Green-Wood is the ideal place to enjoy birding, whether you are just starting out or have a more seasoned eye! Green-Wood’s Living Collection of trees, its grasslands, and its four ponds are stop-over habitat for over 185 species of migrating birds annually.
To explore the birds of Green-Wood, attend one of our Birding in Peace walking tours (more info below).
If you’d like to birdwatch on your own, pick up our official checklist from the security guard at the Main Entrance on 25th Street or access a PDF here. If you’re visiting with kids, check out our Birding at Green-Wood hunt!
Birding in Peace Walking Tours
All walks are at a slow pace on easy to moderate terrain, but proper, close toed footwear is suggested. Click here for our inclement weather policy.Location: Check-in takes place in the meadow at the Main Entrance at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street.
Early Spring Migration (April)
Our April tours will be a feast for the ears and eyes with the trilling song of pine warblers and drumming pronouncements of woodpeckers on newly blossoming trees (including magnolias, maples, quinces, and dogwoods). We’ll discover thousands of songbirds resting before their trip farther north as well as arriving herons and egrets at Green-Wood’s glacial ponds.
Peak Spring Migration (May to mid-June)
From ruby-throated hummingbirds to over twenty species of colorful wood warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the most active time of day for birds.
Summer Birding (Late June to August)
In July we should see the offspring of our resident red-tailed hawk bravely preparing to leave the nest. Warbler songs will be replaced by chirring cicadas and the tweets of fledgling birds. Butterflies and dragonflies are abundant. By late-July, expect the arrival of the first southbound migrants.
Tickets are $20/$15 for members. There are no paper or e-tickets. Attendees will be checked in by name. Click here for our inclement weather policy.
Please note: Green-Wood’s official birding checklist is available to pick up from the security guard at the Main Entrance on 25th Street or as a printable PDF here.
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Mandatory Safety Protocols
– Attendees must wear a face covering at all times and maintain at least a 6-foot distance from those not in their group.
– Follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors.
– Travel Safely: Green-Wood recommends following all safety precautions while traveling to and from the Cemetery, whether by foot, mass transit, or driving. If taking mass transit, please check the MTA’s guidelines.
– Feeling Sick? Stay home if you are feeling sick or running a temperature. Please use good judgement if you have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19, please check the CDC website.
– Green-Wood reserves the right to deny entry to any visitor who refuses to comply with the safety guidelines.
If you observe a situation or behavior that does not reflect these protocols, please advise an ambassador or other staff member immediately. With everyone’s cooperation this will be a memorable and safe unique experience.