Fall migration is now in full swing, and we hear that our parks are full of warblers (this week, Gabriel Willow reported 13 warbler species in a single Central Park oak tree!). However, before you head out birding this weekend, please take a moment to comment on Gateway's new General Management Plan. The deadline for commenting on this crucial document for the future of Jamaica Bay is end of day, Wednesday, October 2, and we need our friends and supporters to make their voices heard. Also, make sure to take a look at our Fall Roost Silent Auction items, and buy your tickets; the Roost is just two weeks away, on Wednesday, October 16.
Also in this issue: Green playgrounds, Adobe Photoshop and Birding Illustration classes, a get-away to Jamaica, a report on this year's Tribute in Light monitoring, Tweet birdsong workshops at Children’s Museum of Art, the New York Birder’s Conference, our October member walk in Central Park, and our November lecture by Tom Stephenson, author of The Warbler Guide. Happy October!
Beach-Nesting Birds Like the Black Skimmer, as Well as Migrant Shorebirds, Depend on Strong Protections for Gateway's Wild Places. Photo © François Portmann
Please Comment by Wednesday, October 2 to Protect Gateway:
The Wednesday, October 2 deadline for public comment on the Gateway draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) is fast approaching, and NYC Audubon has been hard at work reviewing the plan and preparing comments. If you have not yet shared your comments with the National Park Service, now is the time. Your voice counts, and we need your help with this important issue.
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This year's annual Fall Roost benefit takes place Wednesday, October 16, 6-9pm
The Fall Roost: Our Silent Auction Items Are Ready to Peruse!
Our annual Fall Roost benefit is just two weeks away, on Wednesday, October 16, from 6-9pm
. Make sure you purchase yourself a seat, and do your part to support our important conservation work. And, if you haven't yet, please take a look at our list of exciting Silent Auction items, which include international accommodations (Costa Rica, Panama, and Jamaica!), fascinating local tours, deluxe birding gear, and elegant entertainment here in New York City.
Click here to see our Silent Auction items and buy tickets for the Fall Roost.
P.S. 261's New Green Playground © The Trust for Public Land
40 “Green” Playgrounds Planned to Capture Stormwater, Improve Health of Local Waterways
New York City and the Trust for Public Land announced a partnership last Thursday to build up to 40 new school playgrounds in the next four years that will include “green” infrastructure to capture stormwater, easing pressure on the City’s sewer system and improving the health of local waterways such as Jamaica Bay, the Bronx River, and Flushing Bay. During heavy rainfall, stormwater can exceed the capacity of the sewer system and lead to sewage overflowing into local waterways. The first park is to be completed at P.S. 261, which drains into the Gowanus Canal; the second two will be built at P.S. 218 and P.S. 65, which drain into Jamaica Bay.
Canada Warbler © David Speiser
PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES: ADOBE LIGHTROOM AND PHOTOSHOP
Improve Your Bird Photography with Adobe Skills!
Thursdays, October 3, 17, and 31; 6:30-8pm
Instructors: David Speiser, Lloyd Spitalnik
Join professional photographers Lloyd Spitalnik and David Speiser for this series of three classroom workshops focusing on image post-processing, for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.
Learn more and register
Evening Grosbeaks; illustration © Alan Messer
Learn to Draw Birds with Alan Messer
BIRD AND NATURE ILLUSTRATION
Class: Friday, October 4, 6:30-8:30pm
Trips: Sundays, October 6 and 13, 10am-Noon
Painter and illustrator Alan Messer has published his beautiful artwork in books, magazines, and field guides, and has been a regular contributor to Bird Watcher's Digest. Join him for a class-and-two-field-trip drawing workshop, and explore your artistic side!
Learn more and register
Thousands of Birds Became Entrapped in the Tribute in Light Beams this September 11. Photo © NYC Audubon
A Surprising Night at the Tribute in Light
This past Wednesday night, 9/11/13, turned out to be a surprisingly big migration night, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Andrew Farnsworth wrote a fascinating analysis of what happened.
Click here to view the entire post on our Syrinx Blog
Silver Sands © caramel_teeze*
Escape to Bird-Rich Jamaica this January
JAMAICA: THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, COCKPIT COUNTRY, AND CARIBBEAN COAST
Thursday, January 9–Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Workshop: Thursday, December 12
Guides: Tod Winston, Lyndon Johnson, Wendy Lee
Enjoy a luxurious tropical island get-away on the isle of Jamaica--and explore one of the best island destinations in the world for birding. We'll visit the stunningly beautiful Blue Mountains, the pristine and exotic Cockpit Country, and the beautiful north coast to look for endemic species such as Jamaican todies, orioles and vireos; yellow- and black-billed parrots; and the beautiful red-billed streamertail.
Learn more and see a full tour itinerary
Hummingbird by Vik Muniz. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
"Tweet" Bird Song Workshops Begin
NYC Audubon is pleased to partner with Children’s Museum of the Arts this fall, offering six Bird Call Workshops in conjunction with CMA's exhibit, Tweet. During the workshop, participants will discover how and why birds sing, learn different bird calls and songs, and then try to recreate some of those sounds on their own! Afterwards, participants will have time in CMA's sound booth to create their very own bird song recording, which will be featured on the CMA blog. Sign-in required upon entrance. Limit of 12 children per session. Free with admission to Children’s Museum of the Arts. Please check cmany.org/tweet for specific dates and times.
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher © Ellen Michaels
Friday, October 18th, 7:30-9am
Meet at Central Park West and 106th Street. Experience fall migration with NYC Audubon Board President Harry Maas as he leads you through Central Park’s picturesque North Woods. Limited to 20. Free for Contributing NYC Audubon Members at the Student/Senior level and up. Please contact Angela Januzzi at 212-691-7483 x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Don't Miss the New York Birders Conference
THE NEW YORK BIRDERS CONFERENCE
Friday, November 1-Sunday, November 3
The Warbler Guide © Princeton University Press
All lectures are free and open to the public and are held at The Arsenal, Central Park, 5th Ave. at 64th St., 3rd Floor Gallery. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch and Patagonia.
THE WARBLER GUIDE: SECRETS TO WARBLER IDENTIFICATION IN THE FIELD
By Tom Stephenson
Wednesday, November 13, 6pm
Every avid birder knows how tricky it is to identify warblers in the field. The Warbler Guide, by NYC Audubon board member Tom Stephenson, is a book that brings revolutionary new features to the field guide format, including a new system of understanding vocalizations, comprehensive visual, and song/call finders, and a complete guide to aging and sexing warblers. Join Tom and NYC Audubon to learn these methods and much more…and add to your warbler ID toolkit.
Red-Eyed Vireo © Laura Meyers
Top and Sidebar Photos: great egret, pine warbler, bald eagle © Steve Nanz; surf scoters © Ómar Runólfsson*; Jamaican tody © David Speiser; keel-billed toucan © Brian Gratwicke*; resplendent quetzal © Richard Garrigues.
* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.