Wildlife Watching Tips


Follow these tips for the best wildlife watching experience during your visit.

  • Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife on the refuge. Generally, little is moving on hot, steamy afternoons.
  • 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 see. 
  • Teach children quiet observation. Other wildlife watchers will appreciate your consideration.
  • Look for animal signs. Tracks, scat, feathers and nest left behind often tell interesting stories.
  • Observe from the sidelines. Leave “abandoned” young animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave. Never offer snacks; your lunch could disrupt wild digestive systems.