June News & Events

NYC Audubon Celebrates 30 Years of Conservation

The New

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Great Egret ColonyGreat Egret Colony

Visiting the Wonderful Waterbirds of NY Harbor!

NYC Audubon's 2011 waterbird and shorebird surveys are well underway, monitoring populations in our key program areas of Jamaica Bay, Staten Island, and Western Long Island Sound.   While our shorebird and wading bird foraging studies are still in progress, 2011 nesting surveys are almost complete. Research Associate Elizabeth Craig and a small crew of volunteers have found good numbers of great and snowy egrets, black-crowned night-herons, and glossy ibis, in addition to American oystercatchers, double-crested cormorants, and more. 

Luckily, everyone can get a close look at breeding colonies of these beautiful birds on NYC Audubon summer cruises.  Click the links below for details!

Saturday, June 18, 4-7pm

Saturday, July 16

All That Water and
No Place to Land

The Ecology of Terrestrial Birds Migrating Through the Great Lakes Basin
Lecture by Mike Burger

Wednesday, June 8, 6-8pm
The Arsenal  in Central Park, 3rd Floor
(5th Avenue at 64th St.
The most dangerous period in a migratory bird's life? Migration. The challenges are especially great where large bodies of water must be crossed. After making it across the 7,000-square-mi​le Lake Ontario, migratory birds are often desperate for a rest. Learn how Audubon New York is identifying important stopover sites near Lake Ontario and helping to protect them.  Executive Director Glenn Phillips will give a short presentation on NYC Audubon's accomplishments over the past year and conduct the annual election of directors and officers before the meeting. Refreshments will follow. This lecture is free and open to the public.  NYC Audubon’s lecture series is made possible by the support of the Corcoran Group and Claude and Lucienne Bloch.

Surf Scoter, © David SpeiserSurf Scoter, © David Speiser

NYC Audubon
Birdathon 2011

On May 18, the staff team of NYC Audubon birded from dawn till dusk, tallying as many bird species as possible to support ongoing conservation work. In the end, we counted 99 species for the day.  Highlights included two immature male summer tanagers, and rafts of all three scoter species. 
Click here to see a complete report!

Pale Male with his eyass, © Bruce YoltonPale Male with his eyass, © Bruce Yolton

Urban Red-Tails Update!

This spring has been exciting for fans of the brave red-tailed hawks that breed in the Big Apple.  Darlings Violet and Bobby are the newest Internet sensation via the webcam focused on their nest at NYU.  (As of the latest report, both mother Violet and her young eyass are doing well.)   NYC's beloved Pale Male was not to be outdone, however:  This spring he sired his first brood in many years with new mate Lima--and on his original, reconstructed nest site!  You can read about the first signs of nestlings and much more on hawk expert Bruce Yolton's excellent blogsite.

Save the Date: Fall Roost 2011, October 18
Fall Roost 2011
Save the date for this year's Fall Roost: Tuesday, October 18. This important event raises money to support NYC Audubon's conservation and education programs.  This year NYC Audubon will honor three New Yorkers for their outstanding contributions on behalf of the city’s birds: George J. Mullen, Jr., Peter Joost, and Maria Torres. Mr. Mullen is a Senior Consultant at Fiduciary Trust Company International and an advisor of NYC Audubon and other bird conservation groups. Mr. Joost, educator at New York's St. Bernard’s School and NYC Audubon board member, has worked tirelessly to protect birds in New York and Ecuador. Ms. Torres, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Point, a non-profit dedicated to the  youth  of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, was instrumental in acquiring South Brother Island as a bird sanctuary.

Upcoming Member Events
Member events are free for contributing NYC Audubon Members at the Student/Senior level and up.

Member Walk in Central Park
Tuesday, July 19, 7:30-9am

Meet at 81st Street and Central Park West.  Join NYC Audubon Executive Director Glenn Phillips in a leisurely search for summer songbirds.  Limited to 20.   Please contact Membership Coordinator Emily Loffredo to register.

Member Bus Trip to the Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay
Saturday, August 27, 6:30am 

Meet at 71 W. 23rd St. for a bus ride to the 6th Annual Shorebird Festival!  Please contact Membership Coordinator Emily Loffredo to reserve a seat.

Film Screening

Queen of the Sun: What are
the bees telling us?

Saturday, June 11, 7pm

Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th Street
Please join NYC Audubon for the New York premiere of the film, “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”  The film is an alternative look into the problems and solutions of the global honeybee crisis.  Associate Director of Citizen Science and Outreach John Rowden will speak before the screening and the film's acclaimed director, Taggart Siegel, will take questions afterwards.  See the Official Trailer click here or visit  Please call NYC Audubon for ticket information, at 212-691-7483.

Volunteers are needed for many of  NYC Audubon's trips and classes, including our ongoing walks in partnership with Wave Hill, Birding Along the Hudson, our City of Water Day Eco-Cruise, and our upcoming Sunset Harbor Herons Ec0-Cruises.  No prior experience is necessary, though some birding knowledge is a plus!   Volunteer help is also needed for a variety of office-based projects, including writing, web design, and much more. Please contact the NYC Audubon office at or 212-691-7483.

Great Egret, © Steve Nanz