Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Each week I pick a random birding hotspots from around the state of Wyoming, and I provide insights on birding the locations! Today's selection is Bear River State Park near Evanston. I try to include birds in the notable section IF they have a high-ish relative occurrence during the best months to bird the location. And sometimes I lob in a bird just because it is really cool. If you have missed any of our previous "Hotspot Highlights," click here to catch up!
Hotspot Name: Bear River State Park
Location: Evanston, WY
Managing Organization: Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails
Facilities: Public Restrooms, Trails, Picnic Area, Fishing, Visitor Center, Handicap Accessible
Ebird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L421352
When to Bird: Spring | Summer | Fall
Number of Potential Species: 130
Notable Birds: Sandhill Crane, Spotted Sandpiper, American Kestrel (nesting), Western Wood-Pewee, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Gray Catbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Yellow Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak
Other Wildlife: Elk (Wapiti), Moose, American Bison
Description: This park can be a great distance from many of us in Wyoming. However, it is well worth a drive and a stayover during the warmer months. The birding is underrated at Bear River SP, mostly due to a lack of birders utilizing it. Given the beautiful riparian habitat, this park should see a far greater number of migrant passerines than currently recorded. Luckily, the 2019 BioBlitz will be held in Bear River State Park from June 7- 9; this should give us a better idea of the avifauna of the area!
If you're interested in joining the BioBlitz at Bear River State Park, visit Audubon Rockies website by clicking here.
On top of the bird-life, you can see American bison and elk at the park. Do note, these herds are managed by the state, so your chances of seeing them are very high. I would never raise my nose at a herd of large "ungulates," even if they are captive!
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