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Join Us for Our Next Virtual Lecture: The Place Where The People Gather Screening and Talkback

The Place Where The People Gather Screening and Talkback
By Brooklyn Demme
With The Feminist Bird Club
Monday, December 14, 7-8pm

The Place Where The People Gather tells the story of the Ramapough Lenape people's struggle to maintain the use of their ceremonial prayer land in Mahwah, NJ. This stirring short documentary film highlights the importance of community, culture, and awareness of the land in a way that will speak to any lover of nature. A screening of the film will be followed by a talkback featuring filmmaker Brooklyn Demme, Ramapough Lenape Chief Perry, and other tribal members, hosted by Purbita Saha of Popular Science magazine. Registration required. Limited to 500. Free

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


Thanks for a Successful Online Fall Roost!

[b]Chris Cooper in "Somewhere" music video produced by Karen Benfield for the Fall Roost.[/b][br]© NYC AudubonChris Cooper in "Somewhere" music video produced by Karen Benfield for the Fall Roost.
© NYC Audubon

Thank you to all the supporters of the 2020 Virtual Fall Roost! Our community really came out for the birds this year and had a big night of entertainment, bidding in the silent auction, and competing in the Lark Fine Foods Trivia Game. It was a success beyond what we dared hope for in this uncertain time. With your help, we are set to launch the Feathered Friends afterschool online bird club! Learn about the Feathered Friends program on our YouTube channel! You can help grow the program by making a contribution here.

We send our sincerest appreciation to Karen Benfield, MaryJane Boland, Marcia Fowle, Cathy Heller, Tatiana Kaletsch, and Jenny Maritz for the hard work and dedication, and again to Karen Benfield for the videos and spearheading the production. See our music video “Somewhere,” produced by Karen and played at the Roost, on our YouTube page! And a special thanks to Steve Martin for the fabulous musical performance and to Chris Cooper for leading the Feathered Friends appeal!


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....)


Celebrating 40 Years of Bird Conservation

NYC Audubon’s history was joyously celebrated at this year’s Fall Roost benefit—and memorialized with two commemorative pieces created especially to trace the organization’s path of conservation accomplishments over the past four decades. The pieces depict the fierce determination that NYC Audubon activists have felt over these past 40 years, as they’ve battled to protect our city’s birds and their habitat. View NYC Audubon: 40 Years Protecting New York City's Birds and Habitat, a video created by Karen Benfield and Lark Song Media, above. Read the 40th Anniversary commemorative issue of our Urban Audubon newsletter here (PDF).

Looking back on our four decades of conservation accomplishments, we are inspired by the foresight of early NYC Audubon activists in addressing threats to the City’s birds and their habitat. As our organization has grown from a grassroots organization run by volunteers to a larger organization with a professional staff, we look to the future with our Strategic Plan 2020–2025. This document serves as a roadmap for all of our efforts in preserving habitats throughout the five boroughs, making our vast city safer for birds, and illuminating the wonders of nature for all New Yorkers. And the plan provides a reckoning with how we can be more inclusive of the great diversity in our community. Read our Strategic Plan here.

Our Strategic Plan 2020–2025: A Vision for the Future creates a map to guide us forward. To begin, we are committed to raising $1,040,000 in our anniversary year. Help us help our birds.


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!

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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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