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Wildlife Watching Tips

Redhead Duck / Joe Anderson ©Follow the tips below for the best wildlife watching experience on the refuge, or wherever you may be.

  • Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife. 
  • In warmer seasons, 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 or lead to the animal's premature death.  
  • For a closer look, bring binoculars. 
  • 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, 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 nests left behind often tell interesting stories. 
Page Photo Credits — Redhead Duck / Joe Anderson ©
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2014
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