Wildlife Watching Tips

Red-tailed hawk / Steve Valasek ©

Follow these tips for the best wildlife watching experience during your visit.

  • Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife. 
  • 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.  
  • 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 and be 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.