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Upcoming August and September Events

Note: Only events with open registration are listed below. 
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8/14: Summer Birding at Wave Hill with Gabriel Willow

8/16: Twilight Bat and Insect Walk in Central Park with Paul Keim

8/17: Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands with Gabriel Willow

8/20: 11th Annual Shorebird Festival, With Gateway NRA and American Littoral Society

8/27: Prospect Park Bird Walk with Gabriel Willow

8/28: Fall Migration Bird Walk at Jamaica Bay with Don Riepe

9/7: Bird Survey at McGolrick Park

9/8: Thursday Morning Fall Migration Walks in Central Park with Joe Giunta begin

9/9: Fall Warblers with Joe Giunta

9/10: Intro to Birding: Bird Walk with Tod Winston 

9/10: Morning Fall Migration Walk in Prospect Park with Gabriel Willow 

9/11: Fall Birding at Wave Hill with Gabriel Willow

9/12: Monday Evening Fall Migration Walks in Central Park with Gabriel Willow begin 

9/13: Tuesday Evening Fall Migration Walks in Central Park with Gabriel Willow begin 

9/13: Native Plant Walk at McGolrick Park

9/14: Wednesday Evening Fall Migration Walks in Central Park with Gabriel Willow begin 

9/16: Friday Morning Fall Migration Walk in the North End, Central Park with Gabriel Willow

9/17: International Coastal Cleanup at Jamaica Bay

9/18: Birding Gems of Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park with Gabriel Willow

9/18: Discovery Day at Freshkills Park

9/18: KIDS Member Walk in Central Park with Kellye Rosenheim, Tod Winston, and Nancy Ward

9/23: Bird Walk in the North Woods, Central Park with Tod Winston

9/24: Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise with Don Riepe, American Littoral Society

9/24: Greenpoint EcoFest

9/25: Fall Migrants of Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx with Tod Winston, Joe McManus

9/30: Friday Morning Fall Migration Walk in the North End, Central Park with Gabriel Willow


 

Ongoing Events

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, September 3 - November 26, 8-9:30am


Birding Basics for Families: The Ramble, Central Park
Saturdays, September 3 - September 24, 10-11am


Birding Basics for Families: The North Woods, Central Park
Sundays, September 4 - September 25, 10-11am


Birding Tours of Bryant Park
Mondays, September 12 - October 17, 8-9am
Thursdays, September 15 - October 20, 5-6pm



 



Upcoming Overnight Trips


Northern Harrier © dfaulder (Creative Commons Attribution License)

CAPE MAY FALL MIGRATION WEEKEND I

Saturday, September 24, 9am- Sunday, September 25, 7pm
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC

Cape May, NJ, 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, Jake's Landing, Cape May Meadows, and Nummy Island. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 10. $350 ($50 single supplement) Click here to register.


Bald Eagle © Lloyd Spitalnik

CHINCOTEAGUE REFUGE/ASSATEAGUE ISLAND - BIRDS AND PONIES

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 donriepe@gmail.com for info regarding transportation, itinerary, and reservations. $395 ($180 single room supplement)

 

Great Egret © Steve Nanz

The eGret
August 2016

It's shorebird month! Yes: though the official start of autumn is still six weeks away, fall migration has already begun; millions of shorebirds are on their way south. Some species, such as the semipalmated sandpiper and endangered red knot, having bred as far north as the Arctic Circle, are heading for the southernmost reaches of South America to spend the winter. And on the way, many stop to feed and rest right here in New York City's shoreline habitat. Please join us on Saturday, August 20 for the 11th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay, to learn more about these resourceful species from shorebird experts, and to seek them out on the East Pond. Then, help us learn more about our local shorebird population by participating in the NYC Shorebird Blitz on Saturday, September 3. On a related note, we're happy to announce that a proposal for protecting shorebird habitat in Jamaica Bay has received a grant under National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's prestigious Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. In this issue we also report on this season's monitoring of horseshoe crabs, the eggs of which are an important food source for shorebirds including the red knot.

Of course, its not just shorebirds that are feeling the urge to fly south this time of year: songbirds are also on the move, and our Project Safe Flight and Lights Out NY volunteers are getting ready to come to the rescue. (Join our volunteer corps by attending a volunteer orientation session for this fall's conservation projects.) We are happy to announce that the Time Warner Center has renewed its commitment to Lights Out NY, helping to reduce nighttime lighting during the migration season.

Also in this issue: NYC Audubon's fall events and adventures calendar has been posted and registration is open for NYC Audubon members (see all events here); don't miss your last chance to visit the Harbor Heron Islands this summer or explore Central Park at dusk on our last Bat Walk in Central Park; we have fun events planned this fall in exciting new green spaces in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; two spots have opened up on Joe Giunta's fall trip to Cape May, NJ; and save Monday, October 17 for the Fall Roost. (Finally, check out one of our banded cormorants, spotted last week in Brigantine, NJ!)

Happy August.
 

Red Knots © Lloyd Spitalnik
Red Knots © Lloyd Spitalnik
 

Come One, Come All to the Shorebird Festival

Saturday, August 20, 7:30am-5pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
With Gateway National Recreation Area and the American Littoral Society

During the past 40 years, over 40 species of shorebirds have been recorded at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East and West Ponds from mid-July through October, with the greatest diversity and abundance usually occurring in August. Come to our 11th annual Shorebird Festival and enjoy presentations and expert-led walks. Free bus transportation from Manhattan to Jamaica Bay is available for NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Click here to learn more.



Shorebirders © Don Riepe
Shorebirders © Don Riepe
 

Join the NYC Shorebird Blitz

After celebrating shorebirds at the Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival, join us for our Fall 2016 NYC Shorebird Blitz on Saturday, September 3. Our first-ever citizen science blitz took place on May 21--and we thank all those who came out to look for shorebirds at over 10 locations throughout the City. Join us again on September 3, World Shorebird Day, and help us create a new snapshot of how and where shorebirds are using the habitats of New York City. Email volunteer@nycaudubon.org for more information and to sign up for a count location; your location can be anywhere in New York City that shorebirds might be found!

Jamaica Bay Project Awarded Prestigious Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant

We are very happy to announce that our proposal for a comprehensive program to protect and enhance habitat for shorebirds and other wildlife in Jamaica Bay, and to foster a commitment to stewardship by local residents, was awarded a grant under National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's prestigious Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. Our project was one of 58 community-led wetland, stream, and coastal restoration projects awarded grants this year through the program. Learn about our Jamaica Bay project proposal and the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program on our blog, Syrinx.
 

Horseshoe Crab tagged "341401"
Horseshoe Crab #341401. Photo ©  NYC Audubon
 

Horseshoe Crab Survey Numbers

Conservation Biologist Debra Kriensky Breaks Down the Numbers For This Year's Horseshoe Crab Surveys in Jamaica Bay

We are happy to report that 2016 was a great year for horseshoe crabs in Jamaica Bay!

NYC Audubon once again ventured out during the new and full moons in May and June to count and tag spawning horseshoe crabs. This was our eighth year collecting data on horseshoe crabs in Jamaica Bay, part of a larger project run by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

In 2015, a colder than usual spring resulted in unusually low counts at some of our beaches, such as Plumb Beach East. This year, however, the shores were full of mating horseshoe crabs and our counts indicate that numbers continue to stay relatively stable in Jamaica Bay. This is great news, given how important horseshoe crab eggs are to the migratory shorebirds that come through New York City each spring on their way north. Read the rest of Debra's post on our blog, Syrinx.
 

American Woodcock © David Speiser
American Woodcocks Are Frequent Victims of Window Collisions during Migration. Photo © David Speiser
 

The Time Warner Center Turns Out the Lights

Fall migration has begun--and starting September 1, we urge New York City buildings to turn off their lights from dusk to dawn to help prevent bird collisions with glass. We are grateful to the Time Warner Center for renewing its commitment to our Lights Out NY program this fall and for doing its part to protect our migratory birds. 

Do you know a building that would like to participate in Lights Out NY? Email lightsoutny@nycaudubon.org for more information.

 
Snowy Egret © Keith Carver (Creative Commons Attribution License)
Snowy Egret © Keith Carver*
 

Last Chance to Hop Aboard a Sunset Ecocruise!

Before the summer ends, experience the thriving Harbor Heron colonies of New York Harbor at Sunset aboard an NYC Audubon Ecocruise. Our last cruise of the season, on Wed., 8/17, visits the thriving egret colony of South Brother Island and the mysterious Norther Brother Island. 

As a friend of NYC Audubon, you will receive a special discount of $5 off tickets to the Brother Islands Ecocruise. To receive your special discount, purchase tickets online at www.nywatertaxi.com/tours/audubon and enter the code BIRDS in the space labeled "Redeem Discount Coupon." (Coupon is valid for online purchases only and cannot be combined with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Please note blackout dates may apply. Each voucher is valid for one to four people. Expires 9.31.16.)

 
Big Brown Bat © Angell Williams* © NYC Audubon
Big Brown Bat © Angell Williams*
 

Last Chance to Go Batty in Central Park!

Explore the mysteries of Central Park at twilight on our last Twilight Bat and Insect Walk of the season, next Tuesday, August 16 from 7:45-9:15pm. Naturalist Paul Keim will lead you in search of curious nocturnal insects such as crickets and katydids--and of course, in search of bats! We'll seek these fascinating and misunderstood flying mammals and learn about their great importance to our environment. We'll see local bat species in flight as they hunt and dive for insects, and hear them with an echolocator. Click here to learn more and register.
 

Photo © Jake McIntosh
Workers Create Greenpoint's New "Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space." Photo © Jake McIntosh
 

Witness the Greening of Greenpoint This Fall!

This fall NYC Audubon will offer walks and talks at the Urban Oasis in McGolrick Park and upon the Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Join us!

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.
 

Bird Surveys at McGolrick Park
Wednesday, September 7, 8-9am (Rain Date Friday, September 9)
Tuesday, October 4, 8-9am (Rain Date Wednesday, October 5)

Meet in the southwest corner of McGolrick Park, at the corner of Russell Street and Driggs Avenue, and join us for a citizen-science bird survey. Help us map out locations of the birds that use this urban green space during migration. To register, email volunteer@nycaudubon.org.

Native Plant Walk at McGolrick Park
Tuesday, September 13, 5:30-6:30pm (Rain Date Thursday, September 15)
Guides: Susan Elbin, PhD; Tod Winston

Meet in the southwest corner of McGolrick Park, at the corner of Russell Street and Driggs Avenue, and join us for a free interpretive walk of the Park’s Urban Oasis with NYC Audubon Director of Conservation and Science Susan Elbin and Communications Manager Tod Winston. We’ll highlight native and bird-friendly plants and keep an eye out for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. To register, email volunteer@nycaudubon.org.

Have a green thumb? McGolrick Park needs your help! If you would like to help maintain the Urban Oasis by weeding or watering, email volunteer@nycaudubon.org to learn more about how you can help or to sign up to receive information about any upcoming community gardening events.

SAVE THE DATE: Greenpoint EcoFest
Saturday, September 24, 11am-3pm

Save the date! Visit our work-in-progress green roof and wildflower meadow at 520 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint. Enjoy a fun family day, with children’s activities and more. Check our website in late August for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: Lecture by Michael McCarthy
Saturday, October 8

Meet in the community space atop 520 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint adjacent to our new green roof. Acclaimed author Michael McCarthy will present an evening lecture based on his book The Moth Snowstorm. Check our website in late August for more information.



 
Least Bittern © Lloyd Spitalnik
Least Bittern © Lloyd Spitalnik
 

Don't Miss Out: Two Spots Have Opened Up on Our Cape May Fall Migration Trip!

CAPE MAY FALL MIGRATION WEEKEND WITH JOE GIUNTA
Saturday, September 24, 9am - Sunday, September 25, 7pm

Cape May, NJ, 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, Jake's Landing, Cape May Meadows, and Nummy Island.

Just two spots left! Learn more and register for the Cape May Fall Migration Trip here.

 
Cedar Waxwings © Dzung Tran (Creative Commons Attribution License)
Become a NYC Audubon Volunteer and Help Us Protect Cedar Waxwings, a Common Migrant through New York City. Photo © Dzung Tran*
 

Volunteer!

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 volunteer@nycaudubon.org. Click here to learn more ways you can volunteer.


PROJECT SAFE FLIGHT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION SESSIONS
There are many ways to participate in Project Safe Flight! Volunteers can monitor buildings weekly for window collisions (beginning September 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. Training sessions will be held at our offices at 71 W 23rd St Suite 1523 unless otherwise noted. Please contact us to register.
  • Collision Monitoring: Tuesday, August 16 and Monday, August 22, 6-7pm
  • Tribute in Light Monitoring: Thursday, September 1, 6-7pm. With National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
  • Injured Bird Transporting: Wednesday, September 7, 6-7pm, at The Wild Bird Fund: 565 Columbus Avenue in Manhattan.

CITIZEN SCIENCE BIRD SURVEY OF McGOLRICK PARK
Wednesday, September 7, 8-9am (Rain Date: Friday, September 9)
and Tuesday, October 4, 8-9am (Rain Date: Wednesday, October 5)

During fall migration, many birds fly through New York City and are dependent on green spaces like McGolrick Park to rest and refuel during their long journey. Contribute to knowledge about which birds are using this Greenpoint park and our Urban Oasis native plant garden as a habitat year-round. To join and help demonstrate the importance of green space in New York City, email volunteer@nycaudubon.org. Binoculars are helpful, but not necessary and beginners are welcome!

Have a green thumb? McGolrick Park needs your help! If you would like to help maintain the Urban Oasis by weeding or watering, email volunteer@nycaudubon.org to learn more about how you can help or to sign up to receive information about any upcoming community gardening events.


INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP
Saturday, September 17, 10am-2pm (Rain Date: Sunday, September 18)
With Sadhana, American Littoral Society, and National Park Service

Join us at North Channel Bridge to take part in a multi-state effort to improve coastline habitat. The North Channel Bridge area, used by species like the American oystercatcher, is also a stone’s throw away from the Harbor Heron Islands, the newly restored Elders Point Marsh, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Help us clear the beach and raise awareness of the importance of coastal areas to birdlife. Equipment and refreshments are provided; free bus transportation from Manhattan is available (space is limited). Click here to learn more and register.

 
 
The Fall Roost
 

SAVE THE DATE: THE FALL ROOST

The Fall Roost will take place on Monday, October 17.
The Fall Roost raises essential funds to protect wild birds and their habitats in the five boroughs. The Roost returns this year to Guastavino’s, the exciting landmarked space under the 59th Street Bridge. The evening starts at 6:30 with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a seated dinner. More details coming soon.

 

Banded Double-Crested Cormorant © T.M. Stuart (tmstuart@comcast.net)
This juvenile double-crested cormorant, banded this past June 20 on New York City's Swinburne Island, was photographed August 5 at New Jersey's Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (a.k.a. Brigantine). NYC Audubon's banding work contributes to a "full-life-cycle" understanding of what habitats are most important to our bird species. Thanks to T.M. Stuart for providing us with the photo (tmstuart@comcast.net).

 

Top and Sidebar Photos: great egret © Steve Nanz; spotted sandpiper, bald eagle © Lloyd Spitalnik; northern harrier © dfaulder*

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

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