Community Science Bird Surveys
Several recent studies have drawn upon long-term community science data sets, including the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and Breeding Bird Atlases—and raised a call to action to protect North American Birds: National Audubon’s “Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink” warns that two-thirds of North American bird species are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise. “Decline of the North American Avifauna,” from Cornell University and American Bird Conservancy and published in the journal Science, states that North American bird populations have declined 29 percent since 1970.
While such research results are sobering, they provide a firm scientific footing for conservation-minded Americans to demand widescale action and change to protect our birds. And everyone can contribute to needed scientific knowledge by volunteering as a community scientist. NYC Audubon looks to engage community members from across New York City’s five boroughs in our work.
New York City is a world famous bird migration hotspot, both spring and fall. In the springtime, millions of migrating birds funnel into our green spaces as they travel north along the Atlantic Flyway. Most rest and refuel for a few days, before moving on to breeding grounds far from here. But good variety, more than many birders realize, stay here to nest and raise young.