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NYC Audubon Lecture Series 2018/2019

[b]Red-tailed Hawk (Pale Male) with Brown Rat[/b][br]© Lloyd SpitalnikRed-tailed Hawk (Pale Male) with Brown Rat
© Lloyd Spitalnik

By Matthew Combs
Tuesday, January 22, 7pm

Learn about New York City’s least favorite furry friend from Matthew Combs, whose work studying the genetics of the City’s rats recently caused quite a stir. Controlling the City’s rat populations can often have severe implications for raptors such as Red-tailed Hawks, so it can be helpful for bird lovers to learn about these common critters. Combs will explore the biology of rats, the risks they pose, and even debunk some rat myths. We will then hear how he uses genetics and ecology to understand rat populations in our city and how that might translate to management goals and priorities. Matthew Combs conducts his research as a doctoral candidate at Fordham University.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch. Lectures are held at Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, located on Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th streets in Manhattan.

See our entire 2018/2019 NYC Audubon Lecture Series schedule here.

Recapping the 119th Annual Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count

[b]The Barred Owl, photographed here in Central Park on November 4, 2018, was one of three owl species counted at the 2018 Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count.[/b][br]Photo © Ellen MichaelsThe Barred Owl, photographed here in Central Park on November 4, 2018, was one of three owl species counted at the 2018 Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
Photo © Ellen Michaels

On Sunday, December 16, 59 intrepid birders braved heavy winds and pouring rain to participate in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the New Jersey-Lower Hudson (NJLH) count circle. The NJLH count circle is centered in the Hudson River, and its 15-mile radius includes Manhattan, Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey, and a portion of Queens. The data collected by observers at count circles in New York City and across the nation over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. View the full history of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the compiled nationwide data here.

New York City Audubon organized the 119th annual Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count, along with our partners NYC Parks, the Urban Park Rangers, and the Central Park Conservancy. This annual community science project welcomes birders of all skill levels. Through foggy binoculars, participants recorded 5,323 birds of 57 species.

Click here for a full recap of the 119th Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count, including a list of all species seen, on our blog, Syrinx.

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

Bottom Photo Credits: John James Audubon (1785–1851), Northern Parula (Setophaga americana), The Birds of America, no. 19, pl. 91. (New York: Published by J.J. Audubon; Philadelphia: J.B. Chevalier, 1840–44). Hand-colored lithograph; Limpkin © Don Riepe.

Audubon's Birds of America Gallery Now Open at New-York Historical Society

Audubon's stunning watercolors have a permanent home! Check out New-York Historical Society's Audubon’s Birds of America Focus Gallery, where you can view rotating watercolor models by John James Audubon with their corresponding plates from the double-elephant-folio series, engraved by Robert Havell Jr.—never on view together before!—bird calls, and a Bird-of-the-Month.

The Bird-of-the Month centerpiece currently is the Northern Parula (Setophaga americana). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

One Spot Remains: Birding South Florida and the Everglades

Sunday, February 24-Sunday, March 3
Guide: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society

Travel by van and visit many great birding and photography areas including the North and South Everglades, Sanibel Island, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Wetlands, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Okeeheelee Nature Center, and several state parks. See Burrowing Owl, Purple Gallinule, Wood Stork, Painted Bunting, Limpkin, Barred Owl, herons, egrets, ibis, and many more resident and wintering birds—plus alligators of course. Learn more and register for this trip here.

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