Bird watching, also known as birding, is a popular activity that involves observing and identifying birds in their natural habitats. Many of our parks are a birdwatchers paradise, from the bald eagles wintering along Skagit River to the prairie falcons soaring across the grasslands of Eastern Washington.
Rules & safety
By following these general rules, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable birdwatching experience while minimizing your impact on the natural environment:
Stay a safe distance from birds and their nests to avoid disturbing them. Do not feed or attempt to touch the birds.
Stay on designated paths
Follow designated paths and trails to avoid damaging the natural habitat and disturbing wildlife.
Leave no trace
Pack out all trash and dispose of waste properly. Do not disturb or remove any natural objects such as plants, rocks or wildlife.
Be mindful of other birdwatchers
Respect other birdwatchers and their right to enjoy the birds and the natural environment. Avoid making loud noises or sudden movements that may startle the birds.
Follow local regulations
Research and follow local rules and regulations for birdwatching in the area you plan to visit. Some areas may have specific rules about birdwatching.
Popular parks with Bird Watching
Getting started with Bird Watching
If you're interested in starting birding, here are some things you should know:
A good pair of binoculars is essential for birding. Look for binoculars with good magnification and a wide field of view. You may also want to invest in a field guide to help you identify birds.
Start by exploring your local state parks to find birds in their natural habitats. You can also find birding hotspots online or by joining a local birding group.
Learn to identify birds by their appearance, behavior and calls. A field guide can be a helpful tool for identifying birds, but practice is key.
Remember to respect the birds and their habitats. Avoid disturbing nesting birds or feeding them, as this can disrupt their natural behaviors.
Consider keeping a record of the birds you observe, including the date, location and species. This can be a fun way to track your progress and remember your birding experiences.
Birding is a hobby that can be enjoyed at your own pace and in your own way. With some basic knowledge and a willingness to learn, you can start enjoying the beauty and wonder of birds in their natural habitats.
Map & visitor guide
Use the Find a Park Page to see maps and visitor guides for a specific park.