Habitat Improvement

Habitat Improvement

NYC Audubon periodically conducts habitat restoration and cleanups in partnership with fellow community organizations. Make a difference in helping make New York City a more welcoming place for birds and other wildlife by joining us at seasonal events to clean up beaches for returning shorebirds and horseshoe crabs, plant native plants, or restore habitat. Read below for ways you can get involved!
Volunteers clean up North Channel Bridge Beach at our annual International Cleanup Day 2019. Photo: NYC Audubon
Volunteers clean up North Channel Bridge Beach at our annual International Cleanup Day 2019. Photo: NYC Audubon
Habitat Restoration Cleanups
NYC Audubon works with partner organizations such as the American Littoral Society and National Park Service to clean up and restore the City’s beaches, which serve as vital stopover habitat for shorebirds such as the threatened Rufa Red Knot, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, and Semipalmated Plover. Beach refuse may interfere with the spawning of the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab, the eggs of which are a critical shorebird food source. (Learn more about migratory shorebirds and our horseshoe crab monitoring project.)
See upcoming cleanups
Marsh Planting in Jamaica Bay in partnership with American Littoral Society. Photo: Don Riepe
Marsh Planting in Jamaica Bay in partnership with American Littoral Society. Photo: Don Riepe
Habitat Restoration Plantings
Habitats of all types in the City—wetlands, woodlands, and grasslands—require some management by people, in order to maintain a healthy community of native plant species. In collaboration with partners such as NYC Parks, we conduct occasional invasive-plant removal and native planting events, as well as saltmarsh plantings in partnership with the American Littoral Society. 
See upcoming plantings