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Drop in and Bird with Us During Fall Migration

[b]Cedar Waxwing[/b][br]© John Larson/Audubon Photography AwardsAudubon photography awardsCedar Waxwing
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This fall, discover the surprising amount and variety of birds that can be found in our city at one of our many free walks. Over the past year, we have expanded our offerings of free outings, partnering with organizations such as The Battery Conservancy, Pelham Bay Park, and others to provide birding tours that are more laid-back and welcoming to birders of all skill levels and experiences. These walks are ideal for those just getting into birding, or even an experienced birder looking to discover a birding community in their own backyard. These walks require no advance registration, so you can simply drop in and enjoy the wonders of fall migration with us!


Drop in and Bird: Morning Bird Walks in Central Park
Tuesdays, August 20-September 24, 7:30-9am

Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, August 24, September 8 and 24, 2-3pm
Sundays, August 25 and September 28, 2-3pm

Fall Migration Bird Walks at the Battery, Manhattan
Tuesday, September 3-October 8, 8-9am

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, September 7-November 23, 9-10:30am

Pelham Bay Park Bird Walks, The Bronx
Sundays, September 8-December 8, 9-10:30am

Birding at Wave Hill, The Bronx
Sundays, September 8 and October 13, 9:30-11:30am

Birding Tours of Bryant Park
Mondays, September 9-October 14, 8-9am
Thursdays, September 12-October 17, 5-6pm

Birding Tours of the North Woods, Central Park
Mondays, September 9-23, 5:30-7pm
Wednesdays, September 11-25, 5:30-7pm
Fridays, September 13-27, 5:30-7pm

There are many more walks, including those in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Queens Botanical Garden, Riverside Park, and Freshkills Park, listed on our ongoing free events page. See more information about all of our free fall migration programming there and we hope to see you drop in on a bird walk!


It's Fledgling Season: What to Do (and Not Do) If You Find a Baby Bird

[b]Fledglings, like the American Robin pictured above, feature fuzzy, short down feathers on the body and short tails and wings. Fledglings often leave the nest with weak flight muscles and are fed outside the nest for a few days by their parents.[/b][br] Photo © Denise Rosser / Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0[br][br]Fledglings, like the American Robin pictured above, feature fuzzy, short down feathers on the body and short tails and wings. Fledglings often leave the nest with weak flight muscles and are fed outside the nest for a few days by their parents.
Photo © Denise Rosser / Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

From time to time, you may come across a young bird that needs assistance. It is important to follow proper steps to make sure you are helping these birds and not further harming them.

If you find a bird, first determine its age. If the bird is not fully feathered, it is a nestling and needs to be returned to its nest. Contrary to popular belief, birds do not have a well-developed sense of smell, and therefore the parents won’t know if the baby has been touched by humans and will not abandon it. If the nest is intact, put the baby back in and watch from a distance to see if the parents are visiting the nest. If you cannot find or reach the nest, you can put the nestling in a box that has holes poked in the bottom for drainage and suspend the box near where the nest is located.

Learn more about what you should do with fledglings or injured adult birds by reading the rest of this post on our blog, Syrinx.


Register for the Second Annual NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance Conference

[b]Director of Conservation and Science Dr. Susan Elbin and Research Associate Debra Kriensky Monitoring the Javits Center Green Roof[/b][br]© Diane CimineDirector of Conservation and Science Dr. Susan Elbin and Research Associate Debra Kriensky Monitoring the Javits Center Green Roof
© Diane Cimine

Friday, September 27, 9:30am-4pm
At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
With the Green Roof Researchers Alliance

Join the Green Roof Researchers Alliance for a day of discussions, workshops, and green roof visits! Learn about green roof policy, biodiversity, environmental benefits, and curriculum. Meet leading green roof scientists and educators and find out about cutting-edge research being conducted in New York City.

Highlights of the conference include a panel of local scientists discussing green roof wildlife, an analysis of the actual benefits of green roofs, tours of the Javits green roof, a workshop on using green roofs for education, a hands-on field sampling workshop, and discussion with policymakers of the recently updated and improved green roof tax abatement. All workshops are included in the price of admission. Learn more about the conference and register on Eventbrite. No limit. $30 ($15 for students)

The NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance is supported by The New York Community Trust. You can view their 2018 Annual Report at


Top Banner Photo Credits: Great Egret Nesting Colony © NYC Audubon; Group of Birders © Kati Solomon; All Others © François Portmann.

Bottom Photo Credits: John James Audubon (1785–1851), Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), Study for Havell pl. 21, ca. 1825. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, gouache, and black ink with touches of scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 29 3/4 x 20 7/8 in.; Governors Island © NYC Audubon.

Audubon's Birds of America Gallery Now Open at New-York Historical Society

Audubon's stunning watercolors have a permanent home! Check out New-York Historical Society's Audubon’s Birds of America Focus Gallery, where you can view rotating watercolor models by John James Audubon with their corresponding plates from the double-elephant-folio series, engraved by Robert Havell Jr.—never on view together before!—bird calls, and a Bird-of-the-Month.

The Bird-of-the Month centerpiece currently is the Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglotto). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

Visit Us on Governors Island

NYC Audubon returns to Governors Island for a third season of programming at our pop-up nature center at Nolan Park House 17. Visit our house all this summer for displays on conservation, a children’s room with books and activities, bird-inspired artwork, and studio space showcasing artists creating work inspired by Governors Island and its variety of avian residents. Guests can borrow binoculars and participate in one of our free guided bird walks, or strike out on their own to discover the bright and bustling bird life all over the island. Continue to check for updates on house hours, bird walks, and special events at our house all summer long.

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Our Video

Karen Benfield and Lark Song Media spent a year documenting our work and produced a terrific video that captures our commitment to the birds and bird-lovers of New York City. See our varied outreach and conservation programs in action by viewing "NYC Audubon Highlights and Achievements 2018."
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