Governors Island

Governors Island

NYC Audubon Naturalist Gabriel Willow leads a bird outing from the steps of our Nolan Park house on Governors Island. Photo: NYC Audubon

NYC Audubon has a seasonal island home, just a few minutes by ferry from lower Manhattan! Governors Island, a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, is now open to the public year round. Excellent habitat and a diverse variety of birdlife make it a birding hotspot, with over 220 species listed on eBird

Visit Us at Nolan Park House #17

Saturdays, May 7 - October 29, noon-4:30pm

Spring through fall, NYC Audubon occupies one of Governors Island’s historic houses, Nolan Park House #17. Talk birds with us out on the porch of the house, make bird art, and check out our exhibitions, on Saturdays from noon to 4:30pm. Wander into our art studio room and create and mount your own avian-inspired masterpieces. Or check out our video room to experience algorithmic visual and audio simulations based on ornithological data by musician and computer scientist, Emma Waddell.

And come bird with us! Join one of our free bird outings (see below). You can also borrow binoculars for free, grab a beginner’s bird guide to Governors Island, and get tips to explore the island at your own pace. (If you'd like to bird Governors Island on your own, learn more about the birds and birding spots of Governors Island here.)
 
Visitors to Governors Island from lower Manhattan or Brooklyn must reserve their ferry tickets in advance. View Governors Island ferry information and make a reservation.  NYC Ferry also offers service to Governors Island.
You may encounter Governors Island's nesting Common Terns as you explore the island. Photo: Keith Michael
You may encounter Governors Island's nesting Common Terns as you explore the island. Photo: Keith Michael
GOVERNORS ISLAND BIRD OUTINGS
Saturdays, May 7 through October 29, 2022, 2-3:30pm
Guide: Annie Barry

Meet by 2pm in front of Nolan Park House #17 and see the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow, and families are welcome. No RSVP required, but capacity is limited to 15. Free


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