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 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 email@example.com.
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.
Killdeer © David Speiser
Learn about the Newest Developments in Coastal Science and Restoration at Tomorrow's Lecture
COASTAL CHANGE, OCEAN CONSERVATION AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Us for an Earth Day Lecture and Roof Tour at Kingsland Wildflowers
MY YARD IS “FOR THE BIRDS”: THE THINGS BIRDS LOOK FOR IN URBAN AND SUBURBAN YARDS, AND WHY THEY NEED TO BE THERE
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 www.kingslandwildflowers.com.
Funding 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.
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 email@example.com. 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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!
SONGS OF CENTRAL PARK WITH TOM STEPHENSON
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.
The Second Annual "Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills" Conference Takes Place Friday, June 9–Sunday, 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 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
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