July News & Events

NYC Audubon Celebrates 30 Years of Conservation

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Mother Lima and Her Two Eyasses, © Bruce Yolton

NYC's Young Raptors Take Flight!

Encouraging numbers of fledging raptors are taking to the skies over New York City this summer. From the perspective of a warm updraft, apparently, raising young here looks promising. Nooks, crannies, diverse nest materials, and bountiful food are all in good supply.
About 16 pairs of peregrine falcons find suitable nest sites on our towering bridges and skyscrapers. Carefully monitored by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, several sets of nestlings were banded... Click here to read an in-depth report!

Show Your Love for Pip the Red-Tail... and Support NYC Audubon

Thousands have watched red-tailed hawk celebrities Violet and Bobby raise their young "Pip" this spring, via the webcam focused on their nest at NYU.    While Pip has now fledged (hooray!) the "fledgling" company Pip-Squawk is dedicated to the young red-tail family, and is generously donating all proceeds from sales of its t-shirts, mugs, buttons, and other items directly to support NYC Audubon's conservation work.  Click here to take a look at their fun line of products.

Bald Eagle, © David SpeiserBald Eagle, © David Speiser

Beat the Summer Doldrums with These Exciting Birding Adventures!

The summer months can be a bit dull for us bird-lovers, as we wait for our beloved migrants to return southward.  We miss the thrill of the chase, the buzz of excitement as we forge into the Ramble and come across the unexpected mourning warbler, summer tanager, or... (you can fill in your favorite here).  But don't despair!  We have some fun weekend trips coming up to lovely Cape May County and Cape Ann, Massachussetts. Read more below:

Friday, August 12 - Sunday, August 14
Guide: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society

Travel to southern New Jersey to observe the spectacle of thousands of purple martins on migration to their wintering grounds. Visit expansive marshes and stately woodlands to view a variety of birds and other wildlife. Explore the scenic Maurice River by canoe or flat-bottom boat as we search the skies for bald eagles and more.  Click here to learn more.

Thursday, August 18
- Sunday, August 21
Guide: Don Riepe, Mickey Cohen
With American Littoral Society

A fun-packed, nature-focused weekend in beautiful Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Includes 3 nights' stay in historic Gloucester, a half-day whale watch boat trip, an evening Essex River Cruise, easy canoeing on the Ipswich River, birding at Parker River Wildlife Refuge, and guided hikes, plus a lobster dinner. 
Click here to learn more.

Black Skimmers,  © David SpeiserBlack Skimmers, © David Speiser

Calling All Camera Buffs!

We have some exciting Photography Workshops coming up that take advantage of both breeding waterbird colonies in NYC and the southward shorebird migration in August. Whether you're a beginner or a more advanced photog, we're sure you will enjoy one or more of these workshops:

Saturday, July 23, 6am-9am
Instructor: David Speiser

Located in Lido Beach, NY, Nickerson Beach is one of the foremost spots in the Metropolitan Area to get close-up and personal with breeding birds on their colonies. We'll have access to black skimmer, common tern, American oystercatcher, least tern, and piping plovers--in addition to a potential four gull species (plus a possible gull-billed tern).  Click here to learn more.

Photography and Shorebird ID Workshops with Lloyd Spitalnik and Kevin Karlson

Author, photographer, and professional trip-leader Kevin Carlson is teaming up with New York’s own birding and photography expert Lloyd Spitalnik to offer a series of August photography workshops. Contact Lloyd Spitalnik ( or 917-301-8744) or Kevin Karlson ( or 609-465-2138) for details on the following workshops.
Sunday, August 7, 7am-7pm (4-hour midday break)
Join Lloyd and Kevin as they visit sites including Nickerson Beach (for beach-nesting birds) and Jamaica Bay’s East Pond. Principal focuses will be composition, flight, birds in action, and basic lighting principles. Suited for all skill levels. Limited to 12. $225
August 21, 1-5 pm;  August 28, 8am-12pm
Kevin and Lloyd will share a simple and more effective approach to shorebird ID--as highlighted in Kevin’s bestselling book The Shorebird Guide. With initial focus on basic impressions of size, shape and behavior, a more effective ID starting point is achieved. Suited for birders of all levels who want to improve their shorebird ID skills. Limited to 20. $50
August 28, 4pm-dusk
Enjoy the magic of waterbirds at Jamaica Bay’s East Pond in this intimate photography workshop with Kevin Carlson and Lloyd Spitalnik. Features basic instruction on getting the best photo and advanced techniques for capturing birds in action or flight. Other topics include artistic composition, low angle shooting, lighting, and hand-held or tripod panning techniques. Limited to 10. $100

Save the Date: Fall Roost 2011, October 18
Fall Roost 2011
Save the date for this year's Fall Roost: Tuesday, October 18, 6-9pm. This important event raises money to support NYC Audubon's conservation and education programs.  This year NYC Audubon will honor three New Yorkers for their outstanding contributions on behalf of the city’s birds: George J. Mullen, Jr., Peter Joost, and Maria Torres. Mr. Mullen is a Senior Consultant at Fiduciary Trust Company International and an advisor of NYC Audubon and other bird conservation groups. Mr. Joost, educator at New York's St. Bernard’s School and NYC Audubon board member, has worked tirelessly to protect birds in New York and Ecuador. Ms. Torres, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Point, a non-profit dedicated to the  youth  of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, was instrumental in acquiring South Brother Island as a bird sanctuary.

Upcoming Member Events
Member events are free for contributing NYC Audubon Members at the Student/Senior level and up.

Member Walk in Central Park
Tuesday, July 19, 7:30-9am

Meet at 81st Street and Central Park West.  Join NYC Audubon Executive Director Glenn Phillips in a leisurely search for summer songbirds.  Limited to 20.   Please contact Membership Coordinator Emily Loffredo to register.

Member Bus Trip to the Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay
Saturday, August 27, 6:30am 

Meet at 71 W. 23rd St. for a bus ride to the 6th Annual Shorebird Festival!  Please contact Membership Coordinator Emily Loffredo to reserve a seat.

We are grateful that NYC Audubon's office and field projects are well staffed for the summer.  However, we still want to hear from those of you interested in contributing your time and talents to our conservation work in the near future!  We will be holding an orientation for new volunteers this September, to provide an introduction to the many ways that volunteers can lend a hand: in the office, in the field, or at home!  If you would like to be notified when we set the date of our fall volunteer orientation, please contact the NYC Audubon office at or 212-691-7483.

Pale Male at his nest