit the boardwalk at Bluff Lake too.
Gulfport/Gulf Islands National Seashore
31.00N 87.00 W
The woods near Ocean Springs may be full of spring migrants and the marshes and shore nearby are great for wading birds. Least Terns and Black Skimmers nest here.
Prairie State Park
37.49 N 94.34 W
Grassland birds of the prairie are the specialty here. Look for Upland Sandpipers, Henslow's Sparrows and Dickcissel. With luck you may even spot a Greater Prairie-Chicken. in winter watch for Short-eared Owls.
38.42 N 90.20 W
Eurasian Tree Sparrows are established breeders here and across the Mississippi River in parks and farmland of western Illinois. Otherwise, go to Europe to see them. Check the Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area north of town for wintering gulls.
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
40.06 N 95.24 W
The 10 mile drive lets you view ponds and fields from the comfort of your car. Spring and fall migration are busy times with more Snow Geese here than you knew existed!
Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge
48.45 N 107.82 W
This is prairie country. Look here for Baird's Sparrow, Sprague's Pipit and McCown's Longspur. Lake Bowdoin can be productive for Grebes and Pelicans
Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area
47.62 N 112.02 W
Spring and fall migrations can be spectacular. Shorebirds are abundant in April and May. Check the grasslands for Short-eared Owls and Clay-colored Sparrows.
Glacier National Park
48.75 N 113.72 W
As you travel over Logan Pass, stop at picnic areas to find higher-elevation species. American Dippers live under the bridge just north of Lake McDonald. The cliffs near Avalanche Creek may turn up a Black Swift.
Medicine Lake NWR
48.30 N 104.18 W
Site of one of the largest American White Pelican rookeries. 250,000 waterfowl may stop over during migration. The prairie grasslands are a good spot to find McCown's and Chestnut-collared Longspurs.
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
41.16 N 96.19 W
The deciduous forest along the Missouri river make this a great spot to look for warblers, vireos and even raptors. Sharp-tailed grouse perform courtship displays in the spring. The wetlands area is a good spot to look for Virginia Rails.
41.09 N 103.96 W
Near Kimball, this is a migrant trap that has produced more than one state record. Fall is the best season to look for western birds in the riparian habitat.
40.39 N 99.04 W
Half a million Sandhill Cranes jam into a 150 mile stretch of the shallow Platte River in Mid-March. They fatten up in local fields in preparation for the continuation of their migration north.
Corn Creek Field Station
36.47 N 115.32 W
This oasis in the Desert National Wildlife range is about an hour north of Las Vegas. Check the desert scrub for LeConte's Thrasher. Spring and fall migration are good for passerines. Follow your early morning trip here with a drive up Mount Charleston.
Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway/Ruby Mountains
40.75 N 115.46 W
The Ruby Mountains are home to the introduced Himalayan Snowcock. Hike up to Island Lake to find their habitat. The best time to visit is mid-July through August.
Mount Charleston/Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest
36.28 N 115.68 W
This area is northwest of Las Vegas. You will discover a variety of pine forests on the road to the summit. Stop at picnic areas and
Red Rock Canyon
36.18 N 115.42 W
Look here for Mojave Desert species before you try your luck in nearby Las Vegas. Continue south to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park for Summer Tanager and Crissal Thrasher.
Witless Bay Islands
47.25 N 52.78 W
35 KM south of St. Johns, the Witless Bay Islands support a globally significant colony of breeding seabirds. Great Island, in particular supports the largest colony of Atlantic Puffins in eastern North America.
44.43 N 66.47 W
A beautiful spot for fall migration on the northeast coast. Watch shorebirds and Atlantic Puffins in the Bay of Fundy. Look for Crossbills and warblers in the nearby spruce-fir forests.
44.40 N 71.21 W
Take the toll road during the spring and summer and listen for Bicknell's Thrush. Check out Jefferson Notch as well. You may see a Ruffed Grouse.
42.92 N 70.84 W
The 18 mile seacoast is a great spot to bird. Start at Seabrook and work your way up to Odiorne Point State Park and Great Bay NWR. Check the mudflats for migrating shorebirds.
Brigantine Division - Forsythe NWR
39.27 N 74.27 W
If the slot machines in Atlantic City took all your quarters, you can always walk the boardwalk at Brigantine to look for Saltmarsh's Sharp-tailed Sparrow. Drive the dikes to see Waterfowl and Shorebirds. Best in May and August.
38.56 N 74.57 W
Hawks "funnel" into Cape May each fall, making this the best spot on the East Coast for raptors. Fantastic for warblers and other migrating birds in spring and fall. One of the top 10 spots in North America.
Bosque del Apache NWR
33.59 N 106.50 W
Wintertime is when you will find thousands of Snow Geese, Sandhill Cranes and maybe even a Ross' Goose. The riparian habitat along the Rio Grande River holds many Curve-billed and Crissal Thrashers.
Gila National Forest
32.92 N 108.68 W
This forest is home to Flammulated and Spotted Owls, Painted Redstarts and Hepatic Tanagers. Check riparian habitat along the Gila River for Common Black-Hawk.
Sandia Crest/Cibola National Forest
35.18 N 106.49 W
Watch for Black-headed Grosbeak, Hermit Thrush and Red-naped Sapsuckers. Nearer Albuquerque, the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a great spot for Say's Phoebe, Blue Grosbeak and Black-chinned Hummingbird.
43.30 N 77.70 W
Just northwest of Rochester on the Lake Ontario shore, this hot spot has waterfowl, wading birds and raptors. The hawk watch platform is often crowded in the spring during migration.
Central Park, New York City
40.47 N 73.58 W
Birds? In New York City? During spring migration, Central Park is a welcomed island of green trees in the middle of a concrete desert. Warblers, Tanagers, Grosbeaks (and maybe a Rock Dove).
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
43.52 N 76.26 W
This lookout spot on Lake Ontario is a Mecca for hawkwatchers in the springtime. Broad-winged Hawks number in the thousands on many days.
Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge
40.37 N 73.52 W
Nestled between Brooklyn and the JFK Airport , in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, is a wonderful wetland area officially called Gateway National Recreation Center. Great for migrants. Something rare is always turning up here. You can even bird by subway!
43.08 N 79.07 W
Winter gulls are the attraction here. Rarities are always showing up each winter. Between the falls and Fort Niagara State Park on Lake Ontario you will see thousands of gulls! When finished, cross the river and start building up your Canada list!
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
35.45 N 76.20 W
Tundra Swan show up each winter by the thousands. Over twenty species of ducks can be found in the winter as well. This is a very good spot in spring and fall migration for shorebirds.
Outer Banks/Atlantic Ocean
35.31 N 75.29 W
This is one of the best spots on the East coast for pelagic (open ocean) trips, especially in May. Go out 20-40 miles to see Cory's and Greater Shearwater; Black-capped Petrel; and Wilson's, Leach's and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel. Back on land, visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge
48.49 N 100.72 W
This refuge, in "pothole" country, has grassland sparrows as well as waterbirds in the marshes and along the Souris River.
Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge
48.47N 102.51 W
Sparrows can be fun! Le Conte's, Baird's, Grasshopper and Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow are here. Sharp-tailed Grouse is the area specialty.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
46.97 N 103.45 W
This badlands area is good for western species. Riparian areas along the river are often productive. Watch for Spotted Towhee, Lazuli Bunting and Bullock's Oriole.
Wood Buffalo National Park
60.20 N 113.20 W
The northeast corner of this park is in the Northwest territories (most of the park is in Alberta). This area supports the entire breeding population of migratory Whooping Cranes during the late spring and summer months.
46.70 N 60.37 W
French Mountain, Bird Island and Ingonish are three of the best birding spots on the cape. Spring through early winter can be a good time to visit. Watch for Bicknell's Thrush and Atlantic Puffin.
Adams Lake State Park
38.81 N 83.53 W
Adams County is at the edge of the Appalachian mountain range. Chuck-will's-widow, Wild Turkey, Blue Grosbeak and other species are often easier to find here than anywhere else in Ohio.
Crane Creek/Magee Marsh/Ottawa NWR
41.37 N 83.09 W
Spring migration here may be even better than Point Pelee -- and two hours closer if you live in Ohio! Go visit the Oak Openings and Irwin Prairie on the west side of Toledo as well.
Green Lawn Cemetery and Arboretum
39.94 N 83.04 W
This is a great spot during spring migration. Birder's are always welcome. You should see almost 50 species of warblers, thrushes and vireos in early May.
Headlands Beach State Park
41.73 N 81.33 N
There are a whole series of birding spots along Lake Erie, just east of Cleveland. Spring migration is very good here, as is the hawkwatching. Continue over to Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve and finally, the power plant in Eastlake.
40.65 N 83.31 N
In winter, look for hawks and owls. Check the tall evergreens very carefully for Long-eared Owls. At dusk you should see Short-eared Owls skimming over the fields. Depending on water levels, shorebirds and waterfowl can be abundant, especially in migration.
Pete Thayer's Former Back Yard
39.09 N 84.22 W
You don't have to be Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ to realize that there is no place like home. Birders are always happy discovering and exploring the birding spots close to home. Thanks to the foresight and conservation efforts of others, I can visit great birding locations close to my home like the Cincinnati Nature Center and the Oxbow. What have you done lately for the next generation of birders in your home town?
36.61 N 102.98 W
This birding spot is at the very western tip of Oklahoma. Many western birds are found nowhere else in the state. Watch for Chihuahuan Raven. Hike up the Black Mesa Preserve to the highest spot in Oklahoma.
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
36.81 N 98.20 W
The salt flats are home to Snowy Plover, American Avocet and Least Tern. Sand Creek Bay is very good during shorebird migration.
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
34.10 N 98.46 W
Southwest Oklahoma in winter may yield some hard-to-find Longspurs, Sparrows and Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Try the loop from Norman to Altus to Washita NWR. Eastern and western birds come together here. Watch for bison and elk as well.
43.06 N 79.04 W
Come in December to see Gulls. In general, bird from the Ontario side of the river. Specialties include Iceland, Lesser Black-backed, Black-headed and Little Gull. Look for Ducks on the river.
41.56 N 82.31 W
This tip of Ontario extends into Lake Erie, forming a welcome site for migrating birds in May and a natural "funnel" in the fall. Warblers in the spring are everywhere. Watch the flight of Monarch butterflies and huge flocks of Blue Jays in the fall. Considered by most as one of the Top 10 birding spots in North America.
Crater Lake National Park
42.96 N 122.06 W
Alpine forests and beautiful scenery attract birders in search of Stellar's Jay, Townsend's Solitaire, Three-toed Woodpecker and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
43.16 N 118.49 W
Watch for American White Pelican, Trumpeter Swan, Sage Thrasher, MacGillivray's Warbler and other western specialties. Visit in September or October and you may find a rarity or two.
Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
45.86 N 123.22 W
Visit during the fall and winter to see raptors, gulls, sparrows and waterfowl. Thayer's Gull can be found at the south end of the island. In late summer, mudflats hold thousands of shorebirds.
Tillamook Bay/Cape Meares
45.50 N 123.91 W
The entire coast along Highway 101 is a wonderful place to view seabirds. Watch for Tufted Puffin, Black Oystercatcher, Common Murre, and sea lions on the rocks. In August, scan offshore for migrating Sooty Shearwater.
Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
42.48 N 122.06 W
15,000 acres of mostly freshwater marsh and open water. These habitats serve as excellent nesting and brood rearing areas for waterfowl and colonial nesting birds including American White Pelican and several heron species. Hundreds of thousands of waterfowl stop here during migration.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
40.40 N 75.58 W
October = raptors. West of Allentown, this is one of the best hawk and falcon watching sites in North America. It consists of 2,200 acres straddling the Kittatinny Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains.
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
40.28 N 76.23 W
This may be the top spot in the state to see waterfowl. Fall migration and late winter are good times to visit. Migrating Snow Geese and Tundra Swans are present in large numbers.
Presque Isle State Park
42.09 N 80.07 W
This hook of land juts into Lake Erie, creating a wonderful migratory gathering point. Spring migration is best. You are likely to see 20 or more warbler species in a day or two.
Tinicum (John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge)
39.90 N 75.41 W
Located just a mile north of the Philadelphia airport, Tinicum has wetlands and fields that attract a wide variety of species. Birding can be good at any time of the year. Check the marshes and impoundments for migrating shorebirds.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Prince Edward Island National Park
46.41 N 63.15 W
Shorebirds and waterfowl can be found at Rustico Bay. Check Long Pond for Greater Scaup.
Bonaventure Island/Gaspe Peninsula
48.31 N 64.11 W
Go in summertime to see breeding seabirds on the steep rocky cliffs. Watch for Northern Gannets, Common Murres, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills and even Atlantic Puffins.
41.10 N 71.34 W
Visit during the first week in October and you may see almost 150 species. Hawks and Falcons overhead may occasionally spook the other birds.
Sachuest Point NWR
41.45 N 71.46 W
Visit during the fall and winter for seabirds. You may see Purple Sandpipers and rafts of Eiders.
50.52 N 106.03 W
Large numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl utilize Pelican Lake during both the spring and fall migration. Marbled Godwits, Wilson's Phalaropes and American Avocets are often present during the spring and fall migration.
Cape Romain NWR
33.00 N 79.28 W
In between Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach. This refuge on South Carolina's Grand Strand is one of the favorite birding spots of the "locals". Be sure to visit the Francis Marion National Forest nearby for pinewoods birds.
Huntington Beach State Park
33.45 N 79.28 W
Even closer to Myrtle Beach is this top birding spot. Marsh birds and shore birds are abundant. Drop off your spouse to play golf while you go birding!
43.93 N 103.47 W
While visiting Mount Rushmore, enjoy the forest birds in aspen and ponderosa pine groves. Try stopping at various spots along the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Hanna campground is a good spot for the high-elevation species.
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
43.17 N 101.54 W
Lacreek NWR is a unique area featuring native sandhills, marshes, meadows, open water, and prairie upland habitats and is home to an equally diverse set of bird species. The best areas to bird at Lacreek are along the dike roads.
Union County State Park
42.82 N 96.78 W
One of the best places in the state to observe neotropical migrants during spring and fall migrations. At the peak of spring migration in mid-May, 20 species of warblers are possible.
Great Smoky Mountains
35.41 N 83.32 W
The ancient Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina contain some wonderful surprises. Warblers nest here that might otherwise have continued on to Canada. The scenery is beautiful and serene. Plus, you can always drop off the non-birders at Dollywood!
36.38 N 89.37 N
Bald Eagles are a highlight of this area in winter. Formed by a huge earthquake (the same one that made the Mississippi River flow backwards!), the lake and surrounding areas offer dozens of birding spots throughout the year. Wood Ducks and Wild Turkeys are everywhere.
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
29.35 N 94.30 W
Listen for Yellow and Black Rails during the evening. Painted Buntings and Dickcissel are common. Drive the 12 miles of gravel roads with windows down and insect repellent on.
Aransas National Wildlife Reserve
28.14 N 96.49 W
Herons, Ducks, Sandpipers and maybe a Whooping Crane. Paved tour road is 16 miles long. Try the observation tower and choose from six walking trails.
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
26.09 N 98.22 W
The lucky see a Blue Bunting, Clay-colored Robin or Hook-billed Kite. Watch for Pauraque sitting on the picnic tables at dusk. One of the top 10 sites in North America.
Big Bend National Park
29.07 N 103.19 W
Hike 11 miles to see the Colima Warbler. Lucifer Hummingbird and Gray Vireo are here, too. A beautiful, rugged area. Birding Rio Grande Village in the morning is wonderful. Visit in June, July or August.
29.24 N 94.44 W
One of the premier birding spots on the Texas coast for shorebirds and waders. Look for Red Knots, White-rumped Sandpipers, Stilt Sandpipers, Sandwich Terns and Least Terns, among others.
Brazos Bend State Park
29.23 N 95.37 W
Southwest of Houston, this is a great place to look for Masked Duck and both Whistling-Ducks. Nice observation tower for scanning the marshy areas.
25.54 N 97.31 W
To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump = Tamaulipas Crows (formerly called Mexican Crow)! This species is found in the US only at the Brownsville, Texas dump. Look for parrots roosting in the trees in the suburbs.
30.35 N 103.57 W
Look for area specialties like Common Black-Hawk and Montezuma Quail. A 75 mile scenic loop around the Davis Mountains covers many productive habitats.
Falcon Dam/San Ygnacio
26.35 N 99.08 W
The northern end of your Rio Grande Valley trip could add Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Muscovy Duck or White-collared Seedeater to your life list. San Ygnacio is about 44 miles upstream from Falcon Dam.
29.33 N 94.24 W
Spring warbler fallouts can be spectacular. If you just flew all the way across the Gulf of Mexico, you would plop down here to rest, too! Visit in April and early May.
Hill Country/Edwards Plateau
29.37 N 98.35 W
Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo are the regional specialties. Hurry before the habitat disappears. Also stop to see millions of Mexican Free-tailed Bats leave their limestone caves at dusk.
27.33 N 97.54 W
The largest ranch in Texas has been a haven for birds for over a century. Small groups are permitted to visit here and discover birds like Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Tropical Parula, Audubon's Oriole and White-tailed Hawk.
Laguna Atascosa NWR
26.11 N 97.20 W
Mottled Duck, Olive Sparrow and lots of waterbirds and shorebirds. Aplomado Falcons are being reintroduced here -- don't count them yet.
Padre Island National Seashore
27.31 N 97.35 W
70 miles of unspoiled beach is home to gulls, terns, shorebirds and a few Peregrine Falcons.
28.01 N 97.03 W
A perennial top 3 ranking in the Christmas Bird Count. Over 200 species in one day! Fantastic in the spring, too. A boat tour out of Rockport is the best way to see a Whooping Crane during the winter.
Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary
25.51 N 97.29 W
Look for Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, Least Grebe and Green Jays at Sabal Palm.
Santa Ana NWR
26.04 N 98.05 W
One of the VERY BEST spots in the US. Green Kingfisher, Green Jay, Red-billed Pigeon plus lots of other colors, too! Visit in late January or early February.
Antelope Island State Park
40.98 N 112.18 W
This is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. Get your "lifer" Chukar here (I did!). The causeway over to the island has shorebirds along the side of the road. The park itself has grassland birds like Sage Sparrow and Sage Thrasher.
41.45 N 112.45 W
August sees spectacular numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge at the north end of the Great Salt Lake. Birding has recovered nicely since the floods of the mid-1980s.
Dinosaur National Monument
40.54 N 109.11 W
Discover prehistoric "birds" as well as modern birds. This arid, rocky area is home to Black-chinned and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds. Riparian areas along the Green River are productive as well.
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge
39.96 N 109.93 W
This wetlands is smack in the middle of the desert. Waterbirds are the specialty here. Be sure to scan the water's edge around Pelican Lake.
Wasatch-Cache National Forest
41.87 N 111.51 W
The Cache Valley near Logan and nearby forest are amazing. You may find Williamson's Sapsucker, Three-toed Woodpecker Pine Grosbeak and Red Crossbill, Virginia's Warbler and Calliope Hummingbirds. Drive up the Mill Creek Canyon.
Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area
44.19 N 73.23 W
Migrating waterfowl as well as nesting species make this Vermont's most popular birding spot. In winter watch for Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve
37.59 N 75.17 W
More famous for its ponies than its birds -- but that may soon change! This barrier island is a last staging area each fall for Shorebirds on their way to South America. Thousands of waterfowl spend the winter here.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel
37.00 N 76.02 W
Write or call for a letter that will permit you to stop on island 2,3 and 4 as you cross the bridge/tunnel. Purple Sandpiper, Great Cormorant, Oldsquaw and all three Scoters may fly by.
Kiptopeke State Park
37.15 N 75.98 W
Located at the tip of Cape Charles, this is the place to be in the fall. About 70,000 raptors fly overhead between September and November. The park is also great for fall songbirds.
Shenandoah National Park
38.25 N 78.70 W
Skyline Drive is a beautiful experience. Birders like to explore the South River Falls Trail around mile 63. Spring and summer are the best times to visit.
Ocean Shores/Gray's Harbor/Westport
46.55 N 124.08 W
This is probably the best spot in the state for shorebirds. You will also find pelagic birding at its best! On the boat, look for Black-footed Albatross; all three Jaegers; Pink-footed and Flesh-footed Shearwaters; and Sabine's Gull in late July or early August.
Olympic National Park/Dungeness NWR
48.03 N 123.42 W
Lush and majestic scenery. Drive up Hurricane Ridge Road to try for Vaux's Swift and Red Crossbills. At Dungeness, watch for Marbled Murrelet and Brandt's Cormorant.
Skagit and Samish Flats
46.48 N 122.17 W
Winter is the time when swans and geese gather here in the agricultural fields, wetlands and bay. Watch for raptors -- maybe even a Gyrfalcon.
46.62 N 120.63 W
Pine forests, aspen groves and sagebrush flats provide an incredibly diverse habitat for Western Tanagers, Calliope Hummingbirds, Blue Grouse and much more.
Green Bottom Wildlife Management Area
8.56 N 82.28 W
South of Glenwood, this marshy area is good for birding at any time of the year. Look for Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons.
Monongahela National Forest
38.19 N 80.13 W
The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area is a good spot to see the birds of the Appalachian mountains. Alder Flycatcher, Mourning and Canada Warblers and Northern Waterthrush may be found. Follow the Highland Scenic Highway if you have time.
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
45.81 N 92.73 W
The brush-prairie habitat and nearby wetlands attract a wide variety of species. You may even hear a Yellow Rail. Sandhill Cranes are abundant in the fall.
Devil's Lake State Park
43.42 N 89.73 W
Great scenery and a mix of northern and southern birds can be found here. For worm-eating Warbler, try nearby Baxter's Hollow Preserve. The International Crane Foundation is located just north of here in Baraboo.
43.34 N 88.38 W
Roger Tory Peterson once selected this as one of his top dozen birding spots. HUGE staging area for migrating waterfowl.
Grand Teton National Park
43.89 N 110.75 W
Unbelievable scenery. Watch for Black Rosy-Finch atop Rendezvous Mountain. You may also spot Great Gray Owl, Boreal Owl, Trumpeter Swan and Three-toed Woodpecker in late June - early July. Check Jackson Lake for waterfowl.
Snowy Range Scenic Byway
41.38 N 106.74 W
This road through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest is open from late May until October. Watch for Townsend's Solitaire, Mountain Chickadees and Cordilleran Flycatchers. Stop at Brooklyn Lake.
Torrington/Table Mountain Wildlife Area
42.08 N 104.09 W
The grasslands here in the southeast corner of the state are home to Longspurs, raptors and more. Check the riparian habitat at Rawhide Wildlife Area for migrant eastern species.
Yellowstone National Park
44.51 N 110.81 W
This huge park is a wonderful place to look for Great Gray Owl, Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpecker. Hike the trails and check the habitat at different elevations. After watching "Old Faithful" erupt, bird the areas between it and Mammoth Hot Springs.
65.00 N 135.13 W
Here is some real wilderness birding! The vast expanse of tundra north of Whitehorse is home to Surfbirds, Northern Wheatears and Gray-crowned Rosy Finches. Try Surfbird Mountain in late May for high alpine birds.
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