The battle to be named 'Best Birdwatching' was intense and hard fought, but after four weeks of voting, Magee Marsh in Ohio took home top honors. This winning spot on the banks of Lake Erie attracts large numbers of North American songbirds – and the birdwatchers who come to spot them.
Finishing strong in second place was Pennsylvania's Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, one of the nation's best spots to watch the sky during the annual raptor migration. It also won over readers with its rich history of raptor conservation.
Both Bosque del Apache in New Mexico and Platte River Valley in Nebraska finished in the top five, and both are famous for sunrise and sunset viewings of tens of thousands of birds (snow geese and sandhill cranes respectively). Rounding out the top five was the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.
The full list of winners in the 'Best Birdwatching' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice is as follows:
- Magee Marsh, Ohio
- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Penn.
- Bosque del Apache, N.M.
- Platte River Valley, Neb.
- Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
- Sanibel Island, Fla.
- Dauphin Island, Alabama
- Cape May, N.J.
- Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas
- Southeastern Ariz.
Congratulations to all our winners.
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