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?
Most of the trees on Governors Island are fairly young. Large shrubbery was removed to provide a clear line of cannon fire to enemy ships that might have entered New York Harbor. The reintroduction of trees in the 1870s reflects the island’s transition from a fortification into a residential community.