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New York's Watchable Wildlife

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Want to see soaring eagles? Spectacular moose? Playful river otters? New York State has it all and the new 248 page New York Wildlife Viewing Guide has over 100 of New York's best wildlife viewing sites to begin your adventure. Together with DEC's Watchable Wildlife webpage you'll find all you need to plan your next trip close to home or while on a vacation in New York State. On our webpage find a full list of wildlife viewing sites, and let DEC's wildlife experts show you the best locations to find wildlife, what sounds to listen for, or see our full list of wildlife species where you can find your favorite mammal, bird, reptile or insect.

New York State has millions of acres of State Parks, forests and wildlife management areas that are home to hundreds of species of wildlife and are all open to the public!

Choose from hundreds of trails - miles and miles of rivers - marshes, wetlands and easily accessible viewing areas. Your New York State wildlife viewing adventure begins with the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide. Get yours today!

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Download DEC's free app for watchable wildlife species information, locate a viewing
spot near you using advanced GPS mapping features

You can buy the Guide, add it to your E-reader or electronic device - or for a limited time, you can get it FREE (a $14.95 value) by subscribing to the Conservationist magazine, New York's award winning outdoor nature magazine. (E-reader versions available at

A bear, a peregrine falcon, a snapping turtle and a beaver
Watch a clip about wildlife photography or bird watching and check out other clips on DEC's YouTube Channel.

Discover Great Wildlife Viewing Areas Near You

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Visit a Watchable Wildlife site, walk interpretive trails, stop at a visitor center or attend a nature workshop. See a full list of wildlife viewing sites or find information about Watchable Wildlife events near you.

Watchable Wildlife Photographs

Eastern Blue BIrd
Bluebird boxes inside the flower garden

This male, Eastern Bluebird photo was sent to us from Laurie Dirkx from Rochester, NY who enjoys capturing nature and wildlife. The second photo of bluebird boxes in a garden landscape was taken at one of DEC's environmental education centers.

Do you have a favorite wildlife photograph that you would like to send us? Each month we will pick a photograph to showcase on our Watchable Wildlife webpage or in an issue of DEC's award-winning magazine Conservationist.

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Photos can be submitted via e-mail at or mailed to NYSDEC, Bureau of Public Outreach, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4500. For possible inclusion in Conservationist, please follow the guidelines outlined in the magazine's contributors' guide.


Birds - Species List and Facts

Find out more about your favorite birds. See a complete list of birds found in New York State.

Nominate a Favorite Wildlife Viewing Site in New York

If you have a favorite wildlife viewing site in New York, tell us where it is! E-mail us at Include as much information as you can about the site. Your wildlife viewing site could be our next site added to New York's Watchable Wildlife!

Other Watchable Wildlife Topics Include

Be Respectful of Nature

When you are looking for wildlife and are visiting a Watchable Wildlife site:

  • Don't feed the wildlife. Leave wild baby animals where you find them.
  • Keep quiet, move slowly and be patient. Allow time for animals to enter the area you are in.
  • Check out DEC's NY Nature Explorer - an online tool for finding out about plants and habitats in your neighborhood

You Can Help the Species You Love to Watch

Loon Habitat Stamp, painted by Greg Messier

By purchasing a habitat access stamp (only $5.00)
you can help conserve wildlife habitat and increase
public access to wildlife related recreation.

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