Wildlife Viewing Tips
- Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife. In warmer climates, little is moving
on hot summer afternoons or on windy days.
- Observe from the sidelines. Leave "abandoned" young animals alone. A parent is
probably close by waiting for you to leave. Don't offer snacks; your lunch could disrupt
wild digestive systems.
- 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. Walk quietly in
designated areas, being aware of sounds and smells. Often you will hear more than you will
- Teach children quiet observation. Other wildlife watchers will appreciate your
- Look for animal signs. Tracks, scat, feathers and nests left behind often tell
August 10, 2010