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White-breasted Nuthatch © Laura Mandel

Upcoming March and April Events

Note: Only events with open registration are listed below.
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3/16: Coastal Change, Ocean Conservation and Resilient Communities Lecture by Marcha Johnson, Amanda Bayley, and Don Watson

3/20: Project Safe Flight Volunteer Orientation

3/23: Project Safe Flight Volunteer Orientation

3/25: The Sky-Dance of the Woodcock, Brooklyn with Gabriel Willow 

3/29: Beginning Birding with Tod Winston 

4/1: The Sky-Dance of the Woodcock, Brooklyn with Gabriel Willow

4/1: Early Spring Bird Walk with Don Riepe

4/9: Spring Birding at Wave Hill, the Bronx with Gabriel Willow

4/13: Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Volunteer Orientation

4/15: Spring Migration in Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx with Gabriel Willow

4/16: Prospect Park Bird Walk with Gabriel Willow

4/20: Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Volunteer Orientation

4/22: "My Yard Is 'For the Birds': The Things Birds Look for in Urban and Suburban Yards, and Why They Need to Be There" Lecture Followed by Kingsland Wildflowers Roof Tour

4/22: Birds & Plants: The NY Botanical Garden in Springtime, The Bronx with Gabriel Willow

4/23: The Birds of Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx with Tod Winston and Joseph McManus

4/23: Birding Gems of Staten Island: Spring Hike in the Greenbelt, Staten Island with Gabriel Willow

4/28: Friday Morning Spring Migration Walk in Central Park with Gabriel Willow

4/29: Afternoon Spring Walk at Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan with Nadir Souirgi

4/29: Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walk with Corey Finger

4/29: Plumb Beach Cleanup

Ongoing Events

Birding Tours of Bryant Park
Mondays, Aprl 10–May 15, 8-9am
Thursdays, April 13–May 18, 5-6pm


Upcoming Overnight Trips

Bald Eagle © Lloyd Spitalnik


Thursday, April 27–Sunday, April 30
Guide: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society

Take our van or arrange your own transportation to this great wildlife area on the Virginia/Maryland Coast. See wild ponies and young, nesting osprey and bald eagles, dolphins, sika deer, migrating warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and waders. Includes three nights' lodging at Refuge Inn, breakfasts, a seafood dinner, a boat tour of marshes, a safari bus tour of backwater dunes, guided hikes along beaches, woods, and marshes, plus two evening programs. For info & reservations call (718) 474-0896 or email $395 ($150 single supplement, appx. $95 for van transport)

Yellow Warbler © Lloyd Spitalnik


Saturday, April 29, 9am–Sunday, April 30, 7pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow

Welcome the spring in lovely Cape May, NJ, the East’s capital of birding. On good spring migration days, the area’s forests and marshes are swarming with warblers in breeding plumage. We’ll visit Cape May Point, Higbee Beach, Cape May Meadows, and more in search of returning songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds, and terns—as well as lingering winter visitors such as sea ducks and gannets. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 10. $340 ($50) Click here to register.

Piping Plover © Lloyd Spitalnik


Friday, June 2-Sunday, June 4
Guides: Mike Bottini, Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society

Join us for our 20th year at the luxurious Montauk Manor and enjoy indoor/outdoor heated pools, jacuzzi, and spacious suites. Registration price includes five meals, five guided field trips, two evening slide programs, an evening star watch and free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. For information and reservations, call Don Riepe at (718) 474-0896 or email $395 ($140 single supplement)

Cape Anne © Don Riepe


Thursday, August 10 - Sunday, August 13
Guide: Don Riepe
With the American Littoral Society

Visit scenic Gloucester, Massachusetts and enjoy a whale watching boat tour, an evening cruise on the Essex River, easy canoeing on the quiet Ipswich River, a guided hike along a scenic shoreline, and a lobster dinner. For info and reservations call (718) 474-0896 or email $425 ($150 single supplement)

March 2017

This winter is not going away quietly, producing one more dose of frigid temperatures in our area and a mammoth snowstorm yesterday. Fortunately, spring is on its way. We promise! Signs of early spring migration are already here. For instance, participants willing to brave the cold conditions during our Sandy Hook, NJ trip last weekend were treated to an American Woodcock—usually our first migrant of the spring. Most exciting to our conservation team was the sighting of this adorable banded piping plover. 

Banded Piping Plover © Amanda Bielskas
Banded Piping Plover at Sandy Hook, NJ, Saturday, March 11, 2017 © Amanda Bielskas

From the yellow and blue bands spotted on this piping plover's legs, we were able to figure out this bird was banded November 19, 2012 at Kiawah Island on the coast of South Carolina by researchers from Virginia Tech and the US Fish and Wildlife Service!  

When out birding, you can help conserve the birds you love by looking at their legs. If you see a banded bird, try to make out any details about its bands, including any numbers or codes on them, and email that information to 

Scientists around the world, including NYC Audubon's Dr. Susan Elbin and Debra Kriensky, band nesting shorebirds and wading birds to learn more about these birds' movements and where they spend their winters. Information about banded birds' whereabouts contributes immensely to these efforts to track their migration patterns. Of great concern is dwindling shorebird and wading bird habitat, which will be addressed at tomorrow's lecture examining the latest in coastal science and habitat restoration efforts.

In addition to waterbird monitoring and habitat protection, our conservation work studies and advocates on behalf of all the City's wild birds, and does not happen without its dedicated and loyal members and friends. Please consider making a financial gift to close out our fiscal year end (March 31) in support of our conservation efforts.

Click here to donate now.

In this issue: Spots are still open on two trips to Jamaica Bay to see the American Woodcock and its incredible aerial courtship display: Saturday, March 25 or Saturday, April 1; Kingsland Wildflowers, our newly installed 10,000-plus square foot green roof in Greenpoint, needs local North Brooklyn volunteers for upcoming public programs and garden maintenance; Kingsland Wildflowers public programming begins on Earth Day with a lecture on designing your garden or backyard to attract birds; with spring migration set to begin soon in full force, we are looking for volunteers for our citizen science projects, as well as for a volunteer event to clean up Plumb Beach; March marks the start of prime nesting season for NYC Raptors, so help us protect them from rodenticide poisoning by reporting raptor nest locations in NYC; spring migration is an excellent time to get yourself started in birding, so boost your ID skills with our "Beginning Birding" series starting March 29 with Tod Winston; NYC Audubon contributing members should also take advantage of our free spring members walks; and finally, register for the second-ever "Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills" conference June 9-11 in partnership with the Catskill Center.

Happy March!

Killdeer © David Speiser
Killdeer © David Speiser

Learn about the Newest Developments in Coastal Science and Restoration at Tomorrow's Lecture

By Marcha Johnson and Eric Rothstein
Thursday, March 16, 7pm

Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls
1157 Lexington Avenue (between 79th and 80th Streets)

With the publication of Coastal Change, Ocean Conservation and Resilient Communities, editors Marcha Johnson and Amanda Bayley have brought together essays by leading practitioners in the fields of coastal science, community resilience, habitat restoration, sustainable landscape architecture, and floodplain management. Johnson will share what she learned compiling the book, and introduce us to exciting projects underway. Joining them will be contributor and hydrologist Eric Rothstein.

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 generous support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.


American Woodcock © Lloyd Spitalnik
American Woodcock © Lloyd Spitalnik

Two Chances to See the Incredible Aerial Courtship Display of the Woodcock

Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, 5-9:30pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow

The American woodcock is a remarkable bird: it is in the sandpiper family but lives in woodlands, often far from beaches. The male performs an incredible crepuscular aerial display and song early in the spring, soon after the snow melts in the northern U.S. There are a few places around New York City to witness this rite of spring. We'll look for it (and bats and owls and other critters, too) at Floyd Bennett Field. Transport by passenger van included. Each trip limited to 12. Click here to learn more and register for the March 25 trip, or for information about April 1 outing, click here

Kingsland Wildflower Roof
The Kingsland Wildflowers Roof in Greenpoint Was Installed by Our Partners Alive Structures in Spring 2016. In Addition to Providing Essential Stopover Habitat for Migrating Birds in Industrial Greenpoint, the Space Will Host a Variety of Events to Engage the Greenpoint Community in Environmental Stewardship. 

Calling all Greenpointers! Kingsland Wildflowers Needs Volunteers

Beginning this April we will need volunteers for Kingsland Wildflowers, our exciting new 10,000-plus square foot wildflower rooftop garden atop Broadway Stages in Greenpoint. Volunteers are needed to assist with community events, staff open hours for the roof and public tours, perform garden maintenance, and ensure public safety. Our goal is to foster a strong network of local North Brooklyn residents who will serve as the roof's core community.

If you live in the North Brooklyn area and are interested in getting involved with this exciting project, contact Kingsland Wildflowers Project Coordinator Nicole Jackson at

Join Us for an Earth Day Lecture and Roof Tour at Kingsland Wildflowers

by Joyann Cirigliano
Lecture Followed by Rooftop Tour
520 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Join us at the Kingsland Wildflowers Roof and Community Space in Greenpoint for a presentation by Joyann Cirigliano, president and Atlantic Flyway projects coordinator at Four Harbors Audubon Society. Learn about the importance of backyard gardens for birds, and the ways in which utilizing native plants in landscape design will attract these feathered friends. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will be followed by a tour of the Kingsland Wildflowers roof. This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the Kingslands Wildflowers project at

Greenpoint Community Environmental FundFunding provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.  

Rescued American Kestrel Recovering at the Wild Bird Fund © Maryjane Boland
This American Kestrel, Seen Here Recovering at the Wild Bird Fund, Was Rescued by a NYC Audubon Injured Bird Transporter © MaryJane Boland

Volunteer with Us This Spring!

Spring is just around the corner, and all of NYC Audubon's conservation projects are ready to come out of hibernation. To get involved with any of the conservation projects listed below, email us at All orientations require registration in advance. You can read more about our conservation work here.

Injured Bird Transporters: We often receive calls from 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.

Project Safe Flight: Spring migrants confront many hazards as they migrate through New York City. Volunteers are needed to monitor designated buildings for bird collisions, rescue injured birds, and record any casualties. Orientations will be held Monday, March 20, and Thursday, March 23, 6-7pm.

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring: Count horseshoe crabs, an important food source for migratory shorebirds in Jamaica Bay. Orientations will be held Thursdays, April 13 and 20, 6-7pm.Harbor Herons Foraging Study: Observe herons and egrets as they forage in New York City waterways. An orientation will be held Monday, May 1, 6-7pm.


Plumb Beach
Plumb Beach Is an Important NYC Coastline Habitat for Nesting Shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs

Plumb Beach Cleanup

Saturday, April 29, 10am-1pm

Clean up for wildlife! Each winter debris winds up in our waters and washes on our shores. It’s unsightly, polluting, and prevents urban wildlife like migratory birds and horseshoe crabs from using the beaches for feeding and nesting. Come out on a glorious spring day and get our beaches ready for them. All equipment is supplied plus snacks and water. Transportation via bus from Manhattan is available for a limited number of volunteers. Advance registration is required.

Click here to register for the beach cleanup.


Fledgling Red-tailed Hawks © Steve Nanz
March through August Is the Primary Nesting Season for Raptors in New York City. Juvenile Raptors, Like the Red-tailed Hawks Pictured in Nest Here, Are Highly Vulnerable to Rat Poisoning. Photo © Steve Nanz

Help Protect Raptors from Rodenticide Poisoning

Do you know of any raptor nests around the City? If so, we'd love to know about them so we can work with city agencies to reduce rodenticide use in surrounding areas. Please share any sightings of red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, and other hawk and falcon nests around the City with Debra Kriensky at Even if it's an old nest, we need to know whether it's still active. Learn about other ways you can help protect raptors from poisoning by viewing our "Protecting Raptors" brochure here.

Tree Swallow © Lloyd Spitalnik
Tree Swallow © Lloyd Spitalnik

Boost Your ID Skills with Our "Beginning Birding" Series

Classes: Wednesday, March 29, Thursday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Trips: Saturday, April 8, 8am-2pm (Jamaica Bay) and Saturday, April 15, 8-10:30am (Central Park)
Instructor: Tod Winston

Learn the keys to identifying the spectacular variety of birds that migrate northwards through New York City every spring. Even if you’ve never picked up a pair of binoculars, you’ll soon be identifying warblers, thrushes, waterbirds, and more—both by sight and by ear. Three fun and educational in-class sessions, coordinated with field trips to Jamaica Bay and Central Park (transport to Jamaica Bay included). Limited to 12. Click here to learn more and register. 

Hooded Warbler © Steve Nanz
Hooded Warbler © Steve Nanz

Upcoming Spring Member Events

Join us on a free NYC Audubon member event this spring. Please note: Member events are free for Contributing NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Not a member? Join our flock today!

Tuesday, April 25, 7:30-9:30am

Meet at Central Park West and 72nd Street to seek out early spring migrants with Tom Stephenson, author of The Warbler Guide and creator of the soon-to-be-released "BirdGenie" smartphone app. Click here to register

View our entire spring Members Events schedule by clicking here.

Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills
The Second Annual "Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills" Conference Takes Place Friday, June 9Sunday, June 11 in Claryville, NY

Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills

Friday, June 9, 9am-Sunday, June 11, 9pm
Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville, NY

Enjoy a weekend of birding walks, trips, and lectures in the beautiful Catskills at the second annual "Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills" festival in partnership with the Catskill Center. A highlight of the event is a Keynote by Richard Crossley, acclaimed birder, photographer, and award-winning author of The Crossley ID Guide series. Richard will also host a special Sunday morning "Learning to Look" field trip to close out the weekend. Taking Flight will be held at Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, NY. Click here to learn more about the event and register.

Tufted Titmouse © Laura Mandel
Tufted Titmouse Spotted on Our March 12 Intro to Birding Central Park Walk © Laura Mandel

Top and Sidebar Photos: great egret © Steve Nanz; white-breasted nuthatch © Laura J Mandel; bald eagle, yellow warbler, piping plover © Lloyd Spitalnik; Cape Ann whale and waterbirds © Don Riepe

* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


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