Best Birding in New York

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  • #1 High Tor Wildlife Management Area

    3 Reviews

    Naples, NY

    South of Canandaigua Lake, three separate land parcels compose High Tor Wildlife Management Area (WMA). In the southernmost and largest of the three (3,400 acres), service road, mowed tracks, ...
    •  7.5 miles
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    South of Canandaigua Lake, three separate land parcels compose High Tor Wildlife Management Area (WMA). In the southernmost ...

  • #2 Tifft Nature Preserve

    2 Reviews

    Buffalo, NY

    Near the Lake Erie shore, this 264-acre urban sanctuary marks a success story in land reclamation. Its low grassland hills (formerly a small landfill), wetland woods, thickets, ponds, and a 75-acre ...
    •  1-1.3 miles
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    Near the Lake Erie shore, this 264-acre urban sanctuary marks a success story in land reclamation. Its low grassland hills ...

  • #3 Alabama Swamps Trails

    1 Reviews

    Basom, NY

    At the site of ancient Lake Tonawanda, the vast marshes north of Alabama represent a critical wildlife habitat and an exciting natural area. Together Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) ...
    •  0.5-5 miles
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    At the site of ancient Lake Tonawanda, the vast marshes north of Alabama represent a critical wildlife habitat and an exciting ...

  • #4 Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

    1 Reviews

    Delmar, NY

    At this nationally recognized environmental education center, just west of Delmar, you can examine habitat interrelationships while touring field, forest, meadow, and pond. The center takes ...
    •  0.5-2 miles
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    At this nationally recognized environmental education center, just west of Delmar, you can examine habitat interrelationships ...

  • #5 Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

    1 Reviews

    Wurtsboro, NY

    At this 2,200-acre wildlife management and bird conservation area—more than half of it freshwater wetland—a former railroad grade rolls out an avenue to relaxation and nature discovery. Part ...
    •  6.5-8.5 hours
    •  13 miles
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    At this 2,200-acre wildlife management and bird conservation area—more than half of it freshwater wetland—a former railroad ...

  • #6 Beaver Lake Nature Center

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    Baldwinsville, NY

    At this 650-acre Onondaga County Park, northwest of Syracuse, 9 miles of superbly groomed nature trails and boardwalks explore lake, marsh, meadow, and woods habitats. Thirty thousand spring ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  3 miles
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    At this 650-acre Onondaga County Park, northwest of Syracuse, 9 miles of superbly groomed nature trails and boardwalks explore ...

  • #7 Mashomack Preserve

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    Greenport, NY

    Covering the southeastern third of Shelter Island, this 2,000-acre preserve of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) encompasses a maritime environment of tidal creeks, woodlands, fields, swamps, freshwater ...
    •  6-8 hours
    •  12 miles
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    Covering the southeastern third of Shelter Island, this 2,000-acre preserve of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) encompasses a ...

  • #8 West Pond Trail

    1 Reviews

    Howard Beach, NY

    At Gateway National Recreation Area, southwest of John F. Kennedy International Airport, this simple interpretive loop within the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge introduces the wildlife and natural ...
    •  2-2.5 miles
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    At Gateway National Recreation Area, southwest of John F. Kennedy International Airport, this simple interpretive loop within ...

  • #9 Fire Island National Seashore

    1 Reviews

    Shirley, NY

    Fire Island, a barrier island, stretches 32 miles long and protects Long Island’s south shore from the punishing Atlantic. This circuit travels the beach and back bay between Smith Point and ...
    •  7.5-9.5 hours
    •  14.2 miles
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    Fire Island, a barrier island, stretches 32 miles long and protects Long Island’s south shore from the punishing Atlantic. ...

  • #10 David A. Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve

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    Manorville, NY

    South of Riverhead, this 2,056-acre preserve features classic pine barrens, wetlands, and kettle depressions. County Road 104 divides the preserve into east-west tracts, with the larger piece ...
    •  3.6-5.4 miles
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    South of Riverhead, this 2,056-acre preserve features classic pine barrens, wetlands, and kettle depressions. County Road ...

  • #11 Howland Island Unit, Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area

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    Port Byron, NY

    In Cayuga County, north of Cayuga Lake and about 25 miles west of Syracuse, the Barge Canal and Seneca River isolate this 3,100-acre interior island, where eighteen dikes create an extensive ...
    •  3.4 miles
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    In Cayuga County, north of Cayuga Lake and about 25 miles west of Syracuse, the Barge Canal and Seneca River isolate this ...

  • #12 Little Pond Loop

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    Andes, NY

    This moderately difficult hike travels 5.3 miles, exploring the gentle western relief of the Catskill Mountains, swinging between Little Pond and Touchmenot Mountain, with a spur to Cabot Mountain. ...
    •  5.3 miles
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    This moderately difficult hike travels 5.3 miles, exploring the gentle western relief of the Catskill Mountains, swinging ...

  • #13 Lakeview Natural Beach Hike

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    Henderson, NY

    In Jefferson County, 20 miles southwest of Watertown, this hike offers a relaxing stroll along a limited-access natural barrier beach on Lake Ontario. The trail sits within 3,461-acre Lakeview ...
    •  6.5 miles
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    In Jefferson County, 20 miles southwest of Watertown, this hike offers a relaxing stroll along a limited-access natural barrier ...

  • #14 Mendon Ponds Park — Birdsong Trail

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    Mendon, NY

    During the last ice age a glacier a mile thick that went as far south as the Pennsylvania border covered this area. Mendon Ponds Park is a National Natural Landmark because of its glacial landforms ...
    •  1.1 miles
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    During the last ice age a glacier a mile thick that went as far south as the Pennsylvania border covered this area. Mendon ...

  • #15 Buckhorn Island State Park — Woods Creek

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    Grand Island, NY

    Buckhorn Island is an 895-acre parcel of meadow, woods and marsh separated from Grand Island by Burnt Ship Creek and Woods Creek. You can explore this Important Bird Area on foot via the Long ...
    •  0.7 miles
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    Buckhorn Island is an 895-acre parcel of meadow, woods and marsh separated from Grand Island by Burnt Ship Creek and Woods ...

  • #16 Hook Mountain State Park

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    Upper Nyack, NY

    Soak in the views of the Hudson at its widest point on this short Rockland County out-and-back hike. Linger on the summit with a pair of binoculars and watch for raptors such as broad-winged ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3 miles
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    Soak in the views of the Hudson at its widest point on this short Rockland County out-and-back hike. Linger on the summit ...

  • #17 Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area — Trail

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    Clarence, NY

    The Tillman Road WMA has 235 acres of wet lowlands containing a marsh, open water, deciduous swamp, grass fields and hardwood forest. The 80-acre cattail marsh attracts large numbers of waterfowl ...
    •  1.25 miles
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    The Tillman Road WMA has 235 acres of wet lowlands containing a marsh, open water, deciduous swamp, grass fields and hardwood ...

  • #18 Dunkirk Harbor and Point Gratiot Park

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    Dunkirk, NY

    Dunkirk Harbor is located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie. A largeNiagara Mohawk power plant discharges warm water into the harborwhich prevents the area from freezing in winter. The open ...
    •  0.3 miles
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    Dunkirk Harbor is located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie. A largeNiagara Mohawk power plant discharges warm water into ...

  • #19 Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve — Trail

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    Cheektowaga, NY

    Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve consists of approximately 300 acres of land surrounded by suburban development. The preserve is within the northern hardwood/beech-maple forest region, and includes ...
    •  0.25 miles
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    Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve consists of approximately 300 acres of land surrounded by suburban development. The preserve ...

  • #20 Three Mile Bay Wildlife Management Area - Canoe Route

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    West Monroe, NY

    Three Mile Bay WMA consists of 3,500 acres adjacent to Three Mile Bay, off Oneida Lake's northwest shore. Initial acreage was acquired in the 1950s from the Pittman Robertson Funds. The purpose ...
    •  2.5 miles
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    Three Mile Bay WMA consists of 3,500 acres adjacent to Three Mile Bay, off Oneida Lake's northwest shore. Initial acreage ...