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

  • 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

  • 130. Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing, New York

    These gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and a meadow in New York City attract warblers, hawks, woodpeckers, sparrows, mockingbirds, and other winged visitors.
    By Shari Romar | Published: 12/22/2011

  • 129. Pipeline Rapids, Richmond, Virginia

    In Downtown Richmond, walk along a catwalk atop a water pipe to see one of the only urban Great Blue Heron rookeries in the country.
    By Cheryl Lyn Dybas | Published: 12/22/2011

  • 128. Rockport Headlands, Cape Ann, Massachusetts

    In late fall and winter, look for Harlequin Duck, King Eider, Pacific Loon, Northern Gannet, and other seabirds at the northern tip of the Cape Ann peninsula, 50 miles northeast of Boston.
    By John Nelson | Published: 10/21/2011

  • 127. Nestucca Bay NWR, Pacific City, Oregon

    Visit this coastal refuge west of Salem from fall through spring to find Dusky, Lesser, and Western Canada Goose and Aleutian, Taverner's, and Semidi Islands Cackling Goose, as well as shorebirds and raptors.
    By Marcie J. Bushnell | Published: 10/21/2011