Pennsylvania is an exciting place to birdwatch during migration and breeding seasons! With more than 400 species of birds documented in the state - nearly half of the known total from North America - including 186 breeding species of birds, visitors to and residents of Pennsylvania can find year-round opportunities to engage in birdwatching.
This website includes an interactive guide and map that features a map of Pennsylvania highlighting birding locations, and a searchable database. Site descriptions, amenities, directions, and contact information are all included. Printable pages allow you to create your own guide to take with you during your travels. Getting Started, Tourism Information, Birding in Pennsylvania, and Wildlife Resources make this a valuable resource for outdoor enthusiasts.
By highlighting sites, trails, and scenic drives, the Pennsylvania Birding and Wildlife Guide website introduces you to the many natural wonders found in Pennsylvania including old growth forests, lush wetlands, the ridges and valleys of the Appalachians, plateaus, grasslands, lakes, ponds, and river systems. We hope your birding and wildlife experiences will be memorable.
This guide focuses primarily on birding, however, where there is quality habitat to support birds, there will also be amphibians, reptiles, mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, and other wildlife. The botanically inclined will find interesting plants. We hope you enjoy all the wonderful life forms while you are birdwatching!
Nationally, bird watching is one of the fastest growing forms of outdoor recreation. You can encourage and support this growth, and help promote conservation and natural resource protection and restoration of some of our great rural and wild areas, by visiting these sites, patronizing local establishments, and educating others about birds, wildlife, and our precious habitats.
This guide was developed in partnership with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, Audubon Pennsylvania, and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources. More than 360 locations in all counties throughout the Commonwealth are highlighted. Learn more About Us.
About the Artwork
Throughout this website you will find illustrations by John James Audubon (1785 – 1851) courtesy of the National Audubon Society. He was, for half a century, the country's dominant wildlife artist and self-taught naturalist. Read more about Audubon.