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Participate in the 118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Citizen 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 citizen-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 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will soon be under way 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 each year, a festive event! Bird Counts in New York City begin Saturday, December 16, with Counts occurring across Staten Island and Brooklyn. The Central Park Count will take place on Sunday, December 17. Several other "Lower Hudson Circle" counts will take place that same day of December 17 in areas such as Inwood Hill, Harlem, Riverside Park, Bryant Park, the Lower East Side, Battery Park, Randall's Island, and Liberty State Park (in New Jersey). NYC Bird Counts wrap up on Saturday, December 23, with Counts taking place in the Bronx. For more information on how you can participate in any of these Counts across the City's five boroughs, visit our NYC Christmas Bird Count page.

Snowy Owls Are Back in New York City

[b]Snowy Owl[/b][br]David SpeiserSnowy Owl
David Speiser

It appears this may another big winter for snowy owls in New York City! The snowy owl, which breeds as far north as the Arctic tundra, is typically a rare winter sighting in our area. But in certain yearsmost recently in 2013these majestic birds wander southwards (or "irrupt") across the United States. Snowy owls have been spotted recently on Governors Island, Staten Island, Jamaica Bay, and even Bush Terminal Piers Park! Come out with NYC Audubon on our New Year’s Day Beach Walk in Fort Tilden or our Jamaica Bay Winter Walk on January 6 to search for these charismatic creatures. Who knows where else snowy owls will be found in the City this season? Check out our full winter trips and classes listings here.

Also, learn how you can help protect raptors like snowy owls in New York City by visiting our Protecting Raptors page. Educate yourself and others about the dangers of rodenticide, which should be used as a last resort in rodent management. Accidental poisoning from rodenticide is the second most common cause of death among urban hawks and falcons. Spread the word about the dangers of rodenticide by downloading and printing our “Protecting Raptors” brochure here.

2017-2018 NYC Audubon Lecture Series

[b]Joanna Burger with Great Egret[/b]Joanna Burger with Great Egret

By Joanna Burger
Wednesday, January 24, 7pm

Rutgers professor and scientist Joanna Burger is a behavioral ecologist whose primary interests are in the adaptive significance of social behavior in vertebrates, ecological risk, and biomonitoring. She is also the author of several books for lay naturalists on birds, butterflies, parrots, and pine snakes. For our lecture, Dr. Burger will acquaint us with the rich natural experiences that can be had in the state next door, New Jersey.

Lecture series is free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.

Lectures are held at Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, located on Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th streets in Manhattan. View our entire 2017-2018 Lecture Series schedule here.

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) with Joseph Mason (1808–1842), Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus), Study for Havell pl. 2, ca. 1821–22. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with touches of gouache and selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 19 5/16 x 24 1/8 in. Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.2, ca. 1825; Eastern Bluebirds © Dave Poortvliet/Audubon Photography Awards.

Audubon's Birds of America Gallery Now Open at New-York Historical Society

Audubon's stunning watercolors now have a permanent home! Check out New-York Historical Society's recently opened Audubon’s Birds of America 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 is the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus), on display until January 8. Learn more about New-York Historical Society's new gallery here.

Help New York City Audubon help the City's Birds

Saving birds means that local people must protect the habitats under their care. Each site along the flyway is important, including our own patch, New York City, where over 350 species stop to refuel, nest, or overwinter. New York City Audubon’s mission is to protect our 30,000 acres of open space and 520 miles of coastline and ensure their productivity for the millions of birds that use them. Support the City's birds by donating now.

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