The last month of 2016 has been very busy for us at NYC Audubon. This December, we produced and mailed to our members, friends, and contributors a new “Birding by Subway” brochure, spotlighting the prime birding hotspots all across New York City’s diverse landscape and how to visit them easily by public transit. We hope recipients are enjoying the brochure--and most importantly--are feeling inspired to go out and visit these incredible birding spots! (We may have to include City Hall Park in the next edition of the brochure if it gets another rare visitor like the western tanager that was recently found there.) Thanks again to all the volunteers who helped us mail out the brochure!
We also encourage you to share your thoughts on the brochure, as we will be updating it this spring to include the long-awaited Second Avenue subway line set to open this January. Did we omit any spots that you felt were worthy of inclusion on the map? Did you find any errors or take issue with the descriptions of the areas? Did you think it was perfect? We want to know! Please email your suggestions or comments to us at email@example.com
In this issue: Hop aboard a Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor Ecocruise (be sure to use the special discount code included below to get $5 off each ticket!)
; Learn about the history and development of some of the City's most remarkable green spaces at our next lecture on January 28
; NYC Audubon Conservation Biologist Debra Kriensky provides a recap of the 117th Central Park Christmas Bird Count
(be sure to check out Debra on today's episode of NPR's "Science Friday" show discussing the Count tallies by clicking here
or by downloading the 12/30/16 "Science Friday" podcast!); Registration spots are still open for our Winter Waterfowl Weekend at Montauk
and a waterfowl excursion along the Brooklyn coast
Happy December, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year from all of us at NYC Audubon.
Harbor Seals © Mike Baird*
Now Arriving: Winter Seals and Waterbirds
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.
As a friend of NYC Audubon, you will receive a special discount of $5 off tickets. To receive your special discount, purchase tickets online at www.nywatertaxi.com/audubon-winter and enter the discount coupon code: SEALS.
(Coupon is valid for online purchases only and cannot be combined with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Please note blackout dates may apply. Each voucher is valid for one to four people. Expires 3.31.17.)
Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design. By Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Learn About the History and Development of Some of the City's Most Remarkable Green Spaces
NOTE: OUR LECTURE SERIES HAS MOVED! This year our lecture series is being held at Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets in Manhattan.
GREEN METROPOLIS : THE EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES OF NEW YORK CITY AS NATURE, HISTORY, AND DESIGN
By Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Wednesday, January 25, 7pm
In her new book Green Metropolis, Betsy Barlow Rogers introduces us to seven remarkable New York City green spaces and to the people who have been instrumental in their design and protection. As a founder of the Central Park Conservancy and current president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, the author is well positioned to take us through the history—both natural and human—of how these places were created and how they have been transformed.
View our full 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.
Surf Scoter © Lloyd Spitalnik
Join Us for a Winter Waterfowl Weekend at Montauk
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.
Click here to learn more and to register
Long-tailed Duck © Lloyd Spitalnik
Central Park Christmas Bird Count Southeast Team © Lynn Hertzog
Recapping the Central Park Christmas Bird Count
NYC Audubon Conservation Biologist Debra Kriensky reports on a fun and fascinating day of sightings at the 117th Christmas Bird Count in Central Park:
The 2016 New Jersey Lower Hudson (NJLH) annual Christmas Bird Count took place on Sunday, December 18, and results are flying in! Although the morning’s forecast called for heavy rain, we only experienced a light drizzle and some morning fog before it settled into a nice, mild winter day. The NJLH Count Circle is centered right in the Hudson River and includes Manhattan, New Jersey’s Bergen and Hudson counties, and parts of Queen.
New York City Audubon organized the 117th annual Count in Central Park along with our partners from NYC Parks, Urban Park Rangers, and Central Park Conservancy. Altogether, 6,342 birds of 59 species were counted throughout the Park by over 75 participants. See the complete list of birds counted in Central Park this year, including uncommon finds like a killdeer in the North Meadow, a common yellowthroat east of the Pond, and more on our blog, Syrinx.
We are still receiving tallies from Counts across the entire New Jersey Lower Hudson Count Circle, so be sure to check out our Christmas Bird Count page in the near future for complete figures for the entire area.
Seek Out the Winter Waterfowl of the Brooklyn Coast
Saturday, February 4, 9am-3pm
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim
Join NYC Audubon on a tour of Brooklyn’s most productive coastal winter waterfowl sites. We’ll visit Bush Terminal Piers Park, Gravesend, and Calvert Vaux in search of saltwater species such as common goldeneye, long-tailed ducks, loons, and horned and red-necked grebes. Transport by passenger van included.
Click here to learn more and to register.
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Audubon (@nycaudubon) on Dec 17, 2016
Top and Sidebar Photos: great egret © Steve Nanz; black-capped chickadee © Laura Meyers; surf scoter, king eider © Lloyd Spitalnik; American kestrel © Debra Kriensky
* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.