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20220122 Wave Hill Forest Bathing 0489
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Winter Birding

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Meet at Perkins Visitor Center
20220122 Wave Hill Forest Bathing 0489
Photo: Joshua Bright

The Hudson River Valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Explore Wave Hill’s tranquil gardens and woodlands with naturalists Paul Keim and Gabriel Willow to observe birds in their winter habitat. Birders of all levels encouraged. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult. A limited number of binoculars are available for borrowing at the Perkins Visitor Center. Space is limited. Severe weather cancels.

Registration required, online or by calling 718.549.3200 x251. This winter, birding is free with admission to the grounds.

Questions? Please email us at or call the telephone number and extension above.

Walks follow a route along mixed-material pathways with varying elevations. One walk will be a hike in the woodland trails and the other on more even surfaces.

  • Paul Keim

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    Paul Keim

    Once referred to as the Bat Man of Brooklyn, Paul Keim is a freelance naturalist with enthusiasm for bats, bugs and birds. Aside from birding at Wave Hill, his favorite place to bring his binoculars is Cape May. When he is not out in gardens and parks observing nature, he is watercoloring both indoors and out. He is a member of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society and is a fulltime professional printmaker by trade.

  • Gabriel Willow

    Wave hill gabriel willow credit joshua bright 2209 md

    Gabriel Willow

    Gabriel Willow is a naturalist with a particular passion for birds and urban spaces. He is an environmental educator and ecological tour guide in NYC, where he leads tours and teaches classes for NYC Audubon and Wave Hill, among others. His tours focus on seeking out the overlooked and ignored elements of wildness hiding all around us, ranging from boat trips on the East River, to kayaking on Newtown Creek, to seeking the elusive peregrine falcons nesting on skyscrapers near Wall Street. He has created programs for Lincoln Center, the Morgan Library and Museum, the New York Botanical Garden and more. He is also an artist, illustrator and DJ.

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