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Northern Pintail © Laura Meyers

November and December Events

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11/17: CANCELED: Winter Waterfowl Workshop

12/1: Pelham Bay Park - Ducks and Raptors

12/5: Photography Club

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

Ongoing Events

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

Birding for Families in Central Park: Sundays, 10-11am, till 11/25


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 the vast dunes, beaches and woods at 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 luxurious Manor House, most meals, guided hikes, evening programs, a star watch, 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
Guides: John Rowden, Edwin Perez 
***Registration Deadline: November 30***
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).  Click here to learn more and see a full tour itinerary. 

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 including over two dozen hummingbird species. We'll stay in lovely cloud forest lodges as we visit haunting Poas volcano; pass through warm Caribbean lowlands on our way to the impressive, conical peak of Arenal volcano; and then descend through tropical dry forest to reach the spectacular gulf of Nicoya. Target species include fiery-throated hummingbird, Montezuma's oropendola, lovely cotinga, roseate spoonbill, and much more. Includes two pre-trip workshops, lodging, local transportation, most meals, and all park fees. 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
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). Click here to learn more and see a full tour itinerary.


The eGret
November 2012

It has been a November not soon to be forgotten.  We know that many of you were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we hope that any of you still feeling its effects are getting the help you need. The storm took a great toll on seaside communities--and on some of our most critical wildlife areas.  For those who'd like to help in the recovery efforts, see our Volunteer! section below.  Also in this issue:  Some recent press taking a critical look at coastal development; some ideas to get away from it all this winter; and the 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count.  We hope the eGret finds you all safe and warm.


The breach in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's West Pond is visible above. © NOAA
The Breach in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's West Pond Is Visible Above. Photo © NOAA

Hurricane Sandy Leaves Destruction in Its Wake

When Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York Harbor on October 29, it not only disrupted the lives and economy of the New York City region, but also profoundly effected its ecology. The storm surge, which topped out at over 13 feet, moved sand, wiped out protecting dunes, and flattened houses built on protective barrier islands, including the Rockaway Peninsula. At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, the narrow strip of land between South Marsh and the West Pond was washed out. While the brackish water of the pond has been essentially the same salinity as the Bay for the last year or so (after the failure of the weir separating the pond from the bay) the pond is no longer even a pond. Read more...

Many Eastern Shore Towns Were Impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Crisfield, MD is pictured here. Photo © MDGovpics

Many Eastern Shore Towns Were Impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Crisfield, MD Is Pictured Here. Photo © MDGovpics

Amid Much-Needed Attention to Sandy's Victims,  Questioning of Coastal Development 

As we attempt to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy and get help to those who are still in need (see Volunteer! section below), we may have an opportunity to ask some hard questions about the wisdom of continued development in vulnerable, ecologically important coastline areas.
Click here to read a recent Huffington Post treatment on the subject.


Brief Survey for Birders

Michael Bradley, an Assistant Professor at Eastern Kentucky University, is conducting a research study to investigate the "serious leisure and leisure identity" of birders and those participating in birding. The online survey takes approximately 15 minutes and can be viewed here.

Wire-Crested Thorntail ©  Patty McGann
Wire-Crested Thorntail, Ecuador © Patty McGann

It's Not Too Late to Migrate South!

It's mid-November, and our fall migrants have mostly all flown south by now... but it's not too late to make your plans to join them!  Now is the time to plan your winter get-away to warmer climes.  It's not too late to register for our January tour of northwest Ecuador, where we'll stay at lovely eco-friendly lodges on the Andean slopes and search for target species such as cock-of-the-rock and sword-billed hummingbird.  Or, you might choose to visit the volcanos and Pacific coast of Costa Rica in February... or the Blue Mountains and spectacular "Doctor birds" of Jamaica in March!  Wherever you choose to go, you will be helping to support NYC Audubon's conservation work as well as ecotourism in important stop-over and wintering grounds of many imperiled neotropical migrants.  Please see more details on these trips at left, or visit our overnight trips page to see all of our upcoming national and international adventures. 


Hurricane Sandy
A number of our members and friends have asked about ways they might help with the post-Sandy recovery effort.  A good source for many different ways to contribute is  If you scroll down the page a bit, you will find many ways to contribute to the relief effort, as well as opportunities to help in area parks. 

White-Winged Crossbill © Nebirdsplus (Flickr Creative Commons User)

White-Winged Crossbills Have Been Seen this Fall in Central Park. Photo © Nebirdsplus (FLICKR Creative Commons User)

Christmas Bird Count
The 113th Annual Christmas Bird Count is just a month away, and all signs point to an interesting count this year!  It appears to be a big "irruption" year; many northern birds such as pine siskins, crossbills, and grosbeaks have come south and east, most likely due to food shortages on their usual wintering grounds.  Make sure to put the Christmas count on your calendar; counts will be held in all five boroughs of the city, and your help is needed to continue this great tradition in citizen science.  Click here to learn more.


Northern Gannet © Steve Nanz

The Northern Gannet Is Frequently Seen Off the Coast of Queens and Long Island in the Winter. Photo © Steve Nanz

Member Events

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.

Top and Sidebar Photos:  great egret © Steve Nanz; northern pintail © Laura Meyers; cock-of-the-rock © Bill Bouton; fiery-throated hummingbird © Don Faulkner; Jamaican tody © David Speiser

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