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Black-Throated Blue Warbler © Lloyd Spitalnik

Upcoming November, December, and January Events

Note: Only events with open registration are listed below.

Events marked *** are currently only available for registration for NYC Audubon Contributing Members. Registration for these events will be open to all on Monday, November 21.
Click here to see ALL Upcoming Events & Adventures

11/17: Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, a Lecture by Peter P. Marra, PhD

11/19: Winter Waterfowl Workshop at Jamaica Bay

12/3: Winter Birds at Jamaica Bay with Don Riepe

12/8: Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island, a Lecture by Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim

12/11: Winter Birding at Wave Will with Gabriel Willow

12/15: Winter Waterfowl ID Workshop with Gabriel Willow***

12/17: 117th Christmas Bird Count: Brooklyn and Staten Island

12/18: 117th Christmas Bird Count: Manhattan and Queens

12/18: Central Park Winter Walk with Gabriel Willow***

12/26: 117th Christmas Bird Count: The Bronx

1/1: New Year's Day Beachwalk at Breezy Point, Queens, with Don Riepe

1/7: Winter Birding on the South Shore of Long Island with Gabriel Willow***

1/8: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor EcoCruise

1/8: Winter Birding at Wave Hill with Gabriel Willow

1/8: Birding Gems of Staten Island: Winter at Freshkills Park with Cliff Hagen***

1/14: Snow Birds of Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden, Queens with Gabriel Willow***

1/15: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor EcoCruise

1/15: Central Park Winter Walk with Gabriel Willow***

1/21: Eagle Watch and Bird Walk at Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan with Annie Barry***

1/22: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor EcoCruise

1/22: Winter Eagles on the Hudson with Gabriel Willow***

1/25: Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design, a Lecture by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

1/29: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor EcoCruise


Ongoing Events

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, through November 26, 8-9:30am


Upcoming Overnight Trips

Surf Scoter © Lloyd Spitalnik


Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 15
Guide: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society

Spend a weekend at the luxurious Manor House during the peak winter birding time at Montauk Point. See seals, scoters, loons, eiders, goldeneye, and much more. Includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, 5 guided hikes, 2 evening programs, a star watch, and free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. For info and itinerary call (718) 474-0896 or email: $395 ($180 single supplement)

King Eider © Lloyd Spitalnik


Saturday, January 28, 9am - Sunday, January 29, 7pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow

The gatherings of sea ducks around Montauk Point are the largest winter concentrations in New York State; the Christmas Bird Count on Montauk Point consistently tallies from 125 to 135 species, one of the best totals in the Northeast. Species that come to feed on the Point’s rich kelp and mussel beds include common and red-throated loon, common eider, all three scoter species, bufflehead, common goldeneye, great cormorant, and red-breasted merganser. Harlequin duck and king eider also occur here regularly during the winter. Accommodations at Daunt's Albatross in Montauk. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $295 ($55 single supplement). Click here to register.

Atlantic Puffin © David Speiser


Friday, May 26 - Saturday, June 3
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Come along with NYC Audubon and explore Maine's “Country of the Pointed Firs”: a land of lighthouses, quaint villages, and lobster pounds... all nestled in a setting of primeval pine forests, bogs, and bucolic islands. Home to some of the East’s last true wilderness, Maine hosts populations of Atlantic puffin, bear, moose, shorebirds, and dozens of warbler species. This land of forests and rocky coast has been an inspiration to artists and naturalists for generations. This year we're offering an entirely new itinerary, visiting the "real Maine" of Down East, from Acadia National Park up to the Canadian border. We will also participate in two birding festivals, the 14th annual Down East Spring Birding Festival and the 19th annual Acadia Birding Festival. Click here to learn more and to register.

Great Egret © Steve Nanz

The eGret
November 2016

We begin this month's eGret with a call for support. Now is the moment to exert the power of New York City Audubon's conservation networks to assure a voice and future for wild birds in North America. Simply put, we need your help. NYC Audubon is a grassroots community that protects wild birds and their habitats all across New York City. We may be small, but we are strong. Our five-borough engagement and collective activism make a difference. NYC Audubon's work does not happen without its dedicated and loyal members and friends. Please join us in making a year-end gift. Every gift of every size matters.

Your participation and engagement matter most, so our first two items in this issue offer free opportunities this week to learn about and discuss critical issues affecting wild birds: Join us this Thursday, November 17, for Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, a lecture by Peter P. Marra on the threats free-roaming cats pose to bird populations. You can also participate in a discussion on the health of Jamaica Bay, a critical habitat for over 325 bird species, by attending the Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting tomorrow, November 16. Our winter trips and classes are now open to registration for contributing NYC Audubon Members (registration will be open to all on Monday, November 21), but we still have spots available on a few late fall outings, including a Winter Waterfowl ID Workshop on December 15 and a Central Park Walk on December 18. Tickets for our Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor EcoCruises are now up for sale. Finally, mark your calendars for the upcoming 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count and take a look back at last month's wildly successful Fall Roost benefit by viewing a recap and slideshow of the event.   .  

Happy November! 

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer, by Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella
Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer by Peter P. Marra © Princeton University Press

Our Winter Lecture Series Kicks Off This Thursday at a New Time and Location

NOTE: OUR LECTURE SERIES HAS MOVED! This year our lecture series will be held at Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets in Manhattan.  

By Peter P. Marra
Thursday, November 17, 7pm

Mounting scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for some time--that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing birds and other animals by the billions. Equally alarming are the public health consequences of rabies and parasitic Toxoplasma passing from cats to humans. Join us as co-author Peter P. Marra, PhD discusses Cat Wars, the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health, and the controversies surrounding the management of cat populations.

NOTE: The Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design lecture by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers was originally scheduled to take place on November 17. The Green Metropolis lecture will now take place on Wednesday, January 25. 

View our updated lecture schedule on our website by clicking here.

Lectures are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.

Participate in the Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting Tomorrow, November 16

The Jamaica Bay Task Force is a body of private citizens, scientists, and federal, state, regional, and local agency representatives that share a common interest in Jamaica Bay. The Task Force has been meeting for more than 20 years in an attempt to understand the problems and propose solutions for maintaining the health of the Bay. The next quarterly meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday, November 16 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Among the agenda items for this meeting is an update on West Pond Reconstruction from Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Jen Nersesian.

The meeting is open to any group or individual with an interest in the Bay and its surrounding communities. For more information, contact Don Riepe at (718) 474-0896 or 

Bufflehead © Lloyd Spitalnik
Bufflehead © Lloyd Spitalnik

Learn How To ID Waterfowl Like a Pro with Gabriel Willow

Thursday, December 15, 6-7:30pm (class) and Saturday, December 17, 10am-1pm (trip)
Guide: Gabriel Willow

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck... but is it a dabbling duck or a diving duck? Or could it be a grebe? This class will help you distinguish between ducks, geese, loons, grebes, and more. Following our class, we'll put our newfound skills to work as we seek out the diverse mix of dabbling ducks, bay ducks, sea ducks, grebes, loons, and cormorants to be found in New York Harbor from Battery Park. Click here to learn more and to register.

Tufted Titmouse © Ellen Michaels
Tufted Titmouse © Ellen Michaels

Mark Your Calendars! The 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count This December

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a tradition first proposed by ornithologist Frank M. Chapman on Christmas Day 1900, is the nation's longest-running citizen-science bird project. New York City Audubon plays its part in this annual bird population survey, which is now conducted across North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Pacific Islands. The data collected by observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. Click here for the Count's full history and the compiled nationwide data.

The 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count will soon be under way nationwide, and in all five boroughs of New York City. NYC Audubon is responsible for reporting data for the Lower Hudson Count Circle, which includes all of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey. And we host Manhattan's Central Park compilation gathering at the Central Park Arsenal each year, a festive event! This year's Central Park Count will take place on Sunday, December 18. Several other "Lower Hudson Circle" counts will take place that same day in areas such as Inwood Hill, Harlem, Riverside Park, Bryant Park, the Lower East Side, Battery Park, Randall's Island, and Liberty State Park (in New Jersey).

Visit our Christmas Bird Count webpage for more information on how you can participate in any of these counts as well as those in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.

Red Crossbill © David Speiser
Red Crossbill © David Speiser

Central Park Winter Walk

Sunday, December 18, 8:30-10:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Meet at Central Park West and 72nd Street. Some of the best sightings await hardy nature-lovers willing to venture out in winter. Several species of owls are found in Central Park in the colder months, along with "winter finches" such as pine siskins, redpolls, and crossbills. Observing the adaptations for cold-weather survival among blue jays, titmice, and other resident species is fascinating as well. Warm up after the walk with a hot chocolate by the fireplace at the Loeb Boathouse. Click here to learn more and to register.

Michael, Harry, Andrew, and Kevin Maas at This Year's Fall Roost
Michael, Harry, Andrew, and Kevin Maas at This Year's Fall Roost

Fall Roost Raises over $150,000 for the City's Birds

Thank you for supporting us at the 12th annual Fall Roost on Monday, October 17. At this year's benefit honoring longtime NYC Audubon Board Member and Past President Harry Maas, Tribute in Light monitoring partner Michael Ahern Production Services and the late Michael Ahern, and "Volunteer of the Year" Phil Cusimano, NYC Audubon raised more than $150,000 overall--and more than $10,000 towards a summer 2017 residency on Governors Island, an exciting opportunity for outreach, education, and expanded conservation efforts on the Island.

Thank you to all who made this year's Fall Roost another fantastic night for New York City's birds and wildlife. View a slideshow featuring photos from the 12th annual Fall Roost here.

Harbor Seals © Chuck Abbe*Hooded Merganser © Steve Nanz
Two Frequent Sightings on our Winter Ecocruises: Harbor Seals © Chuck Abbe*; Hooded Merganser © Steve Nanz

Winter Seals and Waterbirds, Coming Right Up!

Get your tickets now for our Winter Seals and Waterbirds Ecocruises with NY Water Taxi, departing Pier 16 at South Street Seaport on Sundays starting January 8! Enjoy a 2-hour wintry cruise out on the harbor, hot chocolate included, in search of the varied wildlife that calls our city home during the snowy months. Wintering waterbirds like common and red-throated loons, horned grebes, bufflehead, red-breasted mergansers, and greater scaup are likely, as well as great cormorants and long-tailed ducks. And of course, harbor seals, which in recent years have been seen in groups of several dozen, lazing about on the rocks of Swinburne Island. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.


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Top and Sidebar Photos: great egret © Steve Nanz; red-breasted nuthatch © Laura Meyers; surf scoter, king eider © Lloyd Spitalnik; Atlantic Puffin © David Speiser

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