|Description: Prospect Park is one of the most diverse parks in New York City and one of the
city’s premier birding sites, with more than 100 species of forest and waterbirds.
Visitors can also enjoy many other attractions in this green oasis in the heart of
an urban center, including the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Zoo, and New
York Botanic Garden.|
Prospect Park has Brooklyn’s last standing natural forest. In addition, there are
meadows, wetlands, glacial kettle ponds and a lake, providing plentiful habitat
Wildlife to Watch: Eastern gray squirrels and one of the only remaining populations of chipmunks
in Brooklyn are the most obvious mammals in the woods. Many species of warblers
and other songbirds pass through during spring migration. Red-bellied,
downy and hairy woodpeckers are among the more than 30 bird species that
nest here. Red-tailed hawks circle high above, searching meadows and forest
margins year-round for unsuspecting small mammals or birds.
The lake and its wetlands are home to American coots and little pied-billed
grebes that quickly duck underwater as they dive for insects and plants. Many
varieties of ducks can be found here, as well as mute swans. Turtles such as snapping, painted and red-eared sliders, and amphibians such as spotted
salamanders, wood frogs, Fowler’s toads and spring peepers reside in ponds
Special Tips: This site has accessible features
that include nature
trails and playgrounds.
718-965-8951, 95 Prospect Park W, Parkside Ave. between
Flatbush Ave., Ocean Ave.
and Prospect Park SW,
Brooklyn, NY 11215,
Size: 526 acres
Closest Town: Brooklyn
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
From Westchester, the Bronx and points north, take 87 south to
the RFK Bridge. Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expy. (278) west to
Brooklyn. Take the Tillary St. exit, and turn left on Flatbush Ave.
Stay on Flatbush to Grand Army Plaza.
From New Jersey, Staten Island and points south, take the Verrazano
Bridge to the Brooklyn-Queens Expy. (278). Take the Prospect Expy.
to the 10th Ave. exit, and head straight on 10th Ave.; turn left onto
Prospect Ave. Head north on Prospect Ave. to 8th Ave. Turn right at
8th Ave. Turn right at Union St., and continue onto Plaza St. West.
Turn left at Grand Army Plaza.
Several subways are located near the park, including the B, F, G, Q,
S, 2 and 3 trains.