Bird Songs of Yosemite National Park

There are 255 species to be found in Yosemite thanks to a wide range of climates and elevations ranging from the Sierra Nevada foothills to alpine highlands.
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There are 255 species to be found in Yosemite thanks to a wide range of climates and elevations ranging from the Sierra Nevada foothills to alpine highlands.

Listen quietly. You'll hear the sounds of birds providing ambient noise to the park. Sometimes the songs are to define territory and sometimes it's to attract a mate.

If you're an avid birder who is working on your life list, there are 255 species to be found in Yosemite National Park, thanks to a wide range of climates and elevations ranging from the Sierra Nevada foothills to alpine highlands over 10,000 feet in elevation.

For those with a casual interest in birding, taking a naturalist-guided nature walk is a great introduction to Yosemite's myriad bird life. Check the free park newspaper Yosemite Today or ask at visitor centers for current schedules of free ranger-led programs.

The nonprofit Yosemite Association offers in-depth birding field trips, including banding studies; visit www.yosemite.org or call (209) 379-2321 for more information.

In Yosemite Valley, the family-friendly Nature Center at Happy Isles displays replicas of some of the park's most famous resident and migratory birds.

Download the Yosemite Bird Checklist [PDF]