Free & Partner Walks

Free and Partner Walks

Free walks in Bryant Park with Naturalist Gabriel Willow are offered twice weekly during spring and fall migration seasons. Photo: NYC Audubon
Discover the surprising amount of birds and nature that can be found in our city by joining us on our free and partner walks. In recent years, we have expanded our offerings of free outings, partnering with organizations such as The Battery Conservancy, Outdoor Afro, and others to provide birding tours that are more laid-back and welcoming to birders of all skill levels and experiences.

Please do not attend NYC Audubon programs if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or have had recent contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. At this time, mask-wearing is encouraged but not required for vaccinated participants of our outdoor programs. If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask throughout the event as a courtesy to your fellow participants and to our guides.
VAN CORTLANDT BIRD WALKS, THE BRONX
Saturdays, September 4 - November 27, 9-10:30am
Guides: NYC Audubon
With the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. RSVP required, click here to register. Limited to 20. Free.
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BIRDING TOURS OF BRYANT PARK
Mondays, September 6-October 11, 8-9am
Thursdays, September 9-October 14, 5-6pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
With Bryant Park Corporation
Meet at the Birding Tour sign at the 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue entrance to the Park. Discover the surprising variety of birds that stop in Bryant Park during migration. No registration necessary. No limit. Free
DROP IN AND BIRD: MORNING BIRD WALKS IN CENTRAL PARK
Tuesdays, September 7-September 28, 7:30-9am
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim
Meet at the park entrance at West 81st Street and Central Park West. Start your day off right with bird walks at the height of fall migration. Beginners and advanced birders alike can enjoy these walks. No registration necessary. No limit. Free
FALL MIGRATION BIRD WALKS AT THE BATTERY, SOUTHERN TIP OF MANHATTAN
Wednesdays, September 8-October 13, 8-9am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
With The Battery Conservancy
Meet at the Netherlands Memorial Flag Pole located at the entrance to the park on the corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. Join Gabriel Willow to explore the migrating birds that find food and habitat on lower Manhattan's waterfront. RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free
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QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN BIRD WALKS
Saturdays September 11 and 25, October 9 and 23, 9:30-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon
With Queens Botanical Garden
Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Register for one date or the whole series of five walks (walk-ins welcome). Email info@queensbotanical.org or visit www.queensbotanical.org/calendar to register. Each walk limited to 25. Free (with Garden admission)
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RIVERSIDE PARK SUMMER ON THE HUDSON BIRD WALK
Friday, September 17, 5:30-7pm
Guide: NYC Audubon
With Riverside Park Summer on the Hudson

Meet at the park entrance at 120th Street and Riverside Drive and explore Riverside Park on this family-friendly bird walk. Who knows what birds we'll discover while taking in views of the Hudson River? Limited to 12. RSVP required. Free
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BIRDING BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Saturday, October 23, 9-10:30am
Guide: Heather Wolf
Meet at Pier 1 park entrance at the intersection of Old Fulton Street and Furman Street. Join Heather Wolf, author of Birding at the Bridge, for a picturesque bird walk along the Brooklyn waterfront in search of fall migrants. RSVP required. Limited to 19. Free 
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CANARSIE PARK BIRD WALKS
Saturdays, September 18th, October 2nd, and October 9th, 8-10am
Guide: Mike Yuan

Meet at the Canarsie Park House at Seaview and 88th street. Experience fall migration on the Brooklyn coast with Mike Yuan, NYCA Board Executive Vice President. All birding levels welcome. No registration necessary. Limited to 15. Free.
GOVERNORS ISLAND BIRD WALKS
Saturdays, September 4-October 30, 2021, 2-3:30pm
Guide: NYC Audubon


Meet the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Reserve your spot by signing up at Nolan Park #17. Limited to 15. Free