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Ring-Necked Duck © Steve Nanz

December and January Events

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12/1: Ducks, Raptors, and More: Birds from the North

12/5: Photography Club

12/8: Member Trip to Fort Tilden and Floyd Bennett Field

12/9: Winter Birding at Wave Hill

12/15: Jamaica Bay - Winter Birds & Survival

12/15: Christmas Bird Count - Brooklyn and Staten Island

12/16: Christmas Bird Count - Manhattan and Queens

12/22: Photo-Workshop: Winter Waterfowl

12/23: Christmas Bird Count - The Bronx

1/1: New Year's Day Beachwalk

1/2: Photography Club

1/6: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor

1/9: Lecture - You Are What You Eat: Investigating Waterbird Foraging Behavior

1/11: Montauk Winter Weekend: Seals, Sea Birds and Sandy Beaches

1/12: Birding the Andean Slopes: Northwest Ecuador

1/12: Photography Workshop: Winter Waterfowl of LBI / Barnegat Light

1/13: Nature in the Garden: Discovery Walks at Wave Hill

1/13: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor

1/15: Member Walk in Central Park

1/20: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor

1/26: Snow Birds of Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden

1/27: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor

Ongoing Events

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks:  Saturdays, 8-9:30am, year-round

Upcoming Overnight Trips

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Friday, January 11, 3pm - Sunday, January 13, 4pm
Guides: Mike Bottini, Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society
Visit Montauk during peak sea bird season and hike the beautiful "Walking Dunes," Hither Woods, Oyster Pond and the "Seal Haul-out" site.  Includes double-occupancy lodging at the Manor House, most meals, and free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. Limited to 60. $375 (single room supplement $120). To register, contact Don Riepe at 718-318-9344 or

Cock of the Rock © Bill Bouton

Saturday, January 12-Monday, January 21
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Fiery-Throated Hummingbird © Don Faulkner

Saturday, February 23-Saturday, March 2 
Workshops: Tuesdays, February 5 and 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Guides: Glenn Phillips, Richard Garrigues
Join Executive Director Glenn Phillips and Richard Garrigues, author of Birds of Costa Rica, for a tour of some of Costa Rica's most beautiful and fascinating landscapes, home to a dizzying array of tropical birds. We'll  visit  Poas volcano; pass through warm Caribbean lowlands on our way to Arenal volcano; and then descend through tropical dry forest to reach the gulf of Nicoya.  Please visit our website or contact Tod Winston at to learn more. Limited to 12. $1,995 ($300 single room supplement). Click here to learn more and see a full itinerary.

Jamaican Tody © David Speiser

Thursday, March 14–Monday, March 18, 2013
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The eGret
December 2012

Dear Tod,

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I hope that you and your family are safe and well. Our thoughts are with those who have suffered tragic losses and upended lives.

As you have probably read or maybe even seen yourself, the storm not only devastated peoples’ homes and livelihoods, but also battered coastal habitats and spewed oil and other pollutants into the harbor. 

As the lead organization looking out for wildlife in the City, NYC Audubon is mobilizing a response to Sandy’s impact on birds and their habitat. And we are seizing a renewed opportunity to preserve coastal ecosystems that buffer shoreline neighborhoods. Your year-end contribution of $100, $50, or $25 will make an enormous difference.  Today, "Giving Tuesday," is a perfect time to show your support online at

To start with, we are serving as a clearinghouse to direct volunteers to our conservation partners in need. We are also organizing volunteer events to restore natural areas in Jamaica Bay and Staten Island. To find out how you can get involved, go to

As I write this, we are still in the process of documenting the environmental damage. It appears that at least three spills, including 400,000 gallons from diesel tanks in New Jersey, poured into an already damaged system that was once home to the harbor’s largest heron and egret colony. More insidious are the thousands of oil and chemical spills from storm-damaged boats, cars, and homes now traveling up the food chain to birds in the harbor. In addition, New York Harbor is filled with debris. Winter storms will move the debris around the harbor, and much of it may end up on sensitive salt marshes or beaches used by horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds.To find out more about environmental impacts, visit our blog at

As an Audubon supporter, you know that safeguarding the City’s wild places not only protects birds, but enriches our lives by creating oases in the City for birds and people alike. I hope you will make a generous year-end donation to NYC Audubon so we can respond to the storm and advocate for restoration that addresses long-term needs for wildlife and people.

Thank you for your dedication to supporting bird conservation in all five boroughs. You make it possible to protect the City's birds. 


Glenn Phillips
Executive Director


Upcoming Member Events and Other Special Events

Norther Harrier © François Portmann
Northern Harrier © François Portmann

Saturday, December 8, 9am-12pm
Take a trip to Fort Tilden and Floyd Bennett Field to search for wintering raptors, ducks, and other waterfowl. Transport by passenger van is offered to a limited number of guests and will leave Manhattan at 8am, returning by 1pm. Van limited to 11 people; walk limited to 20. Free to members only at the Family and Supporter levels. Please contact Adriana Palmer at or 212-691-7483 to learn more or register.
Northern Cardinal © Laura Meyers
Northern Cardinal © Laura Meyers

Sunday, December 16
Join in the 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count! Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcome to contribute to this nation-wide citizen science project, which provides ornithologists with a crucial "snapshot" of our native bird populations. Click here to learn more about the Central Park count, as well as counts in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

Cock of the Rock © Bill Bouton
Cock-of-the-Rock © Bill Bouton

Saturday, January 12-Monday, January 21
Guides: John Rowden, Edwin Perez 
***Extended Registration Deadline: December 5***
Join us for a trip to one of South America’s most celebrated (and spectacularly scenic) areas for birding, led by one of Ecuador’s finest bird guides. Starting from Quito, the trip will cover east and west slope Andean birds, from paramo to foothills. Target species include the coveted Andean cock-of-the-rock, long-wattled umbrellabird, Andean condor, and sword-billed hummingbird, as well as fascinating manakins, colorful tanagers, and many rarities.  Limited to 12.  $2,395 ($250 single supplement).
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Jamaican Tody © David Speiser
Jamaican Tody © David Speiser

Thursday, March 14–Monday, March 18, 2013
Workshop: Thursday, March 7
Guides: Glenn Phillips, Lyndon Johnson, Wendy Lee
Enjoy a luxurious tropical island get-away on the isle of Jamaica--and explore one of the best island destinations in the world for birding, at the perfect time to see both migrant and resident species. A total of 307 bird species have been recorded here, including 180 migrants. Jamaica also boasts 28 endemic species (native only to Jamaica), more than any other West Indian island. Most of these can be found in the two very different habitats we'll visit, the stunningly beautiful Blue Mountains and pristine and exotic Cockpit Country. We'll finish off our tour at the renowned Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, where the spectacular red-billed streamertail, or Jamaican hummingbird, feeds from the hand. Includes one pre-trip workshop, accommodations at the lovely Strawberry Hill and Silver Sands resorts, local transportation, meals, and all park fees. Limited to 12. $1,895 ($550 single supplement).
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Top and Sidebar Photos:  great egret © Steve Nanz; ring-necked duck © Steve Nanz; cock-of-the-rock © Bill Bouton; fiery-throated hummingbird © Don Faulkner; Jamaican tody © David Speiser

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