Hotspots Near You

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How to find a hotspot

Each of the blue placemarks on the map above points to one of our Hotspots Near You, and each red placemark points to a hotspot we’ve described in a feature story. You can zoom in to your area using the + symbol in the lower right, 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

  • 88. Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    This natural area next to Finley Golf Course is the place to see Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Hooded and Prothonotary Warblers, and Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers.
    By Nathan Swick | Published: 2/19/2010

  • 87. Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska

    The Omaha area's premier birding site hosts Cerulean, Mourning, and Magnolia Warblers, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Wood Thrush, Tufted Titmouse, Western Kingbird, and often tallies rarities.
    By Clem Klaphake | Published: 2/19/2010

  • 86. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Sherman, Texas

    Along the shores of Lake Texoma, this refuge 75 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth provides nesting, stopover, and wintering habitat for more than 290 bird species, including warblers, vireos, shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors.
    By Gail Morris | Published: 2/19/2010

  • 85. Goldstream Provincial Park, Victoria, British Columbia

    Bald Eagles, gulls, and mergansers feast on salmon in fall and winter at this beautiful park west of Victoria, which is also home to American Dippers, Winter Wrens, Steller's Jays, Townsend's Warblers, and Red-breasted Sapsuckers.
    By Glenn Bartley | Published: 2/19/2010

  • 84. Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

    This lake near the Atlantic Ocean is an important bathing and resting area for hundreds of gulls that draw casual birdwatchers and experienced gull watchers alike, and it's a great spot for waterfowl, winter finches, chickadees, and Bohemian Waxwing.
    By Anne Hughes | Published: 12/28/2009

  • 83. Panoche Valley, San Benito County, California

    Bird Panoche Valley Road south of Hollister in search of Golden Eagle, Yellow-billed Magpie, California Thrasher, Phainopepla, Greater Roadrunner, and Long-eared Owl.
    By Carolyn Longstreth | Published: 12/28/2009

  • 82. Richard W. DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, New Jersey

    Go to the heart of the restored New Jersey Meadowlands for raptors and Snowy Owls in winter, migratory birds in spring and fall, and Black Skimmers, egrets, and Orchard Orioles in summer.
    By Adam Marcus | Published: 12/28/2009

  • 81. Fort Pierre National Grassland, Fort Pierre, South Dakota

    This huge national grassland south of Pierre is one of the best places in the lower 48 states to look for Gyrfalcons in winter. Other prime attractions include Snowy Owl, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Ferruginous Hawk, and nesting Burrowing Owls.
    By Doug Backlund | Published: 12/28/2009