Help Our Birds Navigate Spring Migration Safely
Our Project Safe Flight volunteers are already on the job this spring, patrolling city sites known to be perilous for migrating birds. In recent days, volunteers brought to our office the bodies of a golden-crowned kinglet, northern flicker, and an American woodcock—all likely victims of window collisions. Window collisions are a major cause of death of migrating birds: between 90,000 and 230,000 birds a year are estimated to die in New York City alone from such collisions.
How You Can Help
Night-time lighting, in addition to glass windows, is a hazard for migrating birds; the lights may disorient night-time migrants and lure them into unsafe areas. You can contribute to our Lights Out New York program by making sure to turn off any unnecessary lights in your home and office during peak spring and fall migration (mid March through early June and mid-August through early November). If you know of a business or residential building that might participate in our Lights Out Program, you can learn more by clicking here.
Further Progress Towards a Restored West Pond
Great news from the National Park Service (NPS): The preferred alternative for repair of the breach of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's West Pond has received a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), signed by the NPS' Northeast Regional Director. This is an important step towards restoration of the West Pond, and we are happy to see that the NPS' preferred "Alternative B: Repair the Breach and Improve Habitat Conditions" includes provisions for installation of a freshwater source, as recommended by NYC Audubon and the Birders Coalition for Gateway, among others. The planned ground well and water control structure will ensure that the West Pond is restored and maintained as a freshwater pond and marsh--a scarce habitat in the modern day Jamaica Bay ecosystem, and one important to many breeding and migratory bird species. The FONSI and breach repair Environmental Assessment can be viewed here.
Top Banner Photo Credits: Atlantic puffins © U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service*; group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.
Bottom Photo Credits: Plumb Beach Cleanup © NYC Audubon; Atlantic puffins © Steve Nanz
* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, available at creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0.
Spring Plumb Beach Cleanup
Sat., April 23,
With National Park Service
Every May, horseshoe crabs come ashore at sites all along the northeastern coast of the United States to lay their eggs, providing a critical food source for migrating shorebirds. Plumb Beach is an important spawning ground for the crabs, and NYC Audubon has been engaged in an annual study of the crab population at Plumb Beach since 2009.Come out to help us clean up the beach and get it ready to welcome the crabs! Optional bus transportation to Plumb Beach will be provided from Union Square in Manhattan (space is limited). The bus will depart at 9am and will return to Union Square after the cleanup. Registration is required to participate in the cleanup; click here to register for the Plumb Beach cleanup and sign up for a spot on the bus.
Puffins, Warblers, and Lobster Boats: The Enchanting Coast of Maine
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Maine native Gabriel Willow in exploring the Maine coast, home to Atlantic puffins, moose, shorebirds, warblers, and other migratory songbirds. Stay in charming Camden and on the lovely and remote Monhegan Island, a birder’s paradise where seeing 25-30 warbler species in a day is not uncommon. Click here to learn more and see a full trip itinerary.
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