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Pine Warbler © Steve Nanz

October and Selected November Local Events

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9/28: First "Tweet" children's bird song workshop

9/28: Festival at Little Neck Bay

9/28: Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise

10/1: Migration Along the Barrier Islands

10/2: Camera Club

10/3: Photography Classes: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

10/4: Bird & Nature Illustration begins

10/5: Birding by Canoe in Constitution Marsh

10/6: Hawk Watch at Fort Tilden

10/10: Sparrow Identification Workshop begins

10/12: Fall Migration on Randall's Island

10/13: Raptor's Trust and Great Swamp, NJ

10/13: Fall Birding at Wave Hill

10/14: Wave Hill Raptor Day

10/16: Ninth Annual Fall Roost

10/17: Photography Classes: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

10/19: Hawk Mountain

10/22: Beginning Birding begins

10/25: Birds & Plants: The New York Botanical Garden in Autumn

10/26: Photo-Workshop - Raptors at State Line Lookout

10/27: Hike to Greenbelt's Moses Mountain

10/31: Photography Classes: Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

11/1: NY Birders Conference begins (Transportation to the Conference Available)

11/10: Snow Geese and Tundra Swans of Brigantine, NJ

11/10: Fall Birding at Wave Hill

11/16: Jamaica Bay Winter Waterfowl Workshop

11/23: Ducks, Raptors, and More at Pelham Bay Park


Ongoing Local Events

Birding Tours of Bryant Park: Thursdays, 8-9am, through October 24

Birding for Families in Central Park: Sundays, 10-11am, through November 24

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks:  Saturdays, 8-9:30am, Year-round


Upcoming Overnight Trips

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Bald Eagle © Steve Nanz
 
ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE / CHINCOTEAGUE WILDLIFE REFUGE WEEKEND
Thursday, October 31, 9am - Sunday, November 3, 6pm
Guide: Don Riepe
A great wildlife weekend along the Virginia Coast. Includes three nights at the Refuge Inn, guided hikes, a bus tour of backwater flats, plus an "all-you-can-eat" seafood buffet. See wild ponies, sika deer, bald eagles and many other species of wildlife. Limited to 30. $385 (single room supplement $150). Click here to Register.


Jamaican Tody © David Speiser
 
Thursday, January 9–Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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 quail dove. We'll finish off our tour at the renowned Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, where the spectacular red-billed streamertail feeds from the hand. Includes one pre-trip workshop, lodging, local transportation, meals, and all park fees. Limited to 12. $2,695 ($470 single  supplement).  Click here to see a full tour description and day-to-day itinerary. Please contact Adriana Palmer at apalmer@nycaudubon.org or 212-691-7483 x304 to learn more and register.


Surf Scoter © Omar Runólfsson
 
MONTAUK WINTER WEEKEND: SEALS, SEA BIRDS AND SANDY BEACHES, LONG ISLAND, NY
Friday, January 10 - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Guides: Mike Bottini, Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe
Visit the vast dunes, beaches and woods at Montauk during peak sea bird season and hike the beautiful "Walking Dunes," Hither Woods, Oyster Pond and the "Seal Haul-out" site. Includes double-occupancy lodging at the luxurious Manor House, most meals, guided hikes, evening programs, a star watch, and free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. To register, contact Don Riepe at 917-371-8577 or donriepe@gmail.com. Limited to 60. $385 ($125 single room supplement) 


Keel-Billed Toucan © Brian Gratwicke*


YUCATÁN, MEXICO
February 2014
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Visit the magical land of the Maya: the Yucatan Peninsula of Southern Mexico. Explore ancient Mayan ruins; swim in the Caribbean and explore coral reefs; and of course, see the amazing bird life of the region: from parrots and toucans to flamingos and trogons, along with many of our wintering neotropical migrants.  Includes two pre-trip workshops, lodging, local transportation, most meals, and all park fees. Limited to 12. Price TBA. Please contact Adriana Palmer at apalmer@nycaudubon.org or 212-691-7483 x304 to learn more and register.


Resplendent Quetzal © Richard Garrigues
COSTA RICA: MONTEVERDE AND CAÑO NEGRO
Saturday, March 8-Saturday, March 15
Guides: Glenn Phillips, Richard Garrigues
Our 2014 Costa Rica expedition will visit its most famous birding destination: Monteverde. Home to resplendent quetzals, black guans, emerald toucanets, and many more cloud forest species, Monteverde has a well deserved reputation. Other highlights include the Celeste Mountain Lodge, known for its fine French cuisine as well as for rarities such as tody motmot and yellow-eared toucanet; and Caño Negro, where Nicaraguan grackle, lesser yellow-headed vulture, and even jabiru are possible. Includes two pre-trip workshops, lodging, local transportation, most meals, and all park fees. Limited to 12. $1,995 ($300 single room supplement). Please contact Adriana Palmer at apalmer@nycaudubon.org or 212-691-7483 x304 to learn more and register.


The eGret
October 2013


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!
 

Black Skimmer, Black-Bellied Plovers, and Short-Billed Dowitchers © François Portmann
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.

Learn more and comment...



NYC Audubon 9th Annual Fall Roost, October 16th, 2013
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.
 


The New Green Playground at P.S. 261© The Trust for Public Land
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
Canada Warbler © David Speiser


Improve Your Bird Photography with Adobe Skills!

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES: ADOBE LIGHTROOM AND PHOTOSHOP
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 © Alan Messer

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



Birds Caught in Tribute in Light Beams, 9/11/13 © NYC Audubon
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 (Flickr Creative Commons License)

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.
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
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher © Ellen Michaels


Member Events

CENTRAL PARK
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 ajanuzzi@nycaudubon.org to register.


 

Don't Miss the New York Birders Conference

The New York Birders Conference

THE NEW YORK BIRDERS CONFERENCE
Friday, November 1-Sunday, November 3

The first event of its kind in the New York Metropolitan area, the New York Birders Conference weekend will include paper sessions, bird identification workshops, presentations on important conservation issues from Susan Elbin, Tom Stephenson, and others, and a banquet dinner, featuring James Currie of Birding Adventures TV. And, yes, great field trips!

Click here for information on free NYC Audubon Member Transportation to the event and  to register for the conference.

 

 
The Warbler Guide © Princeton University Press
The Warbler Guide © Princeton University Press


Upcoming Lectures

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
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.

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