Adopt a Banded Bird

Help Support NYC Audubon's Work to Protect Our Birds

[b]American Oystercatchers[/b][br]© Lloyd SpitalnikAmerican Oystercatchers
© Lloyd Spitalnik


Endangered Piping Plovers, threatened American Oystercatchers, Osprey, and Great Egrets return throughout the spring and summer to New York City each year, having traveled great distances from the Bahamas, the Gulf of Mexico, or areas even farther away. We know of these birds' winter whereabouts largely through the efforts of NYC Audubon to band a small amount of birds each spring season. 

Staff, interns, and volunteers go out on beaches, wade through marshes, and visit island rookeries to count how many birds have come back to nest. Your donation will enable NYC Audubon to work with city, state, and federal park officials to make sure that these birds are protected as they nest.

When you adopt your animal, we'll make sure you get to know your adoptee: You'll receive a beautiful bird photo, a field update, and the tracking number of the actual banded bird or horseshoe crab you sponsored.

Each year, our scientists band a small number of birds to learn more about how our birds move and where they spend their winters. Later sightings of banded birds have shown that egrets hatched on harbor islands fly as far north as Canada before going south for the winter. With your support, we are just now learning the full life cycle of our City’s birds. Cormorants banded in the City winter in Florida. Piping Plovers prefer the Bahamas. Laughing Gulls head to the Gulf of Mexico.

Adopt a Banded Bird today by visiting our secure website and making a donation. 

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Snowy Owl


These majestic birds have wandered southwards (or "irrupted") in great numbers this winter across the United States in recent years. They tend to visit open, tundra-like habitats similar to their northern hunting grounds, like airports. After reports of snowy owl cullings at JFK Airport in December 2013, NYC Audubon helped protect snowy owls by spearheading an effort with the Audubon family to persuade the Port Authority to adopt a non-lethal trap-and-relocate strategy at our area airports. 

 American Oystercatcher


NYC Audubon will be banding this striking chicken-sized shorebird at Breezy Point and other beaches. Only about 2,000 pairs nest in the U.S. This species is slowly recovering from being almost wiped out.



Great and Snowy Egrets nest on harbor islands along with five other wading bird species. New York City’s islands are home to half of the wading bird population in the Northeast. Nearly 4% of the entire U.S. population of threatened snowy egret nests in the City.



Gulls, terns, Double-crested Cormorants, and other coastal birds nest on islands and beaches across the City. All are vulnerable to disturbance and storms.

Horseshoe Crab 


The eggs of this ancient seafarer are an important food source for Red Knots and other shorebirds. We tag them at various spots around Jamaica Bay.

Give today to receive an eco-minded gift for yourself or to share with a friend or family member. Your generous contribution to NYC Audubon makes a big difference in protecting the City’s wild inhabitants by increasing our understanding of how they nest, forage, and migrate.

To make your tax-deductible donation, please visit our secure website. If you would like to make a contribution by phone, please call 212-691-7483.


Snowy Owl, American Oystercatcher, Snowy Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, Hooded Warbler © David Speiser; Horseshoe Crab © NYC Audubon

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