11 of the Best Bird-Watching Spots for Fall

The short-eared owl.

The short-eared owl. Photo © Derekwatts/Dreamstime.

More than 700 distinct bird species can be found in America’s national parks. Exploring this incredible array of wildlife is a great reason to visit national parks, and the fall migration—when millions of birds are heading south from northern breeding grounds—is the perfect time to do it. Here are some of the best places to find different types of birds at national parks across the country.

  • The Marbled Godwit

    1. Marbled Godwits: Point Reyes National Seashore, California

    A large number of bird species have evolved to take advantage of food-rich seashores, including sandpipers, stilts, avocets, and plovers. Godwits are some of the largest of these shorebirds, with huge bills that enable them to reach deep into the sand for worms and mollusks. Hundreds of godwits and other shorebirds move through Point Reyes National Seashore each fall on their way to southern wintering grounds. Photo © James Urbach/Superstock/Alamy.


    For more shorebirds, try: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

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Landscape Conservation Program Manager Nick Lund

Nick Lund is manager of NPCA's Landscape Conservation Program.