Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival > Watching Washington Wildlife
- Use binoculars and bird viewing guides to identify and safely observe birds. Vehicles are excellent “portable” viewing blinds, stop only in appropriate pull-off areas.
- To learn more about Washington’s waterfowl, visit wdfw.wa.gov
Watching each other...
- Remember the local Farmers are our hosts! - Please respect their property - it’s their livelihood!!!! If a property is posted as “Private Property” - DO NOT TRESPASS.
- Be mindful of your actions, raising your voice or slamming car doors may scare the birds away.
Watch the road...
- Be cautious on narrow roads and remember to always give the right-away to farm trucks and equipment
- Parking and/or stopping on the shoulder of a road is not int a danger to you and others - it may be illegal.
Where to look for...
- Telltale signs: Binocular signs along the highway mark hundreds of wildlife viewing areas as described in Washington state guide books
- Home on the range: When searching for a species, learn it’s preferred habitat prior to your outing.
When to look…
- Become sunrise and season savvy. Discover which time of day and season is the optimal time to view the animals you seek.
- Most wildlife activity can be seen at dawn or dusk. Check local viewing areas for visiting hours and investigate migratory species patterns.
What to bring…
- Dress for success: Layers are recommended for unpredictable weather. Varied temperatures and precipitation can creep up on you unexpectedly.
- Gear: Consider bringing along a camera, binoculars, spotting scope, skitch pad and field guides. Water is an absolute - food and snacks are optional.
- Over the years we had watched and listened to Festival attendees as well as to other local and visiting birders. Here is a list of suggested items you may want to bring at least think about bringing along. Learn More
What to do...
- Fade into the woodwork: Avoid touching or disturbing the wildlife, which can threaten their survival and breeding success.
- Let patience reward you: Noises and sudden movements can scare wildlife. Slow down and see what you can discover. The goal is to observe wildlife behaving as if you weren’t there.
- Tread lightly: Pack out what you pack in and always stay on the marked trail and in marked viewing areas.
- Be a good guest: Be mindful of how your actions affect others. Help Watching Washington Wildlife be shared.