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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

a park ranger holds up an owl

Urban Wildlife Festival with the Urban Park Rangers
Meet owls, hawks, porcupines, tortoises, and more at this free festival in Highbridge Park on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Wildlife Events

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Apr 27

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours
Free!

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!

Apr 30

Freshwater Fishing

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, or chain pickerel.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours.
Free!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 4

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours
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

Urban Wildlife Festival

at West 172nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks, the Urban Park Rangers, and the Fort Tryon Park Trust at Urban Wildlife Festival to get up close and personal with owls, hawks, porcupines, tortoises, and more.
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
May 7

Seining

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet, seining programs use nets to catch fish.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours.
Free!

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!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 11

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours
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

Science in the Park: Baywaters

at Little Bay Park , Queens

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We'll grab a seining net and learn about the various creatures that live in the bay.
Free!

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

Butterfly Exploration

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Come view the many different species of butterflies that call New York their home.
Free!

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.

May 14

Kids Salamander Exploration

at Mosholu Avenue and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 14

Nocturnal Wildlife

at Winchester Boulevard, under Grand Central Parkway (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours.
Free!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 18

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours
Free!

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

Science in the Park: Baywaters

at Little Bay Park , Queens

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We'll grab a seining net and learn about the various creatures that live in the bay.
Free!

Best For
Kids
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
May 20

Wildlife Viewing: Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

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

Wildlife Viewing: Horseshoe Crabs

at Plumb Beach Parking Lot

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!

May 21

Seining

at Broad Channel American Ball Fields , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet; seining programs use nets to catch fish. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours.
Free!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 25

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours
Free!

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!

May 27

Freshwater Fishing

at Eton Place and Richmond Avenue (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, or chain pickerel. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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!

May 28

Wildlife Viewing: Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park 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

Science in the Park: Baywaters

at Little Bay Park , Queens

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We'll grab a seining net and learn about the various creatures that live in the bay.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Jun 10

Science in the Park: Baywaters

at Little Bay Park , Queens

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We'll grab a seining net and learn about the various creatures that live in the bay.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Jun 17

Science in the Park: Baywaters

at Little Bay Park , Queens

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We'll grab a seining net and learn about the various creatures that live in the bay.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jun 24

Science in the Park: Baywaters

at Little Bay Park , Queens

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We'll grab a seining net and learn about the various creatures that live in the bay.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 24

Summer on the Hudson: RiverFish Celebration

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Summer on the Hudson and the Urban Park Rangers connect you to the life living within the Hudson River with catch-and-release fishing and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids

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