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Birds

Interested in bird watching? There are countless opportunities to find birds of all species in New York State.

Take It Outside: Discovering Nature Across New York

Backwoods Camping

Backwoods Camping

You've heard the phrase "happy campers." Well, the saying definitely holds true for this group, even after seven days in the wilderness.

Camping at Saranac Lake Islands

Camping at Saranac Lake Islands

Lower Saranac Lake offers a camping experience that's unbelievable.

Hiking Essentials

Hiking Essentials

How should one prepare for hiking on the many trails available in the Adirondacks?

Hiking in the Adirondacks

Hiking in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are home to 46 mountains filled with trails and offer gorgeous views.

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

A class learns where maple syrup comes from.

Geocaching

Geocaching

A high-tech adventure game is taking the New York outdoors by storm.

Turkey Hunting

Turkey Hunting

Every year, DEC hosts the Youth Turkey Hunt Program to teach young people hunting safety and hunting tips.

Duck Decoy Carving

Duck Decoy Carving

A man in Cambridge, NY crafts his own wooden duck decoys.

I Fish NY Program - New York City

I Fish NY Program - New York City

The "I Fish NY" Program is an urban fishing initiative of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Urban Fishing in New York

Urban Fishing in New York

Join us for some urban fishing in New York State's biggest city.

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is a favorite winter pastime for many, as populations of whole towns appear on frozen Lake Champlain.

Fishing for Bluefish

Fishing for Bluefish

The site of our deep sea-fishing excursion is the Great South Bay off the south shore of Long lsland.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Roscoe, NY--nicknamed "Trout Town USA"--is home to the Beaverkill River, the best place in the world to do fly fishing.

Types of Kayaks

Types of Kayaks

A range of kayak and canoe choices fit many individual situations. Learn which are the best for you.

Kayaking in New York City

Kayaking in New York City

Join a group of kayakers as they paddle around the entire island of Manhattan, covering a total of 33 miles by day's end.

Kayaking in the Adirondacks

Kayaking in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks offer a wealth of flat-water paddling opportunities.

Hudson River Whitewater Derby

Hudson River Whitewater Derby

The "Hudson River Whitewater Derby" is an annual whitewater race held in North Creek, NY.

Tivoli Bay Canoeing

Tivoli Bay Canoeing

Take a journey through beautiful Tivoli Bay on the Hudson River.

Paddling in Buffalo, NY

Paddling in Buffalo, NY

On the Buffalo River Urban Canoe Trail, paddle through one of New York State's most historic, industrialized cities.

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Birdwatching is a great way to get outside and enjoy both the wildlife and the scenery that New York State has to offer.

Belleayre Ski Resort

Belleayre Ski Resort

Belleayre Mountain is perfect for families to hit the slopes and enjoy some fresh air, fun and exercise.

Conservation at Belleayre

Conservation at Belleayre

Belleayre Mountain must strike a delicate balance between environmental conservation and outdoor recreation.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is a relaxing alternative to downhill skiing and an opportunity to enjoy to outdoors.

Telemark Skiing

Telemark Skiing

Telemark skiing is an inventive combination of cross-country and downhill skiing.

The Adirondacks

The Adirondacks

A clip from the PBS documentary, "The Adirondacks".

Reinstein Woods

Reinstein Woods

At Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, you'll see many natural wonders just minutes away from downtown Buffalo.

Staten Island's Greenbelt

Staten Island's Greenbelt

Staten Island's greenbelt recreational activities.

Outdoors-Woman Program

Outdoors-Woman Program

Since 1994, women in New York State have been participating in a unique outreach program introducing them to outdoor activities.

Mount Loretto

Mount Loretto

Staten Island is home to Mount Loretto, a 200-acre nature preserve which provides vital habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Earth Day at Five Rivers

Earth Day at Five Rivers

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, NY hosts an annual Earth Day event for local students.

New York's Fall Foliage

New York's Fall Foliage

New York State's stunning fall foliage attracts visitors from everywhere seeking the radiant colors of autumn.

The Urban Forest of New York City

The Urban Forest of New York City

Learn about NYC's urban forest and the role that trees play in a healthy city.

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Asian Longhorned Beetle

The Asian longhorned beetle is an invasive species that can do serious damage to many hardwood tree species.

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Ron Gelardi offers us some advice on avoiding the summer itchin' and scratchin'.

Lake Ontario Eastern Shore Dunes

Lake Ontario Eastern Shore Dunes

This is Lake Ontario, one of the nation's Great Lakes that border New York State.

Eastern Red Cedar Tree

Eastern Red Cedar Tree

Cedar trees play an important role in the New York State ecosystem.

NY Native Cactus

NY Native Cactus

Surprisingly, New York State is home to a variety of cactus species. Learn about where they grow and what animals rely on them.

Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous Plants

Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Long Island, NY is home to two carnivorous plants - the pitcher plant and the sundew.

DEC photographer Susan Shafer gives tips on photographing wildlife

Wildlife Photography

DEC photographer Susan Shafer gives tips on photographing wildlife

Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, located off the New York State Thruway in central New York, is a remarkable sanctuary for wildlife.

Moose

Moose

The Department of Environmental Conservation tags and tracks moose to measure their recovery in New York State.

Animal Bones

Animal Bones

How animal bones play a role in the natural cycle.

Black Bears

Black Bears

Rising bear populations in New York State make tracking bears and educating the public essential.

Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern Box Turtle

Learn more about New York State's eastern box turtle.

River Otters

River Otters

The river otter is an entertaining, native, semi-aquatic mammal that has recently been restored to western New York State.

Snapping Turtles

Snapping Turtles

Snapping turtles have a well-known reputation for being aggressive biters, and there's a reason for that.

Karner Blue Butterfly

Karner Blue Butterfly

An endangered species gets a second chance thanks to restoration of a globally unique ecosystem.

Birds

Birds

About 80,000 birds have been banded at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.

Bird Banding

Bird Banding

Learn about the bird-banding efforts of the Braddock Bay Observatory.

Bluebird Houses

Bluebird Houses

Learn to build a birdhouse to protect bluebirds from both the weather and predators.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine falcons are proving their adaptability by nesting in downtown Buffalo.

Long Island Shorebirds

Long Island Shorebirds

Piping plovers are protected species.

Beach Seining

Beach Seining

lt's a perfect day for beach seining…come along, and we'll explain what it is.

Japanese Shore Crab

Japanese Shore Crab

Ron Gelardi gets "crabby" on Long Island, showing this invasive species.

Juvenile Eels

Juvenile Eels

Students help with research on juvenile or glass eels.

Seth Green Research Boat

Seth Green Research Boat

Seth Green certainly isn't the largest boat on Lake Ontario, but it may be considered the most important one.

Atlantic Sturgeon

Atlantic Sturgeon

Atlantic sturgeon are being restocked around NYS to restore this once prolific fish to its former numbers.

Animal Tracks

Animal Tracks

A fresh snowfall provides ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

Messinger Woods Wildlife Care

Messinger Woods Wildlife Care

Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center is an animal rehabilitation center located south of Buffalo.

Air Sampling Instructions

An instructional video on how to use the air sampling equipment to take a good air sample.

Reinstein Woods

An introductory video for children about Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center.

Man burning branches

Firewise Open Burning PSA

A public service announcement on the dangers of open burning of debris.

Buffalo River Restoration Project

Buffalo River Restoration Project

Take an animated tour of the environmental restoration work proposed for the Buffalo River.

Sheep grazing

Hungry Sheep, Happy Environment

Sheep graze on invasive species at the Saratoga Tree Nursery.

Pete Grannis on the banks of the Hudson River

Day in the Life of the Hudson River

Students from the Robert C. Parker School study the Hudson River.

The Saratoga Tree Nursery

The Saratoga Tree Nursery

Take a tour of Saratoga's Tree Nursery and see where that tree in your backyard may have gotten its start.

Commissioner Grannis in his office during interview

Earth Day @ 40

Reflections on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

DEC's Summer Camps

DEC's Summer Camps

DEC education camps combine outdoor adventures with learning about environmental stewardship.

Cleaning Up NY's Waste Tire Sites

Cleaning Up NY's Waste Tire Sites

In just 5 years, a major pollution problem became a major victory for the environment.

Half Moon Mast Raising

Half Moon Mast Raising

Mast raising of the ship, the Half Moon.

The Thin Green Line

The Thin Green Line

Environmental Conservation Officers help protect New York State's natural resources.

Trout Stocking and Fishing

Trout Stocking and Fishing

Trout stocking of local streams in preparation of fishing season.

Emerald Ash Borer Invades NY

Emerald Ash Borer Invades NY

Learn about the threat posed to ash trees by this destructive beetle, recently found in New York State for the first time.

Stop Smoking Campaign for Trucks

Stop Smoking Campaign for Trucks

To mark Earth Day 2009, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) cracked down on smoke-spewing diesel trucks across New York.

Conservationist for Kids News Story

Conservationist for Kids News Story

A news story about DEC's Conservationist for Kids magazine.

Image of Debbie and Sarah with trash pile.

Green Tips: Recycling

Reduce your trash by recycling things you didn't know you could recycle.

Picture of a person measuring the length of grass with a ruler

Green Tips: Lawn Care

This video shows how to have a great lawn without using chemicals.

Green Tips: Windows and Doors

Green Tips: Windows and Doors

This video shows you how to inexpensively stop heat loss in the home.

Green Tips: Kitchen

Green Tips: Kitchen

This video shows how you can save water, energy and money in the kitchen.

Green Tips: Bathroom

Green Tips: Bathroom

This video shows how you can reduce water use by installing a water-conserving showerhead and detecting a leaking toilet.

Green Tips: Water Heater

Green Tips: Water Heater

This video shows how to save money and energy by making your hot water heater more efficient.

Green Tips: Washing Machine

Green Tips: Washing Machine

This video shows how to get your laundry clean using the least energy, water and money.