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Hudsonian Godwit © Lloyd Spitalnik

Local August and Selected September Events

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Note: 8/2 Fort Tilden Beach Cleanup has been postponed; click here to learn more
8/3: Sunset Ecocruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

8/5: Twilight Bat and Insect Walks in Central Park

8/10: Sunset Ecocruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

8/12: Twilight Bat and Insect Walks in Central Park

8/17: Sunset Ecocruise to the Harbor Heron Islands

8/23: 9th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay

9/4: Fall Warblers Workshop with Joe Giunta begins

9/10: Morning Fall Migration Walks in Central Park with Joe Giunta begin

9/13: Nature Hike in Udalls Cove and Ravine Natural Resource Area, Queens with Jeff Kollbrunner

9/14: Explore the Bronx River by Rowboat with Rocking the Boat

9/14: Fall Birding at Wave Hill, The Bronx

9/15: Monday Evening Fall Migration Walks in Central Park with Gabriel Willow begin

9/16: Tuesday Evening Fall Migration Walks in Central Park with Gabriel Willow begin

9/17: Wednesday Evening Fall Migration Walks in Central Park with Gabriel Willow begin

9/21: Hook Mountain Hawk Watch with Joe Giunta

9/23: Building Resiliency Post-Sandy: Living Breakwaters Lecture

9/25: Fall Foliage Bird Walk in Queens Botanical Garden with Jeff Kollbrunner

9/27: Migrant Birds of Strack Pond in Forest Park, Queens with Jeff Kollbrunner

9/27: Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecocruise with American Littoral Society

9/28: Birding by Canoe in Constitution Marsh with Gabriel Willow


Ongoing Local Events

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks: Saturdays, September 6-November 29, 8-9:30am 

Birding for Families in Central Park: Sundays, September 7-November 30, 10-11am 

Birding Tours of Bryant Park, Manhattan: Thursdays, September 25-October 23, 8-9am 


Upcoming Overnight Trips

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Wilson's Storm Petrels © Don Faulkner (Creative Commons Attribution License)

Thursday, August 14–Sunday, August 17
Guides: Don Riepe, Mickey Cohen, with American Littoral Society
A fun-packed, nature-focused weekend in beautiful Cape Ann, Massachusetts. We hope to see pelagic species such as sooty and greater shearwater, Wilson’s storm petrel, and common eider—not to mention minke and humpback whales, basking shark, and family pods of dolphins. Includes three nights’ stay in historic Gloucester, a whale watch boat trip, an evening Essex River Cruise, easy canoeing on Ipswich River, birding at Parker River Wildlife Refuge, and a lobster dinner. To register, contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or Limited to 40. $395 ($180 single supplement)

Bald Eagle © Steve Nanz

Thursday, September 18, 9am - Sunday, September 21, 6pm
Guide: Don Riepe, with American Littoral Society
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. To register, contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or Limited to 30. $495 ($180 single supplement). Click here to Register.

Royal Terns © Steve Nanz

Saturday, September 27, 9am–Sunday, September 28, 7pm
Guides: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Cape May, New Jersey is one of the best birding venues in the United States, especially during fall migration. Visit the Cape May Hawk Watch on two days, once late in the day and then early to get a good variety of hawks. Also visit birding hotspots such as Higbee Beach, Cape May Point, Jake’s Landing, Cape May Meadows, and Nummy Island. Transport by passenger van included. Click here to register. Limited to 10. $325 (single room supplement $50).

Yellow Warbler © Lloyd Spitalnik

Saturday, October 4, 9am - Sunday, October 5, 7pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Cape May, NJ is the East's capital of birding, and is particularly bird-rich in the fall. On good fall migration days, the area's forests and marshes are swarming with warblers, vireos, thrushes, and other songbirds, and of course the hawkwatch is legendary as well. We'll visit Cape May Point, Higbee Beach, Cape May Meadows, and more in search of songbirds, raptors, wading birds, ducks, and terns. Transport by passenger van included. Click here to register. Limited to 10. $325 ($50 single supplement).


The eGret
August 2014

Both birds and birders sometimes seem to be "out of the office" during New York City's summer, but July and August are some of the best months to get great views of the City's thriving raptor population: Recently fledged kestrels, peregrine falcons, and of course, red-tailed hawks abound. Unfortunately, these young birds of prey are vulnerable to many perils specific to their urban habitat--and one of the most deadly, and most preventable, dangers is poison. NYC Audubon recently signed on in support of a petition to ban or suspend most second-generation rodenticides. Read more in our lead story below.

Also in this issue: Don't miss the 9th Annual Shorebird Festival on August 23; an update on the West Pondsummer events not to be missed; our new urban oasis in Brooklyn's McGolrick Park; upcoming fall events including Explore the Bronx River, a trip to Assateague Island, and our Fall Roost on October 16; volunteer opportunities; and upcoming member walks and lectures.

Happy August!  

Nesting Red-tailed Hawks © Francois Portmann
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

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 Shoveler © Ellen Michaels
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

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: 

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

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


© Chris Kreussling,
McGolrick Park Planting, June 28, 2014 © Chris Kreussling

Greenpoint's McGolrick Park Transformed into an Urban Oasis

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:
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

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

Bald Eagle © Steve Nanz

Assateague/Chincoteague Weekend

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 Limited to 30. $495 ($180 single supplement). Click here to register

The Tenth Annual Fall Roost Takes Place October 16 at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center

This year's Fall Roost Will Take Place Thursday, October 16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Buy Your Tickets Now for the Fall Roost!

NYC Audubon’s Fall Roost benefit dinner will be held at the newly redesigned, bird-friendly Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Thursday, October 16. Once among the deadliest buildings for birds in New York City, the Center is now a remarkable example of bird-friendly design integrated with sustainable architecture. This year’s benefit will honor the creative team that transformed the Center: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center; the Convention Center Development Corporation; and FXFOWLE Epstein Architects.

We have posted preliminary Silent Auction items to our website. Click here to check out some of the exciting out-and-about activities, unique items, and great travel opportunities. 

Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

For more information, please call Angela Januzzi at 212-691-7483 x306 or email We look forward to seeing you on October 16!
"McGolrick Park Native Plant Garden planting event, June 28, 2014" © Chris Kreussling* 
"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
Click here to learn more ways you can volunteer.    
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 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. 

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

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* 
"Ruby-Throated Hummingbird" © The Fixer*

Member Events

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's Living Breakwater Project 
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.

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. 


Brown Thrasher © Laura Meyers
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

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