The seasonal transition between summer and fall is a great time of year to go animal viewing in the wilderness. There are still sunny days, and many animal species mate during this period.
Wildlife viewing is exciting and a great way to get involved with nature and understand that “we are all in this together…” However, watching wildlife has its trick and not performing it correctly could not only ruin your expectations, but you might be forced to perform a disappearing act.
At Mile Hi Rafting you can hike through multiple trails and enjoy some of the most astonishing wild animals in their natural habits, in a secure way. Nonetheless, it is pretty important to follow some tips for more rewarding, safer, and responsible wildlife viewing.
The primary recommendation that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife gives when hiking and watching wildlife is to observe animals from a safe distance—safe for you and safe for the animals. You can get ‘close’ by using binoculars, a spotting scope, or a camera with a telephoto lens.
Wear earth-tone clothes, like gray, khaki and olive green and try wearing unscented lotions. Also, remove glasses that glint. Animals will tolerate you better if you blend into the surroundings.
Walk softly so as not to snap twigs or trample wildflowers. Move slowly and casually, not directly at wildlife. Stay calm and still. Use your peripheral vision rather than turning your head. Noise and quick movements mean “danger” to wildlife. They may run or fly off, sometimes leaving their nests or young unprotected. Never chase!
Where to Look?
Look at the edges of the landscape, for example; where the forest meets the meadow because many wildlife species spend time along habitat edges.
Look above and below you. Animals occupy niches all around us.
Look for movement, shapes, and color contrasts. Motion is the best giveaway. Also, search for parts of an animal such as its head, tail, ear, wing, or antler.
Do Not Interact
Move slowly and casually, not directly at wildlife. Allow animals to keep you in view; do not surprise them. Avoid eye contact; watch from the ‘corner’ of your eye.
Use the animals’ behavior as a guide and limit the time you spend watching it. Keep your distance, for the safety and comfort of both animals and people. If an animal changes its behavior, stops eating or seems nervous at your presence, it’s time to back away.
Avoid animals that behave unexpectedly or aggressively. They may be ill, injured, or have young nearby.
Resist the temptation to “save” baby animals. They are not abandoned, and mom is watching from a safe distance.
Animals at rest need to remain at rest; don’t do anything that might make them move and never feed wild animals. It can change their behavior in ways that can be harmful—both to them and to people.
Summer is not gone yet! Make the most of its final days and enjoy Colorado’s astonishing wilderness, with Mile Hi Rafting. We have multiple options and adventures for the whole family.
Hike or navigate on top of your personal ATV, on historic mining trails, through the scenic Rocky Mountains enjoying breathtaking vistas of the Continental Divide and Mt Evans.
Make use of our “last summer days offer” and for just five bucks add camping to any adventure of your choice. Take advantage of this great offer and admire nocturnal wildlife too. Do you dare?