Great Places for Winter Birding
Birds and waterfowl offer natural spectacles during winter months on national wildlife refuges.
Waterfowl migration peaks in November at Bombay Hook and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuges, DE, while great flocks of tundra swans, Canada geese and snow geese find their way to Chincoteague and Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuges, VA.
Tens of thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese arrive at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM, even as snow geese and tundra swans are migrating through Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, SD.
Other refuges featuring great numbers of birds and waterfowl:
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, AL – sandhill cranes, waterfowl, migratory songbirds
Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, CA/OR – migrating waterfowl and songbirds
Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, CA – terns, vireos, pelicans
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, IA – 500,000 snow geese, 75,000 ducks
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, MO – snow geese, migratory waterfowl
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, NC - Waterfowl such as pintails widgeon, teal, a variety of ducks, snow geese
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, WA – wigeons, mallards, teals, other ducks
Find birding trails close to your home or travel destination here.
Photo: It is possible to see migrating waterfowl like this Northern pintail along trails at Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex,CA/OR..