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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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Aug 18

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
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

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for fun nature activities in the park!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 19

Bees and Beekeeping Information Station

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

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Chat with beekeepers, try on beekeeping gear, peek inside a hive and learn fascinating facts about honeybees.
Free!

Aug 19

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!
Free!

Aug 19

Honey Extraction Demonstration

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

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Drop in and see the sticky process of extracting honey from the comb with our resident bee experts.
Free!

Must See
Event
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!

Aug 19

Seining

at Fort Totten Front Gate (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet as seining programs use nets to catch fish. Participation is first-come, first-served. Program is recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 19

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
What lurks around at night? Find out as the Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through Blue Heron under the cover of darkness.
Free!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Aug 20

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for fun nature activities in the park!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 20

Bees and Beekeeping Information Station

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

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Chat with beekeepers, try on beekeeping gear, peek inside a hive, and learn fascinating facts about honeybees.

Aug 20

Honey Extraction Demonstration

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

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Drop in and see the sticky process of extracting honey from the comb with our resident bee experts.

Must See
Event

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Aug 22

The Buzz about Bees

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
A local beekeeper and educator from Beezy Bees Honey visits to show a demonstration hive and beekeeping equipment, teach about different types of pollinators, and offer advice about how to attract pollinators to outdoor spaces.
Free!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Aug 24

Nature at Night

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening hike to see, hear, and learn about the mysterious urban wildlife in Prospect Park. Carissa and the Voodoo Lilies will perform live for our pre-hike happy hour.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Aug 25

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
Free!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Aug 26

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for fun nature activities in the park!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 26

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!
Free!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Aug 27

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for fun nature activities in the park!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sep 1

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
Free!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sep 2

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!
Free!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sep 3

Bronx Kill Salt Marsh Tour

at Bronx Kill Salt Marsh (in Randall's Island Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the Bronx Kill Salt Marsh to view wildlife up close, learn about the ecological importance of wetlands, and explore the waterfront.
Free!

Sep 3

Kayak Staten Island

at Page Avenue Beach , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Boats and life jackets will be provided for a short paddle. Launch help and paddling tips are given by experienced kayakers at the shore and on the water.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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!

Sep 8

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
Free!

Sep 8

Bat Bonanza Night Hike at Willowbrook Park

at 1 Eton Place (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Join us for an end-of-summer stroll around Willowbrook Park to search for nocturnal mammalian mosquito eaters.
Free!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sep 9

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!
Free!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sep 10

Fall Birding

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks.

Sep 10

Thomas Jefferson Park to Randall's Island Hike (Moderate)

at 112th Street and First Avenue (in Thomas Jefferson Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy the urban wildlife and landscaping of Thomas Jefferson Park. Then journey along the greenway to Randall's Island to explore the salt marshes and waterside views of the city.
Free!

Sep 10

Seaside Wildlife Exploration

at Canarsie Park House (in Canarsie Park) , Brooklyn

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 for seaside creatures.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sep 15

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
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!

Sep 16

Cabrini Woods Migration Walk

at Cabrini Woods (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Join an expert naturalist, to learn about birds that visit Fort Tryon, and why they stop here on their way back from breeding grounds.
Free!

Sep 16

Butterfly Stroll: Discovery Hike

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Hike along the Multipurpose Trail in search of butterfiles and fall wildflowers.
Free!

Sep 16

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!
Free!

Sep 16

Raptor Fest

at Stadium Ball Fields (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
This event is a great way for kids to learn about hawks, owls, falcons, and other birds of prey, get up close and personal with them, and watch them perform amazing aerial feats.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sep 17

What's Not to Lichen?

at Parking Area (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Hike through High Rock Park in search of lichen! These fascinating and tough organisms are found from front stoops in the cities to the untrammeled wilderness of the trundra.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 17

Fort Tryon Park Highlights

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Take in the scenic views of the Hudson River on this hike through Fort Tryon Park, highlighting its natural features, historic landmarks, and wildlife.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 17

Nature Presentation: Ladybug Meet-and-Greet

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Everyone is familiar with the cute little ladybug. Learn more about these colorful creatures and meet a few live ladybugs with Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.

Best For
Kids

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sep 22

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
Free!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sep 23

Ranger's Choice: Birding Road Trip

at Prospect Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will offer this expedition to a variety of Brooklyn parks in search of early fall migrants. Registration is required. Registration opens on September 13.
Free!

Sep 23

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!
Free!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sep 24

Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Through an Urban Park Ranger-led hike, you will learn about the impacts and signs of deer on Staten Island, and maybe even see these majestic animals!
Free!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sep 29

Weekend Nature Exploration

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
Free!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sep 30

Ranger's Choice: Paddle and Hike Orchard Beach

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join a paddle across the lagoon as we explore the salt marsh and the rich biodiversity found within. We well then land on the shores of the Hunter Island Nature Preserve for a hike.
Free!

Sep 30

Kids Urban Ecology of Highbridge Park

at Tower Plaza (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Come explore the wildlife and natural history of Highbridge Park. We'll search for biotic and abiotic factors, examine rocks and trees, and imagine what Highbridge Park looked like hundreds of years ago.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 30

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!
Free!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Oct 7

Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!
Free!

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