What's better than watching wildlife from a comfortable window in your cabin? Watching wildlife in Arizona's White Mountains can be a truly exciting adventure. So many places ~ you'll need more than one winter, spring, summer or fall to see everything!!!
Hints to help you in your adventures:
1. Bring a pair of binoculars. Scanning lakes, bluffs, and fields is greatly enhanced by the use of binoculars. A spotting scope, which has greater magnification powers, would be helpful too!
2. Wear quiet, darker-colored clothes! Fleece, leather, and wool are much quieter than nylon or "noisy" clothes; dark colors blend in better with the landscape.
3. If you want to know just what you're seeing, bring along field guides. What if you only saw silhouettes of waterfowl? Or only the color on a wing as they were flying away? Did you just see an immature bald or golden eagle? Field guides help you identify what you're seeing and when or where you should see it.
4. Have fun and enjoy what nature has to teach you. You may not see an elk, but you may see its tracks and other sign. Where was it going? Was it running? You may miss a bald eagle, but you may see a fish carcass it fed on. Was it a big fish, or small? Why do nuthatches hop down trees head first?
5. Last, but of most importance, remember to respect every wild animal's need for their own space. Chasing after wildlife just to get a better view only stresses out the animal and makes them have to work harder to survive the winter climate. Some may not return to a previously quiet area if they've been harassed. That's another reason why binoculars are so important ~ you can get a good glimpse of the animal while maintaining your distance!
Places to go, Birds to meet.....
Written by & published with the permission of: Sue Sitco, Information & Education Program Manager, Arizona Game & Fish Department, HC 66, Box 57201, Pinetop, AZ 85935 (520) 367-4281