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Birding


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It's not just snowbirds that flock to Yuma - nearly 400 species of birds make this a seasonal stop or year-round home because of our area's diverse habitat.

There's great birding right in the middle of town, thanks to West Wetlands and Gateway parks and the East Wetlands restoration area (download East Wetlands trail guide here). Farther afield, Imperial, Kofa and Cibola national wildlife refuges and Betty's Kitchen Interpretive Area at Mittry Lake provide thousands of acres of diverse desert, mountain and riparian habitat.

Our Visitor Information Center offers a variety of books about birding and species you can spot here. For a birder's eye view of the local scene, check out the local Audubon Society chapter, www.audubonyuma.org. Local experts who've banded together under the name of Southwest Birders have a great website (www.southwestbirders.com) that offers a map and detailed guide to birding "hot spots" throughout the Yuma area.

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