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New York City Passes Country’s Most Wide-ranging Bird-friendly Building Legislation

[b]Buildings can be perilous to migrating birds by presenting highly reflective glass, especially near greenery. [/b][br] Photo © Robert BurakiewiczBuildings can be perilous to migrating birds by presenting highly reflective glass, especially near greenery.
Photo © Robert Burakiewicz

The New York City Council approved Proposed Initiative 1482B—to date, the most broad-reaching bird-friendly building policy in the country—on December 10. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign this bill into law. The new policy requires that new buildings’ materials meet bird-friendly standards that greatly reduce collision risks to birds. The new policy also covers major renovations that include modifying existing glass, and applies to construction across the city’s five boroughs.

This is a monumental achievement and a huge leap forward for long-term conservation. It will reduce collisions and save migratory birds whose numbers are declining dramatically. Through our Project Safe Flight program, we estimate 90,000 to 230,000 birds die due to collisions with glass in NYC each year. 

Read our joint press release with American Bird Conservancy and the New York chapter of American Institute of Architects here.

  


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.

  


Participate in the 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Community Science in Action

[b]Great Horned Owl[/b][br]© François PortmannGreat Horned Owl
© François Portmann

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the nation's longest-running community-science bird project. New York City Audubon plays its part in this annual bird population survey, which is now conducted across North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Pacific Islands. Birders of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. Beginners too! The data collected by observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. View the full history of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the compiled nationwide data here.

The 120th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will soon be underway nationwide, and in all five boroughs of New York City. NYC Audubon is responsible for reporting data for the Lower Hudson Count Circle, which includes all of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey. And we host Manhattan's Central Park compilation gathering at the Central Park Arsenal on December 15, a festive event! RSVP for the Central Park count on Eventbrite. NYC Bird Counts begin December 14 and wrap up on December 22, with Counts taking place in the Bronx. For more information on this year's counts, visit our Audubon Christmas Bird Count page.


Purchase a Special Edition Great Horned Owl Necklace to Support NYC Audubon!

[b]"Bubo the Owl" Pendant Necklace[/b][br]Created by Janet Mavec"Bubo the Owl" Pendant Necklace
Created by Janet Mavec

In honor of our 40th Anniversary, Janet Mavec Jewelry created this limited edition Great Horned Owl pendant necklace. Janet Mavec grew so fond of him that she named him Bubo after his scientific name, Bubo virginianus. Bubo is sure to fly off the shelves, so get yours today! Ten percent of sales will go towards supporting NYC Audubon’s bird conservation and habitat protection programs. Learn more and purchase this striking pendant necklace at www.janetmavec.com.

 



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), Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), Study for Havell pl. 26, ca. 1825. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, and black ink with scraping and selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 29 3/4 x 21 1/4 in.; Prairie Warbler © Leticia de Mello Bueno.


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 Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis). The curator of the exhibit, Roberta J.M. Olson, outlines the tragic story of the bird’s extinction, which became official almost 100 years ago, in a heartfelt "Behind the Scenes" blog post that you can read here. 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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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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