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Sixth Annual "It's Your Tern!" Festival

[b]Tern Festival 2018[/b][br]© NYC Audubon

Saturday, July 13, noon-4pm
At Parade Ground Southeast Corner, Governors Island
With Trust for Governors Island, Friends of Governors Island, National Park Service, New York Harbor School, Earth Matter NY

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 bird walks and talks, as well as hands-on activities for the whole family. Get to the festival by taking the ferry to Governors Island. The festival will take place at the southeast corner of the Parade Ground right across from St. Cornelius Chapel. For more information and directions to the Tern Festival, visit No limit. Free

In case of rain, festival will move indoors to Nolan Park House 17.


Help Us Learn About Dangers to Our Migrants with D-Bird

[b]Interactive Map of Bird Building Collisions in 2016 Submitted through D-Bird. [/b]

Spring migration is underway—and sadly many migrants will run into trouble while attempting to navigate our city's maze of cement and glass. This time of year we receive many calls about birds found injured or perished from building collisions. Learn about the dangers facing birds by visiting our Project Safe Flight page.

If you find an injured or dead bird, there are many ways to help. Our partner, the Wild Bird Fund, offers excellent advice on what to do if you find an injured bird. If you believe the bird needs professional care, contact the Wild Bird Fund at 646-306-2862 or view our list of Animal Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers in New York City to find a place to take the bird.

Just as important, you can make a valuable contribution to Project Safe Flight and contribute to our understanding of bird collisions in New York City by using D-Bird, our crowd-sourced bird injury and mortality data collection tool. You can easily log where and when you found an injured or dead bird by visiting on your smartphone or computer. The more we know about where and when birds are colliding, the more context and guidance we will have to provide better Project Safe Flight monitoring efforts.


Annual Report 2018 Now Available Online

We have published our latest Annual Report, available to view online at This year's report, filled with gorgeous photographs, highlights activities and achievements from the past year in conservation, outreach, and education, including our first NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance conference, increased advocacy efforts to support bird-friendly legislation at both the state and city levels, and expanded outreach activities such as the Raptorama! and Monarch & Pollinator Party at Jamaica Bay. The Annual Report 2018 is available to download directly here. To request a print copy, please contact the office at 212-691-7483 x303.

Register for the Second Annual NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance Conference

[b]Director of Conservation and Science Dr. Susan Elbin and Research Associate Debra Kriensky Monitoring the Javits Center Green Roof[/b][br]© Diane Cimine

Friday, September 27, 10am-5pm
At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
With the New York City Green Roof Researchers Alliance

Green roofs in New York City offer a way to reduce environmental injustice, increase wildlife habitat, and educate our youth. Attend the second annual NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance Conference at the Jacob K. Javits Center to learn, respond, and interact with cutting-edge research, curriculum, and policy. The conference will include panel discussions, guest lectures, networking, workshops, and even a visit to the Javits Center’s 6.75-acre green roof. Please contact managing director Dustin R. Partridge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to register. No limit. $30

The NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance is supported by The New York Community Trust. You can view their 2018 Annual Report at


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), Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera), Study for Havell pl. 20, 1822. Watercolor, pastel, and graphite with touches of black ink and gouache on paper, laid on card; 19 x 11 3/4 in.; Governors Island © NYC Audubon.

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

Audubon's stunning watercolors have a permanent home! Check out New-York Historical Society's Audubon’s Birds of America Focus 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 currently is the Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

Pop-up Nature Center at Governors Island Opens Saturday, June 1

NYC Audubon returns to Governors Island for a third season of programming at our pop-up nature center at Nolan Park House 17. Visit our house all this summer for displays on conservation, a children’s room with books and activities, bird-inspired artwork, and studio space showcasing artists creating work inspired by Governors Island and its variety of avian residents. Guests can borrow binoculars and participate in one of our free guided bird walks, or strike out on their own to discover the bright and bustling bird life all over the island. Continue to check for updates on house hours, bird walks, and special events at our house all summer long.

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