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Short-Billed Dowitcher © Steve Nanz

June and July Events

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Ongoing Events

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


Upcoming Overnight Trips

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Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10
Guides: Don Riepe, Mickey Cohen, Mike Bottini
With American Littoral Society
Spend an extended weekend at the eastern tip of Long Island during peak spring orchid and heather bloom. This trip includes double occupancy accommodations at the luxurious Manor House, five meals, five guided hikes, two evening programs, and a star watch.  Learn more

Saturday, June 9, 9am -Sunday, June 10, 6pm
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Look for breeding eastern meadowlarks, American bitterns, cerulean warblers, and more at these three great birding areas. Learn more
Friday, August 12, 10am - Sunday, August 14, 7pm
Guide: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society
Travel to southern New Jersey to observe the spectacle of thousands of purple martins on migration to their wintering grounds, and get to know this beautiful landscape of marsh and woodland just a few hours from New York City. Visit remote salt- and freshwater marsh and woodland habitat to see bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and a great variety of wading birds, terns, shorebirds, and more. Explore the wild and scenic Maurice River by canoe or flat-bottom boat, and visit the abundant wildlife of Brigantine NWR. Includes transportation and double-occupancy lodging. Limited to 60. $375 ($95 single room supplement).  Contact Don Riepe for more information at or 718-318-9344.  

Thursday, August 16–Sunday, August 19
Guides: Don Riepe, Mickey Cohen
With American Littoral Society
A fun-packed, nature-focused weekend in beautiful Cape Ann, Massachusetts. We hope to see pelagic species such as sooty and greater shearwater, Wilson’s storm petrel, and common eider—not to mention minke and humpback whales, basking shark, and family pods of dolphins. Includes three nights' stay in historic Gloucester, a half-day whale watch boat trip, an evening Essex River Cruise, easy canoeing on Ipswich River, birding at Parker River Wildlife Refuge, and guided hikes, plus a lobster dinner. Limited to 40.  $395 ($180 Single room supplement). Contact Don Riepe for more information at or 718-318-9344.   


The eGret
June 2012

Important business first: Our Annual Meeting and June Lecture are tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, at 6pm.  (In the May eGret, the day of the lecture was listed incorrectly as Wednesday.) Fordham University's J.Alan Clark will discuss his research using two different technologies to track night-migrating birds--and we will present a short review of NYC Audubon's accompliments over this past year. Refreshments will be served.  

Also in this issue:  NYU's young red-tailed hawks take to the air (!), an opportunity this Tuesday and Wednesday to aid the NY Parks Department, our new Sunset Ecocruise itineraries, a petition to protect Adirondack Park land, an honor given to our own Susan Elbin, and our June member walk. Happy June!


NYU Fledgling © Bruce Yolton
One of NYU's fledglings takes to the air. © Bruce Yolton 

First Flight
Hawk-watchers around the world were treated last week to the official fledging of NYU's two young red-tailed hawks.  Last Monday, the two teenagers, named Boo and Scout, took off from their Bobst Library nest ledge--the first just after 8pm and the second 10 minutes later. They both landed successfully on a window ledge on the east side of the park. You can see an a video of the first flight and read more about the story of Boo, Scout, and their parents Rosie and Bobby on the New York Times City Room blog.  NYC Audubon provided a FAQ on fledging which may answer questions about the process.  You can also see many photos of the  NYU brood as well as other raptors around the city on Bruce Yolton's excellent blog

Tomorrow and  Wednesday: Join NY4P in the Fight Against Further Cuts to the Parks Department Budget

New Yorkers for Parks and New York City Council Members Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito and James Oddo will speak out on the steps of City Hall this Tuesday, June 5, at 10am, and need your help.  They will call upon the City Council and Bloomberg Administration to work together to restore $33.4 million to the Parks Department’s expense budget.  Then on Wednesday, June 6, the public comment period begins at 3:30pm. The comment period is first-come, first-served. Read more details and learn how you can participate here.

Snowy Egret © David Speiser
Snowy Egret © David  Speiser 

Discover New Destinations on this Summer's Sunset EcoCruises

We're excited about this summer's ecocruises: We’ve expanded our explorations of the City's island rookeries to three different interesting routes. Depending on which weekend you choose, cruises may visit the fascinating Brother Islands, the large egret and cormorant colonies on Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, or the great expanses of Jamaica Bay. (This coming Sunday's cruise is the first of just two cruises to visit Jamaica Bay this summer.) Whichever your destination, you'll experience the wonders of New York's famous harbor at sunset and see some of the three thousand herons, egrets, and ibis nesting on these urban islands. To register for this cruise or any other date and to learn more, call New York Water Taxi at 212-742-1969 or visit Limited to 90. Pricing varies by destination.


J. Alan Clark © J. Alan Clark
J. Alan Clark © J. Alan Clark 

Upcoming Lectures

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held at The Arsenal, Central Park, 5th Ave. at 64th St., 3rd Floor Gallery.  This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch. 

Tuesday, June 5, 6pm
Lecturer: J. Alan Clark, Fordham University
Many populations of migratory animals are in rapid decline. Bird, bat, and insect migration occur primarily at night, and migrants are often killed in collisions with human-built structures, which are ubiquitous in urban landscapes. How nocturnal migrants navigate increasingly urban landscapes is unknown, and we use a relatively novel approach to explore this question. We deploy both acoustic recorders to track bird calling patterns and a short-range radar system to track migrant flight patterns in New York City. These technologies are providing the first available data on urban migration patterns. We continue to use these technologies to address other urban ecology research questions, including the magnitude of urban migration and breeding season movement patterns of both birds and bats. These data can inform decisions on how to improve urban environments for wildlife. 

Our annual meeting will include a brief presentation of NYC Audubon's accomplishments over the past year.  A reception with refreshments will follow.

Help Protect Adirondack Park Lands

Help make 65,000 acres of spectacular Adirondack Park conservation and recreation forest lands "Forever Wild."   Audubon New York is supporting The Nature Conservancy’s campaign to ensure that this acreage is designated as Forest Preserve, as agreed when the land was purchased by the Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2007.  From the TNC petition site:
“A small but vocal group is calling on the Governor and the DEC to back out of this agreement and downgrade the 65,000 acres that are supposed to be protected in the Forest Preserve by having the state purchase only conservation easements on them. This proposal undermines a carefully balanced project that is a sound investment both in the local economy and in the environment and in the ecological integrity of the Adirondack Park.  We need to make a stand for wildlands. Please sign our petition and add your voice to the defense of the Forest Preserve.”
To learn more and access the petition:
Likewise, TNC is collecting stories from the public about what the Adirondacks mean to them:

Women in Conservation © National Audubon
Women in Conservation © National Audubon

National Audubon Honors Women in Conservation

The National Audubon Society awarded its 2012 Rachel Carson Award to Hunter Lovins, The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham and Janette Sadik-Khan. NYC Audubon's Director of Conservation and Science Susan Elbin was one of 24 New York City women given special recognition for their work in local conservation.  You can read about this year's award-winners on the National Audubon site


Carolina Wren © Steve Nanz
Carolina Wren © Steve Nanz  

Member Events

Our June member walk is free for contributing NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Please call Adriana Palmer at 212-691-7483 to register.
Thursday, June 7, 7:30-9:00am
Meet at the entrance to Prospect Park across from Grand Army Plaza. NYC Audubon Board Member Steve Nanz will lead you on a members-only tour to see breeding birds and late spring migrants in lovely Prospect Park. Limited to 20. 

Chestnut-Sided Warbler  © Laura Meyers
Chestnut-Sided Warbler © Laura Meyers

Top Photos:
 Great Egret © Steve Nanz; Short-Billed Dowitcher © Steve Nanz
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