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

  • 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

  • 118. Bear Run Nature Reserve, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

    Find warblers, tanagers, thrushes, grouse, and other birds within a stone’s throw of Fallingwater.
    By Jerry Uhlman | Published: 6/24/2011

  • 117. Red Rocks Park, Morrison, Colorado

    This concert venue and park in metro Denver is a great spot to find Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, American Dipper, Bullock’s Oriole, Say’s Phoebe, and Golden Eagle.
    By Doris Cruze | Published: 6/24/2011

  • 116. Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Carpinteria, California

    Shorebirds, raptors, ducks, Lesser Goldfinch, Barn Owl, and Anna’s Hummingbird are among the many great birds that rely on this coastal wetland east of Santa Barbara.
    By Chuck Graham | Published: 4/22/2011

  • 115. Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area, Farmington, Utah

    This hotspot on the Great Salt Lake attracts pelicans, cranes, and avocets in spring, gulls and terns in fall, and Tundra Swans and Bald Eagles in winter.
    By Lu Giddings | Published: 4/22/2011