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Spring Birding Tours Resume April 11

So far, we have spotted 120 species of birds throughout the park. Join in on our twice-weekly tours and be the one to spot the 121st.

April and May are important months in the lives of migratory birds, especially on the East Coast. Millions of birds make the journey north towards Canada and New England for the summer and, thanks to our location, many of them pass through NYC en route. As Manhattan’s largest greensward south of Central Park, Bryant Park catches the eyes of many of these tired travelers, who make a stopover in the park for a respite and perhaps a bite to eat.  

That’s what makes Bryant Park Birding Tours, conducted by urban naturalist Gabriel Willow of NYC Audubon Society, so successful. So far, our birders have spotted 120 avian species at the park, ranging from common house sparrows and ovenbirds to the very rare Nelson’s Sparrow, which was spotted last fall. Our spring tours, which begin on the morning of Monday, April 11, look to pick up where we left off last season. As always, we’ll offer two free tours each week, one in the morning and another in the evening.

Birding Tours depart from Heiskell Plaza (42nd Street and Sixth Avenue) on Mondays at 8am and Thursdays at 5pm through May 19. Tours typically last about an hour, but if things get particularly interesting, Mr. Willow has been known to linger a bit longer to spot more birds and answer questions. During migration season, he also posts regularly on the Bryant Park Blog.   

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