Four birding hotspots in California, Texas, and Puerto Rico

10/31/2016 | 0

El Yunque National Forest is one of four featured birding hotspots.

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico, Hotspot Near You No. 247, by Dennis van de Water/Shutterstock.

For the first time in the 10-year history of Hotspots Near You, we take a jaunt to the beautiful Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, where we’re featuring one of the oldest nature reserves in the Western Hemisphere.

In the 1870s, the king of Spain set aside much of the land that today makes up El Yunque National Forest, pictured above. It covers 28,000 acres of tropical rain forest on the eastern side of the island, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico. Each year, more than 200 inches of rain falls, creating a lush jungle and a truly great hotspot. No fewer than 15 of the island’s 17 endemic bird species, including threatened Elfin-woods Warbler, can be found at El Yunque. — Matt Mendenhall

Four birding hotspots:

See maps and get driving directions and tips for El Yunque and the three mainland hotspots featured in our December 2016 issue:

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, Dorris, California

Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Quintana, Texas

El Yunque National Forest Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California

Reminder: Every hotspot description we’ve ever published in Hotspots Near You — all 248 of them — are available on our website. You can search for them by state or province.

Read about more hotspots in California.

Find hotspots in Texas.

Fewer migrants are overwintering on Puerto Rico, puzzling researchers (June 16, 2016).

Read more about El Yunque National Forest.


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