Winter will soon be gone so get outside and take in the sights!
The best thing to do in winter is to go watch waterfowl, eagles, and Sandhill Cranes! Species will be slowly departing as the month goes on so don't miss you chance to get out there.
Ducks and geese will begin to dwindle in Tennessee this month and begin heading north to breed.
Some of the best locations are at Reelfoot Lake State Park (multiple viewing access points) and various boat ramps around the lake. Reelfoot WMA often has flooded fields for waterfowl resting and roosting on the west side of the lake. The Phillippy area northwest of Reelfoot Lake is also a good viewing area. The Reelfoot area often has over 100 Bald Eagles in winter so keep your eyes open!
Other excellent places to view waterfowl, eagles, and Sandhill Cranes in winter:
Lauderdale Refuge (which has a viewing tower)
Percy Priest Lake has many access points (boat ramps) for viewing waterfowl, loons, and the occasional bald eagle.
Cross Creeks NWR is Dover, TN often has excellent waterfowl habitat in winter, but access is limited.
Paris Landing State Park and the adjacent Tennessee NWR units are some of the best places to view waterfowl in the state. There are also a dozen or more eagle nests in the area, so seeing an eagle or twelve is very possible.
Radnor Lake State Park is an oasis in a sea of concrete, but it is a good place to find a variety of waterfowl in small to moderate numbers. You may find Canvasback or Redheads here.
Hiwassee Refuge near Chattanooga has the largest concentration of wintering Sandhill Cranes in Tennessee. A variety of waterfowl may be seen, in addition to Bald Eagles.