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Bird Watching Tips in Grand Teton National Park

From the tiny Calliope Hummingbird to magnificent birds of prey, such as the Golden Eagle, Grand Teton National Park is home to more than 300 species of birds, making this national park an excellent destination for bird watchers with all types of favorite feathered creatures.

Though you’ll be sure to spot some beautiful birds no matter what areas of the park you visit, follow these tips if you’re looking to spy as many species as you can during your stay.

Visit During the Summer

Most of the species at Grand Teton National Park migrate south for the winter and spend only three-six months in the mountain range. For this reason, you’ll have the best luck if you schedule your bird watching trip during the summer. Summer and early fall are also prime times for the park’s other species of animal and plant life. Grand Teton summer tours can be scheduled year round.

Choose a Strategic Location

Different types of birds settle in different types of habitats. Grand Teton National Park provides many of these habitats, so choosing which to visit will determine which birds you see. For example, dense Lodgepole Pine forests cater to Olive-Sided Flycatchers, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, and several types of Juncos. The parks’ rangers recommend Colter Bay as an excellent location for viewing these types of birds. Other habitats include Alpine, Aspen, and Sagebrush Flat habitats. Here’s a list of top places to visit in Grand Teton National Park for wildlife viewing.

Be a Respectful Bird Watcher

To best view birds within their habitat, don’t let them know that you’re there. This applies especially to nesting birds. Nesting birds that fly away or cry out in alarm when they see you are telling you that you are too near. Not only can you harm these birds or drive them away by coming too close, but also you aren’t likely to get a good look at them.

Be a Cautious Bird Watcher.

In addition to birds, Grand Teton Nation Park is home to many different wildlife species, such as black and grizzly bears, moose, and elk. Often, these species make their homes near birds’ habitats. Observing as other beautiful animals enter the scene while you’re bird watching can offer a wonderful nature experience. However, it’s important to remember that you’re in the wild, and large animals can be dangerous. Remember to put as much distance between yourself and another large animal as possible. It is of the most importance to know what you should do if you encounter a bear in the wild.

Assist with Bird Migration Protection

As deforestation continues, scientists are becoming more and more concerned about migratory birds both now and in the future. Teton National Park and its scientific partners urge bird lovers to participate in bird count and survey programs so that experts can track birds on their migrations.

Grand Teton National Park is a scenic jewel filled with crystal waters, rising peaks, and lush green areas. It’s no wonder that this vibrant area is also home to many species of birds. If you love birds, you’ll love watching them at Grand Teton, and by following these tips, you’ll have the best chance at staying safe while enjoying the birds you love.

Adam Lackner
Adam Lackner
The backcountry is a place of enjoyment for this outdoorsman. Adam spent five years in the Marine Corps before heading for seasonal guiding positions in Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Arizona, Mexico, and now Wyoming. “Being where the mountains are big keeps the complaints small!”
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