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115th Annual Christmas Bird Count - Citizen Science in Action

[b]Great-horned Owl[/b][br]François PortmannGreat-horned Owl
François Portmann

The 115th annual Christmas Bird Count is under way nationwide. Data generated by the Count has been invaluable to scientists, allowing researchers to investigate the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. Click here for the full history of the annual Bird Count and the compiled nationwide data.

NYC Audubon helped kick off the Christmas Bird Count season by hosting Manhattan's Central Park compilation gathering on Sunday, December 14. Together, we tallied 4,315 birds and 57 species in the park!

There is still time to participate in this fun and engaging annual citizen science tradition. Counts are scheduled for Brooklyn and Staten Island on Saturday, December 20, and for the Bronx on Sunday, December 28. We encourage all to join in! Visit our Christmas Bird Count page to find out how you can participate in upcoming bird counts in these areas. 

314 Bird Species in Danger: Audubon’s Birds & Climate Change Report

[b]Bobolinks Are Projected to Lose Most of Their U.S. Range by 2080[/b][br]Photo © Lloyd SpitalnikBobolinks Are Projected to Lose Most of Their U.S. Range by 2080
Photo © Lloyd Spitalnik
 The futures of most North American birds--314 species in all--are imperiled due to predicted global climate change, according to a ground-breaking report published last month by Audubon. The Birds and Climate Change Report, drawing on long-term data from the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the North American Breeding Bird Survey, projects shifts in the ranges of 588 North American bird species--and finds that the majority of those species will lose more than 50 percent of their current ranges by 2080. The Audubon report is illustrated by species range maps that spell out the gravity of change that is predicted, and also contains detailed recommendations on what can be done, on both a personal and community level, to address this looming tragedy for our natural world, and for ourselves.

Explore interactive maps for all 314 species under threat, and learn what you can do to help, at

Top Banner Photo Credits: group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.

Bottom Photo Credits: Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron Chicks © Kenneth Cole Schneider**

** This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


Be a part of Project Safe Flight by Using Our New Online Database, D-Bird

For more than 15 years, NYC Audubon has been collecting data on bird mortality in New York City in order to understand the threats that birds face from the built environment. 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.

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 through our new online database, D-Bird. To learn more and contribute to D-Bird, please click here.


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NYC Audubon connects people with nature through the safeguarding and enjoyment of wild birds—hundreds of thousands of birds that live in our communities and tens of millions of birds that migrate through our cityscape every spring and fall. Our work to protect them has never been more critical. We are working hard to document and understand the threats, as well as implement and advance solutions, but we cannot thrive without the annual renewal of the collective contributions our members and friends provide. Please give as generously as your means allow. This year we truly need to hear from you. Every gift of every size matters to every one of us. Your participation matters most. Thank you!

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