Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers

wildlife.gif (679 bytes)They're found along roads and highways, are brown with the outline of binoculars on them, and are usually near brushy areas or wetlands. They are the Watchable Wildlife signs which identify areas with a high probability of viewing wildlife. Each area offers a unique or exceptional chance to view wildlife in their natural homes. Part of the excitement lies in the uncertainty. Unlike more predictable opportunities to view wildlife, these sites are homes to a diverse number of animals, any of which you might encounter during your visit. To improve your chances, walk quietly and slowly into the wind, come early in the morning, or late afternoon, and above all be patient.

The abundance of wildlife on the Hoosier National Forest is impressive: 50 species of mammals, 142 bird species, 36 reptillian and 28 amphibian species, 125 fish, and we're finding more species all the time. Finding these animals is part of the adventure.

The Forest is a collage of ecosystems. Each ecosystem is unique in the types of animals who make their home there. The Watchable Wildlife sites showcase some of these habitat types. Bring your binoculars and your camera, and tread softly to view the real owners of the Hoosier National Forest.

For a  downloadable brochure of watchable wildlife sites click here.

Sites on the Forest include:

Maines Pond 

Buzzard Roost 

Paw Paw Marsh  

Indian/Celina Lakes 

Roland Wetland  

Little Blue River

monarch butterfly Butterfly Checklist for Butterflies likely to be found on the Hoosier National Forest


Celebrating Wildflowers

The following sites are not signed, but are recommended locations for viewing wildflowers. The links will take you to the US Forest Service national webpage, but the sites are on the Hoosier NF.

Boone Creek Special Area

Clover Lick Special Area

Wild Hyacinths in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness

Haskins Tract

Tell City Ranger District Office - Pollinator Garden