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Birding

A hawk on a branch stares off into the distance

New York City parks boast a wide variety of bird species throughout the year, and the Urban Park Rangers host the guided tours you need to locate and identify them. Come learn what’s flying through your neighborhood this season! Visit our Birding at NYC Parks page for a list of some of the best places to go birding in New York City. 

Birding Events

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Jul 5

Early Morning Birdwalk: Taking Wing

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
This is the time of year when young birds outnumber adult birds. Join us in search of fledglings as they test their wings!
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 5

Plover Day

at Beach 59th St & Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Discover one of New York City's endangered species: The Piping Plover! Partake in family-friendly games, crafts, and educational activities to raise awareness of this amazing shorebird.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jul 11

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Jul 11

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jul 18

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Jul 18

White Island Birding Excursion by Canoe (Advanced)

at Burnett Street and Avenue U (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Explore the water of Gerritsen Creek and paddle by this special island where only wildflowers and wild birds reside.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 18

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jul 19

Birding: Ridgewood Reservoir

at Ridgewood Reservoir , Queens  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jul 25

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Jul 25

Wildlife Viewing: Raptor Watch

at Wilde and Melvin Avenues (in Schmul Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 25

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jul 26

Orchard Beach Lagoon Birding Excursion (Intermediate)

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Explore the Orchard Beach Lagoon, including Bartow Creek as we look for birds that live in this estuarine habitat of the Long Island Sound.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Aug 1

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Aug 1

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Aug 2

Discovery Day

at Freshkills Park Event Entrance , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Come to Freshkills Park for an opportunity to discover the trails and hills of the landfill-to-park project!
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Aug 8

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Aug 8

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Aug 15

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Aug 15

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Aug 22

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Aug 22

Natural Areas Exploration Day

at Randalls Island Natural Areas (in Randall's Island Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Come explore Randall’s Island’s wetlands and other natural areas- all ages are welcome at this free event!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 22

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Aug 29

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Aug 29

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sep 5

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Sep 5

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sep 6

Ranger's Choice: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Thursday, August 27th.
Free!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sep 12

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Sep 12

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sep 19

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Sep 19

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sep 26

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Sep 26

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oct 3

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Oct 3

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oct 10

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Oct 10

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Oct 17

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Oct 17

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Oct 24

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Oct 24

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Oct 31

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Oct 31

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Nov 7

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Nov 7

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nov 14

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Nov 14

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nov 21

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Nov 21

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nov 28

Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds.
Free!

Nov 28

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dec 5

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Dec 12

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dec 19

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dec 26

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

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