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Learn About Project Safe Flight at an Upcoming Online Info Session

[b]Common Yellowthroat Found on Project Safe Flight Monitoring Route[/b][br]© Francois PortmannCommon Yellowthroat Found on Project Safe Flight Monitoring Route
© Francois Portmann

Light and glass pose major threats to migratory birds as they move through New York City. Project Safe Flight's conservation efforts focus on collision prevention, rescuing injured birds and counting those that have perished. This work is performed by many diligent and devoted volunteers. Learn more about our program, how you can protect and conserve birds in urban spaces, and how to get involved as a volunteer by signing up for one of our online informational sessions.

Online information sessions will be held:

Tuesday, August 18, 6-7pm
Thursday, August 20, 2-3pm
Tuesday, August 25, 6-7pm

Register for an information session on Eventbrite.


The 15th Annual Shorebird Festival Goes Online!

[b]Illustration by Šiná R. Bear Eagle[/b][br][br]Illustration by Šiná R. Bear Eagle

Saturday, August 22, 10-11:30am
With National Park Service, American Littoral Society, and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
Join us for the 15th annual celebration of Jamaica Bay's shorebirds! August is the perfect time to explore the diversity and abundance of NYC's shorebirds, particularly at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

This year our virtual festival will include plenty of opportunities to see birds live all around NYC, as well as talks by Kevin Karlson, Lloyd Spitalnik, and NYC Audubon scientists. With kid-friendly activities, the whole family will be able to enjoy this dive into shorebirds.

Register for this free online event on Eventbrite!


NYC Audubon's Commitment to Fighting Racism

A letter from Executive Director Kathryn Heintz
June 8, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

The news over the past few weeks has been extraordinarily difficult to process. As our community planned its emergence from the pandemic, we were stunned by the racist attack on our board member Christian Cooper in Central Park. It was a shocking example of racism right in our midst, and we were thankful that Chris came to no harm. We learned later that same day about the horrifying death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has prompted spontaneous protests across the world demanding justice and equality for Black people in this country. It is clear that we have reached a crucial point of reckoning and self-reflection as a nation, and as a city. This moment is so much bigger than us. And yet we take our responsibility to rise to meet it as fundamental, and as central to NYC Audubon’s mission.

In the opening of the summer Urban Audubon, recently published online, I mused about a possible silver lining from this time of crisis—a time that, during unfathomable tragedy, has seen so many people notice birds and discover the transcendence of nature in our city’s green spaces. I felt sure, then, of NYC Audubon’s readiness to help these burgeoning birders make the leap from discovery and enjoyment to engagement and conservation. But current events shed a different light: Many of these new birders are Black. If such opportunistic, weaponized racism as that encountered by Chris Cooper is the reception a Black person can expect when advocating for or even just watching birds, how do we encourage birdwatching and conservation advocacy as safe activities for all New Yorkers? And how do we responsibly continue to strive towards our vision: an NYC Audubon community that better reflects the face of our diverse city, one that engages the entire city in our fight for bird conservation?

We listen. We challenge ourselves. We act. And we change.

We must invite and heed the perspectives of our members and neighbors who are Black and people of color. We must organize forums and programs around the topics of race and equity. We must advocate for safe and equitable access to our city’s green spaces. (Read more....)


NYC Audubon Activities and COVID-19

NYC Audubon prides itself on connecting people to nature and conservation through engaging programming that brings together individuals united by a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are approaching our mission to connect and unite with one another through an adjusted lens. All in-person programming remains suspended in accordance with the NY State PAUSE order, and for the safety of our participants, guides, and staff. We are following state and federal government guidance, are in touch with city agencies, and continue to monitor the situation closely. We look forward to seeing our members and friends, and birding and working together once more, when it is again safe to do so.

Read more about modified events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And enjoy NYC Audubon's new virtual programming, below!


Enjoy Birds from Home: "Virtual Birding"

NYC Audubon has been creating a variety of virtual programming to connect you with the City’s birds and their conservation. Explore the wonders of the ancient horseshoe crab and its importance to our shorebirds at the Virtual Jamaica Bay Horseshoe Crab Festival. Or watch episodes of our two original, ongoing video series. Virtual Birding by Ear with The Warbler Guide author Tom Stephenson analyzes birdsong recorded in Prospect Park. And The Masked Birder! spotlights how people everywhere are turning to birds and nature to find comfort during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can also view a host of digital resources produced by kindred organizations and friends of NYC Audubon to help you connect with birds and nature. These staff-favorites include videos, bird cams, podcasts, and other activities that hopefully provide you a lift, insights, and a welcome distraction.

See all our virtual birding resources here!

We will continue to post new programming here on our website; on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; and in The eGret eNews alerts (sign up!).


Celebrating 40 Years of Bird Conservation

NYC Audubon’s history was joyously celebrated at this year’s Fall Roost benefit—and memorialized with two commemorative pieces created especially to trace the organization’s path of conservation accomplishments over the past four decades. The pieces depict the fierce determination that NYC Audubon activists have felt over these past 40 years, as they’ve battled to protect our city’s birds and their habitat. View NYC Audubon: 40 Years Protecting New York City's Birds and Habitat, a video created by Karen Benfield and Lark Song Media, above. Read the 40th Anniversary commemorative issue of our Urban Audubon newsletter here (PDF).

Looking back on our four decades of conservation accomplishments, we are inspired by the foresight of early NYC Audubon activists in addressing threats to the City’s birds and their habitat. As our organization has grown from a grassroots organization run by volunteers to a larger organization with a professional staff, we look to the future with our Strategic Plan 2020–2025. This document serves as a roadmap for all of our efforts in preserving habitats throughout the five boroughs, making our vast city safer for birds, and illuminating the wonders of nature for all New Yorkers. And the plan provides a reckoning with how we can be more inclusive of the great diversity in our community. Read our Strategic Plan here.

Our Strategic Plan 2020–2025: A Vision for the Future creates a map to guide us forward. To begin, we are committed to raising $1,040,000 in our anniversary year. Help us help our birds.


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

John James Audubon (1785–1851) with Joseph Mason (1808–1842), Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), Study for Havell pl. 29, 1822. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 18 7/8 x 11 11/16 in.; Prairie Warbler © Leticia de Mello Bueno.
*This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Audubon's Birds of America Gallery 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 Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

Read Audubon's Survival by Degrees Climate Change Report

National Audubon’s newest study, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, illustrates in extraordinary detail the future of North American birds under a changing climate. Using the same climate models as 80 countries plus 140 million bird records—including observational data from bird lovers nationwide—their report reveals the effects a warming climate will have on more than 600 bird species through the end of the century. The report includes a first-of-its-kind zip code-based climate tool, Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer, which shows you how climate change will impact local birds and your community—and ways you can help. Learn more and read the report here

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Birding by Subway Map

Learn about all of the great NYC birding hotspots and how to visit them by public transit using our interactive "Birding by Subway" Map.


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Visit NYC Audubon's blog, Syrinx, to see current updates on our work.

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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