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
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.
CAT WARS: THE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES OF A CUDDLY KILLER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bufflehead © Lloyd Spitalnik
Learn How To ID Waterfowl Like a Pro with Gabriel Willow
WINTER WATERFOWL ID WORKSHOP
Tufted Titmouse © Ellen Michaels
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.
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).
Red Crossbill © David Speiser
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.
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
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.
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
It most certainly is a cedar waxwing, Todd! Thanks for sharing the photo with us on Twitter. Please share photos with us by tagging @nycaudubon on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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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