It's a Bird: A New DC Comic
Written by Christian Cooper

[b]Chris leads a group of students in the Feathered Friends after-school program.[/b][br]© Mike Fernandez/National AudubonChris leads a group of students in the Feathered Friends after-school program.
© Mike Fernandez/National Audubon

NYC Audubon is proud to announce the digital release
of It's a Bird, a new comic written by NYC Audubon Board Member Chris Cooper and illustrated and produced by DC Comics (creators of comics Batman, Black Lightning, Superman, and Wonderwoman, to name a few). Inspired by Chris's experiences in Central Park, It's a Bird is a fantastical depiction of a young Black Birder's encounter with racism, and a tribute to the many lives lost to racist violence and police brutality.

Chris has also recently narrated an inspiring, beautifully illustrated video about the realities of "Birding while Black," produced by PBS as part of its NOVA series. View the short 3.50-minute video on youtube.

Finally, don't miss the fall 2020 Urban Audubon, which features a heartfelt account by Chris, "Cooper's Call: A Black Birder's Personal Perspective"; an article on this summer's Black Birders Week with an interview with birding guide and event co-organizer Jeffrey Ward; and a photo essay of recent Soho murals inspired by the struggle for racial justice. (The issue's articles also include "Birding during the Pandemic," "Birding with Baby," "Purple Martin," and pieces in memory of late NYC Audubon Past Presidents Harrison D. Maas and David Burg.


NYC Audubon's Commitment to Fighting Racism

A letter from Executive Director Kathryn Heintz
June 8, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

The news over the past few weeks has been extraordinarily difficult to process. As our community planned its emergence from the pandemic, we were stunned by the racist attack on our board member Christian Cooper in Central Park. It was a shocking example of racism right in our midst, and we were thankful that Chris came to no harm. We learned later that same day about the horrifying death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has prompted spontaneous protests across the world demanding justice and equality for Black people in this country. It is clear that we have reached a crucial point of reckoning and self-reflection as a nation, and as a city. This moment is so much bigger than us. And yet we take our responsibility to rise to meet it as fundamental, and as central to NYC Audubon’s mission. (Read more....)


Keeping the Tributes in Light Safe
for Migrating Birds

[b]New YOrk City's Tribute in Light[/b][br]&copy Tim/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0*New YOrk City's Tribute in Light
&copy Tim/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0*

This Friday night, for the 19th consecutive year, NYC Audubon will work in partnership with National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Michael Ahern Production Services to ensure the Tribute in Light is safe for birds. This year we're also providing guidance to partner monitoring teams at simultaneous light-based memorials in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C.

The Tribute in Light is a stirring memorial to those lost on September 11, 2001, but it can also be a hazard for hundreds of thousands of night-migrating birds. Birds are attracted to light, and in some years, thousands have become trapped in the Tribute’s powerful beams—circling, calling, and wasting precious body fat needed for their long migratory journeys. Thanks to a long-standing cooperative agreement with the Tribute's producers, the lights are turned off for a brief period when NYC Audubon monitors observe large numbers of trapped birds, allowing the birds to disperse.

In New York City, this year's scaled-down team of NYC Audubon volunteers and staff will use extra safety precautions as they conduct a socially distanced monitoring event. NYC Audubon Advisory Council Member Andrew Farnsworth, PhD, and his BirdCast team from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will be at all three sites to study the impact of artificial light on migrating birds.

For media inquiries regarding our Tribute in Light monitoring and research, please contact Communications Manager Andrew Maas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


NYC Audubon Fall Roost 20/20

Join us on October 14, 2020 for the sixteenth annual Fall Roost. This year's festivities will be virtual, featuring our incredible silent auction, videos, special entertainment, trivia, and more. Tickets include wine from Osprey's Dominion, access to a VIP section of the silent auction, and the ability to join Cocktail Rooms. The Fall Roost provides critical financial support for urban bird conservation.
Reserve your tickets today!



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.


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

Photo Credits for Images Below: Birder in New York City © Sophie Butcher
*This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

NYC Audubon Activities and COVID-19

NYC Audubon prides itself on connecting people to nature and conservation through engaging programming that brings together individuals united by a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are approaching our mission to connect and unite with one another through an adjusted lens. We are following state and federal government guidance, are in touch with city agencies, and continue to monitor the situation closely. After suspending most spring and summer in-person programming in accordance with state and federal government guidance, as of early September, we are offering limited free walks in select parks.
Learn more.

Read more about modified events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enjoy Birds from Home: "Virtual Birding"

NYC Audubon offers a variety of virtual programming to connect you with the City’s birds and their conservation. Get to know the shorebirds of NYC's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at the Virtual 15th Annual Shorebird Festival. Or watch episodes of our short-form educational series: The World of Birds introduces kids to bird anatomy, behavior, and scientific facts that bridge together the worlds of humans and birds through the lens of ecology. Virtual Birding by Ear with The Warbler Guide author Tom Stephenson analyzes birdsong recorded during his field trips this spring and summer. And, find a list of digital resources we've compiled for you: videos, bird cams, podcasts, and more.

See all our virtual birding resources here!

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