Hudson Valley New York wildlife

Hudson Valley New York wildlife

Watchable Wildlife Species

At The Kaaterskill we are all about the animals, in the wild or on the farm.


Beaver: New York’s state mammal spends most of its time in or under the water.
Black Bear: The black bear is New York’s second largest mammal.
Eastern Coyote: The coyote adapts well to living near people . At night at The Kaaterskill you may experience their chilling call.
Little Brown Bat: The only mammal that can fly.
River Otter: The North American River Otter is the only species of otter that lives in New York State.
White-tailed Deer: To protect it from detection by predators, a fawn has almost no scent.


Peregrine Falcon

Bald Eagle: Since 1972, New York’s bald eagle population has gone from near zero to booming.
Common Loon : A magnificent breeding bird of New York’s Adirondacks.
Eastern Bluebird:Once considered rare, the number of bluebirds is increasing thanks to an active nesting box program.
Great Blue Heron: The largest and most common heron in North America.
Great Horned Owl: A fierce hunter with an appetite for skunks.
Osprey: New York’s main breeding populations of osprey are in Long Island and the Adirondack mountains.
Peregrine Falcon: Peregrines nest on every Hudson River bridge from Albany south.
Wild Turkey: New York’s current wild turkey population are descended from Pennsylvania turkeys, introduced here in the 1950s.

See the complete list of New York State Birds.

Reptiles and Amphibians:

Diamond backterrapin

Bullfrog: Bullfrogs are the largest frogs in North America.
Diamondback Terrapin: New York’s only brackish water turtle.
Eastern (Red-Spotted) Newt: A small creature with a potent toxin.
Snapping Turtle: Snapping turtles continue to grow all their lives.


Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Karner Blue Butterfly: The Karner blue lives only in places where the blue lupine grows.
Monarch Butterfly: Monarchs travel 50 to 200 miles per day during their fall migration.
Praying Mantises: These hungry predators were introduced to help control other insect pests.
Black Swallowtail Butterfly: Noted for their black wings, the female has two rows of spots.


Diamond Black Bass

Black Bass: These fish can reach 20 inches or more in length. (The Kaaterskill pond is stocked with black sea bass)
Coho and Chinook Salmon: DEC annually stocks thousands of Coho and Chinook salmon into lakes Ontario and Erie.
Walleye: The Walleye is the largest member of the perch family and a voracious predator.

Be Respectful of Nature

When you are looking for wildlife and are visiting a Watchable Wildlife site:

Please don’t feed the wildlife. Leave wild baby animals where you find them.
Keep quiet, move slowly and be patient. Allow time for animals to enter the area you are in.