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Help Bring Birds to Broadway!

A Public Art Project to Debut in April 2019
In Partnership with Broadway Mall Association, NYC Parks, Avi & _____ Gallery

Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway is a new public art project that will display 12 beautiful, gigantic sculptures of birds threatened by Climate Change on the medians that bisect Broadway from 70th Street to 168th Street in Manhattan. The birds featured in this exhibition are native to New York City, or pass through the five boroughs on their migration routes. The artist specifically chose these birds because they are beautiful, diverse, and will be powerful ambassadors for the hundreds of other species that face an uncertain future.

Help make this project happen by backing Birds on Broadway now on Kickstarter! Rewards for backers include artist-signed collectibles, studio visits, and more! And all backers will receive tax deductions for their support within the limits prescribed by law.

Learn more about this project and help bring it to life on Kickstarter.

See Governors Island's Common Terns on Camera, in Person

[b]Common Terns on Governors Island [/b][br]© Annie BarryCommon Terns on Governors Island
© Annie Barry

Guess who is finally getting their star "tern?" None other than the Common Terns of Governors Island! Listed as a Threatened species in New York State, Common Terns have been nesting on the decommissioned piers of Governors Island in recent years—a surprising and exciting conservation development for these traditionally beach-nesting birds. We recently installed a web-enabled camera on Governors Island’s Tango Pier to get an intimate look at the behavior of these charismatic birds as they arrive on the island to nest and raise their young right in the heart of New York City.

In addition to helping our conservation staff more closely study this unique colony, the camera provides a live view of the pier and its terns that you can view on our website 24/7. Get an up-close look at these delightful birds (including the adorable chicks!) right now on our Governors Island Common Tern Camera page.  

While Governors Island’s Common Terns are great to see live online, they are even better to see in person! Join us this weekend on Governors Island as we celebrate the tern colony with a day of activities fun for the whole family! See below.

Saturday, July 14, 12pm-4pm (in case of rain location will be moved to Nolan Park House 17)
South Battery Triangle, Governors Island
With Trust for Governors Island, National Park Service, EarthMatter, Wild Bird Fund

Come celebrate Governors Island’s treasures: Common Terns and oysters! Common Terns, listed as a threatened species in New York State, have nested for several years on decommissioned piers on Governors Island’s waterfront. The colony has expanded over time and benefited recently from the introduction of oyster shells as a nesting material. Free activities at this year’s festival will include birdwalks and talks, Common Tern colony viewing through a telescope, and hands-on activities for the whole family. Get to the festival by taking a ferry to Governors Island. For more information and directions to the Tern Festival, visit No limit. Free


Take a Guided Tour of the Audubon Mural Project

[b]Swallow-tailed Kite (and Others) by Artist Lunar New Year[/b][br] Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon[br][br]Swallow-tailed Kite (and Others) by Artist Lunar New Year
Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon

The Audubon Mural Project is an exciting effort by the National Audubon Society and Gitler &_____ Gallery to create murals of over 300 birds in the northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights. As all the birds painted are threatened by climate change, the project is designed not only to help us appreciate the beauty of the birds, but also make us aware of the challenges they face. In addition to seeing about 30 murals, our tours will visit John James Audubon’s impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church Cemetery. Binoculars will be an asset on this walk. Limited to 20. $30 per walk (20)

Learn more about the Audubon Mural Project and register for a tour here.

Visit the Audubon Mural Project website to learn more about the initiative and view images and a map of all the completed murals.

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

Bottom Photo Credits: Accessory set, American, including muff and tippet, 1880–99. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, 2009; John James Audubon, Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), Study for Havell pl. 291, 1831; Eastern Bluebirds © Dave Poortvliet/Audubon Photography Awards.

Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife On View at New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society presents a special exhibition in partnership with NYC Audubon that melds fashion, activism, and the history of the groundbreaking Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife, on view now through July 15, 2018, examines the circumstances that inspired early environmental activists—many of them women and New Yorkers—to champion the protection of endangered birds. 

Learn more about the exhibit here.

Take the Pledge and Make 2018 the Year of the Bird

2018 is the year of the bird! In honor of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—the most powerful and important bird protection law ever passed—organizations from around the world are joining forces to celebrate the "Year of the Bird" and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.
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