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Tips for viewing wildlife

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We are viewing wildlife when we see squirrels, rabbits, and various birds in our back yards and gardens.

These tips for viewing wildlife are meant to help see other wild animals – without going to the zoo – that do not normally hang out in our backyards.

Larger national and state parks can be some of the best areas to see wildlife.
Larger national and state parks can be some of the
best areas to see wildlife.

  • Be still, be silent, and be patient. Once you are in an area that wildlife are likely to frequent, wait at least 15 minutes or a half an hour before trying another spot. Look around carefully. Watch for any small movement, and listen for any small sound.
  • Don’t wear perfume or cologne. If humans can smell it, you can be sure wildlife can. Besides, sometimes fragrances are likely to attract wildlife that you don’t want to see, such as mosquitoes.
  • Get up high. If you are on a large rock, in a tree, or even on a stump, not only can you usually see better, your scent will tend to waft higher and away from wildlife’s noses.
  • Bring binoculars, a camera, and insect repellent.
  • Canoe slowly and quietly down a river or along the edge of small lakes.
  • Most wild animals are more likely to be moving about in early morning or in the evening.
  • Wildlife tend to be less fearful of humans while we are in motor vehicles. Cruise slowly along forest roads. Scan open fields and hillsides.
  • Don’t forget to look up. Hawks, eagles, ducks, geese, etc. may be in the sky. Various mammals, such as martens, porcupines, and raccoons, may be in trees.
  • Larger national and state parks can be some of the best areas to see wildlife.
  • Visit a federal, state, county, or municipal game refuge or preserve. These areas were set aside specifically to enhance wildlife populations.
  • Private game farms are in the business of making sure wild animals are around. Expect to pay a fee, but also expect to be guaranteed to see certain wildlife species.
  • Hire a small plane or helicopter to take you over more remote areas that have wildlife.
  • Don’t get closer to wildlife than is safe. Do your research and remember that some wild animals can be very dangerous.