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Wildlife Viewing Tips

birdwatchers 512x219The patient observer will be rewarded with many opportunities to view wildlife at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  Every season brings a new wealth of discoveries.  We'd like to share with you our best advice for successful wildlife observation as well as some helpful resources, like our Bird List.

When 
Early morning, late afternoon, and when the weather clears after a storm are good times to observe wildlife. Spring bird migration usually goes from mid-March through mid-May, and fall migration from September through December. The Refuge is open daily during daylight hours. 
 
Where 
Be sure to look in a variety of habitats, along the "edges" between habitats, and remember to look high and low as well as at eye level. 
 
How 
You will see more animals if you are QUIET. Be sure to listen for animal calls or songs, or try sitting down along the trail and waiting. 
 
What to Bring 
Binoculars or spotting scopes are helpful for observing wildlife, and a good field guide will help you identify what you see. If you a birder, be sure to bring a copy of our bird list. Discovery Packs, which include activities for children in grade levels 3 through 6, and binoculars are available for check-out from the Visitor Center with a valid photo ID. You are always welcome to bring your camera and a lunch to eat along the trail. Don't forget your raincoat. 
Page Photo Credits — birdwatchers by Michael Schramm (USFWS)
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2012
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