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]