New wildlife viewing website includes “how to’s” and places to go

August 13, 2008

desert tortoisePHOENIX – What better way to spend a weekend than to get out and explore Arizona’s scenic beauty and natural treasures? Arizona is home to more than 900 animal species and 50 million public acres of natural land, making it an ideal destination. Now there is a website that provides wildlife enthusiasts and casual viewers with everything they need to hone their technique and find the perfect spot.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s new wildlife viewing site offers tips for watching wildlife; how to observe wildlife responsibly; where to go in Arizona; a comprehensive list of watchable wildlife events in the state; and, news and features. From how to watch to when to watch, the site helps novice wildlife watchers get started and reminds seasoned viewers of the finer points of catching a glimpse of their favorite species. Information on how to select the right optics, including binoculars, is also included.

Wildlife viewing is the activity of watching and enjoying wildlife species in their natural environment. This recreational activity is growing in popularity as it offers a relaxing, low-cost adventure that can be done close to home and is fun for the whole family. It can be as simple as observing birds on a backyard feeder or as adventurous as a moonlit hike through a canyon to watch nocturnal animals scurry about under the cover of dark.

sandhill cranesWatching wildlife can be done by anyone, anytime, anyplace and at virtually any age.
Watching wildlife provides significant economic benefit to the state with more $825 million spent in 2006 in Arizona and its communities. It also leaves a lasting impression on participants and imparts an increased awareness of the benefits of conserving the state’s irreplaceable resources.

The website is part of the department’s Watchable Wildlife Program that strives to manage wildlife while providing for the responsible recreational use of the resource. Much of the support for the program comes from the Heritage Fund, a fund started in 1990 by Arizona voters to further conservation efforts in the state. Funding comes from Arizona Lottery ticket sales.

To start planning your next wildlife adventure, visit

Top: Courtesy photo/Arizona Game and Fish Department, George Andrejko
Lower: Courtesy photo/Arizona Game and Fish Department