New York's Watchable Wildlife
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!
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 watchablewildlife.org).
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
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 Watchable@gw.dec.state.ny.us 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 Watchable@gw.dec.state.ny.us. 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
- What do butterflies eat?
- What's the difference between a wolf and a coyote?
- Get fascinating facts about your favorite wildlife species and learn what and where to look for wildlife during your visit.
Explore New York's Marine Life on the Web!
On the DEC website you can explore a variety of New York's marine life without getting your feet wet! Find facts and information on New York's marine fish, crabs, lobsters, mussels, clams, sea turtles, whales, and more. Place a bookmark on the Marine Life webpage so you can come back and check for other sea creatures that will be added to our website periodically.
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
By purchasing a habitat access stamp (only $5.00)
you can help conserve wildlife habitat and increase
public access to wildlife related recreation.