Limited access and winter/spring programs
Governors Island opens to the public for the 2013 season on Saturday, 25, 2013. See "Plan Your Visit" at left for details. More »
Phone number change
Due to Hurricane Sandy, our phone service was disrupted. The temporary information number for the park is now via cell phone at 646-241-2670. Other contact information can be found at www.nps.gov/gois/contacts.htm More »
Birds on Governors Island
NPS Photo Credit - Edward Lorenzini
Governors Island National Monument is an excellent place for birders. In addition to the traditional "backyard birds," you may be treated to a sighting of a red-tail hawk, killdeer, kestrel or barn owl.
National Park VIP (Volunteer-In-Park) Annie Barry provided detailed journal accounts of her on-island birding expeditions. Click on the links below to begin your "virtual" birding experience.
Did You Know?
Fort Jay was named after John Jay, who served as the second governor of New York, an office he held during construction of the fort. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Jay also served as the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs and as the first Chief Justice of Supreme Court.