Wildlife Watching Tips

Racoon / Karen Pruitt ©

Follow these tips to improve you wildlife watching experience.

  • Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to see wildlife on the refuge. 
  • 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.  
  • Do not offer food to wildlife. Your lunch could disrupt wild digestive systems and create future problems for the animals.  
  • 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 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 nests left behind often tell interesting stories.