Hotspots Near You

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Each of the blue placemarks on the map above points to one of our Hotspots Near You. Click on the map to open it in a new window. You can zoom in to your area using the + symbol in the upper left, and you can move the map by grabbing it with your cursor. Click on any placemark, and you’ll see a brief description of the site and its birds as well as a link to read more.

About “Hotspots Near You”

We’ve published Hotspots Near You since October 2006. In it, we provide up-to-date information from local birders about easily accessible places to watch birds. We offer maps, directions, bird lists, links, contact information, and detailed descriptions of hotspots that are great for birding close to home.

List of All Hotspots

  • 108. Potter Marsh, Anchorage, Alaska

    Arctic Tern, Rusty Blackbird, shorebirds, warblers, ducks, and sparrows are among the great birds you can see at this popular birding destination 10 miles from downtown Anchorage.
    By Mr. Whitekeys | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 107. East 72nd St. Fishing Area, Cleveland, Ohio

    In winter, look for gulls, ducks, mergansers, and other waterfowl at this Lake Erie hotspot.
    By Jim McCormac | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 106. Ridgefield NWR, Ridgefield, Washington

    This large refuge in southwestern Washington is where to see thousands of geese, ducks, and swans in winter, shorebirds in spring and fall, as well as warblers, chickadees, nuthatches, and scrub-jays.
    By Eric Anderson | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 105. Odiorne Point State Park, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    An oceanfront park that is great for loons, eiders, and Snow Bunting in winter, plus migrating warblers, sparrows, and raptors in spring.
    By Pam Hunt | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 104. Snowy Owl Fields, Wheatland County, Alberta

    In winter, 10 or more Snowy Owls often inhabit this area of about 40 square miles of fields east of Calgary. Also watch for Gyrfalcons, Snow Buntings, and Short-eared Owls.
    By Rob McKay | Published: 10/22/2010

  • 103. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Visit this park on the banks of the Rio Grande for thrashers, sparrows, meadowlarks, owls, Greater Roadrunner, and other great birds.
    By Matthew Brooks | Published: 10/22/2010

  • 102. Lucky Hammock, Florida City, Florida

    This small hotspot outside Everglades National Park is a great spot to find White-crowned Pigeon, Wood Stork, and Swallow-tailed Kite.
    By Angel Abreu | Published: 10/22/2010

  • 101. Muscatatuck NWR, Seymour, Indiana

    This Important Bird Area in southern Indiana is where to go to find Wood Duck, Tundra Swan, Red-headed Woodpecker, Barred Owl, Prothonotary Warbler, and the occasional Whooping Crane.
    By Marcia Walker | Published: 10/22/2010