On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, New York City Audubon honored individuals and organizations who have contributed substantially to the improvement of New York City's environment and who have helped to make the city a better place for birds and people. It was a fun-filled and informative evening made all the more so by this remarkable video about our history, made by Karen Benfield of Lark Song Media.

In this, our 40th year, we celebrated the many people who pioneered the modern urban Audubon chapter. Beginning with a fight to save New York City from the Robert Moses Westway Project, the membership initially took up causes relating to pollution and habitat destruction. Breakthrough work was accomplished with comprehensive plans to save Jamaica Bay: Buffer the Bay and Buffer the Bay Revisited. Other successes followed and have included saving important habitats on Staten Island and elsewhere in the city. For more than 30 years we have collected data on water­birds and shorebirds. Guided by research, we have worked to make sure that our coasts remain hospitable to nesting birds, including those that are endangered or threatened.

Thanks to concerned bird-lovers in the 1990s, we became involved and now lead the way developing bird-safe building techniques. We promote Lights Out initiatives aimed at removing the navigation hazard of unnecessary artificial night-time light during migration. We champion the responsible management of rats and mice to limit the use of rodenticides that harm or kill city raptors.


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