Nature Watching


Pre–Trip Checklists: Feel like you’re forgetting something? Use these checklists to make sure you don’t leave something important behind. Note: some of these checklists are specific to birds, but these general guidelines can be used for all types of nature viewing!

  • Bird Watching Checklist
  • Hiking Checklist: Some of these items are extraneous for a few hours of nature watching, but it’s worth considering. Though they are not featured on this list, don’t forget your binoculars and your field guides!

Safety:  We want you to be safe! Consider these links before heading out on your journey.

  • Red Cross First Aid Courses
  • Wild Animal Safety: Educate yourself; avoidance is the best protection from encounters. Bear spray can be a great investment, but it will not help you if you don’t know how to handle the situation properly. Please educate yourself before hiking in a wilderness area. Don’t let this deter you from being outside; this knowledge will prepare you so that you can enjoy an anxiety free experience!