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

  • 182. Alley Pond Park, Queens, New York

    This city park attracts lots of warblers, vireos, orioles, thrushes, and other songbirds in spring, rarities in fall, and waterfowl in winter.
    By David Speiser | Published: 2/14/2014

  • 181. Luther Marsh WMA, Grand Valley, Ontario

    A large marsh northwest of Toronto where you can find waterfowl, songbirds, bitterns, cranes, terns, and more.
    By Van Waffle | Published: 2/14/2014

  • 180. The Presidio, San Francisco, California

    This former army base, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is a great place to look for songbirds, hummingbirds, shorebirds, and herons.
    By Audrey Medina | Published: 12/17/2013

  • 179. Black Butte Ranch, Sisters, Oregon

    A private resort in Deschutes National Forest where visiting birders can look for ducks, shorebirds, tanagers, chickadees, and 11 species of woodpecker.
    By Lauretta Young | Published: 12/17/2013

  • 178. Mercer Meadows, Lawrence Township, New Jersey

    A 1,600-acre park north of Trenton where you can find raptors and owls in winter and songbirds and other migrants in spring and fall.
    By William Jobes | Published: 12/17/2013

  • 177. Provo Airport Dike, Provo, Utah

    This earthen berm that winds around the Provo airport is a great place to find waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and passerines.
    By Keeli Marvel | Published: 12/17/2013

  • 176. Grant Park, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    This county park on the shores of Lake Michigan just south of Milwaukee is where to see waterfowl, woodpeckers, and unpredictable, beautiful winter finches.
    By Betsy Abert | Published: 10/16/2013

  • 175. Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta, California

    A reserve halfway between L.A. and San Diego where you can see California specialties, wintering Lewis's Woodpeckers, and migrant warblers in spring.
    By Charity Hagen | Published: 10/16/2013