Accidental Poisoning from Rodenticides Is the Second-Leading Cause of Death Among Urban Birds of Prey Such as Red-Tailed Hawks. Photo © François Portmann
NYC Audubon Signs Petition Supporting Ban of Second-Generation Rodenticides
NYC Audubon was one of six conservation organizations (also including the Center for Biological Diversity, American Bird Conservancy, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, EarthJustice, and Raptors Are the Solution) to sign a petition urging the state of New York to restrict or ban second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, a leading killer of our urban hawks. Read more about the petition and what you can do to help....
Shorebirds in Flight © Don Riepe
Ninth Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Join us Saturday, August 23 at the internationally renowned Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at the peak of shorebird migration. Learn about the refuge's ecology and history, shorebird biology and behavior, and how to identify and photograph these species out in the field.
Free members-only transportation from Manhattan to Jamaica Bay is available. (Limited to 35, so register now!) Click here for more info on the day's activities and how to register.
Northern Shovelers Once Nested in Freshwater Habitat in Jamaica Bay. Photo © Ellen Michaels
An Update on Jamaica Bay's West Pond
Thank you to all who have submitted comments to the National Park Service or attended this past month's open house at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, in support of a bird-friendly restoration of the West Pond. This week NYC Audubon provided input at a meeting with the National Park Service, and will continue to advocate for a West Pond restoration plan that serves species of greatest conservation need and includes freshwater habitat, a scarce resource in the Jamaica Bay ecosystem. Publication of restoration alternatives for the West Pond is expected this fall; please check our website for opportunities to influence this important decision for the wildlife of Jamaica Bay.
Click here to learn more about the West Pond's importance to birds and wildlife and read NYC Audubon's recommendations for restoration.
Sunset Ecocruise © NYC Audubon
Last Chance for Summer Fun: Sunset Ecocruises and Batwalks!
Before the summer ends, don't miss your chance to experience two of our most popular summer programs, both great for the whole family:
SUNSET ECOCRUISES TO THE HARBOR HERON ISLANDS:
Sundays evenings, through August 17
Choose among three different itineraries to see our nesting colonies of egrets and herons, and enjoy the City at sunset. Click here to learn more and register
TWILIGHT BAT AND INSECT WALKS
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15pm, through August 12:
Enjoy a Tuesday evening stroll through Central Park at twilight. Listen to bat calls with an echolocator and look to see what other nocturnal critters show up! Click here to learn more and choose your preferred bat walk date
NYC Audubon Intern Melanie del Rosario reports on the planting of a quarter-acre native plant garden in McGolrick park, and how the garden will benefit birds, wildlife, and the Greenpoint community:
McGolrick Park Planting, June 28, 2014 © Chris Kreussling
Greenpoint's McGolrick Park Transformed into an Urban Oasis
A group of NYC Audubon staff and a team of dedicated volunteers got their hands dirty in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on June 28 and 29, planting a quarter-acre native plant garden in McGolrick Park. After much planning and hard work by NYC Audubon Research Assistant Kaitlyn Parkins, the previously sparse, grass-covered southwest corner of the park has been transformed into an urban oasis designed to attract a variety of wildlife species and promote biodiversity within the park. Click here to continue reading this post on our blog, Syrinx...
Belted Kingfisher © David Speiser
Explore the Bronx by Rowboat!
Sunday, September 14, 11am-1pm
Guide: Rocking the Boat
Launch from Hunts Point Riverside Park and explore the Bronx River aboard a hand-built wooden boat, led by experienced rowers. Participants will be given the option to row and time to view wildlife with binoculars and take photos and field notes.
The Bronx River is the City’s only true river and hosts an abundance of wildlife, including herons and egrets, osprey, and belted kingfishers. Visit restoration sites and learn about the Bronx River ecosystem, as well as its social and cultural history. Click here to learn more and register.
Bald Eagle © Steve Nanz
Thursday, September 18, 9am-Sunday, September 21, 6pm
Guide: Don Riepe, with American Littoral Society
Join us for a great wildlife weekend along the Virginia Coast. See wild ponies, sika deer, bald eagles, and many other species of wildlife. Includes three nights at the Refuge Inn, a bus tour of backwater flats, plus an "all-you-can-eat" seafood buffet. Transportation included. For more information, contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or email@example.com. Limited to 30. $495 ($180 single supplement). Click here to register
"McGolrick Park Native Plant Garden planting event, June 28, 2014" © Chris Kreussling*
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to learn more ways you can volunteer.
URBAN OASIS FOR McGOLRICK PARK
Help us develop and maintain a new urban oasis in Greenpoint's McGolrick Park. We have recently finished planting a quarter-acre native plant garden that will help attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to the park. Volunteers are needed for post-planting biodiversity monitoring and care/maintenance. Local Greenpoint residents are ideal, but all are welcome.
POSTPONED: FORT TILDEN BEACH CLEANUP
Postponed till Saturday, August 23
With NYC H20 and National Park Service
Come join us for a volunteer beach cleanup of Fort Tilden beach in the Rockaways with NYC H2O and the National Park Service. Because protected shorebirds like American oystercatchers and piping plovers lay their eggs in the sand, a beach-rake machine can't be used to clean the beach. Help clean the shore and learn about the variety of shorebirds that make their home on our beaches. Visit NYCH2O's website to learn more and RSVP for the event.
PROJECT SAFE FLIGHT
There are many ways to participate in Project Safe Flight! Volunteers can monitor buildings weekly for window collisions (September 1-November 1); pick up injured birds and transport them to the Wild Bird Fund (as needed); participate in our Tribute in Light monitoring event (on Sept. 11); and more. Training dates for all of these Project Safe Flight activities are below. Please contact us to register:
Collision Monitoring: Tuesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 21, 6-7pm at NYC Audubon's Office: 71 W. 23rd Street, Suite 1523
Tribute in Light Monitoring: Tuesday, September 2, 6-7pm, at NYC Audubon's office: 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1523.
Injured Bird Transporting: September 9, 6-7pm, at The Wild Bird Fund: 565 Columbus Avenue in Manhattan
INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP 2014
September 20, 10am-2pm
The International Coastal Cleanup is a multi-state effort to improve coastline habitat. We will be returning to the beach at North Channel Bridge this fall, an area used by species like the American oystercatcher. North Channel Bridge is close to the Harbor Heron Islands, the newly restored Elder Marsh, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Help us clear the beach and raise awareness of the importance of coastal areas to birdlife. Bus transportation from Manhattan is available. Click here to learn more.
"Ruby-Throated Hummingbird" © The Fixer*
SEPTEMBER MEMBER WALK IN CENTRAL PARK
Friday, September 19, 7:30-9am
Meet at Central Park West and 72nd Street for a members-only walk. Come ramble in the Ramble of Central Park with NYC Audubon President Harry Maas, and enjoy the beginning of fall migration. Please call Angela Januzzi at 212-691-7483 x306 to register. Limited to 20. Free for Contributing NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up.
SCAPE/ Landscape Architecture's Living Breakwater Project
Upcoming NYC Audubon 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.
BUILDING RESILIENCE POST-SANDY: LIVING BREAKWATERS
By Gena Wirth
Tuesday, September 23, 6pm
Since June 2013, SCAPE PLLC, a leading-edge landscape architecture and urban design studio based in New York City, has been working with stakeholders throughout the Sandy-affected region to develop innovative rebuilding solutions. SCAPE landscape architect Gina Wirth will tell us about the Living Breakwaters project, which reduces risk, creates habitat for finfish, shellfish, and lobsters, and connects educators to the shoreline, inspiring a new generation of harbor stewards and a more resilient region over time.
A Brown Thrasher Cools Off at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Photo © Laura Meyers
Top and Sidebar Photos: great egret, bald eagle, royal terns © Steve Nanz; Wilson's storm petrels © Don Faulkner*; Hudsonian godwit, yellow warbler © Lloyd Spitalnik