Yellow Crab Spider

Wildlife Photography Tips

Be patient. Great wildlife shots take time. Find a place to sit and wait and the wildlife may come to you.

Do some research. If you understand the animal, plant or object you are trying to photograph it will be easier to find and photograph without disturbing its natural behavior.

Be sure to give wildlife space. Approaching an animal to closely may stress or threaten them. If you notice the animal becoming uncomfortable back away. Do not put yourself between a parent and its young and don’t encroach on nests or dens.

Don’t harass, make noises, or pursue an animal. This wastes its energy and interrupts its resting and feeding behaviors. 

Don’t feed or bait wildlife. When animals become habituated they lose their fear of humans which can result in injury to people or the animal having to be put down.

Don’t remove anything from the refuge. You may think that rock or flower is beautiful but leave it where you find it so someone else can enjoy it too. It is against the law to remove natural items from the refuge.

Leave no trace. If you bring something into the woods take it out with you as well.


Facts About Photography

 The network of roads, trails and dikes on the refuge affords photographers of all skill levels excellent opportunities to photograph wildlife.

The refuge observation tower provides a beautiful and vast view over the impoundments, marshes and islands.

Large parts of the refuge can only be reached by water and a slow canoe ride can be the most enjoyable way of observing many plants and animals.