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Urban Park Rangers: Wildlife Viewing

With the Urban Park Rangers as your guides, meet our many wild neighbors, from the salamanders of the forest floors to the bald eagles that soar our skies.

A park ranger holds up a peregrine falcon

Urban Wildlife Festival - Saturday, May 4
Meet some of NYC's wildest residents at the Urban Wildlife Fest and the kickoff of our Rangers 40th anniversary! See turtles, porcupines, birds of prey, and more up close and learn about their life here in NYC. 

Urban Park Rangers: Wildlife Viewing Events

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sep20

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camp overnight in Inwood Hill Park, home to Manhattan's last remaining natural forest and owls! Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration begins on Wednesday, September 11.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sep22

The New York City Naturalist Club: Fall Migration

at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

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

Sep22

Queens Park of the Month: Idlewild Birding by Canoe Adventure

at Idlewild ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a peaceful paddle in the wetlands of Jamaica Bay and view the incredible birds in this habitat. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on September 11.
Free!

Sep22

Birding Along the Bronx River Foodway

at Inside the park at Bruckner Boulevard (in Concrete Plant Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a walk through Concrete Plant Park and learn about the Foodway while discovering the birds in your community.
Free!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sep29

Nocturnal Wildlife Hike

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they search for some of the lesser-seen creatures of the night. Lottery registration opens on Wednesday, September 18
Free!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Oct 5

Secret Life of Squirrels

at Staten Island Boulevard and Shields Place (in Deere Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and discover some fun and interesting facts about the eastern gray squirrel.
Free!

Oct 5

Discovery Hike: Nocturnal Wildlife

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on our nocturnal discovery hike and find out some interesting facts about the noctural wildlife in Marine Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Oct 6

Birding: Warbler Watch

at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we look for and learn about the variety of these small visitors during their migratory passage.
Free!

Oct 6

Birding: Fall Migrants

at 223rd Street and 46th Avenue (in Alley Pond Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see fall migratory birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oct12

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers as they hike up the hills of the Bronx-Pelham Landfill, the decommissioned landfill is now home to an abundance of wildlife. Registration is required.
Free!

Oct12

Birding: Fall Migration

at Hester Street and Forsyth Street (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see fall migratory birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

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