Keep Wildlife Wild
Keep Wildlife Wild At Oceano Dunes District
When visiting you can help protect and respect wildlife habitats through proper wildlife vieiwng etiquette, and knowing safe ways to view wildlife. Grab your gear and set out on an adventure and become a park steward and help Keep Wildlife Wild!
Nature Guide Tips to Keeping Wildlife Wild
Zoom In- Capture close up views of wildlife from a distance using binoculars, spotting scopes, or even the zoom function on a camera. Remember to admire from afar when viewing wildlife.
Pack It In Pack It Out- Leave only footprints behind and remember to pick up and take out your trash when visiting nature. Don't trash an animals home.
Arrive Prepared- Bring water, maps, field guides, know your routes and trails, and always dress for conditions.
Drown It Out- Burn it out, drown it out with water, and never bury a fire.
Respect The Space- Never get too close to wildlife. A good rule of thumb is when wildlife notices you, you are too close. And remember stay the course by never going off trail.
Keep to Yourself- Keep hands and snacks to yourself. Getting too close to wildlife to feed or touch can become a dangerous situation.
Which picture shows proper wildlife viewing etiquette?
Perfect From Afar
Viewing wildlife from a distance respects an animals space and keeps you safe.
Too Close Back Away
Animals have specialized diets and eating the wrong foods like human foods can make them sick or malnourished. Also, animals who are continually fed can lose their fear of humans and can become aggressive.
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