Urban Audubon

The Urban Audubon

The Urban Audubon is a glossy quarterly publication mailed to NYC Audubon members. It connects readers with the latest news on our organization’s activities and events, explores interesting topics in New York City birding and environmental conservation, profiles bird species and their habitat in the NYC Area, and provides critical information members can use to help our conservation efforts—from using bird-friendly glass to protecting our natural areas.
Fall 2021 Urban Audubon cover featuring American Kestrel by Tim Healy
Fall 2021 Urban Audubon cover featuring American Kestrel by Tim Healy
The Latest Issue: Fall 2021
Issue Highlights: Bird-Friendly Retrofit at the World Trade Center; The Young Conservationists Council Says: Get Outside; The Big Picture - A Talk with Kevin R. Burgio, PhD; Eastern Bluebird (Sialis sialis); Birdability; Cooper & Cooper in Consversation
View Fall 2021 PDF

Selected Online Articles from Recent Issues

President's Perch: Collaboration for a Kestrel (Fall 2021)
A Young American Kestrel climbs its way back to safety. Photo: Tim Healy
NYC Audubon Board President Karen Benfield recounts a cooperative endeavor to return a fledgling American Kestrel to the rooftops.

Read the column by Karen Benfield.
In a New York City Minute: Bird-Friendly Retrofit at the World Trade Center (Fall 2021)
The glass railing at the World Trade Center's Liberty Park, treated with Feather Friendly to prevent collisions. Photo: Melissa Breyer
Learn about this past spring's successful effort to reduce songbird deaths at the World Trade Center's Liberty Park.

Read the article by Suzanne Charlé.
Birdability (Fall 2021)
The Birdability campaign promotes accessible birding. Photo: Adam Wasilewski
NYC Audubon Board Member Elizabeth Norman explores the Birdability campaign, a nationwide effort to make birding more accessible.

Read the article by Elizabeth Norman.
The "First Flight" of Virtual Feathered Friends (Summer 2021)
A female (left) and male Northern Cardinal. Photo: Bonnie Taylor Barry/Shutterstock
Education and Public Programs Manager Danielle Sherman recaps the successful launch of our new virtual Feathered Friends After-School Birding Club.

Read the article by Danielle Sherman.
Listen to the Band! (Summer 2021)
Fledgling American Oystercatchers, Breezy Point, Queens © NYC Audubon
Learn about NYC Audubon's bird-banding work with waterbirds including American Oystercatchers, egrets, and terns, and meet "Master Bander" Emilio Tobón.

Read the article by Carol Peace Robins.
Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) (Summer 2021)
Monk Parakeets. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/144871758@N05/" target="_blank">Ryan F. Mandelbaum</a>
This issue’s bird species profile focuses on the Monk Parakeet, a South American species that has become a common sighting in some New York City neighborhoods in recent decades.

Read the article by Don Riepe.
Meet Three of NYC's Young Birders (Spring 2021)
Tam Gavenas. Photo: M. Gavenas
We profile three young birders who first connected with birds through NYC Audubon's KIDS Member program.

Read the article by Rebecca Minardi.
Resources on Race and the Environment (Spring 2021)
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, by J. Drew Lanham, PhD
NYC Audubon's equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility committee, in collaboration with our staff, has compiled a list of recommended resources 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.

Explore the list of resources here. 
It’s a Bird (Winter 2020-21)
“It’s a Bird” is the first chapter of the new Represent! Series from DC Comics. Illustration: DC/Alitha E. Martinez
Chris Cooper’s comic, recently released by DC Comics, illustrates racial injustice through the binoculars of a young Black birder.

Read the article by Suzanne Charlé.

Previous Urban Audubon Issues:

2021                Spring | Summer | Fall
2020               Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter
2019                Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter
2018                Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter
2017                Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter
2016                Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter
2015                Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter
2014                Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter
2013                Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter

Special 40th Anniversary Issue, published October 2019