Great new places to find birds in Utah, New Jersey, Oregon, and California

12/26/2013 | 0

Provo Airport Dike, Hotspots Near You No. 177, courtesy of Utah Lake Commission.

Provo Airport Dike, Hotspots Near You No. 177, courtesy of Utah Lake Commission.

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.

Hotspots Near You No. 177
Provo Airport Dike, Provo, Utah
View an eBird list of birds recorded at Provo Dike.

Hotspots Near You No. 178
Mercer Meadows, Lawrence Township, New Jersey
View an eBird list of birds recorded at the Pole Farm.
Read about other hotspots in New Jersey.

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.

Hotspots Near You No. 179
Black Butte Ranch, Sisters, Oregon
View an eBird list of birds recorded at Black Butte Ranch.
Read about other hotspots in Oregon.

Hotspots Near You No. 180
The Presidio, San Francisco, California
View an eBird list of birds recorded at the Presidio.
Read about other hotspots in California.

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.

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