Where do you look for wildlife? It depends on what you want to see. No one expects to find an alligator in a desert arroyo or a manatee in a mountain lake. But it’s surprising how many don’t notice that even small changes in surroundings can mean major changes in the creatures that live there.
Acorn Woodpeckers know that oaks from little acorns grow because that’s how they make their living. If you want to see these clown-faced hammerheads, search for foothill woodlands where oak trees predominate.
Meadowlarks sing their songs from fence posts in meadows and grasslands, and build their nests in the same habitat. To hear their melodies you leave the foothills and drive down to the flats.
These birds got their names from where they are found, but almost all wildlife has a specific combination of living conditions to which they have adapted. The migrants might only restrict themselves to these areas during certain times of year, but even the long distance travelers tend to look for similar conditions when following the seasons.