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Project Safe Flight Points the Way to a Bird-friendly Future

Suzanne Charlé |  November 15, 2022: 
Get the latest updates on Project Safe Flight, NYC Audubon's signature campaign to protect migrating birds in New York City. Learn how we use our research to reduce window collisions. 

Introducing the Volunteers of Project Safe Flight

Carol Peace Robins |  November 15, 2022: 
Get to know the volunteers of Project Safe Flight, who devote themselves to rescuing injured birds in the City, and in doing so, collect research data crucial to NYC Audubon's advocacy efforts.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

Tod Winston |  November 15, 2022: 
Get to know the interesting ecology and evolving family tree of the Yellow-rumped Warbler, New York City's only winter-time warbler species. 

Songs in a City Soundscape: Tips for Birding by Ear

Hillarie O'Toole |  November 15, 2022: 
Learn how to become more connected to the sounds of birds in New York City and explore the ways in which birdsong is impacted by human noise.

Book Review: Sounds Wild and Broken by David George Haskell

Suzanne Charlé | November 15, 2022:
We review Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction, by David George Haskell.

Give a Gift of Birds

Rebecca Minardi |  November 15, 2022: 
Need some gift ideas for the bird-lovers in your life? Check out our selection of bird-friendly gifts that are sure to please your loved ones while helping to protect birds and their habitats. 

President's Perch: A Peregrine Pair Represents Progress...and Promise

Karen Benfield |  Sep 21, 2022: 
NYC Audubon Board President Karen Benfield relates the successful fledging of a brood of Peregrine Falcons on Manhattan's Upper West Side—and explores both the excitement it caused in the neighborhood, and the promise the birds' presence holds for the future of conservation.

Ensuring This Year's 9/11 Tribute in Light Was Safe for Birds

Katherine Chen and Dustin Partridge, PhD | Sep 18, 2022
The Tribute in Light is a stirring and fitting reminder of the tragic events of 9/11, but it can also be a hazard for thousands of migratory birds that travel through the City at night; birds can get trapped in the beams of light and become disoriented, making them more likely to suffer collisions with buildings. For the 21st consecutive year, last weekend NYC Audubon was stationed at the Tribute from dusk to dawn in partnership with 9/11 Memorial & Museum to make sure this touching memorial did not unnecessarily harm birds, as well as further our research on artificial light's effects on birds.

The Javits Center: Leading from the Rooftops

Suzanne Charlé |  Sep 15, 2022: 
Read about the Javits Center's increasing role as a leader in New York City's sustainability efforts and its ongoing partnership with NYC Audubon to transform the Center into a haven for wildlife.

White-Throated Sparrow (zontrichia albicollis)

Rebecca Minardi | Sep 1, 2022: 
Delve into the interesting ecology of the White-throated Sparrow, one of our most beloved, and most-studied, songbirds.

Wind Power on the Horizon

Suzanne Charlé | Jun 21, 2022: 
Learn about an important new wind energy project planned right off of New York City's shoreline—and the efforts being taken to minimize risks to birds and other wildlife.

Meet Our New Director of Conservation and Science

Dustin Partridge, PhD | Jun 10, 2022: 
Get to know Dustin Partridge, PhD, NYC Audubon's new director of conservation and science, who has overseen our green roof monitoring work for the past decade.

Birds and Brews Across the Boroughs

By Hillarie O'Toole | Jun 1, 2022: 
For birders 21 and older: Take a tour of birding hotspots across New York City's five boroughs, sampling lagers, IPAs, blond ales, porters, and stouts along the way!


Lights Out Laws Move Forward

Suzanne Charlé | Apr 21, 2022: 
Learn about the important recent progress made to reduce artificial nighttime lighting in New York City—and how NYC Audubon is working to further mitigate this hazard for migratory birds.

The Living Shoreline of Jamaica Bay

By Carol Peace Robins | Apr 15, 2022: 
Explore the newly created sustainable shoreline project at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, and learn how local partners pulled this complex project across the finish line.

Meet our New Executive Director, Jessica Wilson

Kellye Rosenheim | Apr 5, 2022: 
Get to know Jessica Wilson, NYC Audubon's new executive director. NYC Audubon birding guide and past Director of Development Kellye Rosenheim sat down with Jessica to discuss her first days on the job and what she sees in the organization's future.


The New York State Birding Trail Kicks Off on Staten Island's South Shore

Hillarie O'Toole | Apr 1, 2022: 
Staten Island's beautiful Mount Loretto Unique Area was chosen as the launching site for the New York State Birding Trail, a network of popular and accessible birding sites across the state organized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Harbor Herons Wading Bird Surveys: A Peek into New York City’s Wild Side

Tod Winston | Feb 16, 2022: 
Did you know that long-legged wading birds nest in large colonies on uninhabited islands in our City's waterways? For over 40 years NYC Audubon has monitored these "Harbor Heron" nesting populations in our city to help conserve these beautiful and vulnerable birds, which were first discovered nesting in Staten Island in 1974. Harbor Herons Survey Leader Tod Winston shares some history about these charismatic birds and highlights from last year's survey—including reports on nesting Great Blue Herons, Yellow-crowned Night Herons, and Glossy Ibis—in our latest blog post. 

A Letter from Our New Executive Director

Jessica G. Wilson  |  Feb 2, 2022: 
Hear from new NYC Audubon Executive Director Jessica Wilson as she reflects on her longstanding connection with NYC Audubon, what she has learned in her first week on the job, and challenges and opportunities ahead for the organization. 

Audubon Christmas Bird Count 2021 Recap

Aurora Crooks | Feb 1, 2022: 
Over 170 community scientists took to parks and green spaces in the New Jersey Lower Hudson area as part of the 122nd Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on December 19, 2021. We found 27,269 birds and 98 different species that day. See all the species that were counted, highlights from the day, and more in our Christmas Bird Count recap blog post by Aurora Crooks.

Meet NYC Audubon's Next Executive Director, Jessica Wilson

NYC Audubon | Jan 20, 2022: 
New York City Audubon is delighted to welcome Jessica Wilson as its next Executive Director. Jessica will begin her new role on January 27, 2022, and has been working in transition with the organization’s Board of Directors and Kathryn Heintz, who retired as Executive Director in December 2021. A lifelong New Yorker and birder, Jessica comes to NYC Audubon with deep experience in fundraising and community engagement. Learn all about Jessica in our latest blog post!

Project Safe Flight Unwrapped: Fall 2021

Aurora Crooks | Jan 17, 2022: 
Results from the Fall 2021 Project Safe Flight season, the 25th year of our signature community science research program studying bird collisions in NYC, are in! See key findings from the season, which saw a record 1,120 birds reported by volunteers, in our Fall 2021 Project Safe Flight recap. 

Save the Bugs before It's Too Late

Tod Winston | Nov 22, 2021: 
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.

Meet Latino Outdoors' Anahí Naranjo

Kellye Rosenheim | Nov 18, 2021: 
An interview with Anahí Naranjo, outdoor activity leader for Latino Outdoors, about birding in the Latinx community and the mission of her organization.

At Work in Jamaica Bay

Rebecca Minardi | Nov 15, 2021: 
Read about the many ways that NYC Audubon is working to protect and better understand the birds and other wildlife of Jamaica Bay.