Red-necked phalarope... golden-winged warbler... American avocet... alder flycatcher... pectoral sandpiper... bay-breasted warbler... dickcissel: The reports having been pouring in fast and furious from eBird of late, indicating that the wonder of fall migration in New York City is fully under way.
Shorebirders have been out braving the muck at the edges of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's East Pond--and looking forward to tomorrow's Shorebird Festival
. If you can't make the festival--or if you do attend and it leaves you wanting more--World Shorebirds Day
is just around the corner, this September 6. Songbirds have also been migrating through the City in good numbers in the past few weeks, and you can contribute to Project Safe Flight by using our online tool, D-Bird
, or by signing up to volunteer
as a bird transporter or at the Tribute in Light Memorial. Some of our birds are not quite ready to migrate, however: Our conservation team banded over 80(!) fledgling black skimmers last week
at Long Island's Nickerson Beach.
Also in this issue: Get out and bird with Joe Giunta at Hook Mountain
or with Kellye Rosenheim in Central Park
; come out for a September member walk
at the International Coastal Cleanup, the Sandy Hook BioBlitz, or as a For the Birds! teacher; and join us at The Fall Roost! Save the date (and get your tickets)!
Red Knots © Lloyd Spitalnik
World Shorebirds Day
Tomorrow's Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay will surely leave you wanting more. And as it happens, you're in luck! Join bird-lovers around the world on Sunday, September 6 in celebrating the world's shorebirds. World Shorebirds Day was founded to connect people with the beauty and diversity of shorebirds--and to raise public awareness about the need to protect their fragile populations and habitats, and promote monitoring and research. (The red knot, pictured above, is the 2015 "Shorebird of the Year.")
You can take part in World Shorebirds Day by doing a shorebird count! To contribute both to World Shorebirds Day and NYC Audubon's shorebird monitoring efforts, please participate according to the instructions on the World Shorebirds Day website--and then share your eBird checklist with NYC Audubon (eBird username: nycaudubon). Click here to learn more on the World Shorebirds Day website. To get involved in NYC Audubon's shorebird research, please contact Debra Kriensky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us Learn About Dangers to Our Migrants with D-Bird
Fall Migration is underway--and sadly many migrants will run into trouble while attempting to navigate our city's maze of cement and glass. Project Safe Flight volunteers will start their patrols of known hot spots for bird-glass collisions next week. And you can contribute yourself by using D-Bird, our crowd-sourced bird mortality data collection tool.
A mobile-friendly version of D-Bird was launched earlier this summer; now it is possible to quickly and easily send reports to D-Bird from any mobile device. Visitors to the desktop version of D-Bird will also notice the reporting form has received a facelift; the data entry process is now more streamlined and intuitive.
If you find a dead or injured bird, you can make a valuable contribution to Project Safe Flight by providing us with information about the bird at www.d-bird.org
. To see an interactive map of D-Bird results and to learn more about Project Safe Flight, please click here
. This work is a component of Project Safe Flight, part of our broader effort generously supported by the Leon Levy Foundation to make the City a safer place for birds.
Black Skimmers Adults and Chick © NYC Audubon
Black Skimmer Round Up!
By the end of August, we are always sad here in the office that our busy field season is coming to an end. Our American oystercatcher chicks have fledged, there are no more herring gulls to band on the green roof of the Javits Center, and our great egrets are already off and flying around Jamaica Bay. That’s one reason why, when asked to help band black skimmer chicks out at Nickerson Beach in Nassau County, Long Island, just outside our territory, we jumped at the chance! With John Zarudsky and his crew from the Town of Hempstead, along with Jason Smith and his team from NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), we headed out early Tuesday morning to the colony of approximately 600 pairs of skimmers on Nickerson Beach.
The plan was to quickly set up a drift fence at the edge of the colony to act as a boundary, to prevent the chicks from running out of the colony where they could fall prey to gulls. Click here to read more on our blog, Syrinx...
Cooper's Hawk © François Portmann
Hook Mountain Hawk Watch
Sunday, September 20, 9am-4pm
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Part of the Palisades Interstate Park system, Hook Mountain has commanding views of all nearby mountains ridges and the Hudson River. From this inland hawk watch spot we expect to see many species of migrating raptors, including broad-winged and red-shouldered hawks, bald eagles, accipiters, and falcons. Transport by passenger van included.
Click here to learn more and register
Northern Flicker © Lloyd Spitalnik
Fall Migrants of Central Park
Friday, September 25, 5-6:30pm
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim
Meet at the Loeb Boathouse and join Kellye Rosenheim for an evening walk through Central Park to look for fall migrants.Click here to learn more and to register
Get Your Tickets Now for THE FALL ROOST
Join us Tuesday, October 13 for the eleventh annual Fall Roost benefit dinner as we honor Marsilia Boyle, ARNOLD GLAS, and our first Volunteer of the Year, Deborah Jones. Marcy Boyle, a longtime director and officer of NYC Audubon and a member of the Audubon New York board, champions our efforts around the City, represents us on the Audubon Council of New York State--now as its chair--and keeps an eagle eye on our work in Brooklyn. Glass manufacturer ARNOLD GLAS, and especially its former CEO Hans-Joachim Arnold, is the creator of Ornilux, a bird-friendly building glass that is saving countless birds worldwide. Volunteer Deborah Jones has lent her talents for several years to creating beautiful displays and ornaments for the Fall Roost, as well as to crafting bird decoys for our conservation programs.
The Fall Roost raises essential funds to protect wild birds and their habitats in the five boroughs. This fall, the Roost is migrating to Guastavino’s, the exciting landmarked space under the 59th Street Bridge. The evening starts at 6:30 with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a seated dinner. Please join us!
Click here to buy your tickets now!
Veery © Ellen Michaels
September Member Events
All Member Events listed below are free for contributing NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Please call Kellye Rosenheim at 212-691-7483 x306 to register.
SEPTEMBER MEMBER WALK IN THE NORTH WOODS OF CENTRAL PARK
Thursday, September 10, 7:30-9am
Meet at Central Park West and 100th Street. Explore the North Woods of Central Park with NYC Audubon President Harry Maas and enjoy the beginning of fall migration along paths less traveled. Limited to 20.
SEPTEMBER MEMBER WALK IN PROSPECT PARK
Friday, September 18, 7:30-9am
Meet at the entrance to Prospect Park across from Grand Army Plaza, and join NYC Audubon Board Member and the author of The Warbler Guide Tom Stephenson for a fall migration walk in Prospect Park. Limited to 20.
SEPTEMBER MEMBER WALK IN INWOOD HILL PARK
Tuesday, September 29, 3:30-5:30pm
Meet Kellye Rosenheim at Inwood Hill Park’s entrance at 218th Street to look for migrating fall songbirds in Inwood’s mature urban forest. We’re meeting at low tide on the Spuyten Duyvil in the hopes of also getting interesting shorebirds on the mudflats. Limited to 20.
Make a difference for the City’s wildlife; there are many ways you can help. If you would like to volunteer for specific programs like the ones listed below, or want to learn more about ways you can contribute, please contact us at email@example.com. Click here to learn more ways you can volunteer.
PROJECT SAFE FLIGHT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION SESSIONS
Tribute in Light Monitoring: Each year a tireless group of volunteers monitors the Tribute in Light on September 11 to ensure that migrating birds do not become entrapped in the light beams. A training session will be held Wednesday, September 2, 6-7pm, at National Audubon, 225 Varick Street, 7th Floor (Please note the new location!). With the Municipal Art Society.
INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP
Saturday, September 19, 10am-2pm (Rain Date: Saturday, September 26)
With Sadhana, American Littoral Society, and National Park Service
Join us at North Channel Bridge to take part in a multi-state effort to improve coastline habitat. The North Channel Bridge area, used by species like the American oystercatcher, is also a stone’s throw away from the Harbor Heron Islands, the newly restored Elders Point Marsh, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Help us clear the beach and raise awareness of the importance of coastal areas to birdlife. Equipment and refreshments are provided; free bus transportation from Manhattan is available (space is limited). Click here to learn more and register.
Injured Bird Transporting: We often receive calls from concerned individuals who have found injured birds but are unable to transport them to a rehabilitator. We need caring volunteers to transport these birds to licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the area. A training session will be Tuesday, September 8, 6-7pm, at The Wild Bird Fund: 565 Columbus Avenue in Manhattan.
BIOBLITZ AT SANDY HOOK
Saturday, Friday, September 18-Sunday, September 19
The American Littoral Society is hoping to recruit scientists, naturalists, and nature lovers to catalog biodiversity in Sandy Hook, NJ, between 3pm Friday, September 18, and 3pm Saturday, September 19. Participants are invited to sign up for 4-hour shifts that meet their availability and area of expertise or interest (birds, insects, plants, etc.). The BioBlitz will be part contest, part educational event, part festival, and part scientific endeavor. While scientists race against the clock to identify as many species as they can in 24 hours, individuals and families will enjoy free fun and educational activities that will take them into the coves and onto the trails of Sandy Hook. Click here register or obtain additional information. Limited overnight accommodations may be available for volunteers working multiple shifts. Inquire if interested. For more details visit www.littoralsociety.org or contact Stevie Thorsen at Stevie@littoralsociety.org or 732-291-0055. This event is hosted by The American Littoral Society, in partnership with the National Park Service.
VOLUNTEER "FOR THE BIRDS!"
Audubon New York’s For the Birds! Program is looking for volunteer teachers. For the Birds! is a program that teaches environmental awareness and appreciation of nature through the study of birds. During a 4-, 8- or 16-week session, public and private school students in grades 2 through 4 learn about their natural environment through classroom lessons, outdoor field trips, and a conservation project designed to improve bird habitat in their local community. For the Birds! exposes students, usually for the first time, to the idea that their own neighborhoods provide valuable habitat to birds and other urban wildlife. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rich Santangelo, For the Birds! environmental educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 212-979-3077. Our next new volunteer training will be September 22, 2015, from 9:30am-noon.
Marbled Godwit © Steve Nanz
Top and Sidebar Photos: great egret © Steve Nanz; black-and-white warbler © Laura Meyers; bald eagle © Lloyd Spitalnik.
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