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, right off the coast of Manhattan! NYC Audubon occupies a residency at Nolan Park #17 on Governors Island, a 172-acre island in New York Harbor that now has over 220 species listed on eBird. Talk birds with us out on the porch of Nolan Park #17 on Saturdays from 11am-5pm. Come borrow binoculars for free, grab a beginner’s bird guide to Governors Island, and take yourself on your own bird tour.

Visitors who take the Governors Island ferry must reserve their tickets in advance. Click here to view Governors Island ferry information and make a reservation.  The NYC Ferry also offers weekend service to Governors Island and requires no reservation, click here for more information.

Nolan #17 is currently closed for the winter. We plan to open and offer programs once more starting in May 2022. Watch this space for updates!

Upcoming Programs

Monday, January 17, 2022, 3-4:30pm
Guide: Annie Barry
Meet the winter birds of Governors Island! 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 this winter. RSVP to reserve your spot, more detailed meeting information will be sent out to registrants prior to the event. Limited to 15. Free

Special Notice:

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to allow visitors to enter 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.