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Watchable Wildlife Species

Four images of wildlife: fawn, osprey,snapping turtle and bee
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New York's state mammal spends most of its time in or under the water.
Black Bear
The black bear is New York's second largest mammal.
Eastern Coyote
The coyote adapts well to living near people and has been seen in urban areas.
Harbor Seal
New York's most abundant seal.
Little Brown Bat
The only mammal that can fly.
River Otter
The North American River Otter is the only species of otter that lives in New York State.
White-tailed Deer
To protect it from detection by predators, a fawn has almost no scent.


Bald Eagle
Since 1972, New York's bald eagle population has gone from near zero to booming.
Common Loon
A magnificent breeding bird of New York's Adirondacks.
Eastern Bluebird
Once considered rare, the number of bluebirds is increasing thanks to an active nesting box program.
Great Blue Heron
The largest and most common heron in North America.
Great Horned Owl
A fierce hunter with an appetite for skunks.
New York's main breeding populations of osprey are in Long Island and the Adirondack mountains.
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrines nest on every Hudson River bridge from Albany south.
Wild Turkey
New York's current wild turkey population are descended from Pennsylvania turkeys, introduced here in the 1950s.

See a complete list of New York State Birds.

Reptiles and Amphibians:

Bullfrogs are the largest frogs in North America.
Diamondback Terrapin
New York's only brackish water turtle.
Eastern (Red-Spotted) Newt
A small creature with a potent toxin.
Snapping Turtle
Snapping turtles continue to grow all their lives.


Karner Blue Butterfly
The Karner blue lives only in places where the blue lupine grows.
Monarch Butterfly
Monarchs travel 50 to 200 miles per day during their fall migration.
Praying and Chinese Mantises
These hungry predators were introduced to help control other insect pests.


Black Bass
These fish can reach 20 inches or more in length.
Coho and Chinook Salmon
DEC annually stocks thousands of Coho and Chinook salmon into lakes Ontario and Erie.
The Walleye is the largest member of the perch family and a voracious predator.