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NYC Audubon Stands Committed to Safe, Accessible, and Inclusive Birding
in New York City and Beyond

In light of recent allegations of criminal and abusive behavior experienced by women birders in other parts of the country, NYC Audubon stands committed to continuing our work to expand accessible and inclusive birding, and to share the magic of birds and nature as widely as possible.

Everyone—particularly women, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and members of all marginalized communities—has the right to be free from harassment, intimidation, abuse, or assault while birding or engaging in any outdoor activities. We must create a safe and comfortable environment for all. To this end, before NYC Audubon resumes in-person walks and trips later in 2021, we are committed to strengthening our own protocols and trainings to ensure that we offer welcoming and positive interactions with nature in New York City and beyond.


Introducing Our Fresh New Look!


To wrap up our 40th anniversary year, we have reinvigorated our logo and style to better reflect all the habitat we protect and create in New York City. Our founding members began by opposing a destructive “restoration” plan of the Central Park Ramble in 1979—and in the ensuing decades, we’ve worked to protect open land around Jamaica Bay, grassland habitat in Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field, and the wild Harbor Heron islands. Today we’re spurring the creation of green roofs in all five boroughs and studying their importance as habitat. NYC Audubon is dedicated to making the City greener and more welcoming to birds and all wildlife.

Executed by the talented team at reitdesign, our refreshed logo offers a view into a greener New York City, highlighting the City’s grassy and forested areas and incredible shorefront—with our mascot, the American Kestrel, soaring above. We hope our new look encourages New Yorkers across the five boroughs to join us in exploring and conserving these precious and critical habitats.

We look forward to unveiling a completely redesigned that will improve visitors’ experience and match our new look. We will announce a launch date in early 2021 in future eGrets and on social media. As we transition to the new website, there are bound to be some growing pains: please pardon the appearance of our online donation, membership, and event registration pages during this time. And please let us know if anything fails to function—we always appreciate your feedback.


Our March Lecture Explores the Fascinating Mating Practices of Birds

Dr. Wenfei TongDr. Wenfei Tong

By Dr. Wenfei Tong
Monday, March 15, 7-8pm

Learn about the extraordinary mating customs of the avian world with Dr. Wenfei Tong, author of the book Bird Love. From courtship and nest-building to protecting eggs and raising chicks, Dr. Tong will explore the fascinating variety of practices that can be found among birds. Dr. Wenfei Tong is a research associate in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Registration required. Limited to 500. Free

Register for this Virtual Event Here

This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.


NYC Audubon's Commitment to Fighting Racism

A letter from Executive Director Kathryn Heintz
June 8, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

The news over the past few weeks has been extraordinarily difficult to process. As our community planned its emergence from the pandemic, we were stunned by the racist attack on our board member Christian Cooper in Central Park. It was a shocking example of racism right in our midst, and we were thankful that Chris came to no harm. We learned later that same day about the horrifying death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has prompted spontaneous protests across the world demanding justice and equality for Black people in this country. It is clear that we have reached a crucial point of reckoning and self-reflection as a nation, and as a city. This moment is so much bigger than us. And yet we take our responsibility to rise to meet it as fundamental, and as central to NYC Audubon’s mission. (Read more....)


Top Banner Photo Credits: Great Egret Nesting Colony © NYC Audubon; Group of Birders © Kati Solomon; All Others © François Portmann.

Photo Credits for Images Below: Birder in New York City © Sophie Butcher
*This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

NYC Audubon Activities and COVID-19

NYC Audubon prides itself on connecting people to nature and conservation through engaging programming that brings together individuals united by a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are approaching our mission to connect and unite with one another through an adjusted lens. We are following state and federal government guidance, are in touch with city agencies, and continue to monitor the situation closely. After suspending most spring and summer in-person programming in accordance with state and federal government guidance, as of early September, we are offering limited free walks in select parks. We regret that because of the pandemic, we are unable to coordinate a public Christmas Bird Count in Central Park and Manhattan this year.

Read more about modified events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enjoy Birds from Home: "Virtual Birding"

NYC Audubon offers a variety of virtual programming to connect you with the City’s birds and their conservation. Get to know the shorebirds of NYC's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at the Virtual 15th Annual Shorebird Festival. Or watch episodes of our short-form educational series: The World of Birds introduces kids to bird anatomy, behavior, and scientific facts that bridge together the worlds of humans and birds through the lens of ecology. Virtual Birding by Ear with The Warbler Guide author Tom Stephenson analyzes birdsong recorded during his field trips this spring and summer. And, find a list of digital resources we've compiled for you: videos, bird cams, podcasts, and more.

See all our virtual birding resources here!

Upcoming Events

Birding by Subway Map

Learn about all of the great NYC birding hotspots and how to visit them by public transit using our interactive "Birding by Subway" Map.


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Our Video

Karen Benfield and Lark Song Media spent a year documenting our work and produced a terrific video that captures our commitment to the birds and bird-lovers of New York City. See our varied outreach and conservation programs in action by viewing "NYC Audubon Highlights and Achievements 2018."
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