Governors Island

Governors Island

NYC Audubon Naturalist Gabriel Willow leads a bird walk from the steps of our Nolan Park house on Governors Island. Photo: NYC Audubon
NYC Audubon has a seasonal island home, right off the coast of Manhattan! NYC Audubon occupies a residency at Nolan Park #17 on Governors Island, a 172-acre island in New York Harbor that now has over 220 species listed on eBird. Talk birds with us out on the porch of Nolan Park #17 on Saturdays from 11am-5pm. Come borrow binoculars for free, grab a beginner’s bird guide to Governors Island, and take yourself on your own bird tour.

Starting in July, we will be offering the following schedule of programming every Saturday. Programs meet on the porch of Nolan Park #17 unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Programs

Binoculars available to borrow at Nolan Park House #17. Photo: NYC Audubon
Binoculars available to borrow at Nolan Park House #17. Photo: NYC Audubon
BINOCULARS FOR BEGINNERS
Saturdays, July 3-October 30, 2021, 1-2pm
Note: Programming will not be offered on Saturday, July 17
Never used binoculars before? Sometimes it isn’t as easy as it seems! Meet us on the porch to borrow a free pair and get a crash course in binocular basics. After a little practice, you and your new skills will be all ready to join our free bird walk at 2pm. No registration required. No limit. Free
Participants on walk with bird guide Annie Barry on Governors Island. Photo: NYC Audubon
Participants on walk with bird guide Annie Barry on Governors Island. Photo: NYC Audubon
GOVERNORS ISLAND BIRD WALKS
Saturdays, July 3-October 30, 2021, 2-3:30pm
Note: Programming will not be offered on Saturday, July 17
Guide: NYC Audubon
Meet the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Reserve your spot by signing up at Nolan Park #17. Limited to 10. Free
NATURE STORIES ON THE GRASS
Saturdays, July 3-October 30, 2021, 11-11:30am and 4-4:30pm
Note: Programming will not be offered on Saturday, July 17
Stop by for a story or two on the lawn next to Nolan Park #17. We’ll read an eclectic array of tales featuring all kinds of creatures and critters. This outdoor storytime is appropriate for all ages. No registration required. No limit. Free


Meet our artists:

Dawn Henning
<a href = "https://dawnhenning.com/" target="_blank">Learn more about Dawn and her work on her website here.</a>
Dawn currently lives, paints, and prints in Brooklyn. She earned her BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, studied woodblock printing techniques with Mohammed Khalil at Parsons School of Design, and Lithography with Judith Solodkin at Pratt Institute.

Dawn has always been interested in our relationship with nature. Her love of birds and their gift of flight is a recurring theme in much of her work and often used as a metaphor for life.  

She is interested in the subtlety of patterns and colors as they appear in the natural world, which, when juxtaposed with her love of patterns and color in textiles and the material world, is the basis for much of her visual exploration. 

Dawn has been influenced greatly by her years working as a printmaker. Paper is her favorite surface to paint on, and she often paints in layers, working with the residue of pigment that gets trapped within the fibers.  

Learn more about Dawn and her work on her website here.
Katrina Slavik
<a href = "http://katrinaslavik.com/" target="_blank">Learn more about Katrina and her work on her website here.</a>
Katrina’s landscape paintings and wall sculptures deconstruct perceptions of nature as an idealized place that is separate from society. The paintings and sculptures are inspired by environmental activism, taxidermy, scientific models, and spirituality. The work combines natural and human-made environments by collaging paper and common industrial materials into representations of animals, plants, and landscapes.
 
The wall sculpture series celebrates commonly overlooked wildlife that thrives in cities. Coyotes, trees, and pigeons are created with upcycled clothing, insulation foam, dollar store flowers, CVS receipts, plastic bags, and acrylic paint. Landfill materials are transformed into talismans that pay respect to animals, plants, and people who live together in urban ecosystems. 
 
The acrylic and collage paintings merge wilderness and society together. Landscapes altered by human activity are depicted with a cut-and-paste collage technique. Pollution and habitat destruction are evident but the tone is often reflective or playful. A sense of loss is uplifted by the power and vitality of life.

Learn more about Katrina and her work on her website here.
Autumn Kioti
<a href = "https://wildnessisnecessary.weebly.com/" target="_blank">Learn more about Autumn and her work on her website here.</a>
Autumn has been an artist-in-residence with NYC Audubon since our first season on Governors Island four years ago. She has worked with us on countless workshops and events, all while creating beautiful work. 
 
Autumn has always had a penchant for mythology, folktales, and storytelling. She views the natural world as an inroad to tell stories, to address environmental and social justice issues. She uses everything from garbage scavenged from beneath the Amtrak in the Bronx to David Attenborough animal documentaries in the creation of two- and three-dimensional art and installation, as well as programming and performances. In addition to her work with NYC Audubon, Autumn has collaborated with many organizations and individuals who work towards similar goals: the American Littoral Society, the Wild Bird Fund, Sara Lewis, Eric Sanderson, and more. Her goal is to address issues of environmental conservation and preservation, and engage with communities to demystify the work in both the art and the environmental world. 

Special Notice:

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to allow visitors to enter our nature center at this time. Subscribe to our eGret Enewsletter at the bottom of this page to stay on top of the latest updates regarding our residency on Governors Island.