Birding trails are being blazed across the nation, preserving land and promoting tourism along the way. Whether you're a seasoned birder or a novice, it's time to toss a map in the glove compartment, buckle up, and hit the road.
Long car trips inevitably mean taking lots of breaks: snack breaks, restroom breaks, fuel breaks-- even breaks to gape at roadside wonders, like the world's largest wheel of cheese. But breaks to bird? You got it. These pit stops are even on the maps.
Birding-trail maps, that is-- handy depictions of a state's natural resources, connected by the open road. Since Texas welcomed people to the country's first section of driving trail six years ago, more than half the states in the nation have followed its lead.
These prime wildlife-watching sites may beeline across a county or may be strung together in meandering loops. They may be located just off of major highways, state routes, or small country roads. They may be on private or public land. Each site is as unique as the ecosystem it highlights, from Niagara's tumbling waters to Arizona's dry scrub. But they all have one thing in common: They're home to a wealth of avian treasures you might not otherwise find.
- Jen Bogo, Senior Editor Audubon Magazine
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