May News & Events

NYC Audubon Celebrates 30 Years of Conservation

The New

As we at NYC Audubon continue to craft our new eNewsletter, we need your input!  What kind of information would you like to receive, and how often?   Most importantly, what shall we name it?  We've received some great suggestions already, but please send your ideas to  If your name suggestion is chosen, you'll receive a free NYC Audubon shopping tote! 

Don Riepe, with horseshoe crabs
Guide Spotlight:
Don Riepe

By Tod Winston, Outreach Program Manager

As he hiked up a rocky hillside on a recent day-trip to Sterling Forest State Park, Don Riepe took note of something few would have given a second glance:  several sheets of sheet metal strewn on the ground, seemingly at random.  The group of eager birders had just seen a lovely, singing male Prairie Warbler, and so few eyes were cast earthwards.  But Don Riepe is always looking, in all directions.  Don enlisted our help in prying up the sheets to peer underneath -- and low and behold, there, curled under the sun-warmed metal, lay a beautiful, 3-foot long milk snake, painted in a striking checker of browns and yellows.  Don gently picked up the snake so we all could see it, explaining its habits.  But he didn't stop there....  Read More!

This spring and summer, Don is leading some fantastic trips--both locally and further abroad.   It's not too late to join his upcoming trip to Assateague and Chincoteague Islands,  or his expeditions to Montauk, the South Jersey Cape, or Cape Ann.   Click on the links below to learn more!

Saturday, May 28, 4-7pm  (a second cruise is offered June 18)


Friday, June 3-Sunday, June 5

Click here for all of Don Riepe's events, as well as other NYC Audubon trips!

Bird Week:
The New York Times and WNYC have declared it Bird Week! Read more and post your bird sightings (perhaps those made on some of our Spring tours) on the  City Room Blog at  You can also participate by texting your favorite place in NYC to watch birds.  Text BIRD to 30644 from your cell phone and follow the instructions to submit the location and your most recent bird sighting.   WNYC will present a map with highlights of all contributions by the end of the week, and the Times will have a whole section devoted to birds.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate New York City's birds--and to emphasize the importance of NYC Audubon's goals of conserving our birds' habitats and ensuring their safe migration.   Spread the word!

 Cover, The Private Lives of Birds, by Bridget Stutchbury, PhD
Investigating the Private Lives of Birds

Lecture by Bridget Stutchbury, PhD, York University, Toronto
Wednesday, May 11, 6-8pm
The Arsenal  in Central Park, 3rd Floor; 5th Avenue at 64th St.

Ornithologist Bridget Stutchbury, author of The Private Lives of Birds, will explain why some birds readily divorce their partners, what fidelity means to birds, and why mothers sometimes desert their babies. She'll also discuss what tracking purple martins and wood thrushes has revealed about their amazing migrations. Bird behavior is fascinating in its own right, but is also important for understanding the conservation of birds and how they adapt to our modern world.
This lecture is free and open to the public.  NYC Audubon’s lecture series has been made possible by the support of the Corcoran Group and Claude and Lucienne Bloch.

Arlington Marsh
Arlington Marsh: Staten Island's Imperiled Treasure
By Emily Loffredo, Membership Coordinator

On an overcast April morning, Director of Conservation and Science Susan Elbin and I were privileged to join a group tour of Arlington Marsh, on the western shore of Staten Island. The tour was organized by Beryl Thurman, Executive Director/President of the North Shore Waterfront Conservancy and our 2010 Fall Roost Honoree, who has tirelessly fought to protect Arlington Marsh.  On our walk into the marsh, we were greeted by a killdeer, and later saw harbor herons and gulls feeding on a mudflat, reminding us that Arlington Marsh is critical wetland habitat. In addition to its value for wildlife, Arlington Marsh also serves as storm surge protection for the community.
Most of the waterfront on western Staten Island is fenced off and difficult to access, so many Staten Islanders don’t know this spectacular resource is right in their backyard.  Despite its ecological importance, Arlington Marsh runs along a major shipping channel and part of the Marsh is in danger of being eliminated.... Read more!

Member Walks
Member walks are free for contributing NYC Audubon Members at the Student/Senior level and up. Please contact Membership Coordinator Emily Loffredo for details and to register.

Thursday, May 12, 7:30-9:30am 
Meet at the Central Park Boathouse to join NYC Audubon Board Member Jared Keyes and special guest, ornithologist Bridget Stutchbury, PhD, for a walk during the peak of spring migration.  

Saturday, June 4, 7:30-9:30am
Meet at the entrance to Prospect Park across from Grand Army Plaza.  Join NYC Audubon Board Member Peter Joost as he searches Prospect Park for breeding residents and late migrants.

Volunteers are needed for many of  NYC Audubon's trips and classes, including our walks in partnership with Wave Hill, Birding Along the Hudson, 2nd and 4th Sundays, and our upcoming Sunset Harbor Herons Ec0-Cruises, scheduled this summer on  Sundays, June 5 through August 14.  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