Watching Wildlife In the Bay State
The wildlife watching information on these pages is excerpted from the Massachusetts Wildlife Viewing Guide, by Bill Davis, MassWildlife Biologist. The Viewing Guide is available for purchase from MassWildlife's Westborough Field Headquarters for $5/copy.
Planning a Safe & Successful Trip
A little advance planning will result in a more enjoyable experience, comfortable, and successful wildlife viewing trip. Before leaving home:
- Review information about the sites you plan to visit (either from the Viewing Guide or weblinks) and call ahead to check on current conditions, access restrictions or to make reservations for tours and interpretive programs.
- Make a checklist of essential items: binoculars, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, appropriate footwear, layers of clothing, road and topographic maps, insect repellants, snacks and drinks.
- Optional items might include a camera, field guide, spotting scope, magnifying glass or butterfly net.
- In winter, don't forget gloves or mittens and extra warm footgear and clothing!
- Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
- Visit MassWildlife's Outdoor Recreation Safety page for other tips.
Don't be disappointed if you don't see everything a viewing site has to offer. Rather, enjoy the creatures and scenery you do see, alnd learn as much about the site and its wild residents as possible. It will often take several trips to become familiar with the terrain and the habits of wildlife.
As you travel throughout the Bay State, take advantage of the many historical, cultural, educational and natural attractions available. Links to the Bay State's tourism office, agricultural events and state forests and parks are valuable resources to enhance your outdoor recreation experience in Massachusetts!