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|Map of the United States||8|
|Map of Canada||10|
|Eastern United States||18|
|1.||Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge||20|
|2.||Hammonasset Beach State Park||23|
|3.||Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge||26|
|4.||Everglades National Park||29|
|5.||J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge||32|
|6.||Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge||35|
|7.||John James Audubon State Park||38|
|8.||Mammoth Cave National Park||41|
|9.||Acadia National Park||44|
|10.||Baxter State Park||47|
|11.||Assateague Island National Seashore||50|
|12.||Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park||53|
|13.||Parker River National Wildlife Refuge||56|
|14.||Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary||59|
|15.||Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge||62|
|16.||St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge||65|
|17.||Odiorne Point State Park||68|
|18.||Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge||71|
|20.||Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge||77|
|21.||Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge||80|
|22.||Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge||83|
|23.||Hawk Mountain Sanctuary||86|
|24.||Presque Isle State Park||89|
|25.||Block Island Conservation Properties||92|
|26.||Huntington Beach State Park||95|
|27.||Great Smoky Mountains National Park||98|
|28.||Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge||101|
|29.||Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area||104|
|30.||Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge||107|
|31.||Great Falls Park||110|
|32.||Cranesville Swamp Preserve||113|
|Central United States||116|
|33.||Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge||118|
|34.||Lake Chicot State Park||121|
|35.||Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area||124|
|36.||Illinois Beach State Park||127|
|37.||Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore||130|
|38.||Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area||133|
|39.||Riverton Wildlife Area||136|
|40.||Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area||139|
|41.||Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge||142|
|42.||Sabine National Wildlife Refuge||145|
|43.||Whitefish Point Bird Observatory||148|
|44.||Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge||151|
|45.||Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve||154|
|46.||Prairie State Park||157|
|47.||Taberville Prairie Conservation Area||160|
|48.||Crane Meadows Nature Center||163|
|49.||Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge||166|
|50.||Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge||169|
|51.||Theodore Roosevelt National Park||172|
|52.||Green Lawn Cemetery and Arboretum||175|
|53.||Magee Marsh Wildlife Area||178|
|54.||Black Mesa Preserve||181|
|55.||Little River National Wildlife Refuge||184|
|56.||Badlands National Park||186|
|57.||Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge||190|
|58.||Aransas National Wildlife Refuge||193|
|59.||Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park||196|
|60.||Horicon National Wildlife Refuge||199|
|Western United States||202|
|61.||Denali National Park and Preserve||204|
|62.||Cave Creek Canyon||207|
|64.||Point Reyes Seashore National Park||213|
|65.||Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge||216|
|66.||Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve||219|
|67.||Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge||222|
|68.||Rocky Mountain National Park||225|
|69.||Haleakala National Park||228|
|70.||Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge||231|
|71.||Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area||234|
|72.||Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge||237|
|73.||Glacier National Park||240|
|74.||Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area||243|
|75.||Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge||246|
|76.||Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge||249|
|77.||Sauvie Island Wildlife Area||252|
|78.||Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge||255|
|79.||Olympic National Park||258|
|80.||Skagit Wildlife Area||261|
|81.||Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge||264|
|82.||Yellowstone National Park||267|
|83.||Elk Island National Park||272|
|84.||Jasper National Park||275|
|85.||Mount Revelstoke National Park||278|
|86.||Pacific Rim National Park and Reserve||281|
|87.||Churchill and Vicinity||284|
|88.||Riding Mountain National Park||287|
|89.||Grand Manan Archipelago||290|
|90.||Kouchibouguac National Park||293|
|91.||Gros Morne National Park||296|
|92.||Nahanni National Park Reserve||299|
|93.||Wood Buffalo National Park||302|
|94.||Cape Breton Highlands National Park||305|
|Prince Edward Island|
|97.||Prince Edward Island National Park||314|
|98.||Forillon National Park||317|
|99.||Prince Albert National Park||320|
|100.||Kluane National Park||323|
|About the Birds||326|
The art of birdwatching provides extra incentive to visit some of the most beautiful natural areas in North America: Where the Birds Are features 100 of these biologically rich, bird-filled places. From the rainforests of Olympic National Park in Washington state to the Rio Grande river, which sets the stage for the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, this book represents an impressive parade of wetlands, deserts, forests, seacoasts, and more, all home to an equally impressive range of bird life.
Not to be missed are the airborne river of fall migrating raptors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, the confetti of spring warblers migrating through New York's Central Park, and the noisy congregation of wintering waterfowl at Florida's J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The Swan Days festival at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina and spring bird-banding days at Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario are also well worth attending.
Discovering not only where to look for birds but when, why, and for what species is an essential part of birding. Where the Birds Are also offers inside information, gathered from biologists, refuge managers, and local experts that will give a new dimension to weekend excursions, family vacations, and any type of travel. Users of this book will learn to watch for Harlequin Ducks not on rural ponds with Mallards and geese, but on the swift, mountain streams such as those found in Glacier National Park in Alaska. Likewise, they'll learn that Colorado's Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is the stage for the early dancing grounds of Sandhill Cranes.
Most birdwatchers keep a life list where they record all the species they have seen since they first began noticing birds - and write their dreams. How many new birds might I see if I visit Texas? Where can I observe Arctic Terns? Where the Birds Are not only helps answer these questions, but suggests precisely where in Texas to look for southern rarities - Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park - and where to see a variety of far-northern birds - the Churchill area in Manitoba.
Travel Gear and Safety
Birdwatchers need two basic tools to get started: high-quality binoculars and a field guide. Choose binoculars that are designed especially with birders in mind (try birdwatching stores or advertisements in birding magazines). Keep in mind that quality of optics increases dramatically with price. The oft-heard advice from seasoned birdwatchers is "Buy the most expensive birding binoculars you can afford."
Many birders buy several field guides to determine which system of bird identification works best for them. Field guides, by definition, provide illustrations, range maps, and identification information for all the birds in a given area. Some emphasize comparisons, others rely more on photographs and color keys, while still others provide more detailed written descriptions.
Most birdwatchers eventually invest in a spotting scope, which is invaluable for viewing waterfowl, shorebirds, perched birds of prey, and for up-close feather-by-feather views of cooperative birds of any species.
Other handy items include a camera with a telephoto lens; up-to-date road maps; relevant state atlases; a carrying pouch for field guides; field bird list; a notebook (worn around the waist for easy access); and a daypack for water, mosquito repellent, and extra clothes. Long-sleeved pants, shirts, hat, and hiking boots (break in the boots at home!) are also recommended.
Sprained or broken ankles and wrists are not unknown injuries among birdwatchers, who sometimes forget to watch where they walk. In addition, birders should be aware of their fitness level before undertaking strenuous hikes or any high-elevation activity. When driving pay attention to the road; pull well off to the side of the road before stopping, even if the bird of a lifetime is within viewing distance.
Birds Up Close
Unobtrusive birders who approach birding areas slowly and quietly usually find it quite easy to observe birds close-up. Patient birdwatchers (especially those dressed in earth-tones) are rewarded with intriguing natural behaviors - the sight of a Northern Harrier eating a mouse at Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in Idaho, perhaps, or a pelican catching a fish at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.
Although birds are often quite unconcerned by human presence, take care not to disturb them. Birders are getting too close if the bird looks at them and begins acting agitated. Be especially cautious around feeding, resting, and nesting birds. Never, never frighten a parent bird from the nest. When possible, use a car as a viewing blind, since birds are often undisturbed by automobiles. Be conscientious about staying on established roads, though.
To see the most birds - both in variety and number - heed the birdwatchers admonition: "The magic is over by 8 a.m." If there are no hotels within a half-hour or so of the intended birding site, consider camping. With practice a birder can learn to identify dozens of species by sound alone before even leaving the tent.
Wild Places, Wild Birds
For over 100 years - starting in 1900 with the Christmas Bird Count, an annual census conducted by volunteers - birdwatchers have been sending an urgent message: our birds are under threat. Birders have seen firsthand the effects of habitat fragmentation and degradation. They've watched favorite birding sites drained, paved, plowed, overgrazed, and chemically polluted. Often their voices were the first ones raised in protest. Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, the book that spawned the modern environmental movement, was not surprisingly a birdwatcher.
Many others eventually joined the battle to save habitat, and today conservation is a concept held dear to most residents of North America. The sites included in this book - from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on the Atlantic shore - represent hard-won battles by an array of people committed to providing places for wildlife.
The National Wildlife Federation is one of the oldest and largest of these member-supported environmental organizations, with a long-term mission to educate and inspire conservation of places like those listed in this book. Since its inception in 1936, the NWF has worked with conservation-minded people to make a place for wildlife in our modern world. From the Endangered Species Act to its own Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program, from International Migratory Bird Day to PBS's Birdwatch, National Wildlife Federation's participation in the conservation movement has made it possible for these wild places and wild birds to thrive.
How to Use this Book
Where the Birds Are is organized so that readers can easily find the best places to birdwatch in their region of choice, whether that's the Eastern, Central, or Western United States, or Canada. The states or provinces within each region are organized alphabetically, then numbered 1 through 100. The page numbers where the sites appear in the book are listed in the table of contents, pages 4-7. A map of the United States (see pp. 8-9) and one of Canada (see pp. 10-11) shows each region and displays the location of each site.
Each site is accompanied by two maps - one locates the site within North America and the other illustrates directions to the site. These are accompanied by written directions, which in most cases are for road travel from the nearest large city. Some sites can only be reached by airplane or ferry; in those cases phone numbers for service providers are listed.
Each site also includes a boxed section titled Birds to Look For, which lists 12 to 15 of the birds found at the site. The organization of these bird names follows the sequence found in the Checklist of North American Birds (7th Edition, 1998) of the American Ornithologists' Union (A.O.U.). This checklist arranges bird species according to what is understood of their natural and evolutionary relationships, and is widely followed by ornithologists and birdwatchers throughout North America.
Other practical information includes each site's hours of operation, entrance and parking fees, and special access for the disabled. Listings for campgrounds, on-site or nearby lodging, and licensed guides are also provided. Many sites are closed on national holidays, and other information can change without notice, so it's a good idea to call ahead for details before visiting any of the sites in this book.
The final section of the book, About the Birds, serves as a miniature field guide to the birds most commonly found at these 100 sites. This guide highlights birds that are widespread (such as the Canada Goose and Black-and-white Warbler ), or very rare (including the Golden Eagle and Piping Plover). About the Birds is arranged in A.O.U. order, and each entry lists the sites where the featured bird is discussed. Readers who want to add a particular species to their life list should consider starting their search for information here.
Posted May 11, 2001
Whenever I travel on business or for vacations, I try to see the local highlights that interest me. Over the years, this has helped me to enjoy many museums, concerts, gardens, golf courses, and national parks. As an early riser, I often find myself with nothing to do before 10 a.m. on business trips. I am consciously aware that very few places I visit offer good bird watching, of the sort that I know how to find near my home. This volume is a perfect addition for me. I can now plan bird watching excursions as part of these same trips. This will add enormously to the enjoyment I will gain from my travel. Can you name 100 outstanding places to watch birds north of Mexico? If you are like me, your list is pretty short. This guide now gives me places to look in every region of the United States and Canada. Each site contains a brief overview, a description of the habitat, the birds you are most likely to see (which includes some fine color photographs to help with identification), a description of the bird life in the area, suggestions for visiting, and highlights of seasonal events. In addition, you get the basics about how to get to the site (driving directions), hours, cost, whether camping is available or not, ways on get more information by telephone and on-line, and the availablility of local motels, hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns. I checked out several places where I had been before, and found the information to be accurate and appropriate. For those who want to make more detailed plans, you will probably want to do more research before you visit, using the references here. There is also a micro mini-field guide in the back for the birds you are most likely to see. But you will want to bring your own field guide, I'm sure. That's almost as important as a good set of binoculars and broken-in walking shoes. If you are new to bird watching, the introduction also contains useful information about how to prepare. Conservationists will be pleased to see that the book contains much information about how not to disturb important nesting areas. Whether or not these are the 100 best birdwatching places from your perspective, I urge you to get this book and use it to extend the range of your viewing. If you are a retired person with the health and resources to travel, this book could add a great deal of happiness to your life. After you finish reading this book, I suggest that you plan a bird-watching trip to take advantage of this information. Then, go on to think about what else you like to do which might be seen on the same trip. Do some research, and add those activities to your trip. After all, the best bird-watching is often over by 8 a.m. Enjoy the world we inhabit with our animal friends! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent SolutionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.