Ministry of Environment

Tips for Viewing

The goal of wildlife viewing is to safely observe wildlife undertaking natural behaviour in their natural habitat.

Follow some of the viewing tips below to increase your chances of seeing wildlife during your travels throughout the Province.

Check the season - most sites have a time of year when more birds or animals may be seen.

Time of day is important - early morning and evening are often good times.

Use cover, move slowly and be quiet to avoid startling wildlife and improve your viewing success.

Be patient – many animals leave tracks, droppings, nests, sleeping beds and dens if you look carefully.

Field Guides – provide clues to help you find and identify wildlife. Guides often include descriptions of habitat where wildlife can be found.

Binoculars and spotting scopes – help you view wildlife and other scenery. They allow you to effectively search larger areas.

Try different viewing strategies. Scan peaks with binoculars. Look for moose and bears in old burned or cleared areas where there is abundant shrub growth. Check for wildlife near lakes and wet areas, their sources of food and cover.