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Information iconA black bear triggers a “wildlife selfie” on a webcam at Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. (Photo: USFWS)

You can’t just drop in on all the wild animals you’d like to see. Some animals are secretive or unfriendly or live in remote, inhospitable areas. For some species, ill-timed human visits can disrupt feeding, breeding or nesting. But webcams help bridge that distance. Animals trigger candid snaps and videos when they approach remote-action trail cameras. The resulting images don’t just entertain; they also inform science and management actions at national wildlife refuges.

Trail cameras offer another advantage: They often let you see animals at closer range than would otherwise be possible. You can even attend a virtual bird festival (see below).


Refuge Bird Cams

Most web cameras operate only seasonally and weather-permitting.

Eagle cam, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD

Osprey cam, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD

Puffin cam at Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, ME

Condor cam, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, CA

Seabirds, Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, CA

Osprey cam, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ

Eagle cam, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OK

Eagle cam, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, IL

Osprey cam, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, NY


Attend a Virtual Bird Fest

The Arctic may be about as remote a place as you can get. But the cold and barren region is an important nursery for many bird species. To help bridge the miles and show people some of the birds that depend on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and why, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched the annual Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest in 2018. 

The event is a social media-based festival that connects Americans with the refuge through its charismatic ambassadors – the birds that migrate there each summer from backyards all over the world. #arcticbirdfest How the Virtual Fest Was Hatched
2019 festival video


Information iconGeese fly over Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a nursery for many bird species. (Photo: Katrina Liebich/USFWS)