Preferred Alternative Plan for Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge West Pond Released
The National Park Service (NPS) has released its long-awaited Environmental Assessment (EA) for the breach repair of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's West Pond. The NPS Preferred Alternative Alternative would "emphasize repair of the primary and secondary breaches and the subsequent restoration of West Pond and the loop trail.This alternative would also include replacing the water control structure, possible installation of a groundwater well or municipal water source, implementation of resource management strategies to improve seasonal use by wildlife, and opportunities for natural resource-based activities such as birding, walking, and improved interpretive activities."
NYC Audubon's conservation staff and board conservation committee are in the process of reviewing the EA in order to provide a thorough analysis and recommendations for public comments. The EA is available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days from October 6 through November 6, 2015. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 6-8pm at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Please plan to attend to learn more about the plan and make your views known.
THE FALL ROOST
Protecting Birds in New York City
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
409 East 59th Street
Join us as we celebrate NYC Audubon’s eleventh annual Fall Roost. This year we are thrilled to honor Marsilia Boyle and ARNOLD GLAS. A longtime director and officer of NYC Audubon and a member of the Audubon New York board, Marcy champions our efforts around the City, represents us on the Audubon Council of New York State, and keeps an eagle eye on our work in Brooklyn. Glass manufacturer ARNOLD GLAS, and especially its former CEO Hans-Joachim Arnold, is the creator of Ornilux, a bird-friendly building glass that is saving countless birds worldwide. We also add to the Fall Roost festivities the recognition of our first "Volunteer of the Year," Deborah Jones.
Silent Auction and Reception 6:30-7:30pm
Dinner and Program 7:30-9:30pm
For those of you who are already fans of our party, we are migrating to Guastavino’s, the exciting landmarked space under the 59th Street Bridge.
This year's Silent Auction will include a number of exciting opportunities and adventures. Our complete list of offerings will be posted soon, but below are a few highlights to whet your "bidding appetite":
- Outings with celebrity authors Tom Stephenson and Leslie Day
- Walks and Cruises with Joe Giunta, Don Riepe, and Gabriel Willow
- Adventures in pelagic birding, horseshoe crab tagging, and bird-banding
- Golf for four at The Bridge Golf Club
- Behind-the-scenes access to the American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and NYC Audubon’s Glass Testing Tunnel at the Bronx Zoo
Proceeds from the Fall Roost support NYC Audubon's efforts to protect wild birds and their habitat in the five boroughs through scientific research, community engagement, advocacy, and hands-on habitat restoration. In particular, we are working to improve the quality of stopover habitat and reduce threats to birds from unnecessary illumination and from reflective glass.
For more information, please contact Kellye Rosenheim at
The Tribute in Light Is Dimmed Eight Times to Protect Migrating Birds
On Friday, September 11, the Tribute in Light once again shone bright above lower Manhattan—and our thoughts were with all those touched by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. This year's Tribute, however, coincided with a very heavy migration flight. Throughout the all-night event, thousands of songbirds were visible, trapped and disoriented within the memorial's huge light beams. NYC Audubon staff and volunteers were on site monitoring the Tribute till dawn, and thanks to cooperation from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, we were able to shut down the lights 8 times during the night. This allowed the immense cloud of confused birds—which included American redstart, blackpoll warbler, black-throated blue warbler, rose-breasted grosbeak, and northern flicker—to escape and continue their migration routes southward.
Since 2002, NYC Audubon has worked with the Tribute's sponsor (formerly the Municipal Arts Society, now the National September 11 Memorial and Museum) to ensure that night-migrating songbirds, which in some years are attracted in huge numbers to the Tribute's powerful light beams, are not exhausted and injured during the all-night event. Thanks to all for a successful 2015 monitoring effort!
Learn more about NYC Audubon's efforts to protect migrating birds at http://www.nycaudubon.org/project-safe-flight.
Top Banner Photo Credits: Group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.
Bottom Photo Credits: American Woodcock © Victoria Booth.
* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, available at creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0.
Volunteer this Fall
with Project Safe Flight
There are many ways to participate in Project Safe Flight, our principal autumn conservation program. Volunteers can monitor buildings weekly for window collisions (September 1-November 1); pick up injured birds and transport them to the Wild Bird Fund (as needed); participate in our Tribute in Light monitoring event (on Sept. 11); and more. Attend one of our upcoming training sessions to learn about these projects and get involved. Click here to see training dates and learn more.
Be a part of Project Safe Flight by Using Our New Online Database, D-Bird, Now Mobile-Friendly!
D-Bird, our crowd-sourced bird mortality data collection tool, has received a major update! Now it is possible to quickly and easily send reports to D-bird from any mobile device. Visitors to the desktop version of D-Bird will also notice the reporting form has received a facelift – the data entry process is now more streamlined and intuitive.
If you find a dead or injured bird, you can make a valuable contribution to Project Safe Flight by providing us with information about the bird at www.d-bird.org. To see an interactive map of D-Bird results and to learn more about Project Safe Flight, please click here.
This work is a component of Project Safe Flight, part of our broader effort generously supported by the Leon Levy Foundation to make the City a safer place for birds.
Visit NYC Audubon's blog, Syrinx, to see current updates on our work.