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

  • 126. Middle Creek WMA, Kleinfeltersville, Pennsylvania

    A Globally Significant Important Bird Area in southern Pennsylvania where thousands of migrating Snow Geese and Tundra Swans take respite on their northbound journeys from January through early April.
    By William Jobes | Published: 10/21/2011

  • 125. Merced NWR, Merced, California

    The best and most accessible wildlife refuge for finding birds in California's Central Valley. Go for the tens of thousands of Snow and Ross's Geese and Sandhill Cranes, as well as shorebirds, raptors, owls, shrikes, bluebirds, and more.
    By Larry Parmeter | Published: 10/21/2011

  • 124. Eagle Point Community Park, Harrison Mills, British Columbia

    Visit this park overlooking the Chehalis River Estuary to see migrating songbirds, shorebirds, and geese in fall and breathtaking numbers of Bald Eagles in winter.
    By Gord Gadsden and Kathy Stewart | Published: 8/26/2011

  • 123. Soda Lake, Bakersfield, California

    This ephemeral alkali lake within Carrizo Plain National Monument is superb for Long-billed Curlew, American Avocet, and Loggerhead Shrike, and critical foraging habitat for California Condor.
    By Chuck Graham | Published: 8/26/2011

  • 122. Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles, Virginia

    This park on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a great place to watch migrating Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, American Kestrel, warblers, thrushes, herons, and shorebirds.
    By Robert Klages | Published: 8/26/2011

  • 121. Wisconsin Point, Superior, Wisconsin

    This 2.5-mile-long peninsula at the western tip of Lake Superior is where to go in fall to see Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, as well as longspurs, pipits, and Arctic Tern.
    By Steve Betchkal | Published: 8/26/2011

  • 120. William L. Finley NWR, Corvallis, Oregon

    This large waterfowl haven located between Corvallis and Eugene is an overwintering site for the Dusky Canada Goose, and it’s a great spot to see California Quail, Western Meadowlark, Lazuli Bunting, and other birds.
    By Rhonda Ostertag | Published: 6/24/2011

  • 119. Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, New Mexico

    The canyons and plateaus of this National Park Service-operated property north of Santa Fe are where to go for Grace’s and Virginia’s Warblers, Spotted Owl, Zone-tailed Hawk, and Hepatic Tanager.
    By Steve Betchkal | Published: 6/24/2011