Globally Important Bird Areas in the U.S.

No.State/ProvinceTrail NameDescription
1AlabamaAlabama Birding Trails SystemThe statewide Alabama Birding Trails system offers public access to great birding opportunities along a chain of eight geographic regions known as the following: North Alabama, West Alabama, Appalachian Highlands, Piedmont Plateau, Black Belt Nature and Heritage, Pineywoods, Wiregrass, and Alabama Coastal Birding Trails.
2AlabamaAlabama Coastal Birding TrailThis trail, a series of six loops through two counties, cover a variety of habitats, from the beach and sea-oat habitat of Gulf State Park near Perdido Bay to the maritime pine forest of the Dauphin Island, a hotspot during spring migration, and Fort Morgan, a birding paradise in spring for Neotropical songbirds and in fall for migrating hawks. Loops are close enough that you can easily drive from one to another. Take your time and do a different loop each morning or tackle three in a day. In between each are plenty of places to eat, sightsee and soak in the local flavor. Loops include: Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Loop, Fort Morgan Loop, South Baldwin County Loop, Eastern Shore, Mobile Bay Causeway and Blakeley Island Loop, East Mobile River - Tensaw Delta Loop, and Dauphin Island - Bayou La Batre Loop
3AlabamaNorth Alabama Birding TrailThe North Alabama Birding Trail is comprised of 50 sites throughout north Alabama. While all of the sites can be accessed from a vehicle, many of the sites also have traditional walking trails associated with them; and a few sites contain extensive areas that are best explored by boat or canoe. The trail traverses a variety of habitat types including wetlands, grasslands, rivers, and a variety of forest types and ages. A 32-page Visitor Guide is available.
4AlabamaPiedmont Plateau Birding TrailThe Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail in East Central Alabama, which runs along the edges of the black belt to the Southern Appalachians, offers over 3.6 million acres to explore. Alabama is blessed with tremendous natural diversity that spans terrestrial habitats from the gulf beaches to the lower Appalachian Mountains. The Trail encompasses acres of pristine forests, creeks, streams, rivers, lakes, granite formations and meteor-impact locations. Although described as a plateau, the relatively flat nature of AlabamaÕs Piedmont Physiographic Region is only obvious in its southern region. The northern part contains many of the highest peaks in the state, including Mt. Cheaha, the state's highest point at 2,407 feet, and numerous northeast-trending steep-sided ridges.
5AlaskaAlaska Coastal Wildlife Viewing TrailInside Passage Segment of the Alaska Coastal Wildlife Viewing Trail highlights approximately 75 wildlife viewing sites in and near the communities of Gustavus, Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Prince of Wales Island, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell. Look for birds and wildlife including whales and bear. Eagles, terns, gulls, sandpipers, and ptarmigans.
6AlaskaKenai Peninsula Wildlife Viewing TrailThe Kenai Peninsula has a wide array of easily accessible seashores, rivers, creeks, lakes, marshes and alpine country which make for some truly exceptional birding. We are accessible by road (private and group charters readily available for more remote destinations), have all the modern amenities, yet can offer birding in a truly beautiful wilderness setting. There are 469 species of birds documented in Alaska, plus more than 30 other species reported but not verified, and most can be found right here.
7ArizonaSoutheast Arizona Birding TrailThis trail covers 50 of the best birding sites in six southeastern Arizona counties. The birding can be excellent at any time of year, but summer is the most fruitful season, with highlights including Elegant Trogons, Painted Redstarts, and up to ten species of hummingbirds.
8ArizonaVerde Valley Birding TrailThe Verde Valley Birding Trail is a series of 17 stops in central Arizona and the center of the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival.
9British ColumbiaInternational Selkirk LoopThe International Selkirk Loop is a 450 km/280-mile National Scenic Byway and All-American Road that encircles the Selkirk Mountains, a frontal range of the Rocky Mountains in northeast Washington, northern Idaho, and southeast British Columbia. The loop lies within the Pacific Flyway and follows river and lake valleys through snow-capped mountain peaks; it hosts 40 premier birding sites along its route, including three national refuges. More than 250 species of birds can be spotted along the loop.
10CaliforniaBasin & Range Birding TrailModoc County, located in the far northeastern corner of California, offers abundant marshes, forests, grasslands, lakes and mountains that provide habitat for a wide range of birds and wildlife. The Central Modoc River Center, located at 600 South Main Street in Alturas, offers educational information about the natural resources of the Pit River Watershed. It makes a good first stop for birders arriving in Modoc County. Maps and birding kits are available for checking out from the River Center. The Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, the first site on the Basin & Range Birding Trail (B&RBT) lies mostly to the south of Alturas and covers thousands of acres of hunting, fishing and bird watching grounds. A visitor center on the refuge offers information about Sandhill Cranes and other birds at the refuge. From there, exploring the high desert and forests provides many diverse bird watching opportunities.
11CaliforniaCalifornia Redwoods Birding TrailThe rugged natural beauty of the California Redwoods Birding Trail is unrivaled. Del Norte County is a place where ancient redwoods thrive, rivers run free, wild salmon still spawn, and rare bird, plant, and fish species rebound rather than disappear. This tiny county on the redwood northwest corner of California has recorded more than 420 species of birds. The county contains over fifty miles of pristine coastline and tens of thousands of acres of public lands. Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge protects the second largest seabird colony in the state. The Lake Earl Coastal Lagoon is the West CoastÕs largest estuarine lagoon outside of Alaska and it provides a major migratory stopover during peak times along the Pacific Flyway. Redwood National and State Parks protects some of the worldÕs tallest trees and includes 75-miles of trails for exploration. The Smith River National Recreation Area offers world-class recreation and showcases the Smith River, the nationÕs longest wild and scenic river. The adjacent Six Rivers National Forest contains unmatched geologic complexity and an immense plant diversity of global significance as well as the rugged and pristine Siskiyou Wilderness. The Klamath River borders the southern entrance to the county and is renown, along with the Smith River, for its world-class steelhead and salmon fishing.
12CaliforniaCentral Coast Birding TrailThe California coastal region provides superb birding in all seasons. Numerous productive sites are found along routes in four counties: Monterrey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Specialties, from coast to mountains, include Black Oystercatcher, Heerman's Gull, Elegant Tern, Nuttall's Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Magpie, Chestnut-backed Chickadee., and California Thrasher.
13CaliforniaEastern Sierra Birding TrailSituated at the edge of two vast, geographic provincesÑthe Great Basin, and the Sierra NevadaÑthe Eastern Sierra offers dramatic beauty and great birding. The Eastern Sierra Birding Trail traverses a 200-mile stretch of this scenic landscape and includes a surprising variety of habitats and birding opportunities. Gray-crowned Rosy Finches glean insects from granite heights, American Dippers bob along roaring mountain streams, Golden Eagles ply the thermals, Pi–on Jays roam scrubby woodland in search of pine nuts, Warbling Vireos establish summer quarters in stately cottonwoods, Sage Thrasherscall from tufa tower perches, and thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl descend on basin lakes, pausing to refuel during their annual migratory odyssey. Inyo and Mono counties are blessed with an abundance of public land, most of which offers excellent birding.
14CaribbeanCaribbean Birding TrailWhen complete, the Caribbean Birding Trail will stretch over 2000 kms from the Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago. The trail will include a tremendous diversity of countries, cultures, and birds. Countless islands speckle the waters along the trail, and each one supports an important and unique avifauna.
15ColoradoColorado Birding TrailExplore ColoradoÕs incredible diversity of wildlife and the habitats they depend on in an unbelievably spectacular setting. From the dry grasslands of the short-grass prairie to the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado has more than 400 species of birds to seek. The Colorado Birding Trail links 219 outdoor recreation sites, both public and private, into a network of loops where visitors can observe birds and other wildlife, often in addition to archaeological and paleontological treasures. The Trail covers 3 regions: Eastern Plains, Mountains, and Western Colorado. Currently, 29 trails linking 219 sites allow users to explore the state.
16ColoradoPikes Peak Birding TrailPike's Peak, which is visible from almost as far away as Kansas, is quintessential Colorado. Tthe Pike's Peak Birding Trail includes much more than the chance to admire and approach the summit of "America's Peak." It also features one of the most scenic canyon drives in the state, as well as Colorado's premier migrant trap, a little-visited national monument with an amazing collection of fossils, the internationally renowned Garden of the Gods, and even one of the best reservoirs on the Front Range. Birders will find numerous species such as Flammulated Owls at the Experimental Forest, Mountain Plovers on the high plains ranches, wintering waterbirds on Big Johnson Reservoir, and more.
17DELAWAREDelaware Birding Trail The Delaware Birding Trail consists of 27 of the best birding sites around the state, which is divided into 6 birding regions. Beginning in the northwest corner and proceeding clockwise, they are Piedmont Hills & Valleys, Delaware River Coast, Delaware Bay Coast, Ocean Beaches & Inland Bays, Cypress & Pine, and Forest & Farmland. Parts of the Delaware shoreline are known as the Shorebird Capital of the world; hundreds of thousands of migratory shorebirds convene here in spring and fall. Fall and winter bring hawk migration along with thousands of waterfowl and the Snow Goose spectacle, and spring and summer begin with colorful migrant songbirds and end with the breeding season.
18FloridaGreat Florida Birding TrailsThe Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At its core is a network of 514 sites throughout Florida selected for their excellent birdwatching, wildlife viewing or educational opportunities. This 2,000-mile, self-guided highway trail encompasses 445 sites over 4 regions. The eastern section of the Florida trail is a network of 135 sites spread throughout 18 counties. The western section contains 117 sites in 21 counties, the panhandle section has 78 sites in 16 counties, and the south section has 116 sites in 12 counties. Birding sites in each section's guide are grouped into 13 to 23 clusters; sites within a cluster are typically within an hour's drive of one another. Such specialties as Swallow-tailed Kite, Limpkin, and Red-cockaded Woodpecker are found along the routes. Great Florida Birding Trail guides are available on the website.
19GeorgiaColonial Coast Birding TrailThe Colonial Coast trail weaves birding into the state's historical roots, encouraging visitors to stop at Civil War forts and plantations, as well as at freshwater wetlands, woodlands, and tidal rivers. More than 300 species of birds (75 percent of the total species of birds seen in Georgia) have been spotted at the 18 sites along the birding trail. Area specialties include Wood Stork, Clapper Rail, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Painted Bunting. This birding trail winds through beautiful natural areas, from freshwater marshes to sites at the ocean and offers opportunities to see many wading birds, shorebirds, passerines, and others. Click here for a checklist.
20GeorgiaSouthern Rivers Birding TrailGeorgiaÕs Southern Rivers Birding Trail winds its way from the rolling hills of the Georgia Piedmont on the north southward across the broad expanse of the Coastal Plain before curling eastward and eventually terminating in the Okefenokee Swamp, the Land of Trembling Earth. The 30 sites situated along the trail have been carefully selected to provide the wildlife watcher with a broad spectrum of wildlife viewing experiences. If you take the time to visit all of these sites, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the regionÕs most beautiful and diverse natural communities as well as some altered by the hand of man. Species include Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Wood Stork, Blue Grosbeaks, Bobwhite, Indigo Buntings, and more.
21IdahoIdaho Birding TrailThe Idaho Birding Trail is a network of sites and side-trips that provides the best viewing opportunities to see birds in Idaho. With 175 sites and about 2,000 miles of trail, the birding trail represents a collection of bird watching hotspots, diverse habitats, and a glimpse of Idaho's rich natural heritage. Twenty-two sites are designated as Blue Ribbon sites. These are "the best of the best" bird viewing opportunities in Idaho.
22IdahoInternational Selkirk Loop Birding TrailThe International Selkirk Loop is a 450 km/280-mile National Scenic Byway and All-American Road that encircles the Selkirk Mountains, a frontal range of the Rocky Mountains in northeast Washington, northern Idaho, and southeast British Columbia. The loop lies within the Pacific Flyway and follows river and lake valleys through snow-capped mountain peaks; it hosts 40 premier birding sites along its route, including three national refuges. More than 250 species of birds can be spotted along the loop.
23IllinoisChicago Region Birding Trail GuideThe climate and topography of the Chicago region allow for a wide range of habitat types, from extensive grasslands to forests to marshes and lakes. The region's proximity to the southern end of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and large amounts of protected land in public ownership allow easy access for birders. The Bird Conservation Network and the former Chicago Department of the Environment partnered to create the Chicago Region Birding Trail Guide. This pocket guide covers the seven Illinois counties surrounding Chicago and the two north-west Indiana counties along Lake Michigan.
24IllinoisThe Great River Birding Trail Guide: A Guide to Birding the Mississippi River from the Headwaters to the Minnesota-Iowa Border (Audubon Field Guide)The Great River Birding Trail highlights the best birdwatching sites across five states bordering the Mississippi River. The spine of the trail follows the federally designated scenic drive called the Great River Road, which runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. In general, the sites include established wildlife refuges, parks, overlooks, and other attractions no more than 25 to 30 miles from the Great River Road. Over a dozen maps have been produced to illustrate the sites along both sides of the 1,366-mile Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Sites are now being selected in the five Lower Mississippi River valley states to connect the trail to the Gulf of Mexico. Guide available on Amazon.com.
25IowaThe Great River Birding Trail Guide: A Guide to Birding the Mississippi River from the Headwaters to the Minnesota-Iowa Border (Audubon Field Guide)The Great River Birding Trail highlights the best birdwatching sites across five states bordering the Mississippi River. The spine of the trail follows the federally designated scenic drive called the Great River Road, which runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. In general, the sites include established wildlife refuges, parks, overlooks, and other attractions no more than 25 to 30 miles from the Great River Road. Over a dozen maps have been produced to illustrate the sites along both sides of the 1,366-mile Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Sites are now being selected in the five Lower Mississippi River valley states to connect the trail to the Gulf of Mexico. Guide available on Amazon.com.
26IowaIowa's Birding TrailsIowa currently has three active birding trails: the Siouxland Trail in western Iowa's Loess Hills, the Great River Birding Trail paralleling the Mississippi, and the Makoke Trail in eight central Iowa counties. Map publications are available for each of Iowa's trails. A fourth trail (The Iowa Prairie Lakes Region) actually preceded development of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and actually might have been among the nation's very first, but a map is currently out of print.
27KentuckyJohn James Audubon Birding TrailThe John James Audubon Birding Trail consists of four individual driving tours that will take you through sloughs, cypress swamps, woodlands, marshes, and grasslands. The first 35-mile segment of trail starts at John James Audubon State Park in western Kentucky and boasts a 1,775-acre waterfowl refuge along the route. Three more driving tours lead birders through agricultural fields, small caves, and reclaimed mining sites, where they can check off the more than 200 species on the trail's checklist, including Wild Turkey, /strong>Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Prothonotary Warbler.
28LouisianaAmerica's Wetland Birding TrailAmerica's Wetland Birding Trail is situated along the Louisiana Great Gulf Coast. With landscapes ranging from coastal wetlands to rolling hills and prairies, Louisiana offers excellent birding opportunities. The trail's 115 sites (through 21 LA parishes) introduce visitors to a variety of Louisiana's coastal habitats including fresh and saltwater marshes, cheniers, upland pines, cypress-tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests and open meadows, among many others.
29LouisianaGrand Isle Birding TrailGrand Isle is the only barrier island along the Gulf coast that supports a live oak dominated plant community. The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana developed the first migratory bird trail in Louisiana on Grand Isle. The trail links several birding areas including the best remaining tracts of oak-hackberry forests. Look for trail markers, educational kiosks and parking areas.
30MaineEssex National Heritage AreaAbout 425 species of birds visit or live in Essex County for all or part of the year. Nearly 130 of these species have nested in the county. The lure for birds of Essex County's varied habitats and unique geography also make the county a premier year-round birding destination for avid birders. Bird enthusiasts marvel at the majestic flight of eagles, enjoy the flute-like call of a Wood Thrush, or thrill to the sight of a gannet diving headfirst into the ocean.
31MaineMaine Birding TrailThe Maine Birding Trail is the gateway to birding Maine like a native - loaded with tips on finding the birds that visitors want most. The Trail officially comprises 82 of the state's best birding sites, though 260 sites are documented in the guide book (download for free at www.mainebirdingtrail.com). To date, six regions have been organized, including Acadia National Park and some of the best coastal and wilderness habitats in the state. The trail provides access to highly prized species such as Atlantic Puffin and Spruce Grouse. The web site makes it easy for birders to seek out a variety of accommodations, and take advantage of Maine adventures such as windjammer sailing tours, sea kayaking, whale-watching, puffin trips, and moose safaris.
32ManitobaManitoba Pine to Prairie Birding TrailManitobaÕs International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail in southern Manitoba is an extension of the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail in Minnesota. Southern Manitoba is a premier birding site for the novice and experienced birder. We have species representative of the north, south, east and west. A dayÕs drive will take you through a range of habitats from boreal forest to tall grass and mixed-grass prairies. The trail identifies sites that welcome the public and connects them together in three logical routes.
33MassachusettsMassachusetts Birding TrailsThe Massachusetts Birding Trail loosely organizes all of the locations identified in the two major birding guides to Massachusetts. The website makes it possible to download the coordinates to a personal GPS or to view the locations and directions in Google Earth.
34MinnesotaMinnesota River Valley Birding TrailThe River Valley trail, a project of Audubon Minnesota, encompasses the Minnesota River watershed from its headwaters near the South Dakota border to its confluence with the Mississippi at the Twin Cities. Prairie species dominate this area, where eastern woodlands meet grasslands. You can look for birds as varied as Northern Harrier, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Wilson's Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Great-crested Flycatcher, Sedge Wren, Le Conte's Sparrow, and Bobolink.
35MinnesotaPine to Prairie Birding TrailThe Pine to Prairie Birding Trail is a unique collection of habitats that support a tremendous variety of birds. Pine forests, deciduous woodlands, native tallgrass prairie, aspen parkland, sand dunes (remnants of Glacial Lake Agassiz), calcareous fens, bogs, marshes, large and small lakes and rivers make up the transition zone that offers over 275 species of birds. The Trail is over 200 miles in length with 45 sites to view birds. These sites offer some of the most spectacular birding in the state, along with scenic beauty and friendly communities. Although spring, summer and fall offer an abundance of birds, winter is also an exciting time to see winter specialties. Some of the focus birds to see here include Northern Goshawk, Ruffed Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Yellow Rail, American Woodcock, Snowy Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadee; Bay-breasted, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers; Red and White-winged Crossbills and Pine and Evening Grosbeaks.
36MinnesotaThe Great River Birding Trail Guide: A Guide to Birding the Mississippi River from the Headwaters to the Minnesota-Iowa Border (Audubon Field Guide)The Great River Birding Trail highlights the best birdwatching sites across five states bordering the Mississippi River. The spine of the trail follows the federally designated scenic drive called the Great River Road, which runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. In general, the sites include established wildlife refuges, parks, overlooks, and other attractions no more than 25 to 30 miles from the Great River Road. Over a dozen maps have been produced to illustrate the sites along both sides of the 1,366-mile Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Sites are now being selected in the five Lower Mississippi River valley states to connect the trail to the Gulf of Mexico. Guide available on Amazon.com.
37MissouriThe Great River Birding Trail Guide: A Guide to Birding the Mississippi River from the Headwaters to the Minnesota-Iowa Border (Audubon Field Guide)The Great River Birding Trail highlights the best birdwatching sites across five states bordering the Mississippi River. The spine of the trail follows the federally designated scenic drive called the Great River Road, which runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. In general, the sites include established wildlife refuges, parks, overlooks, and other attractions no more than 25 to 30 miles from the Great River Road. Over a dozen maps have been produced to illustrate the sites along both sides of the 1,366-mile Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Sites are now being selected in the five Lower Mississippi River valley states to connect the trail to the Gulf of Mexico. Guide available on Amazon.com.
38MontanaGreat Montana Birding and Wildlife TrailGreat Montana Birding and Wildlife Trail offers wildlife viewing adventures off the beaten path-beyond Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks and into the rustic landscapes of this fabulous state. The Trail suggests theme-based itineraries for a day, two days, a week or more (e.g., combine flyfishing with birdwatching; or a "follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark" tour). When complete, the Trail will consist of driving routes that link prime birding and nature viewing locations throughout Montana's six tourism regions. Trail routes completed and featured to date: Bitterroot, Missoula Valley, and Northeastern Plains Birding and Nature Trail.
39NebraskaNebraska Birding TrailsNebraskaÕs Platte Valley annually hosts the largest concentration of Sandhill Cranes occurring anywhere in the world, a half-million or so, and is the most often used stopover point for Whooping Cranes between their wintering and breeding grounds. The Nebraska Birding Trails showcases these and many more species. The Trail comprises nine intersecting highway routes passing through all of the ten eco-regions present in the state. Five routes follow major river systems: the Missouri, the Platte, the Republican, the Elkhorn and the Niobrara valleys, all providing important migratory pathways for shorebirds and waterfowl and nesting habitats for both eastern and western woodland birds. Two routes cross the vast Nebraska Sandhills, where prairie birds such as Sharp-tailed Grouse, Greater Prairie-chickens, Long-billed Curlews and Burrowing Owls can be easily found. Two western routes extend from the shortgrass and sandsage prairies of southwest Nebraska to the badlands and buttes of the Pine Ridge in the northwestern Panhandle, where Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks and Prairie Falcons patrol the sky. These are just a few of the 400-plus bird species that make Nebraska a coveted birding spot in North America.
40New JerseyNew Jersey Birding and Wildlife TrailsNew Jersey enjoys a wide variety of distinct habitats, many of which are the subject of intensive conservation efforts. From highland mountains, to pineland forests, to sandy beaches, to scenic rivers and windswept bayshore marshlands, it is the assortment of natural resources that results in tremendous diversity in the state's wildlife. In fact, due to its location on the Atlantic Flyway, its relatively small size and undeniable abundance of wildlife, New Jersey boasts the highest density of wildlife per square mile of any state in the nation! New Jersey hosts over 325 bird species, 90 mammal species, 79 reptile and amphibian species and over 400 species of fish in its 8,722 square miles. The trail drives include Bayshore, famous for it horseshoe crab spawning and migration of Red Knot; visit Cape Island for a spring or fall migration extravaganza; the Barrier Island Trail, which links wildlife viewing sites all along the famous Jersey Shore; and the Meadowlands and More Trail which contains 3 driving trails with 23 sites throughout the Hackensack River Watershed. The Meadowlands' has a productive estuary where you can watch peregrine falcons hunt in view of the New York City Skyline; launch a canoe or kayak into the marshes to view wildlife up close or visit one of the hottest fall raptor-watching sites in the state. The NJ Birding and Wildlife Trails program is a product of NJ Audubon.
41New MexicoSouthwest New Mexico Birding TrailTravelers along the Southwest New Mexico Birding Trail are treated to striking geological formations along with a tantalizing variety of birds in its varied habitats, which is a misxture of Chihuahuan Desert vegetation, mid-elevation habitats, and coniferous woodland. At lower-elevation sites visitors will find Common Black-hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Scaled and Gambel's Quails, Greater Roadrunner, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Gila Woodpecker, Brown-crested and Vermilion Flycatchers, Bell's Vireo, Bendire's, Crissal, and Curve-billed Thrashers, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, Abert's Towhee, and Scott's Oriole. Moving up into the mountains of the Gila National Forest, visitors may find Band-tailed Pigeon, Flammulated Owl, White-throated Swift, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Acorn Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Grace's and Red-faced Warblers, Painted Redstart, and Hepatic Tanager.
42New YorkAudubon Niagara Birding TrailThe Niagara Birding Trail extends over 100 miles from Woodlawn Beach State Park on Lake Erie past Four Mile Creek State Park on Lake Ontario. The trail, which follows the Niagara River corridor-the first bi-nationally designated Important Bird Area in North America-includes a stop to observe birds above and below the great waterfall itself. The route includes one of the prime wintertime gull locations in all of North America.
43New YorkLake Champlain Birding TrailThe Lake Champlain Birding Trail is approximately 300 miles and unifies and connects 88 birding sites along the Lake Champlain shoreline and uplands in Vermont and New York. Many different bird species can be found throughout the Champlain Valley. During spring and fall migrations look for migrating waterfowl such as Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Snow and Canada Geese and Northern Pintail. Some birds that summer in the far north call the Champlain Valley their winter home. Look for Bohemian Waxwings, Snow Buntings, Common Redpolls, Snowy Owls /and Rough-legged Hawks.
44New YorkMontezuma Birding TrailThe Montezuma Birding (and Nature) Trail is a driving route connecting birding locations around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex north of Cayuga Lake midway between Rochester and Syracuse, NY. Because of its significance as a refueling stop and breeding habitat, the National Audubon Society has designated the Complex as an Important Bird Area. The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) -- with its eBird "Trail Tracker" kiosk -- serves as a main hub for the Birding Trail. The Birding Trail has two key components: the state's Northern Montezuma Wildlife Mangement Area (NMWMA) and the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR), which has long been a premier birding destination in the northeastern U.S.
45North CarolinaCharles Kuralt TrailJournalist Charles Kuralt hosted a series of "On the Road" and "Sunday Morning" broadcasts for CBS News, highlighting the beauty of America's natural places, as well as unusual people and locations across the country. Kuralt was a native of North Carolina - but thought in broader terms than "state" or "taxing district." The Charles Kuralt Trail links national wildlife refuges (and one fish hatchery) in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The sites are all within the Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape Fear ecosystem, draining into Albemarle Sound. Great Dismal Swamp and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge are connected with 10 North Carolina sites. If you want to drive to Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is mostly in North Carolina, only one road from Virginia provides access.
46North CarolinaNorth Carolina Birding TrailThe North Carolina Birding Trail is a driving trail, linking great bird watching sites across the state with communities, businesses and other local historical and educational attractions. The Trail has three distinct components: the coastal plain, the piedmont, and the mountains. Visit website for ordering information, on-line site descriptions, and a searchable bird database.
47North DakotaBirding Drives DakotaAs a state with 62 national wildlife refuges (more than any other state!) North Dakota is one of those very special places left in the world. Birding Drives Dakota has developed a network of birding drives that encourage anyone interested in watching wildlife to go out and appreciate the richness of the Prairie Potholes. With North Dakota boasting more than 300 species of birds, specialty birds for the area include the Baird's Sparrow, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Sprague's Pipit, and Sharp-tailed Grouse.
48North DakotaBismarck-Mandan Birding DriveFollowing the course of Lewis & Clark's journey up the Missouri River, this birding drive leads you through river floodplain woods, expansive prairies, and bird-rich wetlands to find an abundance of birds in the northern Great Plains. Ducks and geese, eagles and hawks, shorebirds and songbirds all abound in numbers and diversity as 3 birding routes lead you through remarkable landscapes described in Expedition journals 200 years ago. See why Lewis & Clark, Audubon, Sprague, visited this wildlife haven. Focus birds include Piping Plovers, Least Terns, Bald Eagles, Swainson's Hawks, Sandhill Cranes, Wood Ducks, Wild Turkeys, Ring-necked Pheasants, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Partridges, American White Pelicans, Hudsonian Godwits, Stilt Sandpipers, Marbled Godwits, Wilson's Phalaropes, American Avocets, up to 15 species of ducks, Lazuli Buntings, and Red Crossbills. Burleigh County is a migration hotspot for seeing endangered Whooping Cranes. During winter, see Rough-legged Hawks, Golden Eagles, Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings, Northern Shrikes, Gray Partridges, Pine Siskins, and more.
49North DakotaCentral Dakota Birding DriveAt the center of the North American continent, the ebbs and flows of migrating, nesting, and wintering birds can be seen in an attractive rural environment far from the hustle of urban life. Three unique birding routesÑthe Antelope Lakes Route, Lone Tree Route, and Wintering River RouteÑlead you to remote wetlands, expansive grasslands, and the southern limit of the aspen parklands to witness an abundance and variety of birds. Photography opportunities abound, and you can enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and auto touring during your birding escapades in this outdoor wonderland. Focus birds include Upland Sandpipers, Piping Plovers, American Avocets, Wilson's Phalaropes, Black Terns, Western and Clark's Grebes, American White Pelicans, Swainson's Hawks, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Eastern and Western Kingbirds, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Bobolinks, and the rare, but sought-after Yellow Rails, Baird's Sparrows, LeConte's Sparrows, and Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows. During migration you can see flocks of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, an abundance of ducks including Canvasbacks, Harris' Sparrows, an exciting variety of warblers and Arctic-nesting shorebirds, Rough-legged Hawks, and much more.
50North DakotaMedina-Chase Lake Birding TrailBirding in central North Dakota can be a rich and rewarding experience for both the novice bird enthusiast and the seasoned life lister. The Medina-Chase Lake Birding Trail was designed to provide birders and bird enthusiasts with a representative range of habitats and birding experiences in the Prairie Pothole Region. This area consists of rolling hills of mixed-grass prairie and agricultural land, which is dotted with thousands of prairie pothole wetlands. Over 300 bird species have been seen in this area, and about 150 of those species have bred in the region. Because this region is centrally located within the continent, the area hosts bird species from eastern, western, southern, and northern North America. Spring and fall migration and the summer breeding season are excellent times to bird along the Medina-Chase Lake Birding Trail. The area is renowned for its waterfowl and shorebird migration and diverse summer breeding bird populations. Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest nesting colony of American White Pelicans on the continent. The region provides important breeding habitats for several seldom-seen North American birds, including Sharp-tailed Grouse, Spragues Pipits, Le Conte's Sparrows, Nelsons Sharp-tailed Sparrows, Baird's Sparrows, Chestnut-collared Longspurs, and many more species.
51North DakotaSteele Birding DriveThis new birding drive meanders through the Prairie-Pothole Region of Kidder County, North Dakota, considered the best birding destination in the northern Great Plains. Three detailed maps provide a route through rural landscape leading to 3 of the best national wildlife refuges in the Great Plains - Long Lake, Chase Lake, and Slade refuges. Chase Lake is one of the most remote refuges in the continental United States, and supports North America's largest nesting population of American White Pelicans, numbering as many as 18,000 pairs. See: Ferruginous and Swainson's Hawks, Sprague's Pipits, Franklin's Gulls, Black Terns, Yellow Rails, Gray Partridges, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Bobolinks, Chestnut-collared Longspurs, Marbled Godwits, Upland Sandpipers, Wilson's Phalaropes, Canvasbacks and 10 other species of ducks; more than a dozen native sparrows including Baird's Sparrows, LeConte's and Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows. During migrations, see Harris' Sparrows, Sandhill Cranes, Tundra Swans, huge flocks of Snow Geese, Ross' and White-fronted Geese and many other birds. During winter, see such exciting birds as Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Shrikes, White-winged Crossbills, and Snow Buntings.
52OhioAppalachian Discovery: Birding and Heritage Trail Created by The Nature Conservancy, the local community and regional businesses, this trail showcases the natural and historical treasure of Southern Ohio. It is a 200-mile loop that stops at a wide variety of birding hotspots and significant historical sites like the Serpent Mound. This trail is best in the spring for migrating warblers as well as the summer for southern specialties in Ohio. But good birding can be had all year long. Interior to the trail is a 20 square barn quilt trail for those interested in Appalachian folk arts. Both these trails can be viewed at the website, including birds you might expect to see, their life history's, their songs, close up 360-degree pictures and maps of the sites.
53OhioHocking Valley Birding TrailNature Preserves, Ohio State Parks, Metro Parks, Ohio Wildlife areas and National Forests all make up the rugged and wild terrain of the Hocking Valley Region of Ohio. The Trail, organized by a group of professional biologists, naturalists and interested birders promoting wise birding practices and conservation for current and future generations to enjoy in the Hocking Valley Region, helps visitors discover the "best of the best" places in the Appalachian Hill country to find birds.
54OhioLake Erie Birding TrailThere is never a dull season on the Lake Erie Birding Trail. Tremendous numbers and diversity of migrant songbirds fill lakeside woodlands in spring and fall. Waterbirds galore pack marshes and the open lake waters, and interesting marsh birds breed in coastal wetlands. Winter brings hardy northern ducks, gulls, and raptors. The sites included in the Lake Erie Birding Trail are the best of the best, and collectively nearly 400 species have been seen in these areas. The Trail is divided into seven loops. The sites within each loop are similar in habitat type and landscape. You may choose to visit the entire trail in one trip or explore the trail loop by loop.
55OklahomaGreat Plains Trail of OklahomaFrom prairie chickens to "horny" toads, Scissortail flycatchersto elk, the private lands of Western Oklahoma are home to a diversity of unique and interesting wildlife species. The Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma was developed to take advantage of OklahomaÕs small-town hospitality and showcase the many wildlife species that can be seen. The Great Plains Trail covers 1,777 miles and includes 33 counties.
56OregonKlamath Basin Birding TrailThe Klamath Basin is renowned for its wide diversity and abundance of bird life due to its diverse habitats including marshes, open water, coniferous forest, Juniper woodlands, oak-chaparral, sagebrush-grasslands, grassy meadow and rocky cliffs. The Klamath has over 350 species of birds.
57OregonOregon Birding Trails SystemThe Oregon Birding Trails system offers opportunities to see more than 500 speices of birds in spectacular landscapes ranging from sandy beaches to verdant forests, from desert playas to alpine meadows. Visit the website for more information, including downloadable guides for the four completed trails, or to learn more about plans for expanding the Oregon Birding Trail network. See also Basin and Range Birding Trail, Cascades Birding Trail, Klamath Basin Birding Trail, Oregon Coast BIrding Trail, and Willamette Valley Birding Trail.
58OregonOregon Cascades Birding TrailThe Oregon Cascades Birding Trail is the first of several birding trails throughout the state, designed to showcase the regionÕs birds and spectacular scenery for local residents and visitors from around the globe. This website provides comprehensive resources on the trail, including the complete trail guide, with detailed maps and information on how the trail can be accessed and the birds you are likely to see while visiting it.
59OregonOregon Coast Birding TrailAround every curve, the remarkable Oregon coast landscape will compete for your attention as you search for the more than 450 birds that have been recorded in its habitats. On the outermost part of the trail where land meets the sea, explore sandy beaches, coastal dunes, tidal estuaries, and rocky tidepools. From the mainland, view birds nesting on coastal islands. Join a boat tour to go farther west for pelagic birds on the open Pacific. The coast is divided into four sections that list 173 sites, numbered from north to south. The website guide includes maps, site descriptions, directions, and a listing of the birds you may see, along with site services and facilities. A birding checklist shows the 250 birds most likely to be detected and the ease of detecting them.
60OregonSouthern Oregon Basin & Range Birding TrailLocated in Lake County, Oregon, the Southern Oregon Basin & Range Birding Trail is a winding auto route that highlights specific sites for stopping and viewing birds among vast inland valleys, alkali flats, ethereal marshes, and forested slopes--all set against the dramatic, breathtaking backdrop of geologic features such as Fort Rock, Abert Rim, Hart Mountain, and the Warner Range. The Basin and Range Ecoregion is one of the most remote places in the Lower 48 states. It's a wild landscape where wetland basins, sagebrush uplands, and mountain ranges converge, creating diverse habitats for hundreds of bird species--from songbirds and shore birds, to waterfowl and raptors.
61OregonWillamette Valley Birding Trailenowned for its fertile land with orchards, vineyards, and rolling grass fields nestled between the snow-capped volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the forests of the Coast Range, the Willamette Valley offers an abundance of birds in every season. The Willamette Valley Birding Trail guide highlights 138 birding hotspots where you can still see birds that Lewis & Clark described in their journals more than 200 years ago: from the tiny wrens that scolded them from ferns around their camps, to the tremendous goose flocks that winter in the valley. This guide will help visitors make the most of their birdwatching adventure, whether traveloing by car, bicycle, or public transit.
62PennsylvaniaEastern Pennsylvania Birding & Wildlife GuideThe recently published Eastern Pennsylvania Birding & Wildlife Guide is now available. This colorful book provides all the information you need to seek out, identify, and enjoy eastern PennsylvaniaÕs unique fauna. The result of a unique partnership between the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, the D&L, and others, the guide highlights not only unique birding sites but also the wide range of recreational opportunities available at nearly 90 public facilities across two heritage areas. Although birders will love the countless photos, hikers, bikers, and walkers will also find this guide an essential source for locating fresh ground for exploration.
63PennsylvaniaSusquehanna River Birding and Wildlife TrailThis guide was developed in partnership with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, Audubon Pennsylvania, and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources. More than 360 locations in all counties throughout the Commonwealth are highlighted.
64PennsylvaniaWestern Pennsylvania Birding & Wildlife GuideThe Western Pennsylvania Birding Trail Guide is a full-color, 114 page guide spotlighting over 60 birding hotspots across western Pennsylvania.
65South DakotaSoutheast South Dakota Birding TrailMore than 300 species of birds may be observed among the 33 points along the trail. Eastern South Dakota is a stopping place for millions of birds following both the Central and Mississippi migratory flyways in spring and fall. Its varied habitats offer the right environment for nearly 150 nesting species, and a number of species that nest in the northern reaches of the continent spend each winter here. The regionÕs woodlands are a magnet for three dozen species of warblers during spring migration, such as Blackburnian, Cape May, Magnolia and Mourning warblers . The woods are alive with nesting species throughout spring and summer, such as Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewee. Eastern Screech-Owls are common in the region. One may regularly find American Woodcock and Wood Thrush in the woodlands along the Big Sioux and Missouri rivers. Prairie pothole lakes and other wetlands teem with migrating and nesting ducks, wading birds, shorebirds and wetland species, including Hooded Merganser, WilsonÕs Phalarope, Willet, Least Bittern and Sedge Wren. Soaring over the entire region are the raptors, including Bald Eagle, SwainsonÕs Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, CooperÕs Hawk and American Kestrel.
66TexasGreat Texas Coastal Birding TrailThe Texas Coastal Birding Trail features some of the most well-known coastal birding sites in Texas as well as off-the-beaten-path local birding hotspots. Conveniences such as boardwalks, parking pullouts, observation platforms, and landscaping to attract native wildlife allow you to get closer to see Texas's birdlife. Three coastal birding maps will send you on a well-rounded tour of the coast's top birding sites. The Upper Coast map covers driving loops from the Louisiana border, through the Houston and Beaumont coastal areas, and down to Brazosport. The Central Coast map starts near Matagorda Bay, traveling through the Victoria and Corpus Christi areas, and ends just south of Kingsville. The Lower Coast map encompasses the southern tip of Texas along the border with Mexico, from South Padre Island, through Brownsville, Harlingen, and McAllen, and west towards Laredo.
67TexasGreat Texas Far West Texas Wildlife TrailThe Far West Texas Wildlife Trail map will make the wide expanse of this region a more manageable adventure for you by giving simple driving loops of city parks, state parks, national parks, nature retreats, hiking trails and more. From El Paso to Midland-Odessa and down to the Rio Grande, explore 57 wildlife viewing sites in the far-flung reaches of Far West Texas. Visit the wide diversity of landscapes, including the southern portion of the Llano Estacado, seemingly endless sand dunes near Monahans, the Chihuahuan Desert, the urban backdrop of El Paso's sites, and the remoteness of the Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend. In addition to these vistas, the region is also well-known for world-class stargazing.
68TexasGreat Texas Heart of Texas Wildlife TrailStretching from Central Texas down south to Laredo, these new trails include 239 sites on public and private land to view birds and other wildlife. Plan an afternoon drive, day trip, weekend getaway or a far afield trip to Central and South Texas. Two route maps offer a variety of driving loops to tailor a trip to your preferences. From the South Texas Plains to the Hill Country, these trails will show you to the best wildlife watching sites in Central Texas. Maps also feature tucked-away bed and breakfasts with access to nature trails, hiking, mountain biking and perfect views of hill country sunsets.
69TexasGreat Texas Panhandle Plains Wildlife TrailsThis map guides you through 97 Texas Panhandle sites with information on private and public lands open to visitors. Visit private ranches on exclusive tours to see the booming grounds of the Lesser Prairie-chicken. While you are out there, keep an eye out for cuyote, pronghorn antelope, Sandhill Crane and more. Enjoy scenic views of the famous Playa Lakes and take that opportunity to spot migratory waterfowl and shorebirds throughout the vast Panhandle Plains. Stop and gaze at one of the many black-tailed prairie dog towns in the Panhandle. Also stay on the lookout for Burrowing Owls and other raptors and Texas hornedlLizard. For an amazing view, the winding country roads and even main highways offer a landscape of the canyons, mesas and river corridors found in the Panhandle.
70TexasPrairies and Pineywoods Wildlife TrailsThis Trail helps you explore the Big Thicket forested area in search of the large Pileated Woodpecker, a great variety of colorful warblers, and raptors such as the Red-shouldered Hawk and Common Nighthawk. Visit private ranches in open grasslands and within hardwood forests to see prairie birds such as Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks and woodland species such asIndigo Buntings and Summer Tanagers. View some of the few remaining expanses of native Blackland Prairie habitat in northeast Texas, filled with wildflowers, tall grasses and even grazing Bison. The open prairie is also home to Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Cooper's Hawks, Monarch butterflies and more.
71UtahEastern Utah Birding TrailsThe Eastern Utah Birding Trails map covers the area east of a north-south line from Wyoming to Arizona connecting Hanna, Wellington, and Hanksville east to the Colorado-Utah border. The north, east, and south boundaries are the Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona state lines. Much of the area is inaccessible desert, however the Uinta Mountains, Book Cliffs, Interstate 70 corridor, LaSal Mountains, and the spectacular canyon lands offer great birding experiences. Much of eastern Utah is undeveloped and remote. The area often experiences rapidly changing and extreme weather conditions. Use common sense when driving.
72UtahGreat Salt Lakes Birding TrailsNorthern Utah is a diverse area providing habitats for over 200 bird species. The multiple birding sites linked by these northern Utah trails are as varied as the terrain, extending from the Great Salt Lake to the alpine area of the Wasatch Mountains. The lake itself, a vital part of the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network, can be packed with American Avocets, American White Pelicans, and Wilson's Phalaropes; the mountains can be summer home to White-throated Swift, Clark's Nutcracker, and Western Tanager. This northern Utah guide covers habitats from the approximately 4,200 foot elevation of the Great Salt Lake to the alpine area of Naomi Peak at 9,980 and Mount Nebo at 11,877 feet in elevation. In northern Utah you can traverse habitats such as tundra, alpine lakes, lush mountain meadows, beautiful spruce-fir forests, aspen groves, colorful hillsides covered with wildflowers, brushlands of gambel oak and bigtooth maple, extensive pinyon-juniper woodlands, fast-flowing mountain streams, manmade reservoirs, rich riparian areas, arid rocky ridges, sagebrush rangelands, cottonwood gallery forests, saltbrush flats, freshwater marshlands, and barren salt flats before reaching the uniquely diverse and vast salt water of the Great Salt Lake.
73UtahSouthwest Utah Birding TrailsThe Southwest Utah Birding Trails map is the second of a three-part series highlighting the best birding opportunities in Utah, a state having a marvelous diversity of birds due to its unique location and its variety of habitats, elevation, and exposures. The Eastern Utah Birding Trails covers all of eastern Utah, from the southern Juab County line east to Price and south to the Utah/Arizona state line. Bird habitats in the area are diverse and include the physiographic regions of Mojave Desert, Great Basin, Rocky Mountain Extension (Wasatch), and Colorado River Plateau. Generalized vegetation types, from lower to higher elevation, include Joshua tree, blackbrush, saltbrush, sagebrush, pinyon-juniper woodland, lowland and mountain riparian, mountain shrub, pine forests, aspen, spruce-fir forests, and alpine. Cliffs and rock outcrops are abundant. Several lakes and reservoirs provide open water. The elevation ranges from 2,500 feet where the Virgin River exits Utah to over 12,000 feet in the Tushar Mountains. The habitat diversity provides distinct and varied birding opportunities.
74VermontThe Lake Champlain Birding TrailThe Lake Champlain Birding Trail is approximately 300 miles and unifies and connects 88 birding sites along the Lake Champlain shoreline and uplands in Vermont and New York. Many different bird species can be found throughout the Champlain Valley. During spring and fall migrations look for migrating waterfowl such as Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Snow and Canada Geese and Northern Pintail. Some birds that summer in the far north call the Champlain Valley their winter home. Look for Bohemian Waxwings, Snow Buntings, Common Redpolls, Snowy Owls /and Rough-legged Hawks.
75VirginiaCharles Kuralt TrailBroadcaster hosted a series of "On the Road" and "Sunday Morning" broadcasts for CBS News, highlighting the beauty of America's natural places, as well as unusual people and locations across the country. Kuralt was a native of North Carolina - but thought in broader terms than "state" or "taxing district." The Charles Kuralt Trail links national wildlife refuges (and one fish hatchery) in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The sites are all within the Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape Fear ecosystem, draining into Albemarle Sound. Great Dismal Swamp and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge are connected with 10 North Carolina sites. If you want to drive to Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is mostly in North Carolina, only one road from Virginia provides access.
76VirginiaThe Virginia Birding and Wildlife TrailThe Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail was the first wildlife viewing trail in the state. From marshes and water trails of the Coastal Plain to the highest elevations of the Mountains, visitors can taste of every habitat from Maine to Florida somewhere in Virginia. Currently 668 wildlife viewing sites in 65 driving loops take you to every corner of the Old Dominion. Three trail guides direct visitors through the entire Trail. Each loop is designed to take 2-3 days to complete. Each guide is beautifully illustrated and includes maps, driving directions, site descriptions and contacts in each local community for lodging, food and other services. For copies of the guides, call the Virginia Tourism Corporation toll-free at 1-866-VABIRDS (1-866-822-4737). An online version of the guide may be found on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Web site.
77WashingtonGreat Washington Birding TrailWashington State features seven birding trails (Cascade Loop, Coulee Corridor, Olympic Loop, Palouse to Pines Loop, Southwest Loop, Sun & Sage Loop and Puget Loop). Order maps online at Audubon site. Also see the iPhone app.
78WashingtonInternational Selkirk Loop Birding TrailThe International Selkirk Loop is a 450 km/280-mile National Scenic Byway and All-American Road that encircles the Selkirk Mountains, a frontal range of the Rocky Mountains in northeast Washington, northern Idaho, and southeast British Columbia. The loop lies within the Pacific Flyway and follows river and lake valleys through snow-capped mountain peaks; it hosts 40 premier birding sites along its route, including three national refuges. More than 250 species of birds can be spotted along the loop.
79WisconsinThe Great River Birding Trail Guide: A Guide to Birding the Mississippi River from the Headwaters to the Minnesota-Iowa Border (Audubon Field Guide)The Great River Birding Trail highlights the best birdwatching sites across five states bordering the Mississippi River. The spine of the trail follows the federally designated scenic drive called the Great River Road, which runs from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. In general, the sites include established wildlife refuges, parks, overlooks, and other attractions no more than 25 to 30 miles from the Great River Road. Over a dozen maps have been produced to illustrate the sites along both sides of the 1,366-mile Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Sites are now being selected in the five Lower Mississippi River valley states to connect the trail to the Gulf of Mexico. Guide available on Amazon.com.
80WisconsinGreat Wisconsin Birding TrailThe Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail reaches into every area of the state. Full-color viewing guides with maps and descriptions of every site leads the nature traveler to warblers, shorebirds, eagles, loons, cranes and all manner of mammals found in some of the states premier wildlife venues. Outstanding natural resources make this an exceptional trail. The public has nominated National forest sites, State Natural Areas, county, city and State Parks, private museums, nature centers and US Fish & Wildlife Service properties for inclusion in the project. Signs with the Sandhill Crane trail logo featured on this website mark sites on the trail. Trail regions include Lake Superior/North Woods, Mississippi/Chippewa Rivers, Lake Michigan, Central Sands, and Southern Savanna.
81WisconsinOak Leaf Birding TrailThe first birding trail in Wisconsin is the Oak Leaf Birding Trail, which includes more than 35 stops in the Milwaukee County Parks system, covering territory from the Lake Michigan shore, to the botanical gardens, to local nature preserves. Bird species range from Bonaparte's Gull, to American Woodcock, to Dickcissel. The trail is a particularly fine introduction to birding for urban residents. A much larger proposal, the Great Wisconsin Birding Trail is in the works, however, one which would include four loops: the current Oak Leaf, and Great River, Horicon, and Ozaukee Interurban.