Birding New York

Even though—or perhaps because — it is next door to New York City, Long Island is the State of New York’s hottest birding hotspot, in terms of species observed and number of reports filed with eBird. If you can visit anywhere along the state’s coastline, odds are, birding will be good throughout the year. But there are plenty of other must-visit birdy spots in Upstate New York, too. Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River form the state’s northwestern border providing a waterway that regularly draws vagrants from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes. In the mostly forested and hilly interior, the Finger Lakes, Adirondack and Catskill mountains, and the Mohawk and Hudson river valleys, are scenic and diverse, and a great place to find nesting songbirds in summer.


  • New york Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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A pine grosbeak waits for its turn to visit a busy feeder. Photo by Jerry Singleton.

Adirondack Olympic Region Birding

Sitting in the northeast corner of the more than six-million-acre Adirondack Park, the Olympic Region (so named because the Village of Lake Placid hosted the winter Olympics in both 1932 and 1980) offers great birding opportunities.
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