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

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sep29

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.
Join us for a bird walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon! Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery.
Free!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Sep30

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.
Join us for a bird walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon! Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery.
Free!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Oct 1

Family Nature Walk

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

3:00 a.m.5:00 a.m.
Lace up your shoes for a nature walk at Freshkills Park! Freshkills Park staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public.
Free!

Oct 1

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Oct 3

Fall Bird Walk

at Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Learn about the amazing adaptations of birds as they thrive in the Island’s restored habitats.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 3

Unexpected History of Common Plants Tour

at Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Take a guided tour with an expert horticulturist along the Water’s Edge Garden to the Woodland Garden and learn the fascinating history of common garden plants.
Free!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Oct 4

Bird Tour at Freshkills Park

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
On this tour, you will learn about the different birds found in the woods, wetlands, and grasslands at Freshkills Park.
Free!

Oct 4

Birding: Fall Migrants

at Arch at Grand Army Plaza (in Prospect Park)Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The early bird catches the worm! Join the Urban Park Rangers on this morning birding tour as we look for fall migrants.
Free!

Oct 4

Accessible Birding Exploration

at Ben Abrams Playground (in Bronx Park)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bring your own binoculars as the Urban Park Rangers lead you down a paved and accessible path, in search of Fall migrants along the Bronx River.
Free!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Oct 7

Hudson River Virtual Walks

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live with HRPK’s River Project to enjoy virtual programs and connect with the Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary. Discover HRPK’s dynamic shoreline with guided tours!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Oct 8

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Oct11

Family Nature Walk

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Freshkills Park staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct11

Birding: Fall Migrants

at Oakland Lake (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.
Free!

Oct11

Kayak Tour

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
This two-mile round-trip paddle is a chance to explore the creeks and shorelines of Freshkills Park and experience the wildlife while the site is closed to the public.
Free!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Oct15

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Oct18

Nature Exploration: Inwood Hill Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature
Free!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Oct21

Ask a Scientist

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Engage with real scientists in real time! Each month, we invite you to explore current park research with a local STEM expert followed by a live Q&A session.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Oct22

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Oct25

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

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. Registration is required.
Free!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Oct28

Shell-ebrate Oysters

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for virtual oyster monitoring sessions to learn about the history and important environmental role of this keystone species.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Oct29

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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