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Bird Watching


Approximately 230 different species of birds can be found in Central Park during the year with some birds living in the Park year round and several species making an important stopover to rest and feed during spring and fall migrations. Most birds are more active in the early morning and late afternoon with some activity throughout the day. In late spring and summer you can watch for young birds learning to fly as many birds in Central Park build their nests, lay eggs and raise their young in the Park at this time of year.

Be sure to check out Birding Basics for Families every Saturday and Sunday in September from 10:00 am - 11:00 am. Meet at the Belvedere Castle (Saturdays) or Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (Sundays) with your family to go on a guided walk by Conservancy Discovery Guides and the NYC Audubon Society. Observe all the feathered activity of migratory birds and those who are year-round residents of the Park.

Throughout the year you can also borrow, free of charge, a Discovery Kit from one of our Visitor Centers to create your own Central Park birding adventure, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm daily (must be returned by 4:00 pm). Each kit contains: binoculars, a guidebook, maps and sketching materials. Valid picture ID required and an adult must accompany children under 12 years of age. For more information, call 212.772.0288.