Squirrels in New York City’s Parks
Meet our cute park pals—the many, many squirrels that call New York City's parks home. A true New Yorker, our squirrels play a major role in greeting park lovers and helping to nourish our trees.
All of the squirrels in New York City are eastern grey squirrels. Even the darker grey or black or brown-rusty color squirrels are all eastern grey squirrels!
Squirrels are mostly active during the daytime. They eat nuts, seeds, and berries, but please don't feed them. They can bite! Squirrels are perfectly capable of feeding themselves.They can find their own food, which is healthier for them than human food. Feeding a squirrel can make them less fearful of humans, which can also hurt them in the long run.
If you see an injured squirrel, the best thing to do is leave the squirrel where it is, give it some distance, and call 311. The more information you can provide 311, the better. Please remember that young animals often look as if they have been abandoned, when in fact their parents are nearby.
Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day
January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day! Stop by Madison Square Park and Washington Square Park this Saturday to learn more about NYC's squirrels from the experts! More info