Programs and Events
NYC Audubon educates and connects New Yorkers of all ages with nature in the city, providing participants with the valuable opportunity to learn about wild birds and their habitats. We offer over 200 public programs a year, including bird walks, lectures, overnight trips, volunteer opportunities, festivals, and a summer environmental center on Governors Island.
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NYC 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. After suspending most spring and summer in-person programming in accordance with state and federal government guidance, as of early September, we are offering limited free walks in select parks. See our Free & Partner Walks page below for information about these walks. The vast majority of our events will continue to be online for the time being.
"Let’s Go Birding Together" Walk, Central Park, 2018. Photo: NYC Audubon
Local Trips & Classes
Explore the birding hotspots and gems of New York City or travel with us for a further flung adventure to destinations in the New York region. Please note that van trips will meet outside of our office at 71 W. 23rd Street.
Free walks in Bryant Park with Naturalist Gabriel Willow are offered twice weekly during spring and fall migration seasons. Photo: NYC Audubon
Free and Partner Walks
Discover the surprising amount of birds and nature that can be found in our city by joining us on our free and partner walks
Atlantic Puffin Colony. Photo: Public Domain
Our overnight trips are designed to connect NYC Audubon members with the best birding around. These trips are an opportunity to do a deep dive into birding. Beginners are welcome, but should anticipate bird-packed itineraries.
Cedar Waxwings. Photo: Cindy Sedlacek/Audubon Photography Awards
NYC Audubon contributing members enjoy many benefits, including access to free Members-Only walks that provide delight and camaraderie!
Horseshoe Crab Monitoring at Plumb Beach 2018. Photo: Jenny Spector
New York City Audubon could not be successful in carrying out its mission of protecting the wild birds and habitats of New York City without the help of its corps of brilliant community scientists and dedicated volunteers.
Guide Annie Barry leading a bird walk in Governors Island's Nolan Park. Photo: NYC Audubon
Governors Island Programs
NYC Audubon has a seasonal island home, right off the coast of Manhattan! Our seasonal nature center on Governors Island features plenty of information about bird conservation, as well as a book nook and craft room for kids, bird-inspired art exhibits, and open artist studios. Sit on our porch and watch our bird feeder, or borrow a pair of binoculars for free and strike out on your own.
Wilson's Warbler by Cara Lynch, located at 1805 Amsterdam Ave., New York NY 10031. Photo: NYC Audubon
Audubon Mural Project Tours
The Audubon Mural Project is a public art initiative of the National Audubon Society, in partnership with the Harlem-based Gitler & ____ Gallery. The project is inspired by the legacy of John James Audubon (a former neighborhood resident), and is energized by findings from the National Audubon Society that nearly half of all North American bird species face dire threats to their survival by 2080 due to climate change. The Audubon Mural Project commissions artists to paint murals of each of the threatened birds—a total of 314 species—throughout the Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights neighborhoods of Manhattan.
Participant holds an Atlantic Horseshoe Crab at our annual Horseshoe Crab Festival at Jamaica Bay. Photo: Camilla Cerea
NYC Audubon educates and connects New Yorkers of all ages with nature in the city through fun and informative festivals, providing participants with valuable opportunities to learn about wild birds and their habitats. We hold multiple festivals throughout the year at Jamaica Bay and Governors Island that feature engaging programs and activities fun for the whole family. All festivals are free and open to the public.
The Fall Roost annual benefit raises essential funds to protect wild birds and their habitats in New York City. This year’s Roost, held on October 14, 2020, was entirely online, with a program focusing on the pleasures and benefits of Urban Birding. We debuted stirring videos, were treated to a special musical performance from guest Steve Martin, and held our first-ever online bird trivia contest! Our fabulous silent auction returned, featuring a public, pre-event auction and instant sale store as well as a private, day-of auction full of VIP experiences available for bid only to Roost registrants.
State of Green Roofs in NYC Conference 2018. Photo: NYC Audubon
Join us for talks on a wide variety of topics related to conservation, birds, or advocacy. Our lectures take place once a month from November through March and feature a lineup of exciting authors, researchers, and experts. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our Lecture Series events are now entirely online. All lectures are free of charge.
Trip Leaders and Educators
New York City Audubon employs a friendly and knowledgeable group of naturalists and educators to help New Yorkers discover the city's wildlife and natural areas. Learn about the people who lead our trips, walks, and classes.