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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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oct 19

Bryant Park Fall Birding Tours

at Andrew Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Bryant Park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will's-widow!
Free!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Oct 21

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Oct 21

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - Hallett Nature Sanctuary

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.
Free!

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Kids

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oct 22

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - The North Woods

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Oct 28

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Oct 28

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - The North Woods

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 28

Art & Nature—Social Communication in the Insect World: Video Screening and Science Talk

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Learn how social insects—ants, bees, termites and more—have long inspired the imagination of artists and the curiosity of scientists.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Oct 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.

Best For
Kids
Oct 29

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - Hallett Nature Sanctuary

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 29

Flora and Fauna Walk of Highbridge Park with Leslie Day

at Dyckman Street and 10th Avenue Entrance to Highbridge Park (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Come on a morning nature walk through Highbridge Park, an ideal spot to see many species of animals, insects, and birds. J
Free!

Oct 29

Birding: Raptor Migration

at Gateway Drive and Erskine Street (in Spring Creek Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.
Free!

Oct 29

Hawk Watch at Moses Mountain

at Moses Mountain , Staten Island

12:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join ecologist Seth Wollney to learn why hawks migrate and how to identify different species.
Free!

Oct 29

Discovery Walks for Families: Living Laboratory

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join us as we venture into the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, and investigate the design of this living laboratory.
Free!

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Nov 4

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nov 11

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Nov 18

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nov 25

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dec 9

Kids Wildlife Workshop with Bobby Horvath

at J. Hood Wright Recreation Center (in J. Hood Wright Park) , Manhattan

2:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to meet an eagle owl? Pet a fox? Hold a red-tailed hawk? Here's your chance to get up close and personal with Northern Manhattan Parks' wildlife.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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