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New York's Watchable Wildlife

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Want to see soaring eagles? Spectacular moose? Playful river otters? The New York Wildlife Viewing Guide includes descriptions of more than 100 of the state's best wildlife viewing sites. Together with DEC's Watchable Wildlife webpage, this guide will help you plan your next adventure. The webpage includes a full list of viewing sites and the best locations for finding your favorite mammals, 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 wildlife species, and all are open to the public. Choose from hundreds of trails and miles of rivers as well as marshes and wetlands.

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

You can buy the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide, add it to your E-reader or electronic device or, for a limited time, get this $14.95 value free by subscribing to Conservationist, New York's award winning outdoor magazine. (E-reader versions of the guide are available at watchablewildlife.org [link leaves DEC website]).

A bear, a peregrine falcon, a snapping turtle and a beaver

See a video 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

The photo of a male, eastern bluebird was sent to us by Laurie Dirkx, Rochester, NY; she enjoys capturing nature and wildlife on camera. The photo of bluebird boxes in a garden landscape was taken at a DEC environmental education center.

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Do you have a favorite wildlife photograph to send us? It might be featured on our Watchable Wildlife webpage or in an issue of Conservationist. Photos can be e-mailed to watchable@dec.ny.gov or mailed to NYSDEC, Bureau of Public Outreach, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4500. Please be sure to follow the guidelines for photos, which can be found in the magazine's contributors' guide.

Subscribe now to Conservationist--10 issues for $15--and receive your free New York Wildlife Viewing Guide.

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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 by emailing: watchable@dec.ny.gov. Include as much information as you can about the site. It could be the next site added to New York State's Watchable Wildlife information.

Other Watchable Wildlife Topics Include:

Respect Nature

When looking for wildlife at 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.
  • Check DEC's NY Nature Explorer--an online tool for learning about plants and habitats in your neighborhood

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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