Wildlife Viewing Ethics

Moose, bear, migratory birds, marine mammals - the Tongass and Chugach National Forests provide many opportunities for watching all of these and more forms of wildlife.  To get the most out of your wildlife viewing experience without getting too close to the animals, follow viewing tips presented on these websites.  They will help you protect yourself, the animals and their habitat. 

Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Viewing Site: Visit this website to get a full spectrum of information about wildlife viewing in Alaska, including information about viewing guides and viewing trails, tips for photographing wildlife, a list of wildlife festivals, and more.

Alaska Centers Wildlife Viewing Tips:   More guidelines on wildlife viewing.

NatureWatchAlaska: Visit this site for information on wildlife viewing sites on National Forest lands.

Seal on the ice


Marine Mammal Viewing Ethics: Marine mammals in the forest? Well, some do come ashore on National Forest land, but we are more likely to see them in the water. For a code of conduct, guidelines and federal regulations regarding approaching marine mammals, see this site.



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Black bear sow and cubs at Anan Wildlife Observatory near Wrangell

People observing shorebirds during migration

Key coastal wetlands are vital to the survival of many species of birds and provide locations for optimal viewing by bird enthusiasts. Photo by Milo Burcham