The crisp fall air has brought an increase in activity here at the refuge lately. I’ve noticed more cars on the auto tour road as birders, photographers, anglers, and hunters take advantage of the cooler weather and upcoming hunting season.
Respect the Speed Limit for Wildlife and Safety
With the uptick in visitors, I wanted to kindly remind everyone to keep an eye on your speed while driving the tour route. The posted limit is 30 MPH, which allows us to safely share the road while taking in the natural splendor.
I know we’re all eager to reach our destination, whether it’s the perfect spot to observe migrating birds, set up for sunrise photos, get to your favorite fishing hole, or scout for an ideal hunting blind. But it’s vital we prioritize safety and consideration for others enjoying the refuge too.
Driving Tips for Wildlife Enthusiasts
In particular, I politely ask that you drive even a bit below the 30 MPH limit when passing by other stopped vehicles. This helps minimize the dust that gets kicked up, which can disrupt wildlife viewing and photography. In return, I’ll do my part not to block the road when I’m set up with my camera. If we all make small efforts to accommodate others, there’s certainly enough beauty at Sequoyah for everyone to enjoy!
A Captivating Wildlife Encounter
To illustrate my point, I’m sharing a photo I captured recently of a young coyote sauntering past one of the speed limit signs along the auto tour route. It was early morning and the coyote was out looking for breakfast, oblivious to the sign advising drivers to go no faster than 30 MPH. It’s a beautiful wildlife sighting, and a reminder for all of us visiting the refuge to slow down and appreciate the natural wonder that surrounds us here. Driving the speed limit not only keeps us safe, but allows us to fully take in special glimpses like this coyote during the early morning.
Wishing you all a fun and rewarding time at the refuge this fall. Let’s make safety and consideration top priorities so we can keep this special place thriving for generations to come.
Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer
- Date: 9/18/23
- Time: 8:10 AM
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- ISO: 4000
- Aperture: 14
- Shutter: 1/1250
- Exp. Comp.: +0.3
- Program: Manual