Conserving Birds and Their Habitats in NYC for over 40 Years
Offering Over 200 Yearly Educational Programs
Committed to equitable, diverse, and inclusive NYC Birding
For over 40 years, NYC Audubon's conservation programs have studied and advocated on behalf of the City's wild birds. Working with a network of volunteers and scientists as part of programs such as Project Safe Flight and Waterbirds of New York Harbor, we protect birds and preserve their habitat, from marshlands and nesting islands for herons and egrets to woodland park areas so important to migrating and nesting species.
Since our founding, we've engaged in advocacy work in all five boroughs to speak up for our birds and their habitats. In 1978, a cadre of regular Central Park bird watchers successfully opposed a Central Park Conservancy plan to “restore” the Ramble through changes such as tree removal. These fledgling activists soon founded the NYC Audubon Society and launched 40 years of dedicated advocacy for habitat preservation and protection for birds.
We believe the best way to create the next generation of conservationists is to instill a love of birding in them. To do that, we conduct over 200 education programs a year, including field trips to local birding hotspots and destinations out of state, a lecture series, our "Feathered Friends" After School Birding Club, classes, a seasonal nature center at Governors Island, community science opportunities, seasonal bird surveys, and volunteer events.
COOPER AND COOPER IN CONVERSATIONWednesday, May 19, 6:30pm ET | Online PresentationJoin us for a lively evening with Emmy Award-winning CNN anchor and journalist Anderson Cooper and activist, writer, and birder Chris Cooper. You won’t want to miss the fun in the lively exchange of ideas about Central Park, nature, birds, and bringing everyone into the enjoyment of the outdoors. Register
NYC Mayoral Candidates Forum on Nature + EquityTuesday, May 18, 7pm | Online Forum with Washington Square Park Eco Projects, PopUP Forest, Trees New YorkWe are excited to help host an online discussion with 2021 mayoral candidates that will focus on equity and access to nature, valuing ecosystem services like pollination, preserving populations of birds and wildflowers, and expanding hands-on learning opportunities. See where candidates stand on these important issues in a special online forum moderated by Marjora Carter. Register
Bicycling and Birding Across America with Scott V. EdwardsWednesday, May 26, 7:30-8:30pm | Online Presentation with Hudson River Audubon SocietyIn the summer of 2020, Scott V. Edwards, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, realized a long held dream. In June, he dipped his bicycle tires in the Atlantic Ocean at Newburyport, Massachusetts and set out to ride across the U.S. with the goal of dipping his tires in the Pacific. He strapped two signs to his bike: Black Lives Matter and Birds Spark Hope. Just how did Americans across the country react to this 57-year-old, professorial, Black cyclist with his signs for racial justice and hope? Come listen to him speak to find out and, as an added benefit, he’ll talk about the birds he saw. Registerview calendar
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Over 100 of the 350 bird species that depend on New York City are of conservation concern. NYC Audubon’s conservation programs research the dangers facing the birds that live in and migrate through New York City, engage our dedicated grassroots network of community scientists and volunteers, and provide innovative solutions that help birds.
RESOURCES ON RACE AND THE ENVIRONMENTThis past year, our nation as a whole has been called to a reckoning with continuing racial injustice. NYC Audubon's equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility committee, in collaboration with our staff, has compiled a list of recommended resources—including videos, podcasts, books, and online publications—focused on the experience of Black people in nature, and about the realities of racism in the birding and wider conservation communities. We’ve also included links to virtual environmentally themed communities created by and for people of color.
THE MIGRANTS ARE COMING: TIPS FOR SPRING BIRDINGNew Yorkers have been finding a new or renewed love of birding: solace and joy during troubled times. We are lucky to live in one of the world’s premiere birding locales: during the year, over 350 species—almost a third of all the bird species in North America—can be found along the City’s 578 miles of waterfront and in its 30,000 acres of wetlands, forests, and grasslands. If you’re new to birding, or just in need of a refresher, we share some tips from experienced local birders to help you get the most out of spring migration.
MEET THREE OF NYC’S YOUNG BIRDERSIn our work to protect birds and the natural spaces they need, few efforts are more important than introducing young people to the joy and wonder of birding. NYC Audubon’s KIDS Member program provides guided children’s walks, while our Feathered Friends program provides after-school fun (and has “gone virtual” this spring). Learn about three past and present KIDS Members — Thu Lan Perales-Nguyen, Tamrat Gavenas, and John Dean — who share some of what they’ve learned along their birding journeys . . . so far.
NYC Audubon Activities and COVID-19NYC 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. Please continue to check our website, sign up for eNews, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for new programming and updates.
"Virtual Birding" Activities and ResourcesWe offer a variety of virtual programming to connect you with the City’s birds and their conservation! Get to know the shorebirds of Jamaica Bay 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 Tom Stephenson analyzes birdsong recorded during his field trips this spring and summer. And, find a list of digital resources from partners and friends we've compiled for you: videos, bird cams, podcasts, and more.
Introducing Our Fresh New LookTo wrap up our 40th anniversary year, we have reinvigorated our logo and style to better reflect all the habitat we protect and create in New York City. Executed by the talented team at reitdesign, our refreshed logo offers a view into a greener New York City, highlighting the City’s grassy and forested areas and incredible shorefront—with our mascot, the American Kestrel, soaring above. We hope our new look encourages New Yorkers across the five boroughs to join us in exploring and conserving these precious and critical habitats.