Nature Viewing

Choose from the following to find a site: A field of snow with animal tracks


   

You may not always spot wildlife as you travel through the forest. Be patient. It is often just as rewarding to find signs that wildlife is or has been in the area.  You might see tracks near a water source or in the snow, nibbled leaves, droppings, clawed trees, fur or feathers left behind from someone's meal.  These sightings let you know that wildlife could still be in the area.  
 
Viewing Tips:
 
  1. The best time to look for wildlife is during the first and last hours of daylight.  
  2. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope to increase your chances of success.
  3. Move quietly and by yourself.  If in a group, keep the group(s) small.  Allow periods of silence to let animals in the area become accustomed to your presence.
  4. Many species have outstanding camouflage or adaptive behaviors that keep them well hidden.  Some species may leave when you arrive but if you sit quietly, they may return or resume their activity.
  5. Look for wildlife where two habitat types meet.  This "edge" effect may offer more types of food and cover to attract wildlife.
  6. Refrain from touching, feeding or moving too close to wildlife, their nests or dens.
  7. Respect the "wildness" of wildlife.  Even though an animal may appear friendly or curious, let it keep its wild nature by not approaching them.
  8. Learn to recognize wildlife alarm signals.  When an animal changes behavior as a result of your presence, you are too close!
  9. Do not chase, heard, flush or make deliberate noises that stresses wildlife. 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/tahoe/recreation/natureviewing