The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the following tops for watching wildlife:
- Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife. In warmer climates, little is moving on hot summer afternoons or windy days.
- Observe from the sidelines. Leave "abandoned" young animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave.
- Don’t offer snacks; your lunch could disrupt wild digestive systems.
- Cars make good observation blinds. Drive slowly, stopping to scan places wildlife might hide. Use binoculars or a long lens for a closer look.
- Try sitting quietly in one good location. Let wildlife get used to your presence. Many animals that have hidden will reappear once they think you are gone. Often you will hear more than you will see.
- Teach children quiet observation. Other wildlife watchers will appreciate your consideration.
- Look for animal signs. Tracks, scat, feathers, and nests left behind often tell interesting stories.