"It's Your Tern!" Festival

[b]Common Tern Chick[/b][br]© David SpeiserCommon Tern Chick
© David Speiser

Saturday, July 8, 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
Free. No Registration Necessary

COME CELEBRATE GOVERNORS ISLAND'S TREASURES: COMMON TERNS AND OYSTERS!
Common terns have recently colonized several decommissioned piers on Governors Island’s waterfront; in 2013, we counted 181 nests and banded 100 chicks. Festival activities will include:

  • Expert bird walks and talks by NYC Audubon's Susan Elbin, Kellie Quinones and Governors Island National Park Volunteer Annie Barry
  • Hands-on activities for the whole family 

The Tern Festival is free. No registration necessary. 

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE FESTIVAL

Getting to Governors Island: Click here to see Governors Island and East River Ferry schedules as well as directions to the ferry terminals in Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Note that the Governors Island Ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn is free until 11:30am - after 11:30am, these ferries are $2 per round trip for the rest of the day.)

 

GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL FROM THE FERRY TERMINALS

Click here to see a Google map showing the location of the festival. There are two ferry landings on Governors Island, one for the ferry from Manhattan and one for the ferry from Brooklyn and the East River Ferry:

From the Manhattan ferry landing (Soissons Landing): walk up the hill and make your first left. Continue along that road as it curves around Fort Jay. Directly in front of you, will be Nolan Park, a series of yellow houses. (NYC Audubon is residing in Nolan House #17 this summer so don't forget to check us out there). Follow the straight brick path through Nolan Park, past all the yellow houses. The festival will be located at the end of Nolan Park, just beyond St. Cornelius' Church.

From the Brooklyn and East River Ferry landing (Yankee Pier): Take a right off of the pier to walk along the waterfront Promenade. Take the first left, then an immediate right. It will feel like you are making a U-turn. Follow the road up a small hill, then make a right at the St. Cornelius Church. The festival will be on your left.

 

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS OF GOVERNORS ISLAND BEFORE VISITING!

Click here to check out some of the island's avian hotspots. (Our thanks to Susan Voelker and Annie Barry for creating the map.)

For any questions related to directions and/or ferries, please see the directions and links above. No pre-registration is required (or available) for any Tern Festival events. More questions? Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

12–4pm, main site - Activities and Information Booths including games, crafts, activities, and information provided by New York City Audubon, Wild Bird Fund, EarthMatter, Waterfront Alliance and more!

12–4pm, Nolan Park House 10B - Visit Christodora's House to dissect owl pellets, learn about bird adaptations and play Bird Bingo!

 

12–3:30pm, main site - Island wide scavenger hunt, Enter for a chance to a prize (drawing at 3:30pm)

1:0pm, main site - Opening Remarks, information about the Terns of Governors Island

 

12:30–3:30pm, Tango Pier - Common tern viewing - See the nesting terns through a spotting scope and learn more about the colony

1:00–2:15pm - Tern and Hammock Grove Bird Tour of Governors Island led by NPS Volunteer and ace birder Annie Barry. Meet at the main event site

2:30–3:30pm - Bird Tour of Governors Island led by NYC Audubon Board Member Kellie Quinones. Meet at the main event site

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