National Wildlife Refuge System

Refuges Poll High for Birding

Fly-ins and fly-outs of thousands of birds help make Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM, a favorite place for birding.
Credit: Courtesy of John Fowler

The voters have spoken: National wildlife refuges are hard to beat for birding.


Five national wildlife refuges earned places on a “10 best” list for bird-watching in Readers Choice awards announced Wednesday by USA Today.


The five are:

Two other refuges – while not named per se – are in areas that earned top marks for birding:

Bosque del Apache Refuge – a Top Five winner – is well known for its winter fly-outs and fly-ins of thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes. Aransas Refuge, another Top Fiver, is a winter home of the country’s last remaining wholly wild flock of whooping cranes.

More about the awards here:


Last updated: November 13, 2014