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Snowy Owl © François Portmann

Upcoming Events

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1/11: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor Ecocruise

1/18: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor Ecocruise

1/20: Lecture - Mysteries of Migration with Giff Beaton (NOTE: NEW LOCATION)

1/24: Winter Eagles on the Hudson, with Gabriel Willow

1/25: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor Ecocruise

2/1: Snow Birds of Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden, Queens, with Gabriel Willow

2/7: Winter Survival Wildlife Walk, with Don Riepe

2/8: Soaring Raptors: Eagles and Owls of the Hudson River Valley, NY, with Joe Giunta

2/8: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor Ecocruise

2/12: Photography Classes - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop with Lloyd Spitalnik

2/14: Central Park Winter Walk with Gabriel Willow

2/15: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor Ecocruise

2/19: Winter at Jones Beach, LI, with Tod Winston and Peter Mott

2/19: Photography Classes - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop with Lloyd Spitalnik

2/22: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor Ecocruise

2/26:Photography Classes - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop with Lloyd Spitalnik

2/28: Snow Birds of Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden, Queens II, with Gabriel Willow
 


Upcoming Overnight Trips


Harlequin Ducks © David Speiser

WINTER WATERFOWL WEEKEND AT MONTAUK WITH GABRIEL WILLOW
Saturday, February 21 - Sunday, February 22
Guide: Gabriel Willow
The gatherings of sea ducks around Montauk Point are the largest winter concentrations in New York State; the Christmas bird count on Montauk Point consistently tallies from 125 to 135 species, one of the best totals in the Northeast. Species that come to feed on the Point’s rich kelp and mussel beds include common and red-throated loon, common eider, common goldeneye, great cormorant, and all three scoter species. Harlequin duck and king eider also occur here regularly during the winter. Accommodations at Daunt's Albatross in Montauk. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $300 ($25 single supplement). Click here to register now. For more details, contact Darren Klein at dklein@nycaudubon.org or 212-691-7483 x304.


Roseate Spoonbill © Michael McCarthy (Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License)

FLORIDA EVERGLADES
Saturday, April 12 - Sunday, April 19
Guide: Don Riepe
Join Don Riepe on a week-long adventure to see the fantastic wildlife of southern Florida. Search for spoonbills, pelicans, woodpeckers, owls, and more at many of southern Florida's most treasured national and state parks. $1,850 ($350 single supplement) includes lodging, local transportation, and lunches. Click here to download the itinerary

Click here for registration and more information


The eGret
January 2015


Happy 2015! If you've stepped outdoors in the past few days, we don't need to tell you that winter is definitely in full swing. What a better time to throw on your long johns and scarf (and a few more articles of clothing, perhaps) and explore all that winter in New York City has to offer? Our member walk in Central Park this past Wednesday turned up droves of our favorite winter residentstitmice, cardinals, and "teenage" redtails seemed to follow us everywhere we wentas well as hooded mergansers, coots, and three ring-necked ducks on the reservoir. But there's much more to see! We'll start off this issue with an overview of this winter's exciting birding activities, including our Winter Seals & Waterbirds tours, which start this coming Sunday, Jan. 11. (Don't miss our Tues., Jan. 20 Lecture, Mysteries of Migration, which will now be held at the Central Park Zoo Gallery.)

Also, in case you missed it: NYC Audubon was in the news this week! The New York Times reported on 
NYC Audubon's monitoring of the Javits Center's new green roofSusan Elbin was interviewed about an upcoming update on the West Pond Restoration, on Jan. 22; and birders and media flocked to Greenwich Village for a look at a visiting Couch's kingbird.

Also in this issue:  A great opportunity for bird photographers (and those who want to learn); a Montauk weekend with Gabriel Willow; and a need for office help in Volunteer!


Happy January.

 
 
Harbor Seal © Mike Baird (Creative Commons Attribution License)
Harbor Seals Often Sun Themselves on the Rocks of Tiny Swinburne Island. Photo © Mike Baird*
 

Get Outdoors with NYC's Winter Wildlife in 2015!

Happy New Year from NYC Audubon! Our beautiful warblers, tanagers, and orioles are far south of us now, and we must wait a few months yet for them to return. But there is still much great birding and wildlife-watching to be had in New York City. Snow buntings, eiders, harlequin ducks, snowy owls--and one non-avian visitor, the harbor seal--have themselves journeyed south, to spend the winter here! And there are plenty of opportunities to go see them. Our Winter Seals and Waterbirds of New York Harbor tours start Sunday, January 11 and run through March 8, from 12-2pm. See playful harbor seals, loons, sea ducks, and purple sandpipers while you enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and tea. Or, seek out wintering bald eagles... (Click here to learn more!)
 
Least Bittern © Lloyd Spitalnik

The Least Bittern Is Among the Species that Could Benefit from a Restored Freshwater West Pond. Photo  © Lloyd Spitalnik

Update on Plans for the West Pond to Be Held 1/22

On Thursday, January 22, The National Park Service will update the community on its ongoing environmental assessment for the proposed remediation of Jamaica Bay’s West Pond, which became a saltwater lagoon after Superstorm Sandy. The park service will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, located on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. NYC Audubon Conservation and Science Director Susan Elbin and Advisory Council Member Don Riepe were quoted in a recent piece discussing restoration of this important freshwater habitat.

Click here for some background on this issue and to see NYC Audubon's restoration plan

Click here to sign a petition for West Pond restoration, by the Birders Coalition for Gateway.
 

Herring Gull Nest on the Javits Center Green Roof © NYC Audubon
Herring Gull Nest on the Javits Center Green Roof © NYC Audubon

 

More Life at the Javits Roof

The word is out! Bats (and birds too) have come to the Javits Center. The New York Times just covered the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center's recent bird-friendly renovation, as well as NYC Audubon's monitoring of the Center's new green roof. Read more at www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/opinion/more-life-at-the-javits-center.html
 


 Hooded Mergansers © Lloyd Spitalnik

Hooded Mergansers © Lloyd Spitalnik

 

Calling All Bird Photographers (and Those Who Love Them)!

Don't miss our upcoming workshops with Lloyd Spitalnik, a great opportunity to refine your photography skills! See below:
 
PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES: ADOBE LIGHTROOM AND PHOTOSHOP
Thursdays, February 12, 19, 26; 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Lloyd Spitalnik

Join professional photographer Lloyd Spitalnik for this series of three classroom workshops focusing on image post-processing, for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. The classes progress from the basics of Adobe Lightroom and managing your raw photos to processing your images with Adobe Photoshop and the programs' more advanced features. Take advantage of this small-group setting to answer all your questions. Learn more and register! 


 

Couch's Kingbird © Sherry Felix
Couch's Kingbird © Sherry Felix

  
Kingbirds Descend Upon New York City!

Over the past weeks, individuals with binoculars and a determined look in their eye have been spotted skulking about the West Village in large numbers. What has drawn them there?  They've come in search of a rare visitor to these parts, a Couch's kingbird, native to eastern Mexico and the southernmost reaches of Texas. Theories vary as to how the bird arrived here; the most likely holds that the bird was blown far north of its normal range in a storm front, though a popular speculation is that the bird stowed away in a truck or plane. The bird has been spotted "flycatching" off of warmed brick walls near Abingdon Square (see the photo above, by member Sherry Felix), where small insects must be gathered, and also has been eating fruit. Both Sherry and NYC Audubon guide Gabriel Willow were interviewed in this story.   Some nice photos can be found on the Urban Hawks Blog. A very similar flycatcher, the Cassin's kingbird, has been spotted regularly in the past few months at Floyd Bennett Field.  
 


Harlequin Ducks © Lloyd Spitalnik
Harlequin Ducks © Lloyd Spitalnik

 

Winter Waterfowl Weekend at Montauk

Saturday, February 21 - Sunday, February 22
Guide: Gabriel Willow

The gatherings of sea ducks around Montauk Point are the largest winter concentrations in New York State; the Christmas bird count on Montauk Point consistently tallies from 125 to 135 species, one of the best totals in the Northeast. Species that come to feed on the Point’s rich kelp and mussel beds include common and red-throated loon, common eider, all three scoter species, bufflehead, common goldeneye, great cormorant, and red-breasted merganser. Harlequin duck and king eider also occur here regularly during the winter. Accommodations at Daunt's Albatross in Montauk. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $300 ($25 single supplement).  Click here to register!
 

 
Arctic Tern © Ekaterina Papchinskaya (Creative Commons Attribution License)

Arctic Tern © Ekaterina Papchinskaya*
 

Lectures

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.

MYSTERIES OF MIGRATION
By Giff Beaton
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 6pm


***NOTE: OUR JANUARY 20 LECTURE WILL NOW BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL PARK ZOO GALLERY, WHICH IS LOCATED INSIDE THE ZOO, BEHIND AND SLIGHTLY TO THE SOUTH OF THE ARSENAL BUILDING (OFF FIFTH AVENUE AT 64TH STREET). PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE A MAP; THE GALLERY IS LABELED.***

Join professional birding guide, lecturer, and author Giff Beaton for an in-depth look at the amazing feats of endurance and navigation many bird species accomplish twice a year. With lavish images and maps, this talk will bring insight into a complex and fascinating subject and will leave attendees with an enhanced appreciation for the hazards migrating birds surmount, and the impressive physical abilities they display, each spring and fall.


URBAN GREENING FOR URBAN BIRDS
By Paige Warren
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 6pm
Central Park Arsenal, Third-Floor Gallery, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street

What are the needs of an urban bird? What can be done to enhance the diversity of birds and other species living in the city? The highly managed nature of a city landscape provides biologists with some unique opportunities to understand both the role of humans in altering patterns of biological diversity and the role of behavior in limiting animal distributions. Paige Warren, research assistant professor of natural resources conservation at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will speak about her research to understand processes generating and maintaining biological diversity in a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by humans.


 

Volunteers Cleaning Up Plumb Beach © NYC Audubon
Volunteers Cleaning Up Plumb Beach © NYC Audubon
 

Volunteer!

We need help in our office with filing, shredding, and such very important matters!  Can you help? Please contact us at volunteer@nycaudubon.org to learn more.  

Click here to learn about NYC Audubon's conservation programs, and how you can participate.    
 

Northern Cardinal © Laura Meyers
Northern Cardinal © Laura Meyers


Top and Sidebar Photos: Great egret © Steve Nanz; snowy owl © François Portmann; harlequin ducks @ David Speiser; roseate spoonbill © Michael McCarthy*

* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
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