Special Report

Best Places to Birdwatch in Every State

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46. Virginia
> Best place to birdwatch: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
> All-time bird sightings in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge: 340 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: Semipalmated Sandpiper (20,400 sightings)
> Most seen bird in Virginia last 10 yrs.: Red-winged Blackbird (64,001 sightings)
> State bird: Northern Cardinal

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47. Washington
> Best place to birdwatch: Neah Bay
> All-time bird sightings in Neah Bay: 284 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: Common Murre (23,566 sightings)
> Most seen bird in Washington last 10 yrs.: Sooty Shearwater (352,000 sightings)
> State bird: Willow Goldfinch

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48. West Virginia
> Best place to birdwatch: Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area
> All-time bird sightings in Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area: 249 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: European Starling (1,125 sightings)
> Most seen bird in West Virginia last 10 yrs.: Common Grackle (5,000 sightings)
> State bird: Northern Cardinal

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49. Wisconsin
> Best place to birdwatch: Manitowoc Lakefront
> All-time bird sightings in Manitowoc Lakefront: 298 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: Greater Scaup (15,000 sightings)
> Most seen bird in Wisconsin last 10 yrs.: Double-crested Cormorant (100,000 sightings)
> State bird: American Robin, Mourning Dove

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50. Wyoming
> Best place to birdwatch: Wyoming Hereford Ranch
> All-time bird sightings in Wyoming Hereford Ranch: 256 species
> Most seen bird in Dauphin Island: European Starling (1,350 sightings)
> Most seen bird in Wyoming last 10 yrs.: American Coot (6,225 sightings)
> State bird: Western Meadowlark