Wild Family Fun – Where the Wild Things Are!

Wild Family Fun - Where the Wild Things Are!

Did You See That? They go by land, by water, by air… from New York City to the Adirondacks to Greater Niagara, and several spots in between. We’re talking bears, eagles, raptors, fishes and all sorts of other creatures that take up residence in New York State’s great outdoors. Fortunately, several venues throughout the state make it easy for you to catch wildlife in action, and even offer a glimpse at creatures you may not see otherwise!Where the “Wild Things” are:New York City’s Central Park Zoo, an oasis in the big city, delights with its collection of bears, penguins, exotic birds and water creatures, and their wild friends.Long Island’s Oyster Bay is home to the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, featuring 19 non-releasable birds of prey, which include hawks, owls, falcons, and a vulture, as well as several species of reptiles and amphibians.America’s national symbol, the Bald Eagle, has chosen a vast area in the Hudson Valley and The Catskills as a favorite nesting ground. A tour of the Eagle Institute, located in Barryville, opens the birds’ fascinating world to visitors.Take a guided bird walk around the 500-acre, Environmental Gardens at the Clermont State Historic Site in the Hudson Valley town of Germantown.

Check out the Clermont blog for lots of great stories and historical information about the site.Prefer fish? Try a 30-foot seine net or angling while Fishing the River at Norrie Point in the Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park. Rods and bait provided.

Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg.The Catskills are home to the RamsHorn Livingston Sanctuary, 480 acres of the Hudson River’s largest tidal swamp forest, a feeding ground for migratory birds with a twenty-eight-foot wildlife observation tower, trails, canoe launch and more.A wilderness playground, the Adirondack Park, nurtures nature’s creatures like few places on earth. The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, located in Tupper Lake, provides an excellent starting point for all interest levels.Wildlife conservation areas, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the north end of Cayuga Lake, between Syracuse and Rochester, and Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, in the rural towns of Alabama and Shelby (midway between Rochester and Buffalo) serve as natural resting spots, breeding grounds and bird flyovers for migratory birds and home to other wildlife.Western New York boasts several nature preserves like Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center in Depew, where you can glimpse beavers, muskrats, and all sorts of other critters that defined economies in the early days of the state’s history.For a full regional listing, go to: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1846.html