Watchable Wildlife

Furry, feathered or just plain fascinating, Central New York watchable wildlife flourishes throughout the region.

Birdwatchers can revel in an astounding number of bird species that travel through the area at various points throughout the year.


The Great Swamp Conservancy, an Audubon Society Important Bird Area, hosts some 200 species of birds, including the Eastern bluebird, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, great white egret, snipe, northern shovel and various warbler species. Enjoy five miles of trails throughout this flooded forest, where you might also catch a glimpse of a different pair of wings: the rare mulberry winged butterfly.

Camp among some 103 bird species in Chenango County at 198-site Bowman Lake State Park. Known as a “camper’s paradise,” this remote park includes eight miles of trails and a nature center that make it a haven for wildlife watchers as well.


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Chenango County is a true wildlife wonderland with opportunities to scope rare raptors like the northern harrier and a wide variety of other hawks at the 4,169-acre Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area, the state’s oldest WMA.

Central New York’s 16,000-acre Rome Sand Plains Resource Management Area offers the rare opportunity to visit what is known as a pine barren. The geological oddity, one of just a few in the nation, has high sand dunes and low peat bogs that welcome woodland warblers, spotted turtles and the endangered frosted elfin butterfly.


There are plenty of other insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians to discover in Central New York.

Viewing areas recommended by the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation include:

Watchable Wildlife Listings (28)
Animal Adventure Park

85 Martin Hill Rd
Harpursville, NY 13787

Animal Adventure is an interactive, educational animal park, nestled in the hills of Harpursville, NY, just 15 minutes outside of Binghamton. We are excited to unveil the many additions and improvements to Animal Adventure. We continue to raise the bar; providing unmatched animal encounters, improved animal exhibits and guest experiences. This season boasts many new exhibit redesigns, paved pathways, bottle feeding nursery area in our petting zoo and new species! New species include: Patas Monkey, Vervet Monkey, Black Bear, African Warthog, Eland Antelope, Addax Antelope, Wildebeest, Scarlet Macaw Many new babies: Wallabies, Patagonian Cavies, Camels, Antelope, Piglets, Bear Cubs, and more on the way!
Balsam Pond

Pharsalia, NY

Small motorboats or canoes. 153 acres, average 9' depth, warm water fishery. Hand launch at Town of Pharsalia, 2 miles south of the Village. Fish: Norlunge, largemouth bass, yellow perch, sunfish & chain pickerel.
Banner Ridge Alpaca Farm

1984 State Hwy 206
Greene, NY 13411


Alpaca Farm and gift shop.
Picnic areas, playground, hiking boating, fishing, and swimming.
Brookfield State Forest

Hubbardsville/Brookfield, NY


130 miles of trails spread over 13,000 acres for: X-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling.
Open year round. Visitors welcome by appointment.
FLT spans NY State. 72 miles runs through Chenango County. Activities such as cross-country skiing, hiking and showshoeing are all available.
Chapman Park

1463 Route 31
Bridgeport, NY 13030

(315) 687-3471

Oneida Lake, a relatively shallow natural lake with an average depth of 22 feet, is the largest lake lying wholly within New York State. The pier at Chapman Park is excellent for viewing bald eagles, woodpeckers, blue birds, turkey, osprey, foxes, coyotes and various species of fish.

This property totals over 9,400 acres in southeast Madison County and makes up the core area of the Brookfield Trail System, a highly acclaimed horse and snowmobile trail system. Watch for turkey, ruffed grouse and migratory songbirds.

Chittenango Falls State Park

5241 Gorge Rd.
Cazenovia, NY 13035

A picturesque 167 foot waterfall is the main attraction of Chittenango Falls State Park. Glacial sculpting over 400 million year-old bedrock is responsible for this scenic feature. An interesting variety of both plants and wildlife may be found along the trails. Watch for the Chittenango ovate amber snail, an endangered species that is found nowhere else on earth.


Spans NY State. Five trail sections (77.9) miles run through Chenango County. Activity such as bird watching, cross country skiing, hiking and snowshoeing are available.
Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo

5135 Rome-New London Road
Rome, NY 13440

New in 2016-Let your wild side out at our new Wild Creatures Playland. Our playland features a giant ball crawl, the jumbo jumper pillow bounce, and a water balloon battle station! So what are you waiting for- it's time to get wild!

Add these to admission:

Jumbo Jumper Pillow Bounce:
$5.00 All Day Wristband

Water Balloon Battle:
1 Bucket of Balloons: $3.00
2 Buckets of Balloons: $5.00

Giant Ball Crawl:

Fort Rickey is a special kind of zoo with a focus on families and fun. We are a zoo that understands that children learn best and have more fun when they can touch things and hold things. We offer hands-on animal shows, a huge petting area, a Maternity Ward for cuddling baby goats, pony rides, a giant tube and tunnel play area with a huge ball crawl and spacious exhibits featuring a wide collection of wildlife form around the world.


Gaius Cook Memorial Park

189 Parks Road
Chenango Forks, NY 13746

Day use for fishing, boating, picnicking, play area for children, hiking, bird-watching
Lake and 3 ponds in wooded terrain. 12+ miles of trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling & snowshoeing. Camping, playgrounds, frisbee-disc golf course, swimming, boating & fishing. The NYS Civilian Conservation Corps Museum is located within the Park.

The Great Swamp Conservancy (GSC) is the only nature center in Madison County that has approximately 7 miles of trails through valuable bird habitat and has been given the distinction of Important Bird Area (IBA) by the National Audubon Society. The GSC also is the hub for watchable wildlife in Madison County. These qualities afford many opportunities for children and adults in the field of environmental education and recreation.Ê

JADA Hill Farm

106 Kelsey Rd
Deposit, NY 13754

JADA Hill Farm is located in Deposit, NY which is in the western part of the Catskill Mtns., bordering Suquehanna PA. and is owned and operated by John & Dawn Alfano. Come and tour their goat farm, watch a goat milking demonstration and visit the baby goats! Sample many of their handmade soaps and lotions made directly from their own goats milk! *We have a herd of Fullbloods & High Percentage Boers goats for show and breeding * We also have Boer/Kiko crosses for Commercial stock & pets * We have added a couple LaMancha does to our herd which we will breed for high milk yields to support the production of our Goat's Milk Soap and more..... This Spring we will be getting an Oberhasli doe to add to our milk production. * We also have chickens for egg production * Visit our farm store which is filled with JADA Hill Farm goats milk soap and creams... Healing & pain relieve salves... A new line of baby products and much more will be coming this Spring! * We are al
Joker's Wild Ranch

648 Pleasant Hill Road
Port Crane, NY 13833

Jokers Wild Ranch is a horse stable, featuring a 150' X 120' outdoor arena and a 150' X 70' Indoor arena

This 3,090-acre forest includes diverse terrains and habitats. In fact, the forest, along with neighboring Three Springs and Mariposa State Forests, is home to more than 100 species of birds, more than a dozen reptiles and amphibians and more than 50 mammals. Watch for blue-winged warblers, northern goshawks, white-winged crossbills, red spotted newts, pickerel frogs, red foxes, southern fling squirrels and porcupines.

Myers Performance Morgans

746 Colesville Road
Binghamton, NY 13904

Myers Performance Morgans is an active carrier based in Binghamton, New York. Its fleet predominantly consists of trucks and tractors. It runs a highly localized operation and is one of the smallest-scale firms of its type, employing only 1 driver and recording just 82,467 miles for its 1 vehicle. It has no safety rating on file. Also note that it has no recordable crashes on file for 2015.
NYALA Farm Alpacas

104 Rockwell Road
Vestal, NY 13850

(607) 785-8226

Nyala Farm is a family farm that raises fiber animals, Alpacas, Wensleydale Sheep, satin angora rabbits and Jacob sheep. We sell livestock, felted products, fiber, wool, roving and yarn. We give felting and dyeing workshops. Please call for appointment View live Alpacas. Products available for sale; Alpaca fiber, Alpaca cria (baby Alpacas), Angora rabbits.  Needle felting lessons.

From State Route 20, which passes through the swamp, a traveler

Oakwood Manor Horse Stable

673 East Hill Rd
Binghamton, NY 13901

Oakwood Manor is a private stable specializing in one-on-one attention to our horses and our students. Located just outside of Binghamton, New York, Oakwood Manor offers English, Western and barrel racing training and lessons for beginner through advanced riders. Oakwood Manor is also the proud home of Nexavar, a proven barrel and performance horse sire by Bully Bullion.
Old Erie Canal State Park

122 Canal St.
Canastota, NY

The Park is a 36-mile stretch of the 363-mile Old Erie Canal, which has been designated a National Recreational Trail by the National Parks Service. The terrain is woodland and wetland that present opportunities for hiking, bicycling, canoeing, fishing and snowmobiling. Watch for mallards and assorted waterfowl, various song birds, beavers and muskrats.

This National Historic Landmark is home to century-old trees and beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens. Watch for great blue heron, cedar waxwing, belted kingfisher, Baltimore oriole, chimney swift, great white egret, bobolinks, rose crested grosbeaks, and a variety of hawks and songbirds.

Pharsalia WMA - the oldest WMA in New York State - has some of the largest blocks of forest in the region and supports a diversity of birds and other species which prefer such habitat. It is one of the few areas of the state outside the Adirondacks or Catskills that has breeding Swainson's thrush. In addition, Pharsalia WMA contains multiple impoundments providing habitats ranging from open water to wet meadow, and grassland areas ranging from small forest openings to ten-plus acres.

Welcome to Stoney Pond State Forest. The 1,469 acres offers visitors an opportunity to view a range of different flora and fauna. The State Forest is a blend hard and soft woods. The 13 mile-long Nordic Ski Trail is an important part of multiple use management of the forest. The trails wind through both natural forests and plantations and around Stoney Pond. Most trails are designed for skiers with a beginner or intermediate skill level.

The Farm Bed & Breakfast & Working Farm

1057 Elizabethtown Road
Ilion, NY 13357

Located On 118 acres up the hill from the Mohawk Valley. The land is beautiful, with long vistas; a mix of woods, pastures and fields. This is very much a four season location. The spring is full of blooming flowers, birds and sweet smelling breezes. The summer is comfortable, green and lush, stars and fireflies fill the night sky, as well as all the fresh vegetables and bounty that summer offers. The fall is extremely colorful on rolling hills with big skies filled with billowous clouds. Winter is wintery; it is gorgeous.
Utica Zoo

One Utica Zoo Way
Utica, NY 13501

With more than 99 species of animals to see and learn about, Utica Zoo is the perfect location to bring your family, friends, or that special someone. Catch a California sea lion show, or visit the adorable endangered red pandas. See how loud you can roar compared to an African lion, or take a hike on our wooded Nature Trail. Have your child's next birthday party at the zoo or attend an educational program. Don't miss Utica Zoo's premier fundraising events like Brewfest, Wine in the Wilderness, Spooktacular, and Eggstravaganza. Hold your next event in the Utica Zoo's Rotary Pavilion. For more information, please visit or call (315) 738-0472. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @uticazoo for daily updates.

Winter Hours and Admission: Nov 1 to March 31: 10am to 4:00pm Summer Hours and Admission: April 1 to October 31: 10am to 4:45pm