Many great birding locations get their start in surprising ways. We just published four sites that prove the point.
The first, the dike around the airport in Provo, Utah (pictured above), was meant to keep Utah Lake from flooding the runways. Much of the second, Mercer Meadows in New Jersey, was covered for decades with thousands of telephone poles that once enabled trans-Atlantic conversation.
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Provo Airport Dike, Provo, Utah
View an eBird list of birds recorded at Provo Dike.
The third, the vacation and golf resort in central Oregon known as Black Butte Ranch, started out as a cattle operation. And the fourth, San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, was a U.S. Army base for nearly 150 years before becoming a national park in the 1990s.
All four are special places to find birds today. Please leave a comment if you’ve visited one of them. We’re curious about what birds you saw and how you liked the experience. – Chuck Hagner, Editor
Hotspots Near You
We publish up-to-date information about four easily accessible places to watch birds in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. For each hotspot, we offer a map, driving directions, a bird list, links, contact information, and a detailed description written by a local birder who knows the place well and birds it often. A version of the article above appeared in our February 2014 issue.