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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.

View the DEC Events Calendar for Watchable Wildlife events near you!

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.

For a limited time,get the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide, a $14.95 value free by subscribing to the Conservationist, New York's award winning outdoor magazine.

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

Watchable Wildlife Photographs

Photo of Blue Jay sent to DEC by Laurie Dirkx

The photo of a Blue Jay was sent to us by Laurie Dirkx from Rochester, NY, who enjoys capturing nature and wildlife on camera. Blue Jays are common throughout the east and found in woods, parks and yards.

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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 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.


Birds - Species List and Facts

Birding is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy! For tips on bird watching or for upcoming birding events, visit the I Bird NY page on the DEC website. 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: 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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