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Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

Arizona, USA
Aravaipa is famed as a birder's paradise, with nearly every type of desert songbird and more than 150 species documented in the wilderness. Saguaro and other cacti grow on Aravaipa's rocky ledges, providing nest sites.

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Betty's Kitchen

Arizona, USA
Waterfowl visit the area during the winter, and migratory birds visit the area during spring, fall, and early winter.

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Bonita Creek - Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Arizona, USA
Bonita Creek has the easiest access and provides a clifftop wildlife- viewing platform. In addition to more than 150 bird species, there are opportunities to view bighorn sheep, beaver, javelina, and mule deer.

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Lake Dorothey/James M. John State Wildlife Areas

Colorado, USA
These adjacent state wildlife areas rise up the east side of Raton Mesa from the High Plains of southeastern Colorado to Fisher's Peak at 10,000 feet in elevation.

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Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Arizona, USA
Wildlife species include 60 mammals, 230 birds, 43 reptiles and amphibians, and 3 native fish. Large mammals include mule and white-tailed deer, javelina, and mountain lion.

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Mattole Recreation Site

California, USA
The undisturbed beach, tidepools, dunes, and estuary of the Mattole River mark the north end of the King Range National Conservation Area.

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McGill Canyon

Nevada, USA
Jagged limestone ridges and outcroppings tower above this narrow canyon, sheltering California bighorn sheep and mule deer.

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Mescalero Sands

New Mexico, USA
Prairie chicken dancing on leks occurs from early March through mid-May, with peak activity in April. Male birds begin their courtship about one-half hour before sunrise and may continue for up to two hours.

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Mittry Lake Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
A well-developed wetland and marsh habitat adjacent to harsh desert conditions. Wonderful views of three surrounding mountain ranges combine with excellent waterfowl and wildlife viewing.

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Nevada, USA
A thirteen-mile (one-way) scenic drive leads to trails, narrow canyons, sandstone cliffs, and riparian areas that attract roadrunners, rufous-sided towhees, white-throated swifts, loggerhead shrikes, and several upland birds.

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Red Willow Reservoir

Nebraska, USA
Red Willow is one of the best public areas in the state for viewing black-tailed prairie dogs. It is a good site to view white-tailed and mule deer and waterfowl.

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Roan Plateau

Colorado, USA
Mornings and evenings in summer and fall offfer good sightings of elk and mule deer. Black bears and mountain lions may be seen occasionally.

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San Pedro Riparian NCA

Arizona, USA
While primarily known for birding, the area has a high diversity of mammal life as well, although many are nocturnal. Included are diverse species of rodents, bats, mountain lions, and bobcats.

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Vermilion Cliffs Condor Viewing Site

Arizona, USA
The California condor soars the skies of Arizona once again, thanks to a reintroduction effort that began here at Vermilion Cliffs in 1996.

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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

New Mexico, USA
Very good year-round viewing of mule deer and elk at dawn/dusk in the loop are; elk are best seen in late winter during pre-dawn hours. Black bear may be seen late summer and fall, any time of day.

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Saratoga National Historical Park

New York, USA
During quiet moments, you may catch sight of red foxes hunting for unsuspecting cottontail rabbits or field mice. Woodchucks and wild turkeys are also frequently found foraging in the tall grass or along the roadside.

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Wisconsin, USA
More than 200 species of birds may be found on the islands during spring and fall migration. Outer and Long islands in particular. Large numbers of broad-winged hawks migrate though each spring.

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Canaveral National Seashore

Florida, USA
The beaches provide important summer nesting habitat for loggerhead and green sea turtles. Bottle-nosed dolphins cavort year-round in both ocean and lagoon.

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Arizona, USA
Mountain lion can be seen here, along with turkey vulture, golden eagle, swiffle flycatcher, peregrine falcon and Hopi rattlesnake.

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Chiricahua National Monument

Arizona, USA
There are at least 71 species of mammals, 46 species of reptiles, 8 amphibians, 171 species of birds, and uncounted numbers of insects that regularly occur on Chiricahua National Monument.

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Coronado National Memorial

Arizona, USA
Several hiking trails through the wooded foothills of the Huachuca Mountains, excellent views over the river valley, a cave, and an interesting variety of plant and animal life attract visitors.

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Denali National Park

Alaska, USA
Denali's dynamic glaciated landscape supports a diversity of wildlife with grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and moose.

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Fire Island National Seashore

New York, USA
Off shore, watch for dolphins and pilot whales. On the beach, visitors can easily identify all four of the common gull species here: ring-billed, herring, laughing, and great black-backed.

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Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Arizona, USA
Although it's only 1000 acres in size, Fort Bowie National Historic Site encompasses a variety of habitat types, resulting in a surprising collection of animal species.

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Arizona, USA
Wildlife may include bighorn sheep, small mammals such as desert cottontail ,black-tail jackrabbit, cliff chipmunk, rock squirrel, coyote, gray fox, badger and ringtail, and birds of prey.

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Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona, USA
The significance and appeal of the Grand Canyon is not limited to its spectacular vistas and fascinating geology. The Park contains several major ecosystems and great biological diversity.

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Arizona, USA
Over 55 mammals have been tallied here, but many are nocturnal and difficult to view. Small herds of bighorn sheep can be seen along the ridges and canyons.

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Lamar Valley - Yellowstone Park

Montana, USA
Coyotes abound in this area year-round, searching for ungulate carcasses and rodents. Grizzly and black bears can be viewed in the area in the spring and summer, particularly south of the Yellowstone Institute.

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Many Glacier Valley - Glacier National Park

Montana, USA
On the drive in, watch for bald eagles along Sherburne Reservoir. Look for bears and coyotes in the aspen groves; listen for common loons and bugling elk in the fall. Mountain goats are common on Grinnell Point.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Arizona, USA
Nocturnal animals include woodrat, pocket gopher, skunk, ringtail, a variety of bats, amphibians such as Woodhouse's and red-spotted toads and owls.

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Navajo Bridge

Arizona, USA
The California condor can be viewed at fairly close range, on cliffs below and flying over or under the bridge. You may also see turkey vultures. An interpretive center is open from April to October.

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Navajo National Monument

Arizona, USA
Varied habitats such as pinyon-juniper forests and fir and aspen groves within the canyon include species such as mule deer, coyote, mountain lion, cotton-tail and black-tailed jackrabbits.

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Pipestone National Monument

Minnesota, USA
More than 100 bird species have been documented here, although during the spring and fall months, additional migratory species may be seen.

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Saguaro National Park

Arizona, USA
Saguaro cacti provide their flowers and sweet fruits to hungry desert animals and also provide homes to a variety of birds. The gilded flicker and Gila woodpecker excavate nest cavities inside the saguaro's pulpy flesh.

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Tumacacori National Historic Park

Arizona, USA
Many bird species are seen at the park due to its proximity to the Santa Cruz River. Nine species of hummingbirds have been seen here, including sightings of violet-crowned and broad-billed hummingbirds.

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Voyageurs National Park

Minnesota, USA
As far as stunning scenery and soothing serenity goes, it doesn’t get any better than a visit to Voyageurs National Park. Woods, water and wildlife are at your beck and call.

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Wupatki National Monument

Arizona, USA
Pronghorn, mule deer, antelope ground squirrel and black-tailed jackrabbit can be found here. Common birds include the western kingbird, rock wren, black-throated sparrow, and greater roadrunner.

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Allegany State Park

New York, USA
Wetlands are where you may also see painted or snapping turtles sunning themselves. Other interesting reptiles include smooth green, ringneck and red-bellied snakes.

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Bear Mountain State Park

New York, USA
Bald eagles can be seen soaring above the highlands of Bear Mountain year round. Overwintering eagles concentrate along the Hudson when inland lakes are frozen.

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Bowman Lake State Park

New York, USA
Lucky visitors may encounter a wide variety of wildlife, including whitetailed deer, red foxes, woodchucks, raccoons, cottontail rabbits, beavers, geese, ducks, finches, warblers, hawks or woodpeckers.

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Buckhorn Island State Park

New York, USA
Buckhorn Island has large numbers and diverse species of gulls and supports a varied waterfowl population.

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Caleb Smith State Park

New York, USA
Explore the forest trails for fox, flying squirrels (very shy and active mostly at night), yellow-bellied sapsuckers, screech owls and red-tailed hawks.

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Caumsett State Historic Park

New York, USA
Visit the park in summer for a chance to spy great and snowy egrets, tree swallows, frogs and nearly 60 species of butterflies. You also may glimpse fiddler and horseshoe crabs.

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Chenango Valley State Park

New York, USA
Visitors often see deer, woodchucks and wild turkeys here. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a nesting pair of bald eagles along the banks of the Chenango River.

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Fahnestock State Park

New York, USA
Birders can have a field day here looking for wild turkeys, barred owls, red-shouldered and broad-winged hawks and many different songbirds.

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Fort Totten Park

New York, USA
Peregrine falcons search the skies for small birds they can dive on and snatch in mid-air at speeds measured up to 180 mph! Ospreys also frequent the park and are often seen with fish in their talons—live fish being this raptor’s exclusive diet.

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Grafton Lakes State Park

New York, USA
The ponds and reservoir host fish, including pickerel, bass, pumpkinseed, bluegill, perch, sunfish, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, walleye and bullhead.

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Green Lakes State Park

New York, USA
The lakes are host to flocks of noisy, migrating Canada geese and ducks, which also nest along the lakeshore. Stately great blue herons and bossy kingfishers hunt streams and lake shallows for fish and frogs in the warmer months.

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Harriman State Park

New York, USA
White-tailed deer are often seen in the forest, while signs of beavers can be found in the streams. Perhaps you’ll spot elusive northern river otters!

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Heckscher State Park

New York, USA
This park is known locally as the “home of the white-tailed deer.” Each year visitors by the thousands come to this state park near East Islip, midway along Long Island’s south shore, to see one of the island’s largest populations of these graceful and beautiful animals.

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Hudson Highlands State Park

New York, USA
Numerous species of birds occupy the varied habitats of the park. Prairie warblers and field sparrows can be heard singing in fields and brushy areas. Woodland species include several warblers, ovenbirds, veerys and red-eyed vireos.

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John Boyd Thacher & Thompson's Lake State Parks

New York, USA
From sheer, rocky cliffs at Thacher to Thompson’s tranquil woods, streams and lake, these parks form a New York State Bird Conservation Area. More than 170 species have been identified.

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Jones Beach State Park

New York, USA
Some of the best wildlife watching is in the spring and fall, when viewing sites are free of summer crowds. Out beyond the surf, look for eider, oldsquaw, scoters and gannets.

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Joseph Davis State Park

New York, USA
Among the wildlife visitors may see are largemouth bass thrashing around in the shallows in the summer, as well as frogs, peepers and turtles.

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Letchworth State Park

New York, USA
Renowned as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S.

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Max V.Shaul State Park

New York, USA
Fields may provide views of red-tailed hawks, and a bluebird trail at neighboring Mine Kill Park allows close-up glimpses of these birds at nest boxes in spring and summer.

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Mills Norrie State Park & Norrie Point Environmental Edu. Center

New York, USA
This area is actually a combination of two parks: Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park and adjoining Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park. Together, they comprise more than 1,000 acres along the Hudson River.

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Minnewaska State Park & Sam's Point Preserve

New York, USA
The entire Shawangunk Ridge has been designated as one of the Earth’s “Last Great Places” by The Nature Conservancy due to its extraordinary plant and animal diversity. Minnewaska and Sam’s Point host more than 200 species of migratory and nesting birds.

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Niagara Falls State Park

New York, USA
Bonaparte’s, herring and ring-billed gulls arrive in the fall and stay through winter. A ring-billed gull breeding colony in the Cave of the Winds area is perhaps one of the largest in the region.

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Orient Beach State Park

New York, USA
Visitors are drawn to a variety of wildlife, which includes common and snowy egrets, many species of gulls, piping plovers, ospreys, diamondbacked terrapins, white-tailed deer, slipper shells, mussels, fiddler crabs and channeled whelks.

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Peebles Island State Park

New York, USA
Visitors may see bald eagles, great blue herons, double-crested cormorants, ospreys, swallows, barred owls and killdeer. Sighting snapping turtles, whitetailed deer, beavers, muskrats, foxes and groundhogs is also a possibility.

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Point Au Roche State Park

New York, USA
For a couple of weeks in the spring and fall, birders from near and far flock here to see thousands of migrating snow geese. Point Au Roche, with several peninsulas, bays and nearby cornfields, is a significant stopover on the Atlantic flyway for migratory waterfowl.

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Robert Moses State Park

New York, USA
The St. Lawrence River is a major attraction for waterfowl, so sightings of mallards, wood ducks, hooded merganser, American wigeons and Canada and snow geese are possible.

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Robert Moses State Park (Long Island)

New York, USA
Thousands come annually to fish and birdwatch. The park is located along the Atlantic migratory flyway, and more than 300 bird species have been observed, including endangered shorebirds. Wildlife viewing is excellent throughout the year.

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Schodack Island State Park

New York, USA
Visitors may see bald eagles, cerulean warblers and great blue herons. In addition to a heron rookery, eagles and snapping turtles nest here.

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Sterling Forest State Park

New York, USA
Due to its size and habitat diversity, New York State has designated Sterling Forest as a Bird Conservation Area, and New York Audubon considers it an Important Bird Area.

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Wellesley Island State Park

New York, USA
Wildlife viewing opportunities abound along Wellesley’s shoreline and in its marshes, fields and forests. Watching osprey parents raise their young in huge, heavy nests of sticks in treetops is a highlight for visitors to Eel Bay during spring and early summer.

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Afton State Park

Minnesota, USA
Spectacular views, minimal development and rugged terrain are all part of the wildlife watching experience at Afton State Park.

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Alamo Lake State Park

Arizona, USA
In the winter, the lake has high populations of grebes and waterfowl, including several species of teal, mallard, ruddy duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, and eared grebe.

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Beaver Creek Valley State Park

Minnesota, USA
The great diversity of plant species contribute to a great diversity of wildlife. Deer, raccoon, muskrat, mink, badger, red and gray fox, an occasional beaver, and wild turkey may be spotted in the park.

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Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park

Texas, USA
Protecting wildlife found in no other region of the United States, this park is one of the most outstanding viewing areas in the country.

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Blue Job Mountain State Forest

New Hampshire, USA
The best time to visit Blue Job Mountain is during the fall hawk migration. As many as 800 broad-winged hawks have been seen in one day between September 15 and 20.

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Blue Mounds State Park

Minnesota, USA
The park lies on top of a large outcrop of Sioux quartzite that forms a mound almost two miles long and 100 feet above the surrounding land. The outcrop appeared blue to settlers going west in the 1860s and 1870s. They named the prominent landmark, the Blue Mound.

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Blue Spring State Park

Florida, USA
In Chilly winter months, federally-listed endangered manatees leave the cold waters of the St. Johns River to take refuge in this first magnitude spring.

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arizona, USA
More than 230 bird and 72 species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians have been documented as either permanent and/or migratory Arboretum residents.


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Buffalo River State Park

Minnesota, USA
This park is located near the towns of Fargo/Moorhead and protects 1322 acres of prairie. The park includes mesic, dry and wet prairie along with sedge meadows, aspen stands, willow brush and hardwoods associated with the Buffalo River.

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Buttermilk Falls State Park

New York, USA
Muskrat, beaver, and mink are among the water mammals that utilize this waterway. Campers might expect to see skunk, raccoon, opossum, and red fox. Watch at dusk for little brown bats and big brown bats and flying squirrels.

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Camden State Park & Prairie Marshes WMA

Minnesota, USA
You could easily spend a whole day birding Camden SP - especially during spring and fall songbird migration. The park provides woodland and prairie habitat for a wide variety of birds.

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Catalina State Park

Arizona, USA
More than 150 species of birds have been documented in the park, including red-tailed and Harris's hawks, elf owl, Gambel's quail, cactus wren, Lucy's warbler, rufous-winged and rufous-crowned sparrows and pyrrhuloxia.

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Crawford Notch State Park

New Hampshire, USA
Crawford Notch is the summer home of a pair of peregrine falcons. Locating the birds on the large cliffs requires binoculars or a spotting scope. Watch for moose along the stream areas in the summer.

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Crawford State Park

Colorado, USA
The park surrounds a 406-acre reservoir Iron Creek. Most of the rocky sandstone shoreline is cottonwood riparian habitat.

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Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Kentucky, USA
Secluded within 300,000 acres of Daniel Boone National Forest, there is an abundant amount of wildlife in this park.

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Arizona, USA
A six-mile reach of the river known as the Verde River Greenway State Natural Area supports a diversity of unique species, including bald eagle, willow flycatcher, terrestrial gartersnake, gopher snake, plateau lizard and lowland leopard frog.

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Emerald Bay/D.L. Bliss State Park

California, USA
Two adjacent parks linked by trails are located in a spectacular alpine setting above one of the world's largest high-elevation lakes.

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Eno River Sate Park

North Carolina, USA
View small mammals such as beaver, river otter, mink, and muskrat. Hardwood forests support wild turkey and many songbirds, owls, and hawks.

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Flandrau State Park

Minnesota, USA
Flandrau is one of the stops along the Minnesota River Valley Birding Trail. With miles of winding walking trails, it is an all-season site for birding with 158 species of migrant and permanent resident birds recorded within its boundaries.
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Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Arizona, USA
Fool Hollow Lake is a very good birding site. Visitors should walk campsite loops and look for common mergansers and other diving ducks. During winter months, visitors can often see bald eagles.

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Forestville / Mystery Cave State Park

Minnesota, USA
Forestville's extensive closed-canopy forest, the largest expanse in Fillmore County, is great bird habitat. The park is home to more than 175 species of birds.

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Fort Macon State Park

North Carolina, USA
Excellent opportunities here to see abundant coastal wildlife: a diversity of year-round resident bird species, wintering flocks of warblers, sparrows, and other migrants, and occasional regional rarities.

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Fort Ridgely State Park

Minnesota, USA
The Minnesota River Valley is a natural migration corridor for birds and the wooded bluffs attract a wide variety of species. The park lies on the wooded north bluff of the river, an excellent spot for watching migrating hawks and eagles.
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Fort Robinson State Park/Peterson WMA

Nebraska, USA
Fort Robinson has become a better site for viewing bighorn sheep. Lewis's woodpeckers are now being seen in the burned areas, making use of the dead timber.

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Frontenac State Park

Minnesota, USA
Frontenac State Park rises 450 feet above an expanse of the Mississippi River called Lake Pepin. A spectacular view of the river valley extends for miles in all directions.

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Glacial Lakes State Park

Minnesota, USA
The fact that more than 200 species of birds have been recorded in the park and, of these, more than 100 are potential breeders, indicates the value of this area to Minnesota birdlife.

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Glendalough State Park

Minnesota, USA
Located in Otter Tail County near Battle Lake, showcases over nine miles of shoreline on six unique lakes. The park is 1,931 acres in size. The park was donated to the Nature Conservancy on Earth Day in 1990.
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Great River Bluffs State Park

Minnesota, USA
This is visually stunning country and unlike what people may envision seeing in Minnesota—a high bluffland. Great River Bluffs State Park features half-dome bluffs with sheer rock cliffs.

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Hammocks Beach State Park

North Carolina, USA
Shorebirds, waterfowl, and marine life are abundant in salt marshes, tidal creeks, and frontal beach dunes. Large numbers of sea turtles nest on beaches in summer.

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Hanging Rock State Park

North Carolina, USA
Birds abundant year-round, with greatest numbers seen during spring and fall migrations. Variety of frogs and toads, lizards, snakes, and salamanders including the state's only population of Wehrle's salamander.

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Hillsborough River State Park

Florida, USA
The picturesque Hillsborough River flows through 2,994 acres of live oak hammock, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, and freshwater marshes in one of Florida's oldest parks.

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Indian Cave State Park

Nebraska, USA
The park offers excellent opportunities to view deer, wild turkeys, woodchucks, beavers, and raccoons. It also offers the rare opportunity to see gray squirrels in Nebraska.

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Itasca State Park

Minnesota, USA
The park is also home to 53 species of mammals. You might run across a deer, black bear, beaver, northern flying squirrel, porcupine, river otter, timber wolf or raccoon.

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Kartchner Caverns State Park

Arizona, USA
A variety of bats, including Cave Myotis and Mexican free-tailed bats (seasonally), ringtail, coatimundi, javelina, white-tailed and mule deer, mountain lion, bobcat, and a variety of hummingbirds may be seen here.

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Kickapoo Caverns State Park

Texas, USA
Predictable bat flights occur from April into October. Viewing probability is high for other featured species, except coyote and ringtail, which may be seen at night while leaving the site.

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Kilen Woods State Park /Prairie Bush Clover SNA

Minnesota, USA
The Des Moines River provides a natural migration corridor. Although the park encompasses only 228 acres, the wooded hillsides and floodplain provide excellent nesting, resting and feeding areas for birds.

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Kingdom Come State Park

Kentucky, USA
Black bear are returning to this site. Pileated woodpecker, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, red and gray fox, striped skunk, raccoon, whip-poor-will, black-throated green and Kentucky warbler, and great horned owl may also be seen.

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Lahontan State Recreation Area

Nevada, USA
Good to excellent viewing of songbirds, gulls butterflies, lizards, and deer from spring to fall.

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Lake Barkley State Resort Park

Kentucky, USA
Primarily lakeshore forest with numerous woodlots and open areas, this park provides visitors frequent opportunities to view various mammals and bird species.

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Lake Bemidji State Park

Minnesota, USA
Fifty-plus mammals have been found in the park. Among these are star-nosed moles, Franklin’s ground squirrels, red fox, long-tailed weasels, fishers, black bears and white-tailed deer. Occasionally, a wolf may be seen or heard.
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Lake Bronson State Park

Minnesota, USA
Lake Bronson State Park is a fine example of aspen parkland that supports a variety of wildlife from the prairie-dwelling upland sandpipers and sharp-tailed grouse, to the spectacular American elk.


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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

Kentucky, USA
Located on 50,250-acre Lake Cumberland, this site is known for numerous white-tailed deer,striped skunk, and gray squirrel.

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Lake Maria State Park

Minnesota, USA
marshes, potholes, and lakes provide excellent habitat for wildlife. Approximately 205 different species of birds have been reported living in, or passing through on seasonal migrations.

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Lake Shetek State Park

Minnesota, USA
Along the wooded shorelines of Lake Shetek look for fox squirrels, woodchucks, mink, beaver and muskrat. You may spot a red fox trotting along or in the evening hear the yipping call of a coyote.

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Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Montana, USA
The beautiful limestone caverns of this state park are home to the only known maternity colony of western big-eared bats in Montana.

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Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies and Demarest Lloyd State Park

Massachusetts, USA
An extensive visitor center with an observation deck makes the Lloyd Center an exceptional viewing site. The larger, unstaffed Demarest Lloyd State Park adds marshes, maritime forest and a sand beach to the habitat mix.

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Lost Dutchman State Park

Arizona, USA
Common birds are Costa's hummingbird, gilder flicker, Gila woodpeckers, cactus and rock wrens, phainopepla, verdin, black-tailed gnatcatcher, Gambel's quail, curve-billed thrasher, and Harris's hawks.

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Lyman Lake State Park

Arizona, USA
Waterfowl congregate on the lake near the dam; a variety of migrating shorebirds can be found in flooded packets of grassy areas.

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Maplewood State Park

Minnesota, USA
Amid the farmlands, Maplewood State Park sits on a series of high tree-covered hills that offer visitors striking vistas of 28 small, clear lakes nestled in deep valleys.

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Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

Texas, USA
One of the wildlife viewing treasures of the region. A large colony of wading birds with up to 20,000 nests is in the middle of the lake.

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Medicine Rocks State Park

Montana, USA
The park is an excellent place to see raptors of all kinds-red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, northern harriers, and ferruginous hawks. Golden eagles, Merlins, prairie falcons, and cliff swallows nest on the cliffs.

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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Minnesota, USA
This is one of the largest lakes in Minnesota, encompassing 132,510 acres and 76 miles of shoreline and provides choice wildlife watching.

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Minneopa State Park

Minnesota, USA
Many migrants stop here for a short stay on their way to their summer range. It should come as no surprise then that birdwatching is a popular activity. A total of 217 species have been recorded in this park.

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Montauk Point State Park

New York, USA
The varied upland habitats are home to white-tailed deer, raccoons, red fox, weasels, and cottontail rabbits. A good variety of songbirds, dominated by the mockingbird, nest here.

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

California, USA
Wildlife abounds here, where coastal terraces and deep canyons lined with redwoods and ferns give way to the firs, oak-studded grasslands, and chaparral flanking 2571-foot Mount Tamalpais.

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Myre-Big Island State Park

Minnesota, USA
The park has something for everyone—wet lowlands, oak savanna and grasslands, a lake and an island filled with wildflowers. There is even a glacial esker to explore.

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Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Minnesota, USA
Be on the alert for the antics of resident raccoons and woodchucks. Late evening skies may yield swooping red and hoary woodland bats. Diminutive, pencil-sized red-bellied snakes are also among the woodland residents in the park.
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Oak Mountain State Park

Alabama, USA
Oak Mountain's acres provide a lush habitat for many species, including the Eastern bluebird. The Treetop Nature Trail offers an elevated walkway for viewing raptors and other woodland birds.

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Odiorne Point State Park

New Hampshire, USA
Come to Odiorne Point to explore New Hampshire's rocky ocean shore. The park's Seacoast Science Center offers a variety of discovery programs and interpretive exhibits.

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Old Mill State Park

Minnesota, USA
Old Mill State Park is like an island of original landscape in a sea of crop land. The riverine forest contains most of the same plant and animal species found here originally.


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Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

New Mexico, USA
Watch in the early morning or late evening for raccoon, long-tailed weasel, rock squirrel, ringtail, striped skunk, and Merriam's kangaroo rat. Gray fox, bobcat, black-tailed jackrabbit, and desert cottontail are also common.

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Oracle State Park

Arizona, USA
Birds of prey include red-tailed, Cooper's, and sharp-shinned hawks, elf and great horned owls. In the winter, you can see several species of sparrows, including black-chinned, black-throated, Brewer's, chipping, and white-crowned sparrows.

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Texas, USA
Spectacular scenery, reminiscent of the Grand Canyon, startles the visitor driving from the flat plains down to Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River.

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Patagonia Lake State Park - Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

Arizona, USA
Patagonia Lake State Park, one of the state's premier year round birding spots, is an outstanding example of riparian woodland habitat, dominated by giant Fremont cottonwood, willow, velvet ash, and Arizona walnut trees.

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Pismo State Beach

California, USA
This site features California's most extensive coastal sand dunes. Butterflies are abundant November through March.

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Point Lobos State Reserve

California, USA
Named for the "sea wolves" or sea lions that haul out the offshore rocks, this rugged point features meadows, forested headlands, sheltered coves, rocky tidepools, and beaches.

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Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

California, USA
Spectacular eastern Mojave scenery. Sun-scorched washes and mesas rise 7,000 feet from Clipper Valley, meeting weathered crags that offer magnificent East Mojave vistas.

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Red Rock State Park

Arizona, USA
Over 172 species of birds have been identified. During the warmer months, expect to see Anna's black-chinned and broad-tailed hummingbirds at the feeders located at the visitor center.

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Rice Lake State Park

Minnesota, USA
During spring and fall, the lake surface shimmers with the movement of tundra swans and Canada geese. Flocks of diving and surface-feeding ducks visit the lake during migration.

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Riverside State Park; Deep Creek Canyon

Washington, USA
Osprey nest along the Spokane River; look for wintering bald eagles at dusk. Listen for wrens and other songbirds in spring and summer. Deer and Cooper's hawks are seen year-round.

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Roper Lake State Park

Arizona, USA
Roper Lake, at 3,130 feet elevation, is formed by warm water springs and surrounded by mesquite, salt cedar, and paloverde trees. The lake is a major stopover and nesting spot for many migrating birds.

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Sakatah Lake State Park

Minnesota, USA
Open fields, wetlands, upland forests, lakes and forest edges found at Sakatah Lake provide the perfect habitat for many southern Minnesota wildlife species.

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San Juan Island: Lime Kiln Point State Park

Washington, USA
Lime Kiln Point is one of the most reliable places to see orcas (killer whales), minke whale, and Dall's porpoises. There are three resident pods, or packs, of orcas, totaling about ninety animals.

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Savanna Portage State Park

Minnesota, USA
Savanna Portage has many unique habitats for a wide variety of wildlife. Walk quietly along the trails in early morning or late evening and you may be pleasantly surprised at the diversity of creatures you observe.

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Scenic State Park

Minnesota, USA
Along the lakes, marshes and streams, you may come across frogs, toads or even snakes. Otters, beavers and an occasional moose share this habitat as well.

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Schoolcraft State Park

Minnesota, USA
This is a 295 acre secluded park on the banks of the Mississippi River. Here a small meandering river joins the Mississippi. The highlighted habitat is a virgin pine forest.

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Sibley State Park

Minnesota, USA
Sibley State Park lies in a transition zone between two ecosystems; where the Big Woods of the east meet the grasslands of the west. Plants and animals found here are representative of both.

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Simon Canyon, Cottonwood Campground

New Mexico, USA
Along the river at both sites, look for downed trees, chew marks, and other evidence of beaver activity. Occasional viewing of muskrat, rock squirrel, weasel, porcupine, and raccoon.

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Split Rock Creek State Park

Minnesota, USA
This park is a birding “island” in a sea of agriculture. Because Split Rock Lake is the only sizable body of water in Pipestone County, it is a haven for waterfowl and other aquatic birds.

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St. Croix State Park

Minnesota, USA
More than 34,000 acres of meadows, marshes, streams and forests provide homes for an array of wildlife from aquatic animals such as Blanding’s turtle, beaver and river otter to land dwellers like porcupines, coyotes, gray and red foxes and squirrels.
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St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Florida, USA
Visitors to this park will be impressed by the miles of white sand beaches set against a backdrop of tall dunes.

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Tettegouche State Park

Minnesota, USA
The wide assortment of plant communities supports more than 40 species of mammals. You are most likely to see white-tailed deer, snowshoe hare, red squirrel and beaver. Less commonly observed are moose, black bear, red fox and river otter.
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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Arizona, USA
Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. Two waterfalls cascading from the top of the arch create an unusually moist habitat for wildlife.

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Torrey Pines State Reserve

California, USA
Rugged sandstone cliffs topped by the rare Torrey Pine are laced by trails that overlook one of the few remaining salt marshes in southern California.

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Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Minnesota, USA
Established in 1963, Upper Sioux Agency State Park contains the historic site of the Upper Sioux or Yellow Medicine Indian Agency. The park was established to preserve and interpret the remains of the old 1854 Agency site, where treaty terms were overseen.
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Valley of Fire State Park

Nevada, USA
This ancient sandstone valley, colored in hues from vermillion to gold, features a fantastic array of pinnacles, caves, domes, and arches. Scan the cliffs near the west entrance for desert bighorn sheep.

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Wakulla Springs State Park

Florida, USA
This site offers excellent wildlife viewing at close range. On the River cruise, look for anhingas, double-crested cormorants, common moorhens, purple gallinules, herons, egrets, white ibis, and limpkins.

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Wekiwa Springs State Park

Florida, USA
American alligators, aquatic turtles, river otters, raccoons, limpkins, white ibis, herons, and egrets thrive along the river and its creeks and swamp.

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Whitefish Dunes State Park

Wisconsin, USA
The beach is excellent for viewing herring and ringbilled gull and spotted sandpiper in summer and Bonaparte's gull and common and Caspian tern in spring and fall.

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Wild River State Park

Minnesota, USA
This narrow, diverse sanctuary hugging the wild and scenic St. Croix remains a wonderful place for wildlife watching. Wetlands and the river offer both food and protection for marsh birds and waterfowl, as well as a haven for muskrats, beavers and river otters.
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Wyalusing State Park

Wisconsin, USA
Resident bald eagle and turkey vulture soar over panoramic vistas of the river valley. Once extirpated, the reintroduced wild turkey now flourishes in the park along with pileated and red-headed woodpeckers.

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L State Wildlife Agencies

Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area

New York, USA
Two osprey nest platforms are excellent places to see these uncommon birds, which have successfully bred and raised young here.

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Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area

New York, USA
This expanse of grasslands, marshes and open water, just west of Rochester on the south shore of Lake Ontario, is an important stop on the Atlantic Flyway for large gatherings of migrating raptors, waterfowl and songbirds in the spring and fall.

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Hunter-Westkill Wilderness Area

New York, USA
You may flush a ruffed grouse if you step close to one in the brush. Black bears are present but few in number, so seeing them is rare. This also applies to bobcats, fishers and porcupines.

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Mashomack Preserve

New York, USA
Painted turtles basking on a sunny log or spring peepers chirping their amorous intentions may be found in the freshwater wetlands, along with a shy muskrat.

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North/South Lake Public Campground

New York, USA
This campground is in the heart of the Catskills, so white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and signs of black bear are common. The bears themselves also make an appearance on occasion.

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Perch River Wildlife Management Area

New York, USA
Perch River WMA is renowned for its importance as a spring and fall stopover for an incredible variety of migrating waterfowl and other birds.

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Rocky Point Natural Resource Management Area

New York, USA
In Rocky Point’s oak forests, see Virginia opossums, raccoons, orioles, woodpeckers and great horned owls. In the grasslands, find meadow voles, woodcock, quails, pheasants and sparrows.

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Rogers Environmental Education Center

New York, USA
Frogs, painted and snapping turtles, salamanders and muskrats live in the wetlands on the property. Waterfowl, songbirds, great blue herons, kingfishers, mink and muskrats can also be found near the ponds.

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Rome Sand Plains & Rome Fish Hatchery

New York, USA
The unique bird life, butterflies and plants of the sand plain make it a popular destination for students, birdwatchers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

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Salmon River Fish Hatchery

New York, USA
Visitors during spawning seasons will witness one of nature’s most dramatic feats of strength and determination, as returning trout and salmon erupt from the swift current, making powerful leaps to traverse the hatchery’s fish ladder. Spawning season is late March to early April for steelhead, and October for salmon.

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Slide Mountain Wilderness

New York, USA
This heavily forested area supports a tremendous variety of woodland wildlife. The forests ring with birdsong. Although black bears are seldom seen by casual observers, the area supports a thriving population of them.

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Stewart State Forest

New York, USA
Stewart is a one-of-a-kind place for animals needing transitional habitats— birds and butterflies that love grasslands and bushes, turtles and snakes that love open sandy fields, and frogs and salamanders that love small wetlands surrounded by woods and fields.

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Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area

New York, USA
The area is designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. Thousands of waterfowl, including Canada geese, mallards, black ducks and ring-necked ducks can be observed during spring and fall migrations.

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Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area

New York, USA
White-tailed deer are the largest mammal you’ll see at the marsh. Look for them at sunrise and sundown. Muskrats are the most common aquatic mammal, but you may see mink, gray foxes and raccoons around wetland fringes.

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Zoar Valley Multiple Use and Unique Area

New York, USA
One of the most scenic and ecologically diverse natural areas in western New York State. A favorite spot among local hikers, Zoar Valley is known for its deep gorge, with 100- to 500-foot cliffs, waterfalls and dense forests.

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Alamo Lake Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
The area's lush wetland and streamside vegetation attracts a wide range of wildlife species, providing excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.

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Amoskeag Fishways Learning Center

New Hampshire, USA
From late April to mid-June, visitors have a unique opportunity to watch both resident and anadromous fish use the fish ladder. An aquarium allows you to see a variety of fish at any time of year.

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Arlington Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
The open water ponds can attract numerous waterfowl, herons, egrets, and shorebirds during migration and winter.

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Assunpink Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey, USA
The three lakes at Assunpink are popular rest stops for migration waterfowl in the fall. Adjacent to large area of fields and hedgerows, Assunpink is one of the best birding areas in central New Jersey.

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Ballard WMA

Kentucky, USA
This prime wintering area for migratory waterfowl and bald eagles consists of bottomland hardwoods, sloughs, and 11 oxbow lakes.

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Base & Meridian Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
An excellent wildlife viewing site, visitors can see herons, egrets, osprey, double-crested cormorants, and other fish-eating birds.

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Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

New York, USA
White-tailed deer abound. Other mammals-you may only see traces of them-are beaver, muskrats, and otter. Watch for green and great blue herons hunting in the shallows.

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Bass Brook WMA

Minnesota, USA
The area is best known for its diversity of forest songbirds, but mammals in the area include white-tailed deer, porcupine, skunk, red and gray squirrel, raccoon and fox.

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Becker Lake Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
Mammals include mule deer, occasional pronghorn, Gunnison's prairie dog, and rock squirrels. Birds of prey include bald eagle, osprey, American kestrel, prairie falcon, northern harrier, red-tailed hawk, and turkey vulture.

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Big Bog State Recreation Area

Minnesota, USA
Access to the Red Lake Peatland, also known as “The Big Bog”, which is the largest protected peatland in Minnesota and the largest peatland in the lower 48 states.

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Black Gap Wildlife Management Area

Texas, USA
Viewing probability from the roads is moderate to high for deer, javelina, skunks, reptiles, and amphibians but low for badgers, ringtail, and kit foxes during early morning, late afternoon, and at night.

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Boyd Sartell Wildlife Management Area

Minnesota, USA
Boyd is an excellent place to sit and listen to calls of secretive marshbirds—bitterns as well as sora and Virginia rails. Other species to watch for include: trumpeter swans, Forester’s terns, pied-billed grebes, semipalmated sandpipers and short-billed dowitchers.
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Brown State Fishing Lake

Kansas, USA
Signs of beaver and muskrat can be found around the lake and the three streams feeding it. In spring and fall, waterfowl and shorebirds are common on the lake and on the mudflats of shallow coves.

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Buena Vista Grasslands Wildlife Area

Wisconsin, USA
This vast grassland landscape supports Wisconsin's largest remnant population of greater prairie chickens.

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Burgen Lake Prairie WMA

Minnesota, USA
Black bears amble through the area, and when wandering on the gravel back roads, it is not impossible to spot a wolf crossing or trotting down the road.
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Cannon River Wilderness Area

Minnesota, USA
Canoeing is a great way to experience this winding waterway and to watch birds and animals in the process. The Cannon River is one of six designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in the state.

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Canyon Creek and Hatchery

Arizona, USA
Canyon Creek is an excellent place to view big game, waterfowl, trout, and a wide range of riparian birds, especially during the spring migration.

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Carlos Avery WMA

Minnesota, USA
The Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area encompasses more than 23,000 acres, representing the largest public land tract in the seven-county metro area.

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Cedar Mountain SNA / WMA

Minnesota, USA
Spectacular for its scenery, rock outcrops and plant life, especially in August when the prairie is in bloom, Cedar Mountain Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is also a good place for wildlife watching.

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Chamberlain Woods SNA

Minnesota, USA
This 302-acre Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is a prime example of the river floodplain and adjacent hillsides. Chamberlain Woods is bounded on the west and north by the river.

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Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Alligator Creek Site

Florida, USA
On sunny winter days, watch for American alligators basking in ponds and other wetlands. Soft-shell and other aquatic turtles are also common.

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Chief Joseph Wildlife Area

Washington, USA
Wildlife viewing is best in spring. High probability of seeing mule deer along Joseph Creek and in irrigated farmlands. Look for elk in winter, when they migrate down from the Blue Mountains.

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Clinton Reservoir

Kansas, USA
Home of the bald eagle! In 1989 Clinton Reservoir generated statewide headlines when a pair of bald eagles nested in the Deer Creek arm of the reservoir. This was the first nesting in Kansas since pioneer days.

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Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
Visitors may see Clark's spiny and ornate tree lizards on the cottonwoods and mesquites, spot a canyon spotted whiptail moving on a brushy slope, or encounter a round-tailed horned lizard on the sandy flats.

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Concho Lake

Arizona, USA
A popular fishing and birding site, harboring abundant waterfowl, resident, and migratory birds. Birding is the primary wildlife viewing activity from the lake shoreline or in surrounding vegetation.

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Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area

New York, USA
Abundant and diverse wildlife abound. Migrating waterfowl dominate spring and fall. Wildlife viewers in spring and summer are welcomed by the sounds of secretive marsh birds like common moorhens, rails, and grebes.

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Cornish Hardwoods Management Area (CHMA)

Minnesota, USA
Walk quietly along the trails in early morning or late evening and you may be pleasantly surprised at the diversity of creatures you observe. The bogs contain many small animals, including a few unusual ones such as lemmings.

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Cottonwood Lakes Area

Minnesota, USA
There's something almost magical about the Cottonwood Lakes area. Whether it’s the accumulated Karma from local birders, or the effect of a rich diversity in close proximity, rare birds have turned up on these lakes.

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Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Wisconsin, USA
One of Wisconsin's premier wildlife viewing areas, this vast complex of wetlands, flowages, brush-prairie, and forests is intensively managed to support common and endangered wildlife species.

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Dr. Johann C. Hvoslef Wildlife Management Area

Minnesota, USA
Tucked in the rolling farmland of southeast Minnesota, at the edge of the blufflands, lies this area designated for preserving nongame wildlife, primarily songbirds.

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Edward Sargent Wildlife Management Area

New Mexico, USA
Excellent dawn/dusk viewing of elk, with best viewing dates July 1 through mid-September. Frequent glimpses of mule deer, coyote, porcupine, and black bear; resident mountain lion and snowshoe hare are rarely seen.

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Egg Island Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey, USA
Look for mussels and fiddler crabs at the edge of the water, and egrets and herons in the marsh. Northern harriers and many species of gulls can be seen. Thousands of snow geese frequent the marsh in winter.

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Felton WMA & Felton Prairie SNA

Minnesota, USA
Felton Prairie has been well known as a site to find unusual prairie bird species, but recently has become recognized for unique land management partnerships and prairie habitat uniqueness.

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Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

New York, USA
Five Rivers Center is a living museum comprising over 450 acres of broad fields, towering forests, and tranquil wetlands.

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Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center

Arkansas, USA
In addition to self-guided exhibits and trails, Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center offers many activities and nature education programs.

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Frankfort Fish Hatchery

Kentucky, USA
An outside display pool, maintained March to November, contains bass, bluegill, hybrid striped bass, trout, paddlefish, gar, carp, buffalo, crayfish, goldfish, several catfish species, frogs, and a snapping turtle.

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Geneva Lake Wildlife Management Area

Minnesota, USA
Large rafts of waterfowl are abundant in spring and fall. So, bring binoculars to get close-up views of American wigeons, gadwalls, wood ducks, northern shovelers, buffleheads, canvasbacks, redheads as well as hooded and red-breasted mergansers.
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Gile State Forest-Gardner Memorial Wayside

New Hampshire, USA
Watch for moose tracks and scat near the pond. Coyotes, bears, snowshoe hares, and a variety of other animals live here.

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Great Bay Boulevard Wildlife Management Area

New Jersey, USA
A 4-mile long peninsula separates Great Bay and Little Egg Harbor at the mouth of the Mullica River where it meets the Little Egg Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean. It is an excellent area for birding in all seasons.

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Gull Rock Game Land

North Carolina, USA
More than sixty species of breeding birds observed. Waterfowl concentrations in impoundment’s and marshes near the sound. Deer, raccoons, and otter most frequently seen mammals.

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Gus A. Engeling Wildlife Management Area

Texas, USA
Mink, fox, and bobcats are seldom seen, while alligators are frequently viewed except during the colder months. Coachwhips and Texas rat snakes are common along roads during summer days.

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Herman Covey WMA and Mclaughlin Fish Hatchery

Massachusetts, USA
Make a quick stop at the McLaughlin Trout Hatchery (open 365 days a year from 8a.m. to 4p.m.) to view and feed the six-to-ten-pound rainbow trout in the display pool.

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Heron Lake System

Minnesota, USA
This famous chain lies in the heart of the prairie pothole region. As recently as the early 1990s, a large colony of Franklin's gulls nested on North Heron Lake. With 10,000 gulls in the area, it had one of the largest concentrations in the world.
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Hillsdale Reservoir

Kansas, USA
Look for fox squirrels, white-tailed deer, woodland birds, and a couple of the most respected reptiles in eastern Kansas: the venomous timber rattlesnake and the copperhead.

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House Rock Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
This 60,000 acre buffalo ranch is one of only 2 sites in Arizona where one can see the state's managed bison herds.

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Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

Arkansas, USA
In addition to resident Canada geese and small mammals and turtles calling the center home, many colorful songbirds stop by on their journeys to and from wintering grounds farther south.

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Judith River Wildlife Management Area

Montana, USA
Coyotes, red foxes, long-tailed weasels, badgers, and bobcats are other common mammals. Nearly 100 bird species have been recorded here.

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Kasota Prairie Area SNA

Minnesota, USA
The scattered trees and shrubs of this site and the surrounding game refuge provide habitat for the loggerhead shrike, a Minnesota Threatened Species.

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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Game Farm

Kentucky, USA
Watch for white-tailed deer, black bear, cougar, and captive herd of American bison. Warm weather brings scampering chipmunks.

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Lac Qui Parle WMA & State Park

Minnesota, USA
Lac Qui Parle Wildlife Management Area and Lac Qui Parle State Park are among the most diverse in the state. Together they contain thousands of acres of wildlife habitats and exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Lake Earl Wildlife Area

California, USA
Isolated lakes Earl and Talawa are connected lagoons, bordered by salt and freshwater marshes and groves of Sitka spruce and red alder. Lake Earl is a staging area for 100,000 migratory birds.

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Lake of the Woods

Minnesota, USA
Lake of the Woods is one of Minnesota’s relatively unexplored natural treasures. It is the 100th largest lake in the world.

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Lamar Haines Memorial Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
Visitors have a good probability of seeing elk and mule deer, Abert's squirrel, golden-mantled ground squirrel, greater short-horned lizard and plateau lizard.

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Lamprey Pass Wildlife Management Area

Minnesota, USA
The wetlands are prime spots for waterfowl and other water birds. Mallards, blue-winged teal, wood ducks, ring-necked ducks, redheads and canvasbacks are among the waterfowl utilizing the lakes.

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Land Between the Lakes

Kentucky, USA
Land Between the Lakes (LBL), an International biosphere Reserve is a 170,000-acre recreation area offering an exceptional variety and abundance of wildlife.

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Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

Wisconsin, USA
This longest free-flowing stretch of river in the Midwest contains a diversity of wildlife including 62 species that are rare, threatened, or endangered.

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McCarthy Lake WMA / Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA and Preserve

Minnesota, USA
One of the largest populations of the rare Blanding's turtle uses this site, which provides an ideal habitat of calm, shallow waters rich in aquatic vegetation, with sandy uplands for nesting.

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Mille Lacs WMA

Minnesota, USA
The 39,000-acre area supports biodiversity because of its "patchwork distribution" of marshes, bogs, streams, forests and fields.

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Minnesota Lake

Minnesota, USA
This site hosts a wide diversity of waterbirds and waterfowl. Of course, the most obvious are the great blue herons, great egrets, double-crested cormorants, ring-billed gulls and American white pelicans nesting on the island.

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Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area

New York, USA
Our national symbol, the bald eagle, is the star of this wilderness with its mixture of forests,reservoirs and river habitat, where the majestic birds nest and overwinter.

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Moose Willow WMA

Minnesota, USA
Nesting waterfowl include Trumpeter swan, Canada goose, ring-necked duck, mallard, wood duck and black tern. The diversity of habitats translates into a high diversity of songbirds of open, shrub and forest habitat.

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Mud Goose WMA

Minnesota, USA
This state owned wildlife management area consists of a large complex of wetlands and forest within the boundary of the Chippewa National Forest.

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Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest

Wisconsin, USA
Wisconsin's largest state property contains a diversity of northern timber types interspersed with grasslands, marshes, and more that 900 lakes. This site provides ideal habitats for northwoods wildlife.

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Pachaug State Forest

Connecticut, USA
Pachaug State Forest began with a land purchase in Voluntown, in 1928. At present, Pachaug covers about 24,000 acres in six towns, and is the largest forest in the State system.

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Page Springs & Bubbling Ponds Hatchery

Arizona, USA
Located between Sedona and Cottonwood along scenic Oak Creek, two fish hatcheries attract wildlife year-round. The Page Springs Hatchery is the state's largest trout growing facility.

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Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center

New York, USA
Visitors may catch a glimpse of the following species of wildlife on the VIC property: common loon, great blue heron, beaver, red fox, coyote, black bear, white-tailed deer, snowshoe hare, muskrat and moose.

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Pembina Trail SNA, Tympanuchus WMA & Dugdale WMA

Minnesota, USA
Many rare wildlife species are found on these vast prairie preserves, especially prominent are Sharp-tailed Grouse and Prairie Chickens, Sandhill Cranes in migration, Marbled Godwit, Upland Sandpiper and, in recent years, Burrowing Owl.
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Pigeon Lake Rookery / IBA

Minnesota, USA
The abundant lakes, marshes and small streams of the Pigeon Lake Rookery provide an excellent habitat and nesting ground for herons, egrets, pelicans and cormorants.

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Pillsbury State Forest

Minnesota, USA
Bald eagles perch and soar in the area, as do osprey. Although rare, to the south and west of Pillsbury where open fields prevail, you might spot a golden eagle too.

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Pine Island State Forest

Minnesota, USA
This vast very remote state forest in Koochiching County offers a great birding experience that ranks among the best for boreal birds in Minnesota or the Upper Midwest.

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Queens State Wildlife Area

Colorado, USA
Excellent for shore and wading birds in low-water years-phalaropes, avocets, sandpipers, black-necked stilts, and dowitchers. Piping plovers, a threatened species, and endangered least terns have nested here in recent years.

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Quigley Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
Several rare and endangered species including the Yuma clapper rail are recorded here, although they are more often heard than seen.

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Raymond Ranch Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
The Raymond Ranch Wildlife Area was a working ranch before 1942, and today it offers the opportunity to view pronghorn, elk, mule deer and bison.

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Red Lake WMA / Beltrami Island State Forest

Minnesota, USA
When you visit, you’ll also be sharing the land with smaller mammals like snowshoe hares, lemmings and red squirrels. If you’re very lucky, the more elusive timber wolf, fisher, lynx, black bear or moose may be a thrilling part of your wildlife watching experience.

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Red River State Recreation Area / The Greenway

Minnesota, USA
Over 325 species of birds have been observed in the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks vicinity, with nearly 250 having been observed in the Greenway. The Red River of the North is located on an especially important migratory route for many bird species. This area is alive with migrants during the spring and fall!

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Red Rock Wildlife Area

New Mexico, USA
With its rocky hills, nearby mountains, and the Gila River, this remote site is prime habitat for desert bighorn sheep, a diversity of birds, and other wildlife.

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Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

New York, USA
A unique complex of forests, ponds, and wetlands surrounded by suburban development. Reinstein Woods offers a variety of opportunities to explore and learn about nature for families.

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Rice Lake NWR /Kimberly WMA/McGregor Marsh SNA – Important Bird Area (IBA)

Minnesota, USA
If you’re interested in waterfowl, then this 18,300-acre refuge, located in the bog country of north central Minnesota, is the place for you. Not only do numerous species nest at the site, but peak migratory waterfowl numbers may top 100,000 birds.
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Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area

Texas, USA
This area combines the intense wildlife activity found around marshes with easy access to many viewing spots. The wetlands, swamps, and open water habitats attract large numbers of birds.

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Robbins Butte Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
The Gila River corridor features diverse habitats that draw large populations of resident and migratory wildlife to this area. From the top of Robbins Butte, one can see a broad overview of the river corridor and adjacent desert regions.

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Roseau River WMA / Lost River State Forest

Minnesota, USA
Roseau River is an important refuge for migrating sandhill cranes, swans and shorebirds. A total of 149 bird species breed in the vicinity.

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Rothsay WMA

Minnesota, USA
125 bird species have been observed here, and the site is nominated as an “important bird area.” Rare bird species known to occur here include: Wilson’s Phalarope and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow.

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Salt Lake WMA

Minnesota, USA
Salt Lake, on the border of Minnesota and South Dakota in Lac Qui Parle County, is Minnesota's only alkaline wetland. The water in Salt Lake is one-third as salty as sea water.

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Sand Dunes State Forest / Uncas Dunes Scientific & Natural Area

Minnesota, USA
While visiting Sand Dunes SF and Uncas Dunes SNA you just may spot rare wildlife such as a Blanding's turtle, bullsnake, northern barrens tiger beetle, Leonard’s skipper, or, if you look very closely, a state listed jumping spider.

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Sand Prairie Wildlife Management & Environmental Education Area

Minnesota, USA
This unique and special site, so close to a bustling and burgeoning city, is managed for wildlife, environmental education and field research. Sand Prairie is the first WMA also designated as an Environmental Education Area.

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Sandhills Game Land

North Carolina, USA
Spectacular springtime choruses of frogs, including pine barrens treefrog. Rare Bachman's sparrow nests in grasses; colonies of endangered red-cockaded woodpecker found in mature pine stands.

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Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area

Connecticut, USA
When you walk the wildlife habitat trails at Sessions Woods WMA, in Burlington, you experience more than just the benefits of a healthy hike. Demonstrations of wildlife and habitat management practices are featured.

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Shell Mound Park

Alabama, USA
The Shell Mounds and Dauphin Island in general are renowned "hot-spots" for observing neotropical migrant birds, and attract birders from around the U.S. each spring and fall.

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Silver Creek Hatchery & Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
The upper end of Silver Creek is the best place in the state to view the native Apache trout. It is also an excellent place to view waterfowl, such as mallard, gadwall, and cinnamon teal.

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Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
This must-see wildlife area offers excellent wildlife viewing and photography, as well as a stunning vista of Escudilla Mountain, and petroglyphs.

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Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center

New York, USA
This facility includes over 1000 acres of rolling country side, farmland, ponds, woodlands, meadows, cultivated fields, and fallow fields.

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Sulpher Springs Valley Loop and Willcox Playa Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
The varying water levels of the playa greatly affect the wildlife viewing opportunities. When the playa contains ample water, it provides habitat for tens of thousands of migratory birds.

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Sun River Canyon

Montana, USA
The area has exceptional wildlife diversity and abundance, with one of the largest herds of bighorn sheep in North America (800 to 1,000 animals).

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Sunflower Flat Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
This beautiful 160 acre marsh offers the opportunity to see waterfowl and shorebirds in wet years. This currently undeveloped site is close to Garland Prairie and White Horse Lake.

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Swan Lake WMA

Minnesota, USA
In the heart of-south central Minnesota, this is one of the best and largest wetland complexes in North America.

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Talcot Lake WMA

Minnesota, USA
Large flocks of migratory waterfowl, particularly Canada geese, use the lake during the fall migration.

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Tavasci Marsh / Tuzigoot National Monument

Arizona, USA
A variety of water birds including wood duck, great blue heron, least bittern, sora, Virginia rail, American coot, common yellow-throat, and red-winged blackbirds can be seen at the Marsh.

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The Prairie Center

Kansas, USA
A variety of butterflies can be seen around the wildflowers. Prairie birds that inhabit the area include eastern meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, American kestrels, mourning doves, and common nighthawks.

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Thief Lake WMA

Minnesota, USA
Thief Lake is one of Minnesota’s premier wetland wildlife areas. A total of 232 species have been recorded on the WMA.

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Thielke Lake WMA

Minnesota, USA
This landscape is a hotspot for migratory birds and is part of the Lac Qui Parle-Big Stone Important Bird Area.

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Tonto Creek Hatchery

Arizona, USA
Located in a marvelous canyon, Tonto Creek Hatchery is the most visited of the state's fish hatcheries. Its riparian habitat along Tonto Creek is an excellent site to watch big game, especially elk.

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Tully Lake, Otter River State Forest, and Birch Hill WMA

Massachusetts, USA
Tully Lake and secluded Long Pond are prime sites for viewing ravens, minks, wood ducks, and tree swallows via hiking trails or canoe.

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Upper Verde River Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
Wildlife is abundant throughout the area, and the lush riparian habitat provides an important migration corridor for a large number of bird species.

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Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area

Minnesota, USA
As Minnesota's first "Landscaping for Wildlife" Demonstration Area, this approach of habitat management consists of creating specific plant communities in combination with the use of feeders, nest boxes, rock piles and snags to entice animals.
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Wenima Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
The riparian corridor stretches for two miles along the Little Colorado River. Mammals may include mule deer, eastern cottontail and black-tailed jackrabbit, coyote, and rock squirrel.

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White Mountains Grasslands Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
Pronghorn are common year round, with some elk in fall, winter, and spring. Other mammals are golden-mantled squirrel, coyote, eastern cottontail, and black-tailed jackrabbit.

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Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
The number of wintering sandhill cranes has increased dramatically since the 1950s, and over 30,000 sandhill cranes may be present in winter, making this the premier crane viewing site in Arizona.

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Whitewater WMA & State Park

Minnesota, USA
The Whitewater WMA contains 27,000 acres of wildlife habitat. Nearly 50 kinds of mammals and 250 kinds of birds use the Whitewater River Valley during the course of a year.

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Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area

Minnesota, USA
The large sugar maples—some more than 200 years old—that dominate this 221-acre parcel can give you the feeling of walking through a woodland cathedral.

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Wood Duck Wildlife Management Area

Nebraska, USA
Wood Duck WMA is increasingly used as a migration season; pelicans and cormorants can be seen. There is also a chance to view beavers, muskrats, deer, pheasants, and quail.

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Worthington State Forest

New Jersey, USA
Birding in the spring and summer and gray hawk and red squirrels, wild turkeys, and white-tailed deer.

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Belton Lake

Texas, USA
The mixture of canyon wren songs, a liquid, descending series of "tews" with the chaotic twittering at a cliff swallow colony, entertains visitors along Cox's Hollow Trail at Miller Springs Nature Area, near the dam.

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Benbrook Lake

Texas, USA
Benbrook lake and surrounding habitat areas provide some of the best birding and wildlife viewing around Fort Worth, for birds of prey, waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and songbirds plus beaver and small mammals.
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Blackburn Creek Watchable Wildlife Area

Arkansas, USA
150 acre site, including a 30 acre pond, a ¼ mile walking trail from the parking area to the pond, and an elevated viewing platform that overlooks the pond.
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Dale Hollow Lake

Kentucky, USA
Primarily upland hardwood forest with some old growth timber and open areas, this park provides visitors frequent opportunities to view various mammals and bird species.
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Delaware Marsh at Perry Lake

Kansas, USA
The Delaware Marsh was created for the specific purpose of providing quality wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl.
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Fort Huachuca - Garden Canyon

Arizona, USA
This portion of the Huachuca Mountains and San Pedro River Valley offers good opportunities to see white-tailed deer, pronghorn, javelina, coatimundi, black bear, and other mammals.

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Fort Randall Spillway

South Dakota, USA
The management unit, which is approximately 823 acres in size, is characterized by high banks on the west, along with heavily wooded rolling hills and drainages to the east. Most of the management unit (over 80%) is upland habitat.
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Garrison Dam Downstream Viewing Area

North Dakota, USA
The Garrison Dam Downstream Viewing Area is located on the east bank of the Missouri River below the Garrison Dam. The area includes a large scenic campground with towering cottonwood trees and the picturesque shoreline of the Missouri River.
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Grayson Lake

Kentucky, USA
The Site is below the Dam on a terrace. The area is planted annually with species that attract Birds and Butterflies. There is a trail through the area and a shelter and parking in this downstream recreation area.
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Washington, USA
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks) in Seattle are the key navigational link between the saltwater environment of Puget Sound and fresh water of Lake Washington.
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Jemison Lookout

Oklahoma, USA
Here, you can look through a mounted spotting scope to watch flocks of waterfowl and deer herds eating crops planted just for them.
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Lake Sonoma Don Clausen Fish Hatchery and fish ladder

California, USA
The Don Clausen Fish Hatchery’s primary purpose is to mitigate the loss of spawning habitat for Steelhead Trout and salmon due to the construction of Warm Springs Dam.
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Lake Sonoma Don Clausen Fish Hatchery settling ponds

California, USA
The Lake Sonoma Don Clausen Fish Hatchery settling ponds are a great bird-watching location. The settling ponds are best viewed from a bridge that spans from the back of the Lake Sonoma Milt Brandt Visitor Center to the hatchery.
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Leo B Coleman Wildlife Pasture

Montana, USA
This is a 230 acre enclosed pasture. The pasture has an all weather gravel road surrounding the pasture with several viewing turnouts.
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Libby Dam

Montana, USA
This beautiful large mountain river is outstanding for viewing bald eagles, nesting osprey, great blue herons and waterfowl. Libby Dam’s watchable wildlife area is located between the Libby Downstream Area and Dunn Creek Campground.
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Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area

New York, USA
The dam is situated deep in the Genesee River Gorge at the northern end of Letchworth State Park and provides flood protection to downstream areas including Rochester.
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Oahe Tail Race Recreation Area

South Dakota, USA
Watch for eagles roosting in large cottonwoods on the edge of river. You may also get the opportunity to see eagles catching fish. The Blue Heron Rookery is in the trees just west of the tailrace road. Also located on the national Lewis & Clark Trail.
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Pinon Canyon

Colorado, USA
Great place to see pronghorn-a herd of about 1,000 live on the Pinon Canyon Military Reservation-as well as 400 to 500 mule deer.

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Quarry Road Watchable Wildlife Area

Kentucky, USA
Quarry Road Watchable Wildlife Area features a wildlife viewing shelter located on a 1-mile trail loop. The shelter offers visitors the opportunity to experience animals in their natural habitat.
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Riverside Watchable Wildlife Trail and Viewing Platform

Pennsylvania, USA
This site includes a loop trail along Allegheny River, nature oriented interpretive panels, and wildlife viewing platform.
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San Angelo O.C. Fisher Reservoir

Texas, USA
San Angelo State Park is located on the shores of O.C. Fisher Reservoir, which was completed by the US Corps of Engineers in 1952 for flood control on the North Concho River.
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Saylorville Lake

Iowa, USA
Saylorville Lake is a 6000 acre reservoir surrounded by 20,000 acres of land. This 26,000 acre project provides outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities.
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Tailwater Watchable Wildlife Area

Kentucky, USA
Tailwater Watchable Wildlife Area features a wildlife viewing shelter located just off the Shaun Steenbergen Memorial Nature Trail.
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Tejas Nature Trail in Reynolds Creek Park

Texas, USA
The Tejas Nature Trail is a USACE managed trail that is located in Reynolds Creek Park. The trail starts at the amphitheater in the day use area and ends in the campground.
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Waco Lake Research Area Lookout

Texas, USA
The Research Area Lookout is located near Waco Lake Project Office within the city limits of Waco, TX. The site is part of a small trail that leads to an area that was dug out when the new dam was built from 1958 to 1964.
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Waco Lake Wetlands

Texas, USA
The Waco Lake Wetlands were built when the USACE did a pool raise of 7 ft. at Waco Lake. It is a project to help replace natural habitat that was lost when the pool raise was in effect.

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Weston Bend Bottomlands

Kansas, USA
In the mature woodlands listen for pileated woodpeckers hammering holes in dead trees. The tops of some sycamores hold four-feet-wide nests of great blue herons.

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Yatesville Lake WMA Wetlands Viewing Area

Kentucky, USA
Within this 16,000-acre WMA, a special viewing area is set aside on a 1-acre bluff overlooking three 1-acre wetlands managed for waterfowl.

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Allen Severson Wildlife Area / Pintail Lake

Arizona, USA
Many birds are attracted to the marsh surrounded by pinyon-juniper habitat. Look for waterfowl such as cinnamon teal, ruddy duck, ring-necked duck, gadwall, bufflehead, American wigeon, and pintail.

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Alpine Wetland Viewing Area

Wyoming, USA
Many species of waterfowl, shorebirds and waterbirds can be seen here as well as mammals and smaller species. It is an Audubon "IBA or Important Birding Area" and part of the Wyoming Wildlife - Worth the Watching program.

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Big Bald Banding Station

North Carolina, USA
BBBS is one of very few banding stations in the US that monitors and bands songbirds, raptors and owls and welcomes visitors.
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Big Black Mesa Loop

Arizona, USA
Mule deer, javelina, coyote and birds of prey...

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Big Valle

New Mexico, USA
The Big Valle is the largest meadow in the Valle Vidal unit, and can only be accessed by foot, horse, or mountain bike.

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Biroth Ridge Hike

Nevada, USA
. Exceptionally remote and scenic, this hike follows the spine of 8,000-foot Biroth Ridge. The first half of the trail winds through conifer forests where blue grouse, finches, warblers, and woodpeckers can be seen.
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Blue River Drive

Arizona, USA
Look for bighorn sheep on the slopes of the Red Hill area along Forest Road 567, about 3.5 miles northwest of the Blue River. In the Blue Range Primitive Area, the Mexican gray wolf has been reintroduced.

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Boulder River Natural Bridge and Falls

Montana, USA
A 70-foot-high waterfall plunges into a deep pool below the remnant of a natural arch bridge (once spanning the river) at this spectacular limestone canyon area along the Boulder River.

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Calliope Crossing

Oregon, USA
The site contains Indian Ford Creek covered in willows with aspen present along the shoreline. It is named for the nesting Calliope Hummingbird.
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Carr Canyon - The Reef

Arizona, USA
Most of the high-elevation bird species of the Sky Island region can be found here, with the mountain providing a respite from the desert summer heat.

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Catahoula Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden

Louisiana, USA
The Catahoula Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden is a cooperative project between local volunteers and the Forest Service.
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Cave Creek Canyon

Arizona, USA
While out of the way, this site is well worth the effort for avid birders and wildlife watchers. Cave Creek Canyon has some of the richest diversity of wildlife in the United States.

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Cienega Canyon

New Mexico, USA
Nestled amid mixed conifers and ponderosa pines, this riparian area provides an excellent outdoor setting for the physically challenged, as well as for other visitors.

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Cochise Stronghold East

Arizona, USA
East Stronghold Canyon provides access into the Dragoon Mountains, one of the twelve Sky Islands of the Coronado National Forest. This rugged canyon with large granite boulders was once the home of Cochise, the legendary Apache Chief.

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Coleman Lake

Arizona, USA
This small lake and wetland amid ponderosa pines...

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Colville National Forest—Big Meadow Lake

Washington, USA
This forested mountain lake and wetlands are a magnet for wildlife typical of the Selkirk Range.
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Colville National Forest—Elk Creek Trail

Washington, USA
The Elk Creek trail is a 2.1 mile loop trail that is excellent for birding. The trail passes through mixed hardwood / conifer forest and open shrub / grass field habitats.
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Colville National Forest—Little Vulcan Mountain

Washington, USA
This unique canyon wall site in the Kettle River Valley is home to a conspicuous herd of bighorn sheep.
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Conasauga River

Georgia, USA
Brilliantly-colored fish including darters, minnows and bream are as close as your face-mask as you snorkel through the crystal clear waters of the Conasauga River.

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Cottonwood Lake

Colorado, USA
The lake lies in a narrow canyon along Cottonwood Creek as a side trip on the route from Buena Vista over Cottonwood Pass.

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Council Bluff Recreation Area

Missouri, USA
Depending on the time of year, birds seen include eagles, herons, sandpipers, terns, gulls, loons, several ducks, swallows, and egrets.

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Crescent Moon

Arizona, USA
Excellent birding along the creek...

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Dowd Junction Elk Viewing Area

Colorado, USA
Winter range for several hundred elk. Good viewing from U.S. Highway 24. The animals are found in draws during the day, moving to open slopes to feed in morning and evening.

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El Portal Wildlife Viewing Site

Puerto Rico, USA
The El Portal Rain Forest Center serves as a gateway to El Yunque National Forest.
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Elk Valley Marsh

Wyoming, USA
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Escudilla Mountain - Terry Flat Loop

Arizona, USA
Wildlife can be viewed along the entire length of the drive or from the hiking trail. Elk, mule deer, Merriam's turkey, blue grouse, black bear, long-tailed weasel, and Abert's and red squirrel are commonly seen.

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Fernow Experimental Forest

West Virginia, USA
The Fernow is located in one of the most mountainous regions of the Mountain State (WV), and is an active research forest.
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Finger Lakes National Forest

New York, USA
More than 16,000-acres of forest lies on the "Backbone Ridge" that divides Seneca and Cayuga Lakes and makes up the Finger Lakes National Forest. The Forest has more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails that offer numerous opportunities to interact with and observe all types of wildlife.
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Fish Creek Trail

Arizona, USA
Fish Creek harbors a population of Arizona's state fish, the Apache trout. You may see black bear, elk, mule deer, porcupine, Abert's squirrel, golden-mantled ground squirrel and an amazing variety of birds.

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Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site

Alaska, USA
Both brown (grizzly) and black bears can be observed and photographed at the site in July, August, and September as they fish for chum and pink salmon.

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Flume Creek Mountain Goat Viewing Area

Washington, USA
The forests and high meadows around Flume creek are home to wildlife found nowhere else in Washington. One of the most reliable places to observe mountain goats.

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Fort Bayard

New Mexico, USA
Excellent roadside viewing of elk, in pre-dawn or just after sunset-elk may be seen year-round, but are best viewed winter and spring. Visit in may when yucca plants bloom and elk devour the flowering stalks.

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Gaudineer Scenic Area

West Virginia, USA
In the 1940s, studies by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed that this area had one of the highest populations of birds per acre in the United States.

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Gladie Creek Historic Site, Red River Gorge

Kentucky, USA
Wildlife commonly seen in this upland cove forest of pines and mixed hardwoods are beaver, muskrat, little brown and small-footed bat, groundhog, red-tailed and broad-winged hawk, barred owl and various songbirds.

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Greer

Arizona, USA
Mammals in the area include black bear, elk, mule and white-tailed deer, pronghorn, coyote, Abert's and red squirrel, beaver, and muskrat. Terrestrial gartersnakes are common in the dense vegetation along the river.

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Hall Barn

Pennsylvania, USA
The Hall Barn wildlife viewing site is home to more than 1000 Little Brown bats. Each summer evening the bats come streaming out of the barn window at dusk.
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Highland Scenic Highway

Alaska, USA
The area surrounding the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is a showcase for glacial activity and wildlife and vegetation viewing.
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Honeymoon Campground

Arizona, USA
One can see pronghorn, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, common black-hawk, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, and many other animals alongside the roadway.

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Hoosier National Forest—Buzzard’s Roost Overlook

Indiana, USA
High, prominant lookout above the Ohio River. This site offers a beautiful view of the river, and the patchwork of farmland across the river in Kentucky.
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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest – Angel Lake

Nevada, USA
Sheer rock ledges surround this cirque subalpine lake.
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Huron-Manistee National Forest—Kirtland’s Warbler Tour

Michigan, USA
Tours to see the federally endangered Kirtland's warbler are offered from May 15 to July 2 each year.
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Jacques Marsh

Arizona, USA
The marsh area attracts a variety of wildlife, including wetland birds, mule deer, elk, bald eagle (during winter months) and other birds of prey, and songbirds.

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Jarbidge Canyon

Nevada, USA
Look for mule deer, golden-mantled ground squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits in the canyon. Marmots often sun themselves on boulders. Sharp-shinned hawks and golden eagles soar near canyon walls.

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Kaibab Plateau Parkway

Arizona, USA
A gentle, winding 44-mile drive through ponderosa pine, spruce fir and mountain meadow...

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Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail

Arizona, USA
A variety of mammals and birds include pronghorn, mule deer, elk, coyote, badger, and Abert's squirrel. Steller's jay, bluebirds, violet green swallow, hairy woodpecker, and red-tailed hawk.

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Lamoille Canyon National Scenic Byway

Nevada, USA
This 12-mile auto tour features a rock-walled canyon with spectacular hanging valleys and alpine lakes. Look for mountain goats and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep on high rock ledges.
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Lee Valley Reservoir

Arizona, USA
Mammals include elk, mule deer, coyote, beaver, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, red squirrel, long-tailed weasel, and porcupine. Wetland birds include great blue heron, pied-billed grebe and ring-necked duck.

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Lost Forty / Lost Forty SNA

Minnesota, USA
If you desire to spend time in a remote, restorative place of peace and quiet, then travel to this destination in northern Minnesota. The “Lost Forty”, so-called due to a surveying slip-up, is located in the Big Fork State Forest and within the Chippewa National Forest.
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Lower Salt River

Arizona, USA
Wildlife can best be viewed by leisurely walking along the river or floating the river in a canoe, kayak, or inner tube. Look for bald eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon, Harris's hawk, heron, egret, waterfowl and other riparian birds.

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Luna Lake

Arizona, USA
Nestled in the White Mountains, Luna Lake, at 7,888 feet elevation, offers a cool escape from desert heat in summer. The site is near the south slope of Escudilla Mountain, third highest point in the state.

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Lynx Lake Recreation Area

Arizona, USA
The lake attracts mule deer, javelina, bald eagles, great blue heron, osprey, great-horned owl, belted kingfishers, and double-crested cormorant.

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Madera Canyon

Arizona, USA
With a rare combination of climate, vegetation, and elevation changes, this site has over 240 species of birds, which includes a list of 15 species of hummingbirds.

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Marblemount Fish Hatchery

Washington, USA
Knowledgeable guides take you into the hatchery to explain how eagles relate to the lifecycle of the Pacific Salmon. Visitors gain knowledge of all phases of the salmon life cycle without disturbing salmon in the wild.

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Migizi Trail (Cass Lake-Chippewa National Forest)

Minnesota, USA
People often make a special trip to the Chippewa National Forest to observe bald eagles. Because it is home to the largest population of breeding bald eagles in the Lower 48, eagles are commonly seen along the trail, as are herons, pelicans, and osprey.
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Moose Flats

Alaska, USA
Located in Portage Valley on the neck of the Kenai Peninsula, Moose Flats Day Use Area is one of many stops along the Portage Highway.
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Mores Mountain - Shafer Butte Recreation Site

Idaho, USA
Black bears, mountain lions, elk, deer, and numerous birds and butterflies also call this area home.

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Mormon Lake - Doug Morrison Overloook

Arizona, USA
The lake supports one of the largest concentrations of wintering bald eagles in the state...the highest number of bald eagles ever recorded at one place in Arizona was counted here in 1995 (65 eagles).

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Mount Baldy Loop Drive

Arizona, USA
Look for elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and coyote, as well as Abert's, golden-mantled, and red squirrels. Waterbirds seen here include great blue heron, pied-billed and eared grebes and ducks.

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Mount Mitchell and Black Mountains

North Carolina, USA
Habitat for northern flying squirrel and New England cottontail, and other more typical Southern Appalachian wildlife like deer, black bear, striped and spotted skunks, woodchuck, bobcat, and gray fox.

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Musselshell Meadows

Idaho, USA
On early spring mornings, listen for the call of Wilson’s snipe and the honks of transitory snow geese. This one of the few areas in Idaho that supports fishers, a species that inhabits mature coniferous forests.

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Nelson Reservoir

Arizona, USA
Birding is the primary wildlife viewing activity here and is best accomplished by using binoculars at overlooks and parking areas. Large numbers of waterfowl and grebes generally congregate at the southern end of the lake.

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Oak Flat Lookout

California, USA
Here's a rare chance to spend the night in a retired fire lookout with an unbeatable 360-degree view of the surrounding oak woodlands, the scenic Kern River, and the rugged Greenhorn Mountains.

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Oglala National Grassland

Nebraska, USA
The Oglala Grassland is the best place in Nebraska to view pronghorns and a popular place to view prairie dog colonies along the site's northern border.

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Orr Bog Walk & Kabetogama State Forest

Minnesota, USA
Located in the town of Orr in St. Louis County, a trail and a boardwalk along the Pelican River provide access into a northern peatland bog and end with a view of Pelican Lake.

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Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area

Alaska, USA
Located in Tongass National Forest, the Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area is cooperatively managed by the US Forest Service and the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Access is only by boat or plane.
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Packers Bay

California, USA
Enjoy some of California's best views of nesting ospreys and bald eagles while at popular Shasta Lake. The 370-mile forested shoreline hosts 60 osprey nests and 18 bald eagle nests.

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Palm to Pines

California, USA
The Palms to Pines Scenic Byway offers a full variety of ecosystems in the Lower Sonoran region. From clusters of desert palms to high country conifer forests and snow-capped mountains.
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Parker Canyon Lake

Arizona, USA
In winter, the open water attracts bald eagles, the occasional common loon, and a variety of waterfowl. Osprey and an occasional flock of white-faced ibis may be seen feeding at the lake during the migration.

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Pole Knoll

Arizona, USA
The diversity of habitat types here offers opportunities to view a variety of wildlife species. Mammals range from mule deer to pronghorn and Abert's and red squirrel.

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Quinault Rain Forest and Lakeshore Trails

Washington, USA
Explore the Olympic Peninsula’s fascinating temperate rain forest on two relaxing, accessible trails with unparalleled opportunities for viewing wildlife, fish, and scenery.

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Red Slough Wildlife Management Area

Oklahoma, USA
Home to over 288 species of birds, including state and regional rarities such as white ibis, roseate spoonbills, wood storks, king rails, purple gallinules, yellow rails, and many more.

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Rim of The World Scenic Byway Tour

California, USA
This 110-mile route traverses the rim of the San Bernardino Mountains from Cajon Pass to San Gorgonio Pass through desert and coastal valley to high elevation forests and several lakes.

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Roan Mountain

North Carolina, USA
Northern flying squirrel. New England cottontail and saw-whet owl are near southern extent of ranges. Also present are least weasel, spotted skunk, black bear, bobcat, mice, and salamanders.

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Roosevelt Lake Wildlife Area

Arizona, USA
Roosevelt Lake and the Wildlife Area are the winter home for a flock of Canada geese, one of the largest groups to winter in Arizona. Hundreds of wild geese can sometimes be seen in the Bermuda Flat area.

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Rustler Park Recreation Area

Arizona, USA
Unique and local nesting forest bird species can be found near campgrounds and along adjacent trails and roadways. This area features iris and orchids that attract many butterflies and hummingbirds in summer.

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Santa Catalina Mountains - Mount Lemmon

Arizona, USA
This 28-mile (one-way) route provides access to a fascinating land of breathtaking vistas, outlandish rockscapes, cool mountain forests, and deep canyons spilling out onto broad deserts.

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Sante Fe National Forest – Walatowa Visitor Center

New Mexico, USA
The Walatowa Visitor Center features a 180-gallon coldwater aquarium, cultural museum, gift shop, and travel information.
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Shasta-Trinity National Forest - Lewiston Lake / Trinity River Hatchery

California, USA
The cold waters of this mountain lake downstream from Trinity Lake provide perfect habitat for rainbow, brown, and brook trout that draw ospreys and golden and bald eagles.
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Shasta-Trinity National Forest - McCloud River Loop

California, USA
This 6-mile driving loop passes through chaparral and coniferous forests along the McCloud River.
The river corridor, including the 6-mile driving loop, offers views of three spectacular waterfalls and a 50 acre wet meadow.
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South Fork Trail

Arizona, USA
Birders have spotted Cordilleran flycatcher, western wood-pewee, western tanager, and black-headed grosbeak here. Plumbeous and warbling vireo, American Robin, and lesser goldfinch can be found in the campground.

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Standing Indian Mountain-Nantahala River Wetlands

North Carolina, USA
From wetlands near Nantahala River to highest ridges and summits, the varied habitats support a full range of Southern Appalachian wildlife.

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Stewart Creek

Nevada, USA
A colony of Belding ground squirrels inhabit burrows near the road, a half-mile before camp. Patient observers may see the colony watched and preyed upon by northern goshawks, prairie falcons, coyotes, and badgers.

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Success Summit - Auto Tour

Nevada, USA
Excellent viewing of elk, mule deer, and sage grouse spring through fall. Watch for elk early morning, late evening. Small mammals and coyotes may be spotted year round.

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Suomi Hills Semi-Primitive Non-Motorized Area (Chippewa National Forest)

Minnesota, USA
Unlike northern coniferous forests dominated by red and white pine, spruce, fir and tamarack, this forest is characterized by maple, basswood and oak. Suomi Hills, situated along the "Edge of the Wilderness" National Scenic Byway, is graced with rolling hills and clear lakes.
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Superior National Forest-North Shore Trails

Minnesota, USA
The Superior National Forest offers great opportunities for wildlife viewing. There are hiking, biking and skiing trails galore. From day hikes of an hour or less, to extended backpacking trips.

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Swift Trail

Arizona, USA
Experience the ecological equivalent of driving from Mexico to Canada in one leisurely afternoon on this skyscraping, switchbacking mountain road.

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Sycamore Canyon - Goodding Research Natural Area

Arizona, USA
Over 130 species of birds inhabit the canyon, including the elegant trogon, rose-throated becard, thick-billed kingbird, Arizona woodpecker, painted restart, varied bunting and whiskered screech-owl.

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Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber

California, USA
This under water viewing chamber has an estimated 500,000 to 600,000 visitors annually. Visitors are able to view native and non-native fish in their natural habitat.
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Tern Lake

Alaska, USA
Beavers, river otters, muskrats and salmon ply the cold, clear waters of Tern Lake. Moose, Dall's sheep and mountain goats can be seen on the surrounding mountains.

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Timberwolf Mountain

Washington, USA
High probability of seeing mountain goats year-round; in summer and fall, look along the road leading to Timberwolf. Mule deer, elk, and forest birds are common.

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Tongass National Forest—Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory

Alaska, USA
The Forest Service built an observatory at the falls so that people may view feeding bears in relative safety and comfort. Anan Bay is accessible only by floatplane or boat.
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Tonto Creek Recreation Area

Arizona, USA
A wide variety of song and other birds are attracted to the area, including Merriam's turkey, band-tailed pigeon, American dipper (particularly during fall and winter), and Virginia's and MacGillivray's warblers.

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Upper and Lower Lake Mary

Arizona, USA
Visitors can see many different species of waterfowl and shorebirds in and around the lake as well as mule deer, elk, cliff chipmunk, mantled ground squirrel, and Abert's squirrel along the trails.

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Water Canyon - Big Lake Loop

Arizona, USA
Large mammals are easily seen from vehicles, especially at sunrise or sunset, during most times of year. These can include elk, mule deer, pronghorn, coyote, long-tailed weasel, and golden mantled ground squirrel.

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White Horse Lake - Pine Flat Route

Arizona, USA
This 50-mile auto loop through ponderosa pine and oak habitat has several wildlife viewing areas, and two lakes - White Horse and J.D. Lakes--where wildlife can be seen.

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Wildcat Point Loop Drive

Arizona, USA
The loop drive provides a high probability of seeing elk, mule deer and pronghorn at dawn and dusk, plus Merriam's turkey, Abert's squirrel and coyote.

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Woodland Lake Park & Big Springs Environmental Area

Arizona, USA
Woodland Lake Park, nestled in the middle of the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, provides exceptional wildlife viewing experiences. The site has open water, marshland, ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, and juniper forests.

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Iroquois NWR / Tonawanda and Oak Orchard WMA

New York, USA
Known locally as the Alabama Swamps, these wetlands south of Lake Ontario formed in poorly drained areas as glacial Lake Tonawanda receded thousands of years ago.

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Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

New York, USA
Five sites of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex are open to the public: Amagansett, Elizabeth A. Morton, Oyster Bay, Target Rock, and Wertheim. These areas are prime stopovers for migrating raptors, shorebirds, and songbirds.

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Mount Loretto Unique Area

New York, USA
Numerous water features at Mt. Loretto provide safe havens, food and nesting grounds for many species. Grassland birds such as bobolinks and purple martins have been spotted with increasing frequency.

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Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge

New York, USA
In the fields below, wild turkeys forage throughout the year. Eastern bluebirds, northern cardinals, blue jays, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers are seen here year-round as well.

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Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota, USA
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Minnesota. Packs of wolves, moose, waterfowl, and 294 species of birds make this refuge a wildlife wonderland.

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Alchesay National Fish Hatchery

Arizona, USA
A great abundance and variety of birds can be seen in and around the fish raceways and ponds. Bald eagle, osprey, common merganser, ring-necked duck, and bufflehead can reliably be seen here during fall and winter.

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Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge – Pyramid Lake

Nevada, USA
Located off the east shore of Pyramid Lake, Anaho Island hosts one of the largest white pelican nesting colonies in North America.

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Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

Colorado, USA
Open ponds and irrigated meadows offer excellent habitat for nesting waterfowl, shorebirds, and marsh birds.

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Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge

Maine, USA
The refuge offers various habitats, wetlands, spruce-fir, and northern hardwood forests. Opportunities to see moose, black bear, mink, martin, fisher, and up to twenty species of warbler abound.

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Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge

Louisiana, USA
Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1984. Its 15,000 acres are part of the largest bottomland hardwood swamp in the country. This beautiful swampland offers a multitude of recreational options.

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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Utah, USA
As a key part of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, the Refuge provides habitat for more than 200 bird species, making it a popular birding hotspot in northern Utah.

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Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (headquarters location)

Missouri, USA
Like pearls on a string, these acres are spread out as individual units along the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis. These pearls of habitat benefit floodplain-dependent fish and wildlife species.

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Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota, USA
A Globally Important Bird Area, supporting Eastern Prairie Population Canada geese, high waterfowl numbers, and large numbers of least sandpipers, pectoral sandpipers, and stilt sandpipers. The refuge is a key stopover for migrating shorebirds.

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Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona, USA
Majestic rock cliffs and a ribbon of cool water running through classic Sonoran Desert.

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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Maryland, USA
Originally established for migratory birds, primarily ducks and geese, Blackwater is one of the chief wintering areas for Canada Geese using the Atlantic Flyway.

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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Delaware, USA
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge comprises 15,978 acres, approximately four-fifths of which is tidal salt marsh. The refuge has one of the largest expanses of nearly unaltered tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic region.

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Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

New Mexico, USA
Excellent viewing for up to 17,000 greater and lesser sandhill cranes, and as many as 40,000 snow geese, including Ross', in late fall through early winter. Occasional sightings of tundra swans.

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Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Texas, USA
With beautiful marshland scenery and huge populations of geese, ducks, wading birds, and marsh mammals, these three refuges offer a bright future for wildlife as well as exceptional viewing.

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Breton National Wildlife Refuge

Louisiana, USA
Breton National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1904 and is the second oldest refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge is comprised of a series of barrier islands including Breton Island.

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Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona, USA
This refuge was established to provide habitat for the masked bobwhite which was reintroduced here. It is the only American site for this quail, and the only U.S. refuge where four species of quail are found.

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Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona, USA
Among the largest refuges in the country, the Cabeza Prieta NWR lies along 56 miles of the international border in the heart of the Sonoran Desert.

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Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge

Puerto Rico, USA
Coral reefs, mangrove swamps, gorgeous rivers and streams, forested and herbaceous wetlands are within the most prominent ecosystems in the Caribbean Islands.

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Camas National Wildlife Refuge

Idaho, USA
During migration, which peaks in March-April and October, up to 50,000 ducks and 3,000 geese may be present on the refuge. Tundra and trumpeter swans visit in the hundreds during migration.

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Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

West Virginia, USA
Canaan Valley, at an altitude of 3200 feet, is 14 miles long and 3 miles wide, and the highest valley of its size east of the Rocky Mountains.

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Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon, USA
Vertical sea cliffs provide nesting habitat for peregrine falcons and thousands of seabirds such as Brandt's and pelagic cormorants.

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Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

South Carolina, USA
The refuge supports approximately 190 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 41 species of reptiles, 25 species of amphibians, and innumerable species of plants.

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Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge

Illinois, USA
Up to 250,000 waterfowl and 10,000 shorebirds seek the food resources and sanctuary found on the 6,200-acre refuge. Bald eagles nest on the refuge.

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Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge

Tennessee, USA
Chickasaw NWR and adjacent lands are known to be important wintering and stop-over areas for a large portion of the Mississippi Flyway mallard population. Peak waterfowl numbers may exceed 250,000.

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Virginia, USA
Refuge staff manage this barrier island habitat to allow many species of wildlife to coexist, each establishing their own place in the environment. In fact, more than 320 species of birds are known to occur on the refuge.

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Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona, USA
In the floodplain of the lower Colorado River and surrounded by a fringe of desert ridges and washes.

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Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota, USA
Intersected by the Platte River and Skunk, Rice and Buckman Creeks, these acres of marsh, meadow and open water provide ideal wildlife habitat.

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Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Illinois, USA
The Cache River and Cypress Creek Wetland was designated a "Wetland of International Importance" especially for waterfowl and for its rich diversity of plant and animal communities.

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Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge

Oklahoma, USA
Protecting important wetlands along the Deep Fork River, Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oklahoma is a newcomer to the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

Nebraska, USA
The refuge sees spectacular numbers of snow geese (up to 500,000) and ducks. Bald eagles follow the geese into the area; as many as 100 eagles winter until March.

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Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Maryland, USA
Opportunities for wildlife observation and photography abound year-round at Eastern Neck NWR. Six walking trails encompass the refuge's major habitat types.

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Erie National Wildlife Refuge

Pennsylvania, USA
Erie National Wildlife Refuge is truly a natural gem of Pennsylvania, teeming with wildlife and wild lands and offering opportunities for the public to experience nature in all seasons.

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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Nebraska, USA
In addition to the many species of birds that can be viewed here, Fort Niobrara offers a year-round opportunity to see prairie dogs and enclosed herds of bison, elk, and white-tailed and mule deer.

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Funk Waterfowl Production Area

Nebraska, USA
One of the largest of the Rainwater Basins, and the largest WPA in Nebraska. As with other basins, Funk is a mix of open water, moist-soil wetlands, and grassland replanted to native species.

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Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota, USA
When restored, Glacial Ridge will provide habitat for many of the species found presently tallied in the area. Wildlife records indicate not only dozens of birds, but also about 35 butterflies, 11 mammals, three amphibians and one reptile species are possible sightings.
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Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge

New Hampshire, USA
The refuge is an excellent place to see and hear wild turkeys throughout the year; they frequent the old roads and have adjusted to being observed. Other wildlife is also plentiful, including white-tailed deer, coyotes and foxes.

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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Virginia, USA
Over two hundred species of birds have been identified on the refuge since its establishment; ninety-six of these species have been reported as nesting on or near the refuge.

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Great River National Wildlife Refuge

Missouri, USA
The Great River National Wildlife Refuge protects approximately 11,600 acres along 120 miles of the Mississippi River, stretching north of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge / IBA

Minnesota, USA
A "hot spot" for bird watchers, uncommon species like Le Conte's sparrow, American avocet, marsh and sedge wrens, and red-necked grebe, nest on the refuge and are routinely seen.

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Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona, USA
1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created Havasu NWR to provide migratory waterfowl habitat. The refuge protects 30 river miles - 300 miles of shoreline - from Needles, California, to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

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Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge

Florida, USA
In winter, northern gannets, common loons, and sea ducks cruise the nearshore Atlantic waters. Walk the beach for year-round views of brown pelicans, osprey, shorebirds, and bottle-nosed dolphins.

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Horicon Marsh

Wisconsin, USA
Horicon Marsh is designated as a Wetland of International Importance. The largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country, it is the most popular wildlife viewing area in Wisconsin. Observe hundreds of thousands of geese and ducks during migration.

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Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona, USA
The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is a highlight of the southwestern River and Desert area, attracting nearly 150,000 visitors each year.

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

New York, USA
Witness the annual mating ritual of hundreds of primitive horseshoe crabs, or photograph one of the more than 330 species of birds seen in this beach, bay and islands wilderness.

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John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge

Pennsylvania, USA
The Refuge is home to a variety of wildlife despite its urban location. Birdwatchers have recorded over 300 species of birds in and around the Refuge.

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Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Hawaii, USA
Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few natural wetlands remaining in the Hawaiian Islands. This 691-acre wetland is home to the endangered Hawaiian coot.

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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Hawaii, USA
Pacific golden plover, Laysan albatross, and Hawaii's State Bird (the nene) are some of the wildlife that use this refuge. Humpback whales, Hawaiian monk seals, and spinner dolphins can also be observed here.

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Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

Alaska, USA
Kodiak is a rugged, beautiful island on the coast of southwestern Alaska. Established in 1941, the refuge provides habitat for brown bear, salmon and other wildlife.

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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona, USA
This refuge protects 600 to 800 bighorn sheep that live in the rugged Kofa and Castle Dome Mountains. The experience of seeing these animals climbing, feeding, and resting in this spectacular setting is worth the effort.

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Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

Idaho, USA
Although the purpose of the refuge is to provide migration habitat for thousands of waterfowl, more than 300 species of vertebrates, including nesting bald eagles, use the refuge for migration and breeding.

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Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge

South Dakota, USA
Fall waterfowl and bald eagle migrations provide excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. Bird numbers remain high throughout the winter if temperatures remain moderate.

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Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge

North Dakota, USA
The Refuge is home year-round to many species of wildlife and is visited by many migratory birds during the spring and fall.

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Lake Unbagog National Wildlife Refuge

New Hampshire, USA
This is New Hampshire's premier watchable wildlife site and the 495th designated national wildlife refuge. The wetlands and spruce-fir forest are home to many of the animals people like to watch.

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Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona, USA
Lower visitation rates make this a popular site for wildlife photographers and birders seeking solitude. The refuge is home to over 230 different species of resident and migratory birds.

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Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Maine, USA
This refuge contains 47 offshore islands and three coastal parcels, totaling more than 7400 acres. The complex spans more than 150 miles of Maine coastline and includes five national wildlife refuges.

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon, USA
The refuge is famous for its tremendous diversity and spectacular concentrations of wildlife. Boasting over 320 bird species and 58 mammal species.

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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota, USA
One of the few urban national wildlife refuges in the country is located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a green belt of large marsh areas.

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Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

Vermont, USA
The refuge consists of quiet waters and wetlands which attract large flocks of migratory birds. Upland areas of the refuge are a mix of open fields and a hardwood forest of American elm, white ash, white oak, silver and red maple.

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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

Colorado, USA
Located in the arid San Luis Valley, the refuge is a complex of ponds and marshes created and managed to provide nesting and feeding habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

New York, USA
Wildlife abounds at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge! Two hundred forty-two species of birds, 43 species of mammals, 15 species of reptiles, and 16 species of amphibians can be found on the Refuge for at least part of the year.
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Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

Texas, USA
One of the largest concentrations of lesser sandhill cranes in North America-often more than 100,000 birds at one time-winters at this grassland refuge.

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Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

Indiana, USA
Wildlife-viewing opportunities are excellent at Muscatatuck, and the refuge is known as an exceptionally fine bird watching site.

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National Bison Range

Montana, USA
You can view bison, pronghorn, elk, bighorn sheep, white-tailed and mule deer, and occasionally mountain goats, making the range ideal for wildlife photography.

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National Elk Refuge

Wyoming, USA
A spectacle of thousands of migratory elk can be seen wintering on the Refuge, as well as numerous other species such as bison, bighorn sheep, coyotes, trumpeter swans, moose, bald eagles, and more.

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National Key Deer Refuge

Florida, USA
Mudflats are exposed at low tide and provide feeding areas for wading birds, including roseate spoonbills. The diminutive, collie-sized Key deer feed along the edges of the roads.

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Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota, USA
The Northern Tallgrass Prairie. To many, it is simply known as "the prairie." A landscape where the eye can see the horizon, and thunderstorms can be watched from infancy to fury.

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Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Ohio, USA
The refuge extends along 362 miles of the upper Ohio River with 22 scattered islands and three mainland properties.

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Georgia, USA
The Okefenokee Swamp is one of the world's largest intact freshwater ecosystems. It has been designated a Wetland of International Importance by the United Nations under the Ramsar Convention of 1971.

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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Ohio, USA
The refuge offers a variety of seasonal opportunites to view many species of wildlife. May is the peak for warbler and other songbird viewing.

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Ouray National Wildlife Refuge

Utah, USA
The Green River brings water down from the mountains of Wyoming and through the Refuge, attracting thousands of waterfowl and other birds to this otherwise dry landscape.

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Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge and Bolton Flats WMA

Massachusetts, USA
The floodplain associated with these two areas is a premier central Massachusetts birding location during periods of springtime high water.

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Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

Nevada, USA
Paiute Indians named this oasis of lakes and marshes "a place of many water". Dikes bordering North Marsh and Upper Lake offer easy viewing.

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Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Mississippi, USA
Resident species making their home among the woodlands, sloughs, and reforested areas include the American alligator, whitetail deer, swamp rabbit, wild turkey, squirrel, and various small fur-bearers.

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Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge

Indiana, USA
This river bottoms refuge is strategically located to provide important resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and neotropical songbirds.

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Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge

Georgia, USA
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge is primarily an upland forest. However, clear streams and beaver ponds provide ideal wetland habitat for wood ducks and other wetland dependent species.

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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

South Carolina, USA
The 4053 acre refuge includes Pinckney Island, Corn Island, Big and Little Harry Islands, Buzzard Island and numerous small hammocks.

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Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge

Iowa, USA
Common wildlife seen on the refuge include waterfowl, eagles, neotropical birds, shorebirds, wading birds, deer, turkeys, coyotes, beaver, and even the occasional river otter.

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Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Delaware, USA
Strategically located on the Atlantic Flyway, the refuge manages 4,200 acres of freshwater marshes to provide feeding and resting areas for migrating birds in particular, waterfowl and shorebirds.

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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Washington, USA
Look for western Canada geese year-round. Good chance of seeing tundra swans in December through March, bald eagles in winter, and sandhill cranes during fall.

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Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota, USA
Established in 1992 through a donation from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Rydell NWR is a combination of maple/basswood/oak forest, wetlands, tallgrass prairie and bogs.

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Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Rhode Island, USA
Occupying a peninsula between the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island sound, the 242 acre Sachuest Point National Wildlife refuge is a very popular site for the over 65,000 annual visitors each year.

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San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge

Arizona, USA
The refuge supports 70 different kinds of grasses and acts as home to over 290 different species of resident and migrating birds. The refuge also serves to protect the San Bernardino Ranch National Historic Landmark.

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Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge

South Dakota, USA
Sand Lake NWR hosts more than 266 bird species, 40 mammal species and a variety of fish, reptiles, and amphibians. It also is home to the largest nesting colony of Franklin's gulls in the world!

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Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge

Wyoming, USA
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwestern Wyoming. The name Seedskadee originated from the Shoshone Indian word "Sisk-a-dee-agie" meaning "river of the prairie hen."

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Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Michigan, USA
Seney Refuge protects 95,212 acres and was established in 1935 to provide habitat for migratory birds and resident wildlife. Currently, it is home to over 200 species of birds and a variety of mammals.

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Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

Nevada, USA
Vast expanses of big and low sagebrush are broken by outcrops of rimrock and steep gorges-rugged country where golden eagles, prairie falcons, and American kestrels hunt.

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Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota, USA
Start your adventure by taking the Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive at a snail’s pace. This seven-mile auto tour features interpretive displays, four observation decks and two half-mile trails, where you’re guaranteed to spot wildlife.

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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Michigan, USA
Known locally as the "Shiawassee Flats," the refuge lies in the Saginaw Bay watershed, historically one of the largest and most productive wetland ecosystems in Michigan.

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Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

Vermont, USA
Established in 1997 to conserve, protect and enhance the abundance and diversity of fish and wildlife species and the ecosystems on which they depend throughout the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River watershed.

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Skalkaho Wildlife Preserve

Montana, USA
This isolated, mountainous wildlife preserve is forested with dense spruce and subalpine fir, amid beautiful lush meadows. The area is totally closed to hunting.

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Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge

Mississippi, USA
Wood ducks abound here and the unit has a very healthy deer herd. Peregrine falcon, bald eagles, merlin, least tern, black tern and wood stork occasionally pass through the refuge in migration.

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Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota, USA
The refuge abounds with wildlife-viewing opportunities, and over 250 bird and 50 mammal species have been recorded here since 1938.

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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

Tennessee, USA
The diversity of habitats found on the refuge provide ample feeding, nesting and resting areas for 301 bird species, 51 types of mammals, 89 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 144 species of fish.

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Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge

North Dakota, USA
Established in 1945, the 8363-acre Refuge is located in the Prairie Pothole Region, one of the most biologically productive areas on earth.

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Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Rhode Island, USA
A stronghold for the threatened piping plover, the refuge is home to several other rare species including osprey, least terns, and the state's only population of Fowler's toad.

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UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge

Montana, USA
One of the nation's few prairie wilderness areas. It contains one of the highest densities of black-tailed prairie dog populations in the United States.

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Upper Mississippi River NWR – Brownsville Overlook/IBA

Minnesota, USA
Brownsville Overlook, dedicated in November 2009, provides a magnificent panorama giving visitors an opportunity to witness extraordinary events on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

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Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Nebraska, USA
Valentine Refuge is a migration stopover for as many as 150,000 ducks and a nesting site for blue-winged teal, mallards, pintails, gadwalls, and even diving ducks such as redheads and ruddy ducks.

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Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

Puerto Rico, USA
The refuge contains several ecologically distinct habitats including; beaches, coastal lagoons, mangrove wetlands, and upland forested areas.

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Washita National Wildlife Refuge

Oklahoma, USA
80,000 geese punctuate the quiet beauty of the 8075-acre Washita National Wildlife Refuge each winter. Within the refuge, the slow-moving Washita River winds through prairie and farmlands.

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Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery

Arizona, USA
One of the largest natural springs in Arizona, Williams Creek Spring provides the water supply for this national fish hatchery, the only hatchery in the world that produces the rare Apache trout.

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Zimmerman Prairie/Helliksen Prairie Waterfowl Production Area

Minnesota, USA
Helliksen Prairie is host to prairie chicken leks. You’ll have to look carefully for the birds and have binoculars in hand. If you visit in spring, such an experience is a rare treat and to be sure, will take some planning and patience.

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L County Parks

Beaver Lake Nature Center

New York, USA
As the lake’s name suggests, beavers can be found here, industriously creating wetlands that serve as habitats for mink, muskrats and many other plants and animals.

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Carver Park Reserve

Minnesota, USA
Situated on the western edge of the Twin Cities, Carver Park Reserve is home to the Lowry Nature Center, Grimm Farm Historic Site and King Waterbird Sanctuary.

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Chester Woods County Park

Minnesota, USA
Chester Woods is a haven for wildlife and wildlife watchers. The reservoir forms a many-fingered lake which beckons to be explored by canoe.

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Cienega Creek Natural Preserve

Arizona, USA
The lush riparian vegetative community along the creek accommodates a great number of wildlife species that include mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.

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Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Arizona, USA
This entire site allows exceptional opportunities to view wildlife. The cave is home to all three of Arizona's leaf-nosed bats. Other mammals include deer, javelina, bobcat, ringtail, coyote, and coatimundi.

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Deep Portage Learning Center

Minnesota, USA
Deep Portage is home to a variety of mammals. Look carefully and you might see a snowshoe hare, northern flying squirrel, beaver, coyote, bobcat, white-tailed deer or even a black bear.

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Ed Pastor Kino Ecosystem Restoration Project (KERP)

Arizona, USA
Displaced burrowing owls that have lost their habitat due to development are relocated to KERP, with the installation of numerous burrowing owl nesting tunnels. Approximately 30 burrowing owls have been successfully relocated.

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Ernie Miller Nature Center

Kansas, USA
Mammals sighted year-round are white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, raccoons, gray squirrels, and fox squirrels.

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Feliz Paseo Park

Arizona, USA
There are excellent opportunities to see Gila woodpecker, white-winged dove, Gambel's quail, canyon towhee, cactus wren, and other common desert birds.

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Kayak Point Regional Park

Washington, USA
High probability of seeing waterfowl and marine birds in fall, winter, and spring, Look for sea lions in winter and early spring; gray whales April through June.

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Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Arizona, USA
Deer, javelina, coyote, foxes, gray squirrel, Harris's antelope squirrel, and multiple bird species including peregrine falcon and nesting bald eagles in the winter and spring are main wildlife attractions.

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Ledgeview Nature Center

Wisconsin, USA
Cave spiders, cave crickets, and little brown and big brown bats are the stars here. Common nesters in the hardwood forests include red-eyed vireo, ovenbird, rose-breasted grosbeak, and scarlet tanager.

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Pumphouse Greenway / Kachina Wetlands

Arizona, USA
Pumphouse Greenway and Kachina Wetlands offer unique, wetland-wildlife watching opportunities.

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Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area

New Jersey, USA
The mountain provides diverse habitat for 400 species of native plants, more than 100 kinds of birds, and 30 species of mammals. All this is encircled by major highways and within sight of New York City's skyline.

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Roy P. Drachman - Agua Caliente Regional Park

Arizona, USA
Agua Caliente Park is named for the perennial warm water spring that supports several ponds, some seasonal, and creates a unique desert oasis.

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Seven Mile Creek County Park

Minnesota, USA
The park is a popular birding site with excellent areas to see nesting and migrating bird species. Of particular Interest is the occasional sighting of a cerulean warbler.

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Shawnee Mission Park

Kansas, USA
Hikers sometimes sight white-tailed deer, gray and fox squirrels, red and gray foxes, and wild turkeys. Northern cardinals, black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers are commonly seen.

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Three Island County Park

Minnesota, USA
With 273 species of birds recorded in the county, Bemidji's natural beauty provides endless hours of observation and enjoyment.

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Tucson Mountain Park

Arizona, USA
There are wildlife viewing opportunities from the parking lot trailhead and all along the network of trails. The desert landscape attracts many common Sonoran Desert species.

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Vadnais/Snail Lakes Regional Park

Minnesota, USA
This park is one of the best places to see common loons right in the heart of the Twin Cities and sometimes loons nest on West Vadnais Lake. The large Grass Lake wetland offers nesting swans and ospreys.

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Wells Mills County Park

New Jersey, USA
White-tailed deer, raccoons, red and gray foxes, fowler's toads, northern fence lizards, eastern hognose snakes, and eastern box turtles are all residents here.

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Wyandotte County Lake

Kansas, USA
During spring and fall migrations, search the lake for northern shovelers, northern pintails, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, common goldeneyes, buffleheads, common mergansers, and hooded mergansers.

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Alley Pond Park

New York, USA
Muskrat and red fox are two mammals you’re likely to spot, particularly in the spring. Kettle-hole ponds and other small wooded wetlands support NYC’s best remaining populations of spotted and two-lined salamanders.

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Central Park

New York, USA
Despite Central Park’s popularity with millions of city residents and visitors, an amazing array of wildlife can be seen there. It is on one of North America’s major bird migration routes.

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High Rock Park

New York, USA
Wood ducks, great blue herons and muskrats all make their homes here, along with hawks, owls, migrating warblers, woodpeckers and frogs. Visitors might also see egrets, snapping turtles, water snakes, peepers or brown bats.

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Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Park Beach

New York, USA
Nearly 3,000 acres encompass forest, marshland, meadows and rocky coastline, as well as a mile-long swimming beach. Varied habitats support a diversity of wildlife throughout the park, making this a real country haven on the city’s edge.

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Prospect Park

New York, USA
Eastern gray squirrels and one of the only remaining populations of chipmunks in Brooklyn are the most obvious mammals in the woods. Many species of warblers and other songbirds pass through during spring migration.

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Riverside Park

New York, USA
Wooden docks at the 79th Street boat basin are wonderful locations to view Canada geese, mallards, black ducks and mute swans.

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Van Cortlandt Park

New York, USA
Van Cortlandt Park is one of only four city parks designated as a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area. As many as 240 bird species have been observed here, with nearly 80 recorded as nesting.

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Blue Hills Reservation and Trailside Museum

Massachusetts, USA
Great Blue Hill rises 635 feet above the coastal plain, offering spectacular views in every season.

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Crosby Farm / Hidden Falls Regional Parks

Minnesota, USA
Crosby Park connects with Hidden Falls Park where the Minnesota River meets the Mississippi, making this a bird superhighway during spring and fall migration and a popular destination for wildlife watchers.

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Dismal Swamp

New Jersey, USA
Dismal Swamp is one of the last remaining wetlands in a highly urbanized environment. It is designated a "priority wetland" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Duluth Parks and Harbor

Minnesota, USA
The charming old port city of Duluth perches on the point of the lake overlooking a picturesque harbor. There are few inland places in the United States, other than Duluth, that have the distinct look and feel of the sea.

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Garden of the Gods

Colorado, USA
Located in the foothills on the west side of Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods is renowned for its spectacular red sandstone formations.

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Goldwater Lake Park

Arizona, USA
There is a chance to see mule deer and other woodland wildlife, such as Abert's squirrels, but the main draw here is birding.

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Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory – Important Bird Area (IBA)

Minnesota, USA
Broad-winged hawks are the most numerous; more than 10,000 can be seen on a good day. Between September 10 and 25, the numbers of broad-wings may peak at more than 20,000 per day.
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Heritage Park / Willow Lake

Arizona, USA
Waterfowl are using this location in increasing numbers, with over 20 species observed. Great blue herons and double-crested cormorants nest in the cottonwood stand at the northwest corner of Willow Lake.

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Hok-Si-La Park

Minnesota, USA
Birders know Hok-Si-La as a spring migration hotspot for warblers. Cape May, magnolia, bay-breasted, chestnut-sided, prothonotary and Nashville warblers all frequent the area.

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Lake Osakis – Important Bird Area (IBA)

Minnesota, USA
At Lake Osakis there is a chance to witness western grebes performing their spectacular courtship dance on the water. This is the largest nesting population of western grebes in Minnesota.

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Lawrence Riverfront Plaza

Kansas, USA
Shopping for eagles? A visit to the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza from November through March offers unique close-up views of wintering bald eagles.

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Newark-Prequannock Watershed

New Jersey, USA
Located within 35 miles of the New Jersey-New York metropolitan area, the watershed encompasses nearly 36,000 acres of open space.

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Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch

Arizona, USA
This is a world-class, year-round bird viewing and photography site. Spring provides one of the region's best opportunities to view breeding activities of many birds.

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Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park

Arizona, USA
These constructed wetlands are part of Sierra Vista's water reclamation facility and attract a large number of birds. Nearly 50 acres of wetlands can be seen from the wildlife-viewing platform.

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South Mountain Park

Arizona, USA
South Mountain Park, at nearly 17,000 acres, is the nation's largest municipal park. The rugged desert mountain terrain, with easy access from the City of Phoenix, provides scenic mountain vistas.

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Sturgeon Trail

Wisconsin, USA
Few places on earth can boast the annual spawning of enormous lake sturgeon. The Lake Winnebago system has the world's largest single concentration of these amazing fish.

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Swan Park

Minnesota, USA
The day is dawning as hundreds of elegant trumpeter swans begin to forage on the Mississippi River at Monticello. This mystical scene would not have existed just a few decades ago.

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Sweetwater Wetlands

Arizona, USA
Sweetwater is an excellent example of a constructed wetland designed to be highly accessible to visitors; it is one of the prime places in urban Tucson to see native wildlife.

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Tres Rios Wetlands

Arizona, USA
More than 150 different species of birds have been spotted in the area. You may see three species of egrets, green, great blue, and black-crowned night herons.

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Watson Lake Park

Arizona, USA
A variety of birds, especially migratory and wintering waterfowl, can be seen along the lake and in the cottonwood gallery forest, which is home to an active great blue heron rookery and many wood ducks.

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Westport

Washington, USA
A municipal fishing pier, three large rock jetties, and two state park beaches offer a good viewing of migrating gray whales, harbor seals, California sea lions, brown pelicans, Caspian terns, and other marine birds.

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WoodLake Nature Center Park

Minnesota, USA
The idea of “a marsh in the midst of the city” truly intrigues potential visitors to the spot locals simply call Wood Lake. Adjacent to one of the Twin Cities’ major freeways, it is a 160-acre oasis for wildlife.

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Adirondack Interpretive Center

New York, USA
In winter, look for otters sliding in the snow near the Rich Lake outlet. Snowshoe hares, mink, pine martens, fishers and coyotes are also likely to be seen at this time.

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Albany Pine Bush Preserve

New York, USA
Sighting the preserve’s signature species, the Karner blue butterfly, on a hike during the spring and summer is a special treat for any visitor.

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Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

New York, USA
Wooded hills at the edge of the marsh rise steeply on the rocky shore, sheltering deer, red foxes and bobcats that come to feed on the marsh’s abundant aquatic plants, fish and invertebrate life.

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Derby Hill Bird Observatory

New York, USA
On average, 40,000 raptors comprising 15 species are counted here each spring as they migrate northward, making this one of the best spring hawk-watching sites in North America.

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Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary

New York, USA
Ponds and marshes host Canada geese, mallards, wood ducks and green and great blue herons. Red-winged blackbirds and tree swallows also frequent the wetlands.

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Mohonk Preserve

New York, USA
Endangered peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs, sharing the skies above the forested valleys with black vultures, turkey vultures and common ravens.

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Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

New York, USA
The property’s ponds and wetlands harbor painted and snapping turtles and northern water and common garter snakes. Amphibians commonly seen include green, bull and leopard frogs, as well as a variety of salamanders.

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Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary

New York, USA
Follow rhythmic tapping to find yellow-bellied sapsuckers, little downy and big pileated woodpeckers. Look for kestrels, sharp-shinned hawks and Cooper’s hawks as well.

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Tifft Nature Preserve

New York, USA
Note the beaver and muskrat lodges in the marsh, Tifft’s most prominent feature. Most likely, you will see these mammals as they are swimming. Beavers are active all year, while muskrats are best seen from spring through fall.

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona, USA
The museum displays over 300 species of animals and more than 200 species of plants native to the Sonoran desert in naturalistic habitat settings.

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Baker Wetlands and Kansas Museum of Natural History

Kansas, USA
Smallmouth salamanders breed here in March. Other amphibians include western chorus frogs and leopard frogs. Many times the area is dry, but when water is plentiful, so are the rails, ducks, shorebirds, and herons.

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Boy Lake / BoyRiver

Minnesota, USA
Slow motoring or canoeing are the best ways to explore the shoreline, shallows, island, open water and adjoining woods. Diverse habitat and vegetation, which includes wild rice, reeds and bulrush, is excellent for nesting.

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Charles L. Peirce Wildlife and Forest Reservation

New Hampshire, USA
In early summer, the woodlands teem with bird life. In some areas, you can hear the lovely songs of veeries, hermit thrushes, and wood thrushes.

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Florida, USA
As the dry season approaches (January-April), wading birds, including little blue herons and white ibis, congregate with other wildlife in feeding pools close to the boardwalk trail.

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Coronado Trail

Arizona, USA
Look for pronghorn around Springerville. Elk, Merriam's turkey, and Abert's and red squirrels can be seen in the forested areas around Alpine and Hannagan Meadow, which is also home to the reintroduced Mexican gray wolf.

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Desert Botanical Garden

Arizona, USA
Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world's finest collections of desert plants.

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Douglas State Forest

Massachusetts, USA
The winding trails are good places to watch for American toads and the orange land dwelling young of the red-spotted newt.

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Hassayampa River Preserve

Arizona, USA
The Hassayampa River Preserve has been a nature lover's and birder's paradise since it was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 1986.

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Hole-in-the-Mountain WMA & County Park

Minnesota, USA
You could spend a whole day watching the many common and rare butterflies fluttering among the wildflowers of Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie. This prairie provides habitat to more than 25 butterfly species.

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Iona Island National Estuarine Sanctuary and Research Reserve

New York, USA
The 6,000-year-old tidal marsh of 200 acres is home to mute swans, Canada geese, and mallards. Smaller birds include the swamp sparrow, marsh wren, willow flycatcher, yellow throat, and least bittern.

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Lake Alexander Preserve/Alexander Woods SNA

Minnesota, USA
The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Lake Alexander Preserve is centered in an 180,000-acre mosaic of mixed oak forest, wetlands, ponds and stands of red and white pine.

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Lillian Annette Rowe Sanctuary

Nebraska, USA
Managed to preserve the wide river channel, naked sandbars, and shallow water favored as roosting habitat by migrating sandhill cranes, the sanctuary attracts huge numbers of birds during the spring.

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Makah Bay and Cape Flattery

Washington, USA
Located at the far northwest corner of the contiguous United States, this is one of the best places in Washington to observe sea otters, which feed in kelp beds.

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Mille Lacs Lake / IBA – West and North Shores

Minnesota, USA
This drive is also included in the Audubon Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Important Bird Area (IBA), which encompasses the entire water body and islands, the surrounding shoreline, as well as significant areas adjacent to the lake.

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Mills Canyon

New Mexico, USA
Good summer viewing of white-throated swift, Lewis's woodpecker, hepatic tanager, Say's phoebe, western wood pewee, Bewick's and canyon wren, and other songbirds.

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Mohawk Trail State Forest

Massachusetts, USA
Named for the Native Americans, who inhabited the region, this forested tract offers a chance to see large mammals and their sign.

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Mount Greylock State Reservation

Massachusetts, USA
Stand atop the Commonwealth's highest peak, 3,491-foot Mount Greylock, and take in the panoramic five-state view.

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Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area

Arizona, USA
Six perennial streams provide habitat for five native fish: Gila chub, longfin dace, speckled dace and two species of suckers. The ranch is also home to bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, black bear, and mountain lion.

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Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Minnesota, USA
Murphy -Hanrehan Park Reserve provides metro wildlife watchers with a prime example of an eastern mixed deciduous forest dominated by oak.

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Nags Head Woods

North Carolina, USA
Spectacular assemblage of mature maritime forests, relict sand dunes, freshwater ponds, pine-covered hummocks, and expanses of fresh and brackins barshes provide habitats for a great variety of animal life.

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Narcisse Snake Dens

Manitoba, Canada
The Narcisse Snake Dens, located in Manitoba’s Interlake region, is one of the best places in the world to view snakes.


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National Eagle Center

Minnesota, USA
This is “the place” in the Lower 48 to saturate yourself with eagle sightings. The raptors are everywhere during peak wintering. Even if you are a novice photographer, bring your camera to capture the beauty of the birds.

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Northland Arboretum Important Bird Area (IBA)

Minnesota, USA
Watch for beaver, mink, white-tailed deer and other small mammals. If luck has it, it's possible you may spot a fisher, river otter, bobcat or even a bear!

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Orr-Crane Lake Area

Minnesota, USA
Crane Lake is one of four entrances into the spectacular Voyageurs National Park and fabulous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

Arizona, USA
The Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is best known for the 300 bird species observed here. Several unusual, rare, or unique species such as the black vulture, gray hawk and green kingfisher.

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Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail (southern tip)

Minnesota, USA
The Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail consists of over 45 sites along 200 miles in northwestern Minnesota where a unique collection of habitats provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds.


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Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge

New Hampshire, USA
Moose and white-tailed deer frequent the area, and there is considerable beaver activity. The two ponds are important breeding areas for green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, American black ducks and wood ducks.

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Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Arizona, USA
Ramsey Canyon supports unique southwestern bird species, such as painted redstart, Grace's warbler, greater pewee, bridled titmouse, hepatic tanager, Arizona and acorn woodpeckers, Mexican jay, and Gould's turkey.

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Rancocas Nature Center

New Jersey, USA
Birding is best in May, but over 160 species of birds live in the area year-round. Red-tailed hawks and mammals such as white-tailed deer, red foxes, and muskrats are especially visible year-round.

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Red Rock Prairie / Jeffers Petroglyphs / Red Rock Dells

Minnesota, USA
Upland sandpipers migrate all the way from Pampas of Argentina to nest at this location. Listen to the melodic song of the western meadowlark and search out sparrows—vesper, savannah and grasshopper—in the high grass.
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Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Massachusetts, USA
The Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean at Salisbury Beach, creating a rich and dynamic environment for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, and wintering harbor seals.

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Sax - Zim Bog

Minnesota, USA
This area is best known for its northern owls, winter finches and rough-legged hawk in the winter. In the spring and summer, it is a good area to look for birds associated with open habitat.

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Scotland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

New Hampshire, USA
Moose, black bears, white-tailed deer, porcupines, and fishers live here. Snowshoe hares use the low conifers. In the spring, the woods are filled with song. Listen for thrushes, warblers, vireos, and grosbeaks.

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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Massachusetts, USA
Binoculars and camera are recommended for up-close looks and photos of humpback, right, minke, and fin whales; Atlantic white-sided dolphins; or the occasional leatherback, loggerhead, or Atlantic ridley sea turtle.

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The Wild Center

New York, USA
There are theaters with high definition films, plenty of hands-on nature, and hundreds of live animals from rare native trout, to river otters, to turtles the size of walnuts and many other often hard-to-see residents of the land waters.
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Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Area

Washington, USA
This stretch of the upper Skagit River hosts one of the largest and most visible populations of wintering bald eagles in the lower forty-eight states.

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William D. and Jane C. Blair, Jr., Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge

New Jersey, USA
Recognized as one of the East Coast's premier birding hot spots, fall migration in Cape May is spectacular. Thousands of raptors, shorebirds, songbirds, and waterfowl pass through the refuge on their way south.

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