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

  • 138. Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area, Guadalupe, California

    The most intact coastal dune ecosystem on the West Coast. It's where to find Least Tern, Osprey, pelicans, and many more species.
    By Chuck Graham | Published: 4/20/2012

  • 137. Peninsula Point, Delta County, Michigan

    Located within Hiawatha National Forest, the "High Island of Michigan" is an important migration stopover for birds traveling up the Lake Michigan shore.
    By Demetri Lafkas | Published: 4/20/2012

  • 136. Garden Canyon, Fort Huachuca, Arizona

    You can find sought-after species such as Elegant Trogon, Spotted Owl, and Montezuma Quail, and migrating tanagers, warblers, and grosbeaks along this gorge on the Fort Huachuca Army Base.
    By Jerry Uhlman | Published: 2/24/2012

  • 135. Barataria Preserve, Marrero, Louisiana

    It's easy to see Prothonotary Warbler and other spring migrants at this unit of Jean Lafitte National Historic Park just south of New Orleans.
    By Wendy Rihner | Published: 2/24/2012

  • 134. Francis Marion National Forest, Charleston, South Carolina

    Visit this vast forest north of Charleston to see the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, as well as Brown-headed Nuthatch, warblers, owls, flycathcers, and kites.
    By David Speiser | Published: 2/24/2012

  • 133. Matheson Hammock Park, South Miami, Florida

    This park is a great spot to look for Red-masked Parakeet, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, and other exotic bird species from around the world, as well as White-crowned Pigeon, a South Florida specialty.
    By Neil Losin | Published: 2/24/2012

  • 132. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Delta, British Columbia

    Visit Reifel, one of Canada's top birding areas, for the spectacle of tens of thousands of waterfowl, as well as views of raptors, shorebirds, owls, and cranes.
    By Anne Murray | Published: 12/22/2011

  • 131. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, Alabama

    The 67.5-acre botanical gardens is a reliable place for Brown-headed Nuthatch from fall through spring, Pine Warbler in late winter, and colorful migrant songbirds in spring and fall.
    By Greg Harber | Published: 12/22/2011