Please excuse our tardiness in getting this April issue of the eGret to you; spring has sprung, and there is much to be done! We hope we're not too late to remind you that tomorrow, Wednesday evening, marks NYC Audubon's first presentation of musical theater, Wild Goose Chase
. Please come! Also in this issue: an update on our city's raptors
, new trips added to our calendar
, a special presentation
on the wilds of Norway, and opportunities to get outside in the warm weather and volunteer
. Happy April.
Don't Miss Our Musical Debut This Wednesday
Wednesday, April 18, 7pm
The Arsenal in Central Park
5th Ave. at 64th St., 3rd Floor
Join NYC Audubon for our first foray into musical theater! Wild Goose Chase chronicles the love story between John James Audubon and Lucy, the woman who helped him realize his dream. The performers will present several selections from the show, which is written by Mark Barkan, Bonnie Lee Sanders, and Terry McCauley. The show's creators all have extensive theater and music credits and Broadway actors will be on hand to perform.
Bobby and Rosie at NYU's Bobst Library, © Bruce Yolton
Our Urban Raptors - 2012 Brings Both Good and Bad News
New York City's raptor population has been fully engaged this spring in nest-building, egg-laying... and hatching! The City can boast of 10 confirmed red-tailed hawk nests, plus another 20 possible nesting sites. (We believe we are underestimating numbers in eastern Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, so if you know of nest sites in those areas, please let us know.) Confirmed nesting pairs with current nestlings include Pale Male and new mate Zena at their Fifth Avenue site; Rosie and Bobby at NYU's Bobst Library, whose nest can be viewed on the hawk cam at the New York Times City Room blog
; and "Mama and Papa," whose Briarwood, Queens nest can be see on our Queens Hawk Cam
. To read more about raptors nesting in the city, as well as about recent poisonings, click here....
Yellow-crowned night-herons are among the species that have benefited from marsh restoration work on Randall's Island.
NEW Trips Added in April and May!
We've added a few trips to our spring calendar; these aren't listed in the Urban Audubon. Read more below:
MONDAY EVENING SPRING MIGRATION WALKS IN CENTRAL PARK
Mondays, April 23-May 21, 5:30pm-7pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet at 72nd Street and Central Park West for this five-week series of walks. Witness the spectacle of spring migration as songbirds follow the Atlantic Flyway northwards. Look for orioles, tanagers, warblers, vireos, and other migrants in the wilds of Central Park, and learn about the finer points of their identification and ecology. Bring binoculars. Limited to 15. $95. Click here to register
BIRDING BY CANOE IN CONSTITUTION MARSH
Saturday, May 19, 9am-4:30pm
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Eric Lind
With Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary
Join two expert naturalists, our own Gabriel Willow and Constitution Marsh's Eric Lind, to explore Constitution Marsh Audubon Sanctuary--a spectacular 271-acre tidal marsh just outside of Cold Spring, NY. Observe marsh birds up close as you paddle through this pristine fresh water habitat by canoe--possibly sightings include Virginia rails, spotted sandpipers, and Louisiana waterthrushes, as well as bald eagles. Then look for warblers and other spring migrants on the sanctuary's trails. Finally, enjoy a picnic lunch while learning more about the marsh's ecology, including its feathered residents. Bring binoculars, water, lunch (plus clothes and shoes you don't mind getting wet). Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $90. Click here to register
SPRING MIGRATION ON RANDALL'S ISLAND
Sunday, May 20, 9am-12pm
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Victoria Ruzicka
With Randall's Island Park Alliance, Inc.
Meet on the N.W. corner of 102nd Street and the FDR Drive. We'll walk across the foot bridge to Randall's Island, an under-explored location in the East River that hosts restored freshwater wetlands and salt marsh. We'll look for spring migrants (both waterbirds and land birds) as we explore the results of recent restoration efforts. Two miles of walking and some modest climbs. Limited to 20. $25. Click here to register
Click here to read about the restoration of Randall's Island's salt marsh and freshwater wetlands
A Special Invitation from Audubon Magazine Events
This event is complimentary to invited guests only. Learn more and RSVP here.
FROM MOUNTAINS TO SEA,THROUGH THE WILDS OF NORWAY
Thursday, April 26, 6:30-9pm
National Audubon Office
Windswept plateaus, rugged mountains, emerald fjords, and a rocky coastline—the landscapes of Southern Norway are some of the most stunning in the world.
Join Nancy Bazilchuk, a science and environmental writer living in Trondheim, Norway, for an introduction to the landscapes and wildlife of Southern Norway, home to western Europe's largest herd of wild reindeer and more than 480 bird species. Scrumptious regional fare and beverages will be served, plus all guests will receive a copy of the book A Birdwatcher's Guide to Norway by Bjørn Olav Tveit. One lucky attendee will also win a trip to Norway.
Woodland restoration © NYC Audubon
Volunteer with NYC Audubon!
Spring brings a number of chances to get outside and get involved in local conservation work. You can spend day cleaning a beach or planting trees; or commit to more by joining our Harbor Herons Foraging Study. To learn more or register for any of these projects, please contact us at email@example.com and place your area of interest in the message heading.
Read more below.
PLUMB BEACH EARTH DAY CLEAN-UP
Saturday, April 21, 10am-2pm
Plumb Beach, Brooklyn (Bus transport from Manhattan provided)
With American Littoral Society and the National Park Service
Join us on Earth Day as we clean Brooklyn's Plumb Beach! Plumb Beach is an important stopover site for migratory shorebirds, which will be arriving en masse shortly after Earth Day. Help us remove debris to improve the beach for the birds and everything else that uses it. Bus transportation will be provided from Manhattan.
RIVERSIDE PARK WOODLAND RESTORATION
Saturday, April 28, 10am-1pm
Riverside Park (116th Street and Riverside Drive)
Manhattan's Riverside Park provides excellent habitat along the Hudson for birds large and small. We will help improve the habitat in the Woodland Restoration Area by weeding, removing invasive plants and planting native species. In partnership with the Riverside Park Fund.
HARBOR HERONS FORAGING STUDY
May through October, twice a month
We still need volunteers for our ongoing project monitoring the feeding habits of long-legged wading birds in the New York Harbor. Volunteer orientations will be held on Saturday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 24. Please contact us at the email provided above to learn more or register for an orientation.
Rusty blackbird © David Speiser
great egret © Steve Nanz; tree swallow © Laura Meyers