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Black-and-White Warbler © Laura Meyers

Upcoming September and October Events

Note: Only events with open registration are listed.
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8/29: 10th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

9/2: Tribute in Light Volunteer Orientation

9/6: World Shorebirds Day

9/8: Bird Transporters Volunteer Orientation with Wild Bird Fund

9/10: Fall Warblers with Joe Giunta

9/13 Fall Birding at Wave Hill with Gabriel Willow

9/17: Morning Fall Migration Walks in Central Park II with Joe Giunta begin

9/19: International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015

9/20: Hook Mountain Hawk Watch, NY, with Joe Giunta

9/25: Fall Migrants of Central Park, Manhattan with Kellye Rosenheim

9/26: Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise with Don Riepe, Mickey Cohen, American Littoral Society, and Gateway National Recreation Area

9/27: Fall Migrants of Woodlawn Cemetery, with Tod Winston and Joe McManus

10/2: Migration Along the Barrier Islands, LI, with Tod Winston

10/3: Raptor Trust and Great Swamp, NJ, with Tod Winston and Don Riepe

10/7: Camera Club with David Speiser, Lloyd Spitalnik

10/8: Sparrow Identification Workshop with Gabriel Willow

10/10: Hawk Watch at Fort Tilden, Queens, with Don Riepe

10/11: Fall Birding at Wave Hill with Gabriel Willow

10/11: Birding Gems of Staten Island: Freshkills Park, with Cliff Hagen

10/15: Raptor ID Workshop with Gabriel Willow

10/17: NYC Audubon Day at Hawk Mountain, PA with Gabriel Willow

10/22: Beginning Birding with Tod Winston begins

10/24: Fall Foliage Hike in the Greenbelt, Staten Island with Gabriel Willow

10/31: Fall Migration on Randall's Island with Gabriel Willow

11/7: Ducks, Raptors, and More at Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx with Gabriel Willow

11/8: Fall Birding at Wave Hill with Gabriel Willow

11/8: Snow Geese and Tundra Swans of Brigantine, NJ with Joe Giunta

11/14: Winter Waterfowl Workshop at Jamaica Bay with Don Riepe

Ongoing Events

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, the Bronx: Saturdays, through November 28, 8-9:30am

Birding Tours of Bryant Park with Gabriel Willow begin September 14

Birding Basics for Families in Central Park begins September 27
9/25: Fall Migrants of Central Park, Manhattan


Upcoming Overnight Trips

Bald Eagle © Lloyd Spitalnik


Thursday, November 19, 9am - Sunday, November 22, 6pm
Guides: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society

A great natural history weekend on the Virginia coast. See wild ponies, snow geese, bald eagles, migrating hawks, waterfowl, shorebirds and lots more. includes 3 nights lodging at the luxurious Refuge Inn (heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room, observation deck), breakfast, Safari bus tour of back dunes area, 5 guided hikes, evening programs, plus an all-you-can-eat oyster and seafood dinner. Contact Don Riepe at (718) 474-0896 or for info regarding transportation, itinerary, and reservations. $395 ($180 single room supplement)


Great Egret © Steve Nanz

The eGret
September 2015

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; Volunteer 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)!  

Happy September.
Red Knots © Lloyd Spitalnik
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


D-Bird Map, August 28, 2015 © NYC Audubon

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 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 © NYC Audubon
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
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
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

The Fall Roost

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
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.

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. 

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. 

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 Click here to learn more ways you can volunteer.


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.

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.

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.

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 or contact Stevie Thorsen at or 732-291-0055. This event is hosted by The American Littoral Society, in partnership with the National Park Service.

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 or at 212-979-3077. Our next new volunteer training will be September 22, 2015, from 9:30am-noon.

Marbled Godwit © Steve Nanz
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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