NYC Audubons Winter Seals and Waterbirds Ecocruises


NYC Audubons Winter Seals and Waterbirds Ecocruises


(Jan. 1,2014)–Harbor Seals and manykinds of beautiful waterfowl have arrived in NYC to spend the winter–and NYC Audubon’s Winter Seals and Waterbirds of New York Harbor Ecocruises will take you right to them! Running Sundays , January 12 through March 9,our winter ecocruises depart from South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 aboard NY Water Taxi’s eco-friendly vessels.Naturalist Gabriel Willow provides an entertaining narrated tour of the surprising wildlife of the harbor:

Look for harbor seals on the rocky shores of Governor’s Island and the more remote Hoffman and Swinburne Islands. Learn about the surprisingly diverse winter birds of New York City, including ducks, geese, loons, and sandpipers that migrate south from the Arctic.

Along the way, see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis and Governor’s Islands, and pass under the Verrazano Bridge while enjoying complimentary hot tea and cocoa.

In recent years, populations of wintering harbor seals have increased in New York Harbor, and are reliably found sunning themselves on the rocks of the remote Swinburne Island, or bobbing in the water nearby. Curious by nature, harbor seals will often approach our boat and can be seen looking back at us as we watch them play and dive.

This year, we will have seal behavior researchers on board on several of the cruises; you can read about their planned seal research on the NYC Audubon blog, Syrinx.

New York Harbor is also a great place to see many wintering seabirds, including long-

tailed ducks, bufflehead, Brant geese, loons, and more. These birds spend the spring and summer far north on the tundra,some close to the Arctic Circle, and New York Harbor provides a safe sheltered place for them to spend the winter. Cruise Details:

Sundays, January 12 –March 9, 12-2pm.

Dress warmly and bring your binoculars. Limited to 60. To register, contact New York Water Taxi at 212-742-1969 or register online at

$35 for adults; $25 for children 3-12.

Recommended for ages 6 and up (but all ages welcome)

Directions: The cruise launches from the South Street Seaport,

Pier 16, at 89 South Street –a 5-10 minute walk from the A,C,J,Z,2,3 Fulton Street stop.

More directions may be found at

About New York City Audubon:

NYC Audubon champions nature in the City’s five boroughs through a combination of

engaging and entertaining programs and innovative conservation campaigns. NYC Audubon is an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the National Audubon Society. Through its efforts, NYC Audubon protects many species of birds living in the 30,000 acres of wetlands, forests, and grasslands of New York City. Learn more at

NYC Audubon’s Winter Seals and Waterbirds Ecocruises will be running Sundays, January 12 to March 9, from 12-2pm, and we hope you might feature these fun and educational tours in your listings and coverage for New York City. You will find a full press release with all event details here. Of special interest this year, we will have several seal behavior researchers on board, who are studying the local population of wintering harbor seals; you can read about their research here.)

Naturalist Gabriel Willow will once again lead these wintry excursions, which are great for both adults and kids. Our cruises provide a charming narrated introduction to the winter wildlife of the harbor–including harbor seals and many species of birds that spend the winter here. New York Water Taxi’s eco-friendly vessel also affords great views of the City skyline, Statue of Liberty, and New York Harbor. The cruises depart from Pier 16 at 12pm and arrive back at 2pm, and are a lovely way to spend a winter Sunday afternoon with friends or family. Complimentary hot cocoa and tea will be served.

NYC Audubons Winter Seals and Waterbirds Ecocruises
When: January 12, 2014 ~ March 9, 2014


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