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.
Winter 2021-2022 Urban Audubon cover featuring Northern Flicker killed in a window collision at the World Trade Center. Photo: Melissa Breyer
Winter 2021-2022 Urban Audubon cover featuring Northern Flicker killed in a window collision at the World Trade Center. Photo: Melissa Breyer
The Latest Issue: Winter 2021-2022
Issue Highlights: The Collisions of September 14; Save the Bugs before It's Too Late; Diamondback Terrapin; Meet Latino Outdoors' Anahí Naranjo; At Work in Jamaica Bay; Give a Gift of Birds; The Fall Roost; Farewell, Kathryn
View Winter 2021-2022 PDF

Selected Online Articles from Recent Issues

Save the Bugs before It's Too Late
Black-capped Chickadee. Photo: Douglas Tallamy
Learn about the growing evidence of worldwide insect decline and the impacts of that decline on birdlife—and about the specific dangers of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Read the article by Tod Winston.
Meet Latino Outdoors' Anahí Naranjo
Anahí Naranjo explores Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. Photo: Anahí Naranjo
Kellye Rosenheim talks with Anahí Naranjo, outdoor activity leader for Latino Outdoors, about birding in the Latinx community and the mission of her organization.

Read the article by Kellye Rosenheim.
At Work in Jamaica Bay
Young volunteers take a breather from cleaning North Channel Beach in Jamaica Bay. Photo: Aurora Crooks
Read about the many ways that NYC Audubon is working to protect and better understand the birds and other wildlife of Jamaica Bay.

Read the article by Rebecca Minardi.
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.
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