Adventure Awaits in New York State
New York City’s varied habitats and “moveable feast” are why owls, particularly barn owls, great horned owls and eastern screech owls, live and hunt here. Long-eared and northern saw-whet owls are often seen too, the latter especially in winter. Even snowy owls are known to hunt in this metropolis during colder months.
To see these urban-dwelling raptors, visitors can participate in an organized “owl prowl” (see the NYC Parks website for events) or go on a self-guided search at dusk. A daytime stroll through a wooded area may be rewarded with a glimpse of fledglings closely guarded by their parents. In addition, adult owls may be observed roosting in tree hollows, among thick evergreens and even in nest boxes.
See the Conservationist’s article on owls of New York City for more information.