12 great places for birding in wildlands - and more

Blackbird at Stillwater Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.

flickr, NWCouncil / Tony Grover

Protected lands provide invaluable habitat for some of nature’s most magnificent creatures.

Drilling, mining and of course logging all endanger bird habitat, so wilderness areas and wildlife refuges are crucial to the survival of some species. Some have of these wild areas even been designated Important Birding Areas - sites that provide essential habitat for one or more bird species. Others are in fact renowned for the birds that call those places home, like the California condors of Pinnacles National Park.

Late winter and spring are great birding months, so to help get you out there, we've put together a map of our some of our favorite selections for the best wildlands for birding, as well as information about bird festivals at wildlife refuges, viewings of the endangered greater sage-grouse and live online viewings of birds at wildlife refuges.


12 great wildlands for birding

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  1. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
  2. Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota
  3. Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota
  4. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio
  5. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware
  6. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
  7. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
  8. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico
  9. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah
  10. Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon
  11. Pinnacles National Park, California
  12. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Hawai’i


Bird festivals at wildlife refuges

Every year, wildlife refuges host events to educate visitors about their special lands and the unique creatures that call these places home. Check out one of their bird festivals this spring or later this year:


Live online viewings at wildlife refuges

If winter is keeping you indoors, you can still get a glimpse of spring just ahead by observing these birds from your desk. May they inspire you to get outdoors as soon as the chill disappears!


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