Updated: Apr 7
Traveling across the west using I-80? Visit Bear River State Park for some birds and large mammals!
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.
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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