From birding to viewing speedy pronghorn, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors. From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds.
Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.
Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list. Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes. Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System. We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike.
Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of habitats. The open-water wetlands, upland brush and grasslands, and alkali flats provide excellent opportunities to view and photograph waterfowl, other water birds, pronghorn, white-tailed prairie dogs, coyotes and many other species of wildlife.