The ultimate wildlife viewing experience is watching animals in their own habitat. In the Au Sable River Valley, you may see white-tailed deer, elk, bear, fox, coyote, beaver, otters, raccoon, mink, muskrat, grouse, wild turkey, a variety of ducks, turtles, frogs, toads, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, a variety of hawks, and many species of song birds.
Here are some tips for becoming a successful wildlife observer:
- Dress For Success. Wear clothing that is appropriate for the season and activity. Avoid brightly colored clothing.
- Use The Right Tools. A pair of binoculars, a camera, and a field guide for the species you wish to observe.
- Keep Your Distance. Maintain a distance that is comfortable for the wildlife.
- Stay Quit. Move slowly and quietly to increase your chances of viewing wildlife, and avoid stressing the animals that you wish to watch.
- Watch At Dusk And Dawn. This is the time that wildlife is most active and increase your chances of seeing them.
- Do Not Feed Wildlife. Feeding wildlife can alter their feeding habits and decrease their fear of humans. There is plenty of food available in the wild.
- The Right Time. Increase your changes of seeing different varieties of waterfowl and song birds by watching during the Spring and Fall migrations.