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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

In a New York City Minute: Bird-Friendly Retrofit at the World Trade Center

Suzanne Charlé | Sep 7, 2021: 
Learn about this past spring's successful effort to reduce songbird deaths at the World Trade Center's Liberty Park.

Listen to the Band!

Carol Peace Robins | Jun 3, 2021: 
There are many keys to identifying a bird: shape, size, color, and song are among the most useful. And then, there are leg bands. These human-affixed markers aren’t meant to identify the species of bird, however, but to track the bird along its travels and through its lifespan, helping scientists better understand migration patterns and population dynamics.

Rebuilt, Expanded dBird Aims to Spread Its Wings Across North America

Andrew Maas | Apr 12, 2021: 
dBird, NYC Audubon's online crowd-sourced bird mortality and injury data collection tool, has been rebuilt in partnership with Seattle Audubon and moved to a new home at Launched just in time for spring migration, a greatly expanded dBird allows Audubon chapters and other organizations across North America to report and manage bird-mortality data within their own regions.

A Smaller (but No Less Robust) Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Kaitlyn Parkins | Feb 5, 2022
The 121st Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), a single-day bird census held at thousands of locations across the Western Hemisphere, looked quite different in 2020. To keep everyone safe, National Audubon supported compilers who chose to cancel their counts due to the coronavirus pandemic and provided guidance to those who decided to proceed. In lieu of hosting our large CBC events, our 2020 count involved a smaller number of seasoned volunteers who collected data while wearing masks and remaining socially distanced. While we missed seeing volunteers and enjoying hot soup at the Arsenal after a cold morning of birding, our count’s data did not suffer from the restrictions.

Project Safe Flight Unwrapped: Fall 2020

Aurora Crooks | Jan 15, 2020
Despite difficult and uncertain circumstances this fall, Project Safe Flight continued forward in its efforts to study bird collisions throughout our city. This community science project, now in its 24th year, relies on the efforts of volunteers, who wake up at the crack of dawn from the start of September through mid-November to monitor select routes in our city for birds that have collided with buildings. This fall, 28 enterprising volunteers monitored 6 different routes throughout the city and reported 403 bird collisions—more than double the amount found in fall 2019. Learn about other initial findings from the Fall 2020 Project Safe Flight season

Native Plants: For the Insects, for the Birds

Ned Boyajian | Dec 3, 2021: 
NYC Audubon Birding Guide and Communications Content Manager Tod Winston is also a former program manager of National Audubon’s Plants for Birds program. Longtime volunteer and past NYC Audubon Board Member Ned Boyajian asked Tod a few questions about our area’s native plants and their benefits for insects and birds.

Recapping the 2020 Tribute in Light Monitoring

On the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, four beams of light shone into the sky in memorial of those whose lives were tragically lost on that day. Two of those beams were at the Tribute in Light Memorial in New York City, representing the Twin Towers. Two new Tributes also brightened the sky this year: one in Shanksville, PA, memorializing the heroes on board Flight 93, and one at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. In addition to monitoring the tribute in New York City this year, NYC Audubon staff and our colleagues at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology provided resources and advice to the organizations and individuals monitoring the other two sites. The new installations presented us with a valuable research opportunity, as the sites are each unique in terms of location, migration density, and environmental variables. Our hope is to use data collected at all three sites to learn more about the effect of artificial light on bird behavior and how these other factors play a role.

What to Do If You Find an Injured Bird

During spring and fall migration, millions of birds migrate through New York City. Unfortunately many will not survive our city's maze of concrete and glass. NYC Audubon's Project Safe Flight estimates between 90,000-230,000 birds die each year in New York City as a result of colliding with windows. With your help, some window collision victims can survive.