Tips for viewing wildlife
- Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife.
In warmer climates, little is moving on hot summer afternoons
or windy days.
- Observe from the sidelines. Leave "abandoned" young
animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you
- Don’t offer snacks; your lunch could disrupt wild
- Cars make good observation blinds. Drive slowly,
stopping to scan places wildlife might hide. Use binoculars or
a long lens for a closer look.
- Try sitting quietly in one good location. Let
wildlife get used to your presence. Many animals that have hidden
will reappear once they think you are gone. Often you will hear
more than you will see.
- Teach children quiet observation. Other wildlife
watchers will appreciate your consideration.
- Look for animal signs. Tracks, scat, feathers,
and nests left behind often tell interesting stories.
November 21, 2008