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

  • 106. Ridgefield NWR, Ridgefield, Washington

    This large refuge in southwestern Washington is where to see thousands of geese, ducks, and swans in winter, shorebirds in spring and fall, as well as warblers, chickadees, nuthatches, and scrub-jays.
    By Eric Anderson | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 105. Odiorne Point State Park, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    An oceanfront park that is great for loons, eiders, and Snow Bunting in winter, plus migrating warblers, sparrows, and raptors in spring.
    By Pam Hunt | Published: 12/22/2010

  • 104. Snowy Owl Fields, Wheatland County, Alberta

    In winter, 10 or more Snowy Owls often inhabit this area of about 40 square miles of fields east of Calgary. Also watch for Gyrfalcons, Snow Buntings, and Short-eared Owls.
    By Rob McKay | Published: 10/22/2010

  • 103. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, Las Cruces, New Mexico

    Visit this park on the banks of the Rio Grande for thrashers, sparrows, meadowlarks, owls, Greater Roadrunner, and other great birds.
    By Matthew Brooks | Published: 10/22/2010

  • 102. Lucky Hammock, Florida City, Florida

    This small hotspot outside Everglades National Park is a great spot to find White-crowned Pigeon, Wood Stork, and Swallow-tailed Kite.
    By Angel Abreu | Published: 10/22/2010

  • 101. Muscatatuck NWR, Seymour, Indiana

    This Important Bird Area in southern Indiana is where to go to find Wood Duck, Tundra Swan, Red-headed Woodpecker, Barred Owl, Prothonotary Warbler, and the occasional Whooping Crane.
    By Marcia Walker | Published: 10/22/2010

  • 100. Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis, Texas

    This 2,700-acre park in west Texas, on the road to Big Bend National Park, is home to Montezuma Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, White-throated Swift, Mountain Chickadee, Black-chinned Hummingbird, and other great birds.
    By Gary Clark | Published: 8/20/2010

  • 99. Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon

    Migrant shorebirds, wintering waterfowl in the thousands, and a resident pair of Bald Eagles make great reasons to visit this hotspot west of Portland.
    By Lauretta Young | Published: 8/20/2010