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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

Wildlife Events

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Dec16

Central Park Christmas Bird Count

at Central ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join NYC Audubon, Urban Park Rangers, and the Central Park Conservancy as we count birds in every section of the park.
Free!

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Event
Dec16

Family Art Project: Wintery Birdy Marionettes

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)Bronx This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Have you seen any downy woodpeckers, chickadees or eastern towhees lately? See these black-and-white winter birds at Wave Hill this winter and make fun bird marionettes.

Best For
Kids
Dec16

Animal of the Month Club: Northern Cardinal

at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we discuss the Northern Cardinal. This vibrant bird can be seen and heard in our parks throughout the winter season.
Free!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Dec22

Ranger's Choice: Birding Van Trip

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Winter is the best time of year to spot owls. Registration is required.
Free!

Dec22

Nature Exploration Hike: The North Woods

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 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!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Dec23

The New York City Naturalist Club: Eagle Watch

at Payson Avenue and Dyckman Street (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Winter is a great time to spot bald eagles. In the winter, birds of prey tend to fly further south to New York City in search of food. Our park rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots.
Free!

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Event
Dec23

Living with White-Tailed Deer

at Hanover Avenue and Palma Drive (in Eibs Pond Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn about deer ecology and behavior as you look for clues of deer presence. Join in a discussion about the impacts of deer in an urban environment.
Free!

Dec23

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

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Event
Dec23

Winter Solstice Walk: The South Pole at Wards Point, Staten Island

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The geographical southern tip of the State overlooks the confluences of the Raritan Bay, Raritan River, and Arthur Kill water bodies.
Free!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Dec26

Kids Week: All About Owls

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Whooo knows what we will find as we look through owl pellet's and learn more about the adaptions of owls!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Dec27

Winter Survival

at Alley Pond Environmental CenterQueens

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
How do local animals survive the harsh winter weather? Learn about physical and behavioral adaptations of forest mammals, birds and reptiles.

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Winter Wildlife Hike for Kids

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a winter walk looking for signs of wildlife.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, December 28, 2018

Dec28

Kids Week: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec28

Kids Week: Build a Birdfeeder

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how to build a birdfeeder for your own back yard.
Free!

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Kids

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Jan 6

Ecosystem Explorers: Grasslands

at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
We will identify and view the many different birds, mammal, insect and plant species of a grassland ecosystem.
Free!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jan12

The New York City Naturalist Club: Bald Eagle Watch

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in the urban jungle. All skill levels are welcomed.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan12

Living with Urban Coyotes

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Come learn about one of our more fascinating neighbors—the coyote.
Free!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Jan13

Seal Exploration

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.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!

Jan13

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at Hylan Boulevard and Edgewater Street (in Alice Austen Park)Staten Island

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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Jan19

Birding: Winter Birds

at Green-Wood Cemetery at 25th StreetBrooklyn 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. All skill levels are welcome.
Free!

Jan19

Ecosystem Explorers: Deciduous Forest

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Deciduous forests host many different tree species, and all kinds of wildlife from birds to deer can be seen in their natural environment
Free!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Jan20

Animal of the Month: Northern Harrier

at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in Brookfield Park as we look for this acrobatic raptor, the Norther Harrier.
Free!

Jan20

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Jan26

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at West 100 Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
This program will focus on the different species of waterfowl that reside in our parks during the colder winter months. Birding programs sare appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Jan26

Winter Wildlife: Squirrels

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Ever wonder how squirrels are able to thrive in an urban environment? Learn about the basic biology and habits of these abundant and curious mammals.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Jan27

Birding: Owls

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike, as we look for this bird of prey. Participants are selected by lottery. Lottery registration begins on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Free!

Jan27

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at Brookville Boulevard and Caney Road (in Brookville Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This program will focus on the different species of waterfowl that reside in our parks during the colder winter months. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

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