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Mission

The California Watchable Wildlife Project celebrates the state's wildlife and diverse habitats by acknowledging and elevating the value of wildlife viewing to benefit individuals, families, communities, and industries while fostering awareness and support for conservation and protection of wildlife and habitats.


Who's Watching Wildlife?

Over 6.5 million Californians watch wildlife, and hundreds of thousands of visitors watch wildlife as part of their travels to the state.

In 2011 over 90 million U.S. residents - 38% of the population 16 years old and older - enjoyed recreational activity related to fish and wildlife. Nearly 72 million people engaged in wildlife-watching activities such as closely observing, photographing, and or feeding wildlife.

California continues to attract more wildlife viewers and associated expenditures than any other state in the nation, and exceeded $3.7 million in expenditures in 2011.

For links to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation reports, see Announcements below.


California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

California Watchable Wildlife is a member of the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism, a volunteer consortium of public and private organizations that has created the California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. California Watchable Wildlife is committed to these goals, recognizing that that children who participate in these outdoor recreation activities are healthier, do better in school, have better social skills and self image, and lead more fulfilled lives.

California Watchable Wildlife's network of wildlife viewing sites offer opportunities for youth between the ages of four and fourteen to:

1. Play in a safe place     6. Camp under the stars
2. Explore nature           7. Ride a bike
3. Learn to swim            8. Go boating
4. Go fishing                 9. Connect with the past
5. Follow a trail            10. Plant a seed

Download the California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.


Announcements

2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife - Associated Recreation
Issued August, 2017
This is the National Overview of the report issued every 5 years by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife - Associated Recreation
Issued August, 2012
This is the National Overview of the report issued every 5 years by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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Nominate a Watchable Wildlife Viewing Site

The California Watchable Wildlife Project is soliciting nominations for wildlife viewing sites to be included in our statewide network. Our goal is to address the growing interest in wildlife viewing and nature tourism by educating the public about where and how to view native wildlife and habitats in a respectful and sustainable way while building support for the long-term conservation and management of California's natural resources.

Viewing sites are evaluated by the Steering Committee for their wildlife viewing values, quality and diversity of habitats and visitor amenities to ensure that the state's wildlife values are protected from overuse and that each site offers the highest quality viewing experience to visitors.

All viewing sites must be nominated by the site manager or designated staff member. Often an interpretive specialist is the best person to complete the nomination form. Double-click (Nominate a Site) to open the PDF Nomination Instructions.

Once a site has been approved for inclusion in the California Watchable Wildlife Viewing Network, the selected sites will be promoted on the website (cawatchablewildlife.org), through the posting of directional road signs (premier and regional sites), and included in all marketing efforts. This project is endorsed by the partnering agencies listed below.