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Black-Throated Blue Warbler © Lloyd Spitalnik

Upcoming October and November Events

Note: Only events with open registration are listed below. 
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10/13: Raptor ID Workshop with Gabriel Willow

10/14: Friday Morning Fall Migration Walk in the North End, Central Park with Gabriel Willow

10/15: Fall Migrants of Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan with Annie Barry

10/16: Birding Gems of Staten Island: Freshkills Park with Cliff Hagen

10/17: The Twelfth Annual Fall Roost

10/20: Beginning Birding with Tod Winston begins

10/28: Friday Morning Fall Migration Walk in the North End, Central Park with Gabriel Willow

10/29: Fall Foliage Hike in the Greenbelt, Staten Island with Gabriel Willow

10/30: Fall Migration on Randall's Island with Gabriel Willow

11/5: Ducks, Raptors, and More at Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx with Gabriel Willow

11/6: Morning Fall Migration Walk in Prospect Park with Gabriel Willow

11/13: Fall Birding at Wave Hill, the Bronx with Gabriel Willow

11/17: Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, a Lecture by Peter P. Marra, PhD

11/19: Van Trip to the Winter Waterfowl Workshop at Jamaica Bay

11/19: Winter Waterfowl Workshop at Jamaica Bay with Don Riepe, Tod Winston, American Littoral Society


Ongoing Events

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, through November 26, 8-9:30am

Birding Tours of Bryant Park
Mondays, through October 17, 8-9am
Thursdays, through October 20, 5-6pm


Upcoming Overnight Trips

Bald Eagle © Lloyd Spitalnik


Thursday, November 10, 9am - Sunday, November 13, 6pm
Guide: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society

A great natural history weekend on the Virginia coast. See wild ponies, Snow Geese, Bald eagles, migrating hawks, waterfowl, shorebirds and lots more. includes 3 nights lodging at the luxurious Refuge Inn (heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room, observation deck), breakfast, Safari bus tour of back dunes area, 5 guided hikes, evening programs, plus an "All-you-can Eat" oyster & seafood dinner. Contact Don Riepe at (718) 474-0896 or for info regarding transportation, itinerary, and reservations. $395 ($180 single room supplement)

Great Egret © Steve Nanz

The eGret
October 2016

It's been a very busy October here at NYC Audubon as we prepare for our annual Fall Roost benefit, set for this Monday, October 17. Our annual fundraising gala, which supports all of the work we do to protect our city's birds, promises another fun and festive night featuring exciting silent auction items and delicious dinner. It's not too late to get your tickets! 

Just as we've been busy at the office, fall migrants seem to be plenty busy as well. Yesterday saw a flurry of migration activity in NYC, including yellow-rumped and palm warblers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, a huge influx of white-throated sparrows, and much more. Join us for a fall outing this weekend to experience the wonders of fall migration yourself. Fall migrants have an extra "stop over" spot at our newly constructed Kingsland Wildflowers green roof in Greenpoint, which is open for public viewing one last time this fall on Saturday. On a similar note, read about our work to better understand what birds can be found in Greenpoint and may benefit from the new green roof habitat. Of final conservation note, we report on last month's Tribute in Light memorial. 

Also in this issue: Our Thursday, November 17 lecture (please see the note on changes to our lecture series), a report on last month's coastal cleanup of North Channel Beach, and volunteer opportunities

Happy October! 

The 12th Annual Fall Roost, October 17, at Guastavino's
The Twelfth Annual Fall Roost Benefit Returns to Guastavino's for Another Festive Night Supporting the Birds of NYC

Get Your Tickets for the Fall Roost, Monday, October 17

New York City Audubon’s twelfth annual Fall Roost fundraiser is less than a week away! Come celebrate with us at Guastavino's on Monday, October 17, as we honor Harry Maas, immediate past president of NYC Audubon, for his years of service and leadership; Michael Ahern Productions and the late Michael Ahern for working with us to assure safe passage of migratory songbirds during the Tribute in Light memorial; and our 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Phil Cusimano, for his diligence and dedication to our horseshoe crab monitoring project.

Proceeds from the Fall Roost support New York City Audubon's efforts to protect wild birds and their habitat in the five boroughs through scientific research, community engagement, advocacy, and hands-on habitat restoration. In particular, we are working to improve the quality of stopover habitat and reduce threats to birds from unnecessary illumination and from reflective glass. 

Cocktails begin at 6:30 followed by a seated dinner at 7:30. Our famous Silent Auction and Raffle will feature opportunities for unique wildlife and conservation experiences, great works of art, private birdwalks with your favorite naturalists, gourmet food baskets, and many items you won’t want to do without. We hope you join us for a fun and festive night while supporting the birds and wildlife we love!
Get your Tickets for the Fall Roost, Monday, October 17 at Guastivino's


Golden-crowned Kinglet © Lloyd Spitalnik
Golden-crowned Kinglet © Lloyd Spitalnik

Experience the Joys of Fall Migration with NYC Audubon This Weekend

Saturday, October 15, 8:30-11am
Guide: Annie Barry

Meet at the entrance of Inwood Hill Park at the corner of Isham Street and Seaman Avenue. Join Annie Barry for a hike through a mature forest in search of kinglets, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes, and more, then search the shore of the Inwood Hill Park saltmarshes for herons and ducks. Click here to learn more and to register.

Sunday, October 16, 8am-3pm
Guide: Cliff Hagen

Meet at the Staten Island Ferry and start your trip with a journey across the Upper Bay! This is a special opportunity to see Freshkills Park in transition from what was once the world’s largest landfill into an expansive park. Currently closed to the general public, the Park is home to rolling grasslands, tidal marshes, successional woodlands and a freshwater pond system, which host an array of breeding birds, butterflies, mammals, frogs, and turtles. Each autumn, migrant species abound as they travel along the North Atlantic Flyway. Sparrows, osprey, a collection of waterfowl, and lingering warblers seek refuge in the park. Overhead, raptors soar along the terminal moraine as they make their way south for the impending winter. Transport by passenger van on S.I. included. Click here to learn more and to register.

Kingsland Wildflowers Roof, Kingsland Wildflowers Festival 2016
OPENHOUSEGCEF - Saturday, October 15, 11am-3pm
Our Newly Installed Wildflowers Roof at 520 Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Will Be Available for Viewing This Weekend as Part of OpenHouseGCEF

Last Chance This Fall To Visit Our New Green Roof in Greenpoint

Our newly installed Kingsland Wildflowers green roof will be available for viewing one final time this fall! Join us this Saturday, October 15, 11am-3pm, to take a walking tour of the green roof at 520 Kingsland Avenue. The event will also offer the chance for visitors to engage with our partner organizations working on green infrastructure and environmental sustainability programs in North Brooklyn. Click here for more information

Funding provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

Tribute in Light 2016 © NYC Audubon
Birds "Trapped" in the Light Beams of the 2016 Tribute in Light Memorial © NYC Audubon

Tribute in Light Monitoring 2016 Recap

The Tribute in Light memorial once again shone bright over Lower Manhattan on September 11, projecting two beams of light into the night sky to pay tribute to the lives lost on that day in 2001. NYC Audubon has monitored the memorial since 2002 to ensure that night-migrating songbirds, which in some years are attracted in huge numbers to the Tribute's powerful light beams, are not exhausted and injured during the all-night event.

Thank you to Michael Ahern Production Services, Inc. and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum for letting us turn the lights off three times for brief periods during the early morning hours, allowing birds to continue on their migration. Read Conservation Biologist Debra Kriensky's full recap of this year's monitoring efforts on our blog, Syrinx.

The New York Daily News produced a fantastic video about our efforts to save birds during the Tribute in Light Memorial. Be sure to check it out! 


Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer by Peter P. Marra © Princeton University Press
Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer by Peter P. Marra © Princeton University Press

Our Fall Lecture Series Kicks Off November 17

All lectures are free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE: This year our lecture series will be held at Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets in Manhattan. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.

By Peter P. Marra
Thursday, November 17, 7pm

Mounting scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for some time--that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing birds and other animals by the billions. Equally alarming are the public health consequences of rabies and parasitic Toxoplasma passing from cats to humans. Join us as co-author Peter P. Marra, PhD discusses Cat Wars, the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health, and the controversies surrounding the management of cat populations.


Black-throated Green Warbler Seen in September during Fall Migration
This Black-throated Green Warbler Was Seen at McGolrick Park in September during One of Our Fall Migration Bird Surveys © NYC Audubon

Getting To Know the Birds of Greenpoint's McGolrick Park

In 2014, NYC Audubon received a grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to install a 0.25-acre native plant garden in McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The area surrounding the park is largely urban, industrial, and relatively lacking in green space, making it an important resource for migrating and breeding birds in the area. We called our garden the “Urban Oasis”.

While we knew it was likely that many birds were migrating through Greenpoint and possibly breeding there, there was very little information about what birds could be found in McGolrick Park when we started planting the Urban Oasis in 2014. A search on the public online database eBird showed no reported bird sightings in the park–and only a handful of sightings in the entire Greenpoint area. Learn how we improved our knowledge of Greenpoint's birds and our understanding of the park's significance to wildlife by reading the rest of Debra Kriensky's post on our blog, Syrinx.

International Coastal Cleanup Day at North Channel Beach 2016
International Coastal Cleanup Day at North Channel Beach, September 17, 2016 © NYC Audubon

Collaborating To Clean Up Our Waters and Coastlines 

We'd like to give a big thanks to National Park Service, American Littoral Society, Sadhana, and the over 60 dedicated volunteers who joined NYC Audubon on Saturday, September 17 for the International Coastal Cleanup at Jamaica Bay's North Channel Beach. It was a gorgeous day outside and every volunteer came to the beach with an amazing "can do" spirit and attitude!

Together, we estimate that we picked up over 80 bags full of garbage and cleaned over a half-mile of coastal area important to birds such as the American oystercatcher. Thank you not only to those who helped us at North Channel Beach, but also to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide who participated in a coastal cleanup this year to keep our planet's coastlines and waters clean.  



Work in NYC Audubon’s friendly office or in the field and make a difference for the City’s wildlife. There are many ways you can help. If you would like to volunteer for specific programs like the ones listed below or want to learn more about ways you can contribute, please contact us at 

If you are interested in contributing to NYC Audubon’s conservation and science work, there are a variety of projects to choose from. Project Safe Flight volunteers monitor buildings in the city to help us learn what effect they have on migratory birds; data collected support our work to make migration through the city safer. Jamaica Bay program volunteers monitor migratory shorebirds and horseshoe crabs so that we may better understand how populations of these species are changing and how we can work to conserve them. Harbor Herons Great Egret Foraging Study volunteers collect data on foraging long-legged waders around the New York Harbor to help us better understand how these birds use our wetlands. All of these programs can use your help in the spring, summer, and fall.

We often receive phone calls from concerned citizens who have found injured birds, but are unable to transport them to medical facilities. We need caring and compassionate volunteers to transport injured birds to licensed wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians.

Join the newsletter committee and contribute your writing skills to four seasonal issues. Meetings are bi-monthly in the early evening.

Common Yellowthroat at Bryant Park © Tweet by @avibavi
This Common Yellowthroat Was Spotted at Bryant Park on Monday, October 10 © Picture Tweeted by @avibavi

Top and Sidebar Photos: great egret © Steve Nanz; Cape May warbler © David Speiser; bald eagle © Lloyd Spitalnik

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

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