Heroes of Jamaica Bay Honored —
Senator Charles Schumer Announces
Backing of West Pond Restoration
On February 19, New York City Audubon and Jamaica Bay Lives held a joint reception to honor three Heroes of Jamaica Bay: Aviator Sports & Events, which is located at Floyd Bennett Field and plays a key role in introducing New Yorkers to Jamaica Bay; Sadhana, a Queens-based community coalition and Tidal Connections partner; and Ronald Bourque, past president of NYC Audubon and longtime advocate for wildlife and conservation in Jamaica Bay, particularly at Floyd Bennett Field.
Senator Charles Schumer, another Hero of Jamaica Bay, gave the keynote address in which he reminisced about his boyhood in the area, his early days representing the neighborhoods surrounding the Bay in the New York State Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives, and his continued use of this beautiful and critically important natural area for recreation. While he has already garnered relief for residents and businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy as well as Gateway National Recreation Area, the audience erupted in cheers when he acknowledged his support for restoring the West Pond to the fresh water habitat that it had been before the storm.
The restoration of West Pond has been a major goal of NYC Audubon, the National Park Service, and many of its conservation partners including the Birders’ Coalition for Gateway, American Littoral Society, and Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers.
The event raised money for NYC Audubon’s ongoing work to protect and restore Jamaica Bay and for Jamaica Bay Lives, the first-ever feature-length documentary film about Jamaica Bay by filmmaker Dan Hendrick. Attendees included Joshua R. Laird, Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor; Gateway Superintendent Jennifer Nersesian, a presenter; and Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder.
Thank you Helena Durst and The Durst Organization for hosting this wonderful event, and thank you to our sponsors for their support: Aviator Sports & Events, NRG Energy, ConEdison, The Williams Companies, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Meritract, the Real Estate Board of New York, Ronald Bourque, Barbara J. Fife, Marcia and Bruce Fowle, and Virginia K. Stowe.
Get Outdoors with NYC's Winter Wildlife in 2015!
Happy New Year from NYC Audubon! Our beautiful warblers, tanagers, and orioles are far south of us now, and we must wait a few months yet for them to return. But there is still much great birding and wildlife-watching to be had in New York City. Snow buntings, eiders, harlequin ducks, snowy owls--and one non-avian visitor, the harbor seal--have themselves journeyed south, to spend the winter here! And there are plenty of opportunities to go see them:
Our Winter Seals and Waterbirds of New York Harbor tours run every Sunday through March 8, from 12-2pm. See playful harbor seals, loons, sea ducks, and purple sandpipers while you enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and tea.
It might be cold and wintry right now, but it's never too early to be thinking about spring migration. NYC Audubon Members can sign up for our upcoming spring trips and classes right now! See our full winter and spring trip listings here. We hope you'll join us.
Top Banner Photo Credits: group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.
Bottom Photo Credits: Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron Chicks © Kenneth Cole Schneider**; Great-horned Owl © François Portmann
** This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
Be a part of Project Safe Flight by Using Our New Online Database, D-Bird
For more than 15 years, NYC Audubon has been collecting data on bird mortality in New York City in order to understand the threats that birds face from the built environment. This work is a component of Project Safe Flight, part of our broader effort generously supported by the Leon Levy Foundation to make the City a safer place for birds.
If you find a dead or injured bird, you can make a valuable contribution to Project Safe Flight by providing us with information about the bird through our new online database, D-Bird. To learn more and contribute to D-Bird, please click here.
Christmas Bird Count Results Now Available
New York City's 115th annual Christmas Bird Count is a wrap! The Count took place from December 14 to January 5, and final tallies for New York City are now available! Altogether, there were over 189,000 individual birds counted in 157 species, noticeably higher than the 148 species counted last year! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's counts in NYC.
Click here to view full results and interesting highlights from the City's five boroughs.
Visit NYC Audubon's blog, Syrinx, to see current updates on our work.