Governors Island

Governors Island

NYC Audubon Naturalist Gabriel Willow leads a bird walk from the steps of our Nolan Park house on Governors Island. Photo: NYC Audubon

NYC Audubon has a seasonal island home, just a few minutes by ferry from lower Manhattan! Governors Island, a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, is now open to the public year round. Excellent habitat and a diverse variety of birdlife make it a birding hotspot, with over 220 species listed on eBird
 
Spring through fall, NYC Audubon occupies one of Governors Island’s historic houses, Nolan Park House #17. Talk birds with us out on the porch of the house on Saturdays, from noon to 4:30pm (though we may be out for a bird walk from 2 to 3:30; see below). You can borrow binoculars for free, grab a beginner’s bird guide to Governors Island, get tips to explore the island on your own, or join one of our Saturday afternoon walks. (Want to bird Governors Island on your own? Learn more about the birds and birding spots of Governors Island here.)
 
Visitors to Governors Island from lower Manhattan or Brooklyn must reserve their ferry tickets in advance. View Governors Island ferry information and make a reservation.  NYC Ferry also offers service to Governors Island.
You may encounter Governors Island's nesting Common Terns as you explore the island. Photo: Keith Michael
You may encounter Governors Island's nesting Common Terns as you explore the island. Photo: Keith Michael
GOVERNORS ISLAND BIRD WALKS
Saturdays, May 7 through October 29, 2022, 2-3:30pm
Guide: Annie Barry

Note: walks will not be offered on Saturdays, June 4 or July 9. The June 25 walk will be LGBTQ+ inclusive in celebration of Pride Month. 

Meet by 2pm in front of Nolan Park House #17 and see the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! 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, and families are welcome. No RSVP required, but capacity is limited to 15. Free


SPECIAL NOTICE

Though we look forward to greeting you on the porch of Nolan Park House 17 on Saturdays (see above for details), we are unfortunately not able to welcome visitors into our nature center at this time. Subscribe to our eGret eNewsletter at the bottom of this page to stay on top of the latest updates regarding our residency on Governors Island.

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