Avian Advocates

Become an Avian Advocate

Postcards sent by Avian Advocates in support of Int. 1482, the Bird-friendly material bill, in Fall 2019. Photo: NYC Audubon
Since its founding, NYC Audubon has engaged in advocacy work in all five boroughs concerning bird conservation issues in New York City. In 1978, a cadre of regular Central Park bird watchers successfully opposed a Central Park Conservancy plan to “restore” the Ramble through changes such as tree removal. These fledgling activists soon founded the New York City Audubon Society—and launched over 40 years of dedicated advocacy for habitat preservation and protection for birds. Our successes throughout the years include the “Buffer the Bay” program to preserve priority lands around Jamaica Bay as well as the conservation of the grasslands of Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field, the Harbor Heron islands, and Goethal’s Bridge Pond on Staten Island.

In 2019, NYC Audubon embarked on a Bird-Friendly Building campaign to pass Int. 1482, the bird friendly materials bill, in the New York City Council. Thanks to the collaborative work of our partners and advocacy volunteers through postcard writing, social media, testifying at hearings, and other direct action, this amendment to the building code passed and became Local Law 15 in January 2021. 
 
Whether it's by meeting with government officials, coordinating public letter-writing campaigns and public comments, or raising consciousness of the dangers facing our birds and their habitats via outreach events, distributed brochures and educational materials, and social media, NYC Audubon advocacy volunteers are integral in pushing this meaningful work forward. To keep informed on what you can do to help, become an Avian Advocate!

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Actions You Can Take Right Now to Help Birds

Photo: ArtLight_NYC_Lights_moardin_CC_BY-NC_2.0
Photo: ArtLight_NYC_Lights_moardin_CC_BY-NC_2.0
Urge the City Council to Pass Artificial Light Pollution Bills
There are currently three proposed bills in the New York City Council (Int. 274-2018, 265-2018, and 271-2018) designed to limit light pollution in our city that need support! The amount of artificial light emitted by a building at night is a strong predictor of the number of collisions it will cause. Light pollution attracts night-migrating birds and can cause them to flutter confusedly about the lights and become exhausted, leading them to settle in inhospitable areas and collide into windows the next morning. Please call or email your local City Council member and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. If sending an email, we have provided a template for your email message created by the Village Independent Democrats. Also, please sign the petition below to request that the City Council supports these bills.
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Petition for Neonics Pesticides Ban
Neonics are neurotoxic insecticides used everywhere: from lawns to gardens to farm fields across the country. These pesticides are also responsible for killing massive numbers of bees and other pollinators. Please send an urgent message to your New York State lawmakers imploring them to pass the Birds and Bees Protection Act (A7429/S699B) by signing the petition below!
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Advocate for Bird-Friendly Materials in Problem Buildings
Have you noticed that the building you live in or that a building you have passed by has windows that cause bird collisions during migration? You can use this template letter and additional outreach resources to let the building owners, board, or management team know that there are solutions to this issue.
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Protect Liberty State Park and Caven Point from development. Graphic: Friends of Liberty State Park
Protect Liberty State Park and Caven Point from development. Graphic: Friends of Liberty State Park
Tell the NJ Governor to Protect Caven Point
The Liberty State Park Protection Act, a bill that would protect the park from privatization and preserve critical habitat at Caven Point, has been reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly and Senate. If public officials permit the purchase of this piece of the park, valuable habitat for over 200 bird species will be destroyed. Ask the Governor to support this bill and prevent a takeover by the already extensive golf course bordering the using this online petition created by Friends of Liberty State Park. 
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Black-and-white Warbler. Photo: Matthew Pimm/Audubon Photography Awards
Black-and-white Warbler. Photo: Matthew Pimm/Audubon Photography Awards
Urge Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Bird-safe Buildings Act
New York City enacted Local Law 15 in January 2021, but we must continue to push our representatives to pass bird-safe legislation at the state and national level. The Bird-safe Buildings Act is a bipartisan bill designed to reduce bird mortality by calling for federal buildings to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features, potentially saving millions of birds each year. Urge your representatives to co-sponsor this bill using American Bird Conservancy’s online petition tool. 
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Scarlet Tanager. Photo: Linda Steele/Audubon Photography Awards
Scarlet Tanager. Photo: Linda Steele/Audubon Photography Awards
Support the Migratory Bird Protection Act
The Migratory Bird Protection Act, H.R. 5552, reaffirms the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s (MBTA) intent to protect migratory birds from big industries and provides incentives to responsible companies managing incidental take. Now, we have an opportunity to ask the incoming 117th U.S. Congress to ensure that any rollbacks to the MBTA are overturned. Please ask your Representative and Senators to be original co-sponsors of the Migratory Bird Protection Act now using American Bird Conservancy’s online messaging tool.
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