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

  • 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

  • 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