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Birding Tours Introduces Bird of the Week

Spring tours kick off with new digital media contest.

Angelito Jusay

It may not feel like it, but spring is here and that means thousands of birds are making their way to their northern habitats after wintering down south. NYC is situated at a busy crossroads for many of the birds; some continue north, others veer east towards New England, and a surprising number of them look down from their flight path, see the trees and lawn of Bryant Park, and swoop down for a respite. That means it’s time for our Spring Birding Tours with urban naturalist Gabriel Willow of NYC Audubon Society to start up again. The first session is coming right up, scheduled for Monday, April 10.  

Our geographical location makes our Birding Tours popular and worthwhile for urban birders. We’ve spotted 120 avian species at the park, ranging from common house sparrows and ovenbirds, to warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, a very rare Nelson’s sparrow and Chuck-will's-widow.

This year, we’re introducing a Bird of the Week photo contest. We’re urging all Birding Tours participants to take plenty of snapshots of birds spotted at the park, and then email their best to We’ll review submissions from Monday to Friday, and post the winning shot on our website the following Monday. After the final Spring tour, and again in the Fall, we’ll choose the best Bird of the Week photo of the season and gift the winner a free Fauna of Bryant Park poster by Pop Chart Lab.

Birding Tours depart from Heiskell Plaza (42nd Street and Sixth Avenue) on Mondays at 8am, and Thursdays at 5pm, through May 25. Tours typically last about an hour, but Mr. Willow has been known to linger a bit longer to spot more birds and answer questions. During migration season, he also posts regularly at the Bryant Park Blog.   

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