2020 Colorful Lives

As a managed green space, Madison Square Park is a vital source of food and shelter for native and migrating fauna throughout the year. With fall reaching its climax, the natural world around us has taken on a new look. Year round, the Park is packed with beautiful bursts of color, and this season is no different. Below, we share a gallery of some of our favorite images capturing the remarkable creatures that live such colorful lives.


American Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)

One of the first trees to signal the end of summer, the Yellowwood at Madison Square Park is beloved by visitors from all over the world for its brilliant yellow and orange fall foliage.


Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch butterflies are revered from Mexico to New York for their beautiful orange wings. 


Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

The sumacs found on 5th avenue and Worth Square are an exhibition of stunning fall color.


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers have stunning brown, black, and white checkered patterns on their backs and wings, a red and black crown, and yellow tinted feathers on their bellies.


Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba)

Worth Square planting beds also boast an array of brown and yellow thanks to some Brown-eyed Susans. Here we also see a common western honeybee foraging for some nectar before the coming winter season. 


Local birders, naturalists, and online data collection platforms such as eBird and iNaturalist help us track biodiversity. To learn more about the flora and fauna throughout Madison Square Park, visit eBird and iNaturalist or read more about our ongoing initiative to support our local wildlife.