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

  • 94. Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

    This popular state park west of Madison is a great spot for Yellow-breasted Chat, Bell’s Vireo, Cerulean Warbler, Whip-poor-will, Henslow’s Sparrow, and Orchard Oriole.
    By Steve Betchkal | Published: 6/25/2010

  • 93. Savannas Preserve State Park, Port Saint Lucie, Florida

    Visit this coastal state park to find Wood Storks, ibises, herons, Brown Pelicans, Florida Scrub-Jays, and Roseate Spoonbills.
    By Jamie Hansen | Published: 6/25/2010

  • 92. Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, Decatur, Georgia

    This 28-acre greenspace near the North Dekalb Mall is a great spot to prowl for warblers, grosbeaks, orioles, sparrows, wrens, and thrushes. And it’s nothing short of a “magic spot” for witnessing the American Woodcock’s annual courtship display.
    By Mark and Selena Kiser | Published: 4/23/2010

  • 91. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood, Oregon

    This refuge southwest of Portland is full of warblers, towhees, and Lazuli Bunting in spring and migrating shorebirds, including Long-billed Dowitcher, in fall.
    By Lauretta Young | Published: 4/23/2010

  • 90. Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills, California

    Zip code 90210 is home to this 605-acre natural area, where you can spot common chaparral breeders California Quail, California Thrasher, Bewick’s Wren, and Wrentit.
    By Neil Losin | Published: 4/23/2010

  • 89. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian, Maryland

    Find migrant and breeding warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and waterfowl at this 1,500-acre preserve 20 miles from Washington, D.C.
    By Warren and Lisa Strobel | Published: 4/23/2010

  • 88. Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    This natural area next to Finley Golf Course is the place to see Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Hooded and Prothonotary Warblers, and Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers.
    By Nathan Swick | Published: 2/19/2010

  • 87. Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, Nebraska

    The Omaha area's premier birding site hosts Cerulean, Mourning, and Magnolia Warblers, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Wood Thrush, Tufted Titmouse, Western Kingbird, and often tallies rarities.
    By Clem Klaphake | Published: 2/19/2010