Prairie falcon by Matt MacGillivray / Wikimedia.

Wyoming Bird Watching

Birding Wyoming

The big, rectangular state of Wyoming has spectacular scenery including iconic national parks and Devil’s Tower National Monument. It has diverse habitat, including high-elevation coniferous forests, high plains, rocky rivers, sage-brush, scrubland, wetlands, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, lakes and reservoirs, and grasslands. It has magnificent megafauna, including bison, elk, and grizzly bear, and not many people—Wyoming is the least densely populated state in the Lower 48. And it has birds: More than 400 bird species have been reported in the state, including 285 in Yellowstone National Park alone. Best bets for finding Wyoming birds include planning a route that traverses the diverse habitat, and focusing on water, since much of the state is arid.