sea otter surfacing in the water

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Summer is a great time to watch wildlife in national parks. Here is a short list of what you might find. Check with your nearest park for information about wildlife watching opportunities.

Highlighted Summer Wildlife Watching

  • Close up of Kemp's ridley hatchlings on the sandy beach crawling to the ocean at sunrise
    Sea Turtles at Padre Islands

    Want to see a newly hatched sea turtle crawl to the shore? April-September is sea turtle nesting season at Padre Island National Seashore.

  • Bats in flight at dusk
    Bats at Carlsbad Caverns

    Every summer, thousands of visitors gather to watch hundreds of thousands of Brazilian free-tailed bats fly out of their caves.

  • A humpback dives out of the water, ready to splash down again.
    Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay

    Having spent the winter fasting in Hawaii waters, Hungry humpbacks come home to Glacier Bay in the summer to feast on schools of fish.

Watching Wildlife in Summer

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    Last updated: September 14, 2021


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