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Wildlife

A turtle hangs out on a rock in Morningside Park

Meet and learn about NYC's wildlife neighbors, from the fish and crabs of our waters to the hawks and eagles of our skies. Our expert Urban Park Rangers, Parks Wildlife Unit, and our partners and friends lead wildlife-viewing tours and lectures all across the New York City. Join us! To learn more about NYC's wildlife and what to do when encountering wildlife, please visit our Urban Wildlife page

Wildlife Events

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Jul 1

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Head to the park to join bird walks led by experts from the NYC Audubon! Bird walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Jul 1

Plover Day

at Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks' to celebrate nesting shorebirds! Enjoy educational activities and crafts at this family-friendly event that raises awareness of this amazing shorebird.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 1

Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization. Come view original artwork celebrating nature…
Free!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Jul 2

Early Morning Bird Walk

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 the Prospect Park Alliance in search of fledglings as they test their wings!
Free!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jul 5

Birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park Night Tour

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Learn about the extraordinary history, ecology, and design of Brooklyn Bridge Park! This tour led by Heather Wolf, Naturalist and Author.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Jul 8

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Head to the park to join bird walks led by experts from the NYC Audubon! Bird walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Jul 8

Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization. Come view original artwork celebrating nature…
Free!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jul 9

Summer Birding

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of diverse bird species and their behavior on these captivating walks through the gardens and woodlands.

Jul 9

Gardening Day at Meadow Lake

at World's Fair Boathouse (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Garden with FMCP Stewardship to continue the restoration of the Meadow Lake Boathouse planting beds. Help add the bright and blooming native flowers that will bring smiles to…
Free!

Jul 9

City Chicken: Egg Workshop

at Imani Community Garden , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
YOU can raise chickens in New York City!
Free!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jul 14

Bryant Park Beekeeping

at Bryant Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Bryant Park Corp. for educational talks about bees and the art of beekeeping.
Free!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Jul 15

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Head to the park to join bird walks led by experts from the NYC Audubon! Bird walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Jul 15

Wildlife Tour: High Line as Habitat

at High Line (in The High Line) , Manhattan

8:00 a.m.9:15 a.m.
This tour will focus on how pollinators, migratory birds, and other wildlife use the habitat and forage provided by the High Line's gardens.
Free!

Jul 15

White Island Birding Excursion (Advanced)

at Marine Park , Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Explore the waters of Gerritsen Creek and paddle by this special island. Prior canoe experience required. Ages 8 years and older. Registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 15

Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization. Come view original artwork celebrating nature…
Free!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jul 16

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Hoyt Avenue North and 19th Street

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

Jul 16

Nature Walk

at Peter Stuyvesant Statue (in Stuyvesant Square) , Manhattan

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
In addition to various flora and fauna, our park is frequented by squirrels, pigeons, and the occasional falcon or hawk.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jul 22

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Head to the park to join bird walks led by experts from the NYC Audubon! Bird walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Jul 22

Seining

at Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet, on our seining programs, we use nets to catch fish. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. First come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 22

Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization. Come view original artwork celebrating nature…
Free!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Jul 23

Orchard Beach Lagoon Birding Excursion (Intermediate)

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Prior canoe experience preferred; for ages 8 and older. Registration is required.
Free!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jul 29

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Head to the park to join bird walks led by experts from the NYC Audubon! Bird walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Jul 29

Birding: Osprey Watch

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

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!

Jul 29

Feral Cat Caretaker Certificate

at Jackie Robinson Recreation Center (in Jackie Robinson Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and colony care in this hands-on workshop.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 29

Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization. Come view original artwork celebrating nature…
Free!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Jul 30

Living with Urban Coyotes

at Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  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!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Aug 5

Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization. Come view original artwork celebrating nature…
Free!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Aug 6

Heather Garden Pollinators Tour

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Watch and learn about the honey bees and our native butterflies, moths, bees, and maybe a hummingbird or two as they gather nectar from flower to flower.
Free!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Aug 11

Bryant Park Beekeeping

at Bryant Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Bryant Park Corp. for educational talks about bees and the art of beekeeping.
Free!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Aug 12

Living Soil: Supporting Diverse Soil Ecology

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We'll go on a soil organism safari to understand how soil biodiversity sustains ecosystems & human health. Learn how to support soil life in the garden.
Free!

Aug 12

Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization. Come view original artwork celebrating nature…
Free!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Aug 19

Wildlife Tour: High Line as Habitat

at High Line (in The High Line) , Manhattan

8:00 a.m.9:15 a.m.
This tour will focus on how pollinators, migratory birds, and other wildlife use the habitat and forage provided by the High Line's gardens.
Free!

Aug 19

Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization. Come view original artwork celebrating nature…
Free!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sep 8

Bryant Park Beekeeping

at Bryant Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Bryant Park Corp. for educational talks about bees and the art of beekeeping.
Free!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sep 16

Wildlife Tour: High Line as Habitat

at High Line (in The High Line) , Manhattan

8:00 a.m.9:15 a.m.
This tour will focus on how pollinators, migratory birds, and other wildlife use the habitat and forage provided by the High Line's gardens.
Free!

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