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Participate in the 118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Citizen Science in Action

[b]Great Horned Owl[/b][br]© François PortmannGreat Horned Owl
© François Portmann

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the nation's longest-running citizen-science bird project. New York City Audubon plays its part in this annual bird population survey, which is now conducted across North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Pacific Islands. Birders of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. Beginners too! The data collected by observers 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.

The 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will soon be under way nationwide, and in all five boroughs of New York City. NYC Audubon is responsible for reporting data for the Lower Hudson Count Circle, which includes all of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey. And we host Manhattan's Central Park compilation gathering at the Central Park Arsenal each year, a festive event! Bird Counts in New York City begin Saturday, December 16, with Counts occurring across Staten Island and Brooklyn. The Central Park Count will take place on Sunday, December 17. Several other "Lower Hudson Circle" counts will take place that same day of December 17 in areas such as Inwood Hill, Harlem, Riverside Park, Bryant Park, the Lower East Side, Battery Park, Randall's Island, and Liberty State Park (in New Jersey). NYC Bird Counts wrap up on Saturday, December 23, with Counts taking place in the Bronx. For more information on how you can participate in any of these Counts across the City's five boroughs, visit our NYC Christmas Bird Count page.

2017-2018 NYC Audubon Lecture Series

[b][i]One More Warbler[/i]By Victor Emanuel with S. Kirk Walsh[/b][br]The University of Texas PressOne More WarblerBy Victor Emanuel with S. Kirk Walsh
The University of Texas Press

Lecture by Victor Emanuel
Thursday, December 7, 7pm
Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls
Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th streets in Manhattan

Victor Emanuel, the founder of VENT, the largest avian ecotourism company on earth, describes his journey from inspired youth to world’s top birder in One More Warbler. For our lecture series, this master raconteur will share some of his biggest adventures, rarest finds, and the people who mentored and encouraged his passion along the way. (See our review of One More Warbler in the summer 2017 Urban Audubon.)

See our full 2017-2018 lecture series schedule here.

All lectures are free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.

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, Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), Study for Havell pl. 1, ca. 1825; Snowy Egret, Great Egret, and Little Blue Heron © Debra Kriensky.

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

Audubon's stunning watercolors now have a permanent home! Check out New-York Historical Society's recently opened Audubon’s Birds of America 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 initial Bird-of-the Month centerpiece is the Wild Turkey: Audubon’s watercolor and the engraving, together with the copper plate on loan from the American Museum of Natural History. Learn more about New-York Historical Society's exciting new gallery here.

The Birds Could Really Use a Hand This Year

Now is the moment to exert the power of our conservation networks to assure a voice and future for wild birds in North America. Simply put, we need your help. New York City Audubon is a grassroots community that protects wild birds and their habitats. We may be small, but we are strong. Our five-borough engagement and collective activism make a difference.

NYC Audubon’s work does not happen without its dedicated and loyal members and friends. Now is your opportunity to assure success in the year ahead. Please consider making a financial gift. Every gift of every size matters to every one of us. Your participation matters most. Thank you!

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