Gabriel Willow has been a nature enthusiast and birder since he was a small child in rural Maine, roaming the woods and fields in search of frogs and woodcocks. In his teens, he traveled the American West to study birds and learn mist-netting techniques, and after studying ecology in college was able to spend several years studying and painting the endemic avifauna of southern Mexico. In 2003 he moved to New York and became a teacher-naturalist with the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Since that time, he has led countless birding tours in the five boroughs and beyond for NYC Audubon, Bryant Park Corporation, Wave Hill, and others. He is probably best known for leading NYC Audubon's summer and winter eco-cruise program, which he developed along with the Prospect Park Audubon Center in 2004.
Seen from above, Central Park is an oasis of green on a noisy, people- and car-filled island. It’s no wonder that a staggering 192 different species of birds have chosen it for a home or a frequent stopping place, making it one of the best birding spots in the world. Explore the Park’s rich avian life with a walk through Manhattan’s 843-acre breath of fresh air, led by an expert naturalist and arranged in collaboration with New York City Audubon.
New York City 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 nonprofit 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.