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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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Apr 29

Bird-Watching Walk

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Start your day with an early morning bird watching walk led by Jean Loscalzo of the Queens County Bird Club. Binoculars recommended.
Free!

Apr 29

Fort Tryon Kids Workshop: Birds of Cabrini Woods

at Cabrini Woods (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
We will enjoy a unique tree canopy-level view of the woods and learn fun facts about migrating birds through art, acting, and other hands-on activities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 29

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds—like water, shelter, and insects to eat.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Apr 30

Birds of High Rock Park

at Parking Area (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Join Seth Wollney for a walk around High Rock Park in search of spring migrants including warblers, thrushes, vireos, and more!
Free!

Apr 30

Birding: Ospreys

at Fort Totten Front Gate (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3

NYC Compost Project: Turn and Learn

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Learn sustainable landscape management practices and help us make compost.
Free!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 6

Early Morning Bird Walk

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

8:30 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Join naturalist Gabriel Willow on a special early-morning walk to spot the amazing diversity of birds in the gardens and woodlands, as well as in the skies above, before the gates open.
Free!

May 6

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders

at Chess & Checkers House (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 6

Meet Birds of Prey

at East 16th Road to East 18th Road on Cross Bay Boulevard (in Broad Channel Park) , Queens

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This is an exciting chance to meet live hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the many adaptations that make these animals some of the most skilled hunter on the planet.
Free!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 7

Bird-Watching at the Reservoir

at Ridgewood Reservoir , Queens  This is an Accessible location

7:30 a.m.8:30 a.m.
Catch the warbler wave! Welcome them back at a spring bird-watching workshop led by The Brooklyn Bird Club.
Free!

May 7

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds—like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9

Bird Walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon

at Netherland Monument (in The Battery) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery.
Free!

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 12

Sunset Birding Walk in Cabrini Woods

at Cabrini Woods (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Explore the small woodland's surprising diversity of flora and fauna and learn about the songbirds that stop here during spring migration.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13

Birding: Spring Migration

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

May 13

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds—like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Best For
Kids
May 13

Birding: Ridgewood Reservoir

at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 13

Central Park Conservancy Family Discovery Day

at East Pinetum (in Central Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for a day of discovery and learn first-hand about the people, plants, and wildlife that make Central Park thrive!
Free!

Must See
Event
May 13

Meet Birds of Prey

at Beach 87th Street (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This is an exciting chance to meet live hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the many adaptations that make these animals some of the most skilled hunters on the planet.
Free!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 14

Spring Birding

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Explore the gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow on a quest to spot some of our favorite feathered friends as they return to the Hudson Highlands.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20

Birding Bonanza

at Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh (in Randall's Island Park) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
At our Birding Bonanza event, expert guides from both the Randall's Island Park Alliance and NYC Audubon help you explore the park while you seek and discover our feathered island residents.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 20

Rangers Choice: Calvert Vaux Park Discovery Hike

at Calvert Vaux Park , Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
This beautifully-restored parkland holds remnants of sunken barges that have been taken over by nature.
Free!

May 20

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the…
Free!

May 20

For The Birds Festival: A Celebration of All Things Avian

at Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Come discover and celebrate NYC's avian residents at Conference House Park's For The Birds Festival.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 21

Bird Watching

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Start your day with an early morning bird-watching walk led by Jean Loscalzo of the Queens County Bird Club. Binoculars recommended.
Free!

May 21

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Parking Area (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will teach you how to use your eyes and ears to find these birds of prey in this enchanting woodland.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 21

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds—like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Best For
Kids

Saturday, May 27, 2017

May 27

Birds of Clove Lakes Park

at Martlings Avenue Bridge (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Join Seth Wollney for a birding walk through Staten Island’s premier migrant trap! We will search for late-season migrants such as warblers, flycatchers, and thrushes.
Free!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 28

Wildlife Viewing: Birding

at Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Jun 3

Bird-Watching at the Reservoir

at Main entrance across from the Vermont Place Parking Lot

7:30 a.m.8:30 a.m.
Start your day with an early morning bird-watching walk led by the Brooklyn Bird Club
Free!

Jun 3

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds—like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jun 4

Discovery Day at Freshkills Park

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

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Discovery Day is a one-day opportunity to visit normally closed sections of Freshkills Park before they open to the public.
Free!

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Event

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