The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife just released an interactive Google map that made me think, “What am I doing sitting here at my computer?!”
We’re in a state full of fascinating creatures, and this map (color-coded by recreation zone so you can check for updates on current viewing opportunities) tells you where to find your favorites. The map illustrates 235 places where you can watch wildlife, including tufted puffins, Rocky Mountain elk, ray whales, great blue herons, bats, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, chinook salmon, golden eagles, elephant seals, yellow-legged frogs … the list goes on.
According to ODFW, Oregon is home to about 140 terrestrial mammals, 30 amphibian species and 30 kinds of reptiles, about 275 species of breeding birds and another 85 migratory birds. What’s your favorite place to watch wildlife? Ecola State Park and Haystack Rock are at the top of my list.