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[b]Bald Eagle Up Close at 2018 Raptorama![/b][br]© NYC Audubon

Sunday, October 20, 10am-3pm
With American Littoral Society, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Gateway National Recreation Area

Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for a program on hawks and owls, plus a live demonstration where one can get up-close views of local hawks, owls, and eagles. In the afternoon, we’ll go to Fort Tilden to see the many hawk species flying south for the winter. We recommend bringing a bag lunch. For more information, contact American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . No registration necessary. Free (donation suggested)

Raptorama! Festival Schedule:

9:45am: Registration, complimentary coffee and donuts

10:00-11:00am: Jamaica Bay Raptor Management Indoor Presentation with Don Riepe

10:15-11:00am: Ranger-led "Bird Olympics" Outdoor Activity for Kids

11:00am-1:00pm: Meet-and-Greet Live Raptors with Rehabilitator Bobby Horvath

1:00pm-2:00pm: Ranger-led Walk Around West Pond

1:00pm-3:00pm: Ranger and Naturalist-led Walk at Nearby Fort Tilden Hawk Watch (van transportation provided)

3:30pm: Fort Tilden Van Arrives back at the Refuge



Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located along Cross Bay Blvd in southern Queens approximately 2¼ miles south of Howard Beach and ¼ mile north of Broad Channel. Q52 and Q53 buses stop on Cross Bay Blvd at the Visitor Center parking entrance traffic signal. The flat 10-minute walk to the Visitor Center from the subway A train stop at Broad Channel is approximately ¾ mile; limited free shuttle service at program start and end.



[b]The Magpie (Pica pica) from Pica pica.[/b][br]Photo credit: Mikael Kristersson.

Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater

With Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image, as part of the nationwide film program Science on Screen, will be screening three bird documentary films from director Mikael Kristersson. Lauded as one of Sweden's finest documentarians, Kristersson's award-winning films are rarely seen in the United States. Visit the Museum of the Moving Image for a weekend presentation of Kristersson's three captivating filmsPica Pica, Kestrel's Eye, and Light Yearalong with conversations on the challenges facing the coastal environments of New York City and Sweden with NYC Audubon, environmentalists, and filmmakers including Kristerrson himself.

Bird's Eye View Film Screening Schedule:

Pica Pica: Friday, October 25, 7pm

Kestrel's Eye: Saturday, October 26, 1:30pm

Light Year: Saturday, October 26, 4:30pm

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Museum of the Moving Image's Science on Screen series webpage here. Ticket purchase includes same-day admission to the Museum. Tickets are $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above).



Take a Guided Tour of the Audubon Mural Project

[b]Pinyon Jay by Artist Mary Lacy[/b][br]Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon      [b]Roseate Spoonbill by Artist Danielle Mastrion[/b][br]Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon

The Audubon Mural Project is a public art initiative of the National Audubon Society, in partnership with the Harlem-based Gitler & _____ Gallery. The project is inspired by the legacy of John James Audubon (a former neighborhood resident), and is energized by findings from the National Audubon Society that nearly half of all North American bird species face dire threats to their survival by 2080 due to climate change. The Audubon Mural Project commissions artists to paint murals of each of the threatened birds—a total of 314 species—throughout the Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights neighborhoods of Manhattan.

Visit the Audubon Mural Project website to learn more about the initiative and view images and a map of all the completed murals.

The project was featured on a recent episode of NYC-ARTS on PBS. View the episode here.

NYC Audubon is offering guided tours to see these breathtaking murals. Tours will be led monthly, but may increase in frequency depending on demand. See below for information.

It is possible to arrange private two-hour tours with Avi Gitler. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire.


Sundays, September 15, October 13, November 10 and December 8, 2019, 10am-12pm
Guide: Leigh Hallingby
[b]Swallow-tailed Kite (and Others) by Artist Lunar New Year[/b][br]Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon[br][br][br]

The Audubon Mural Project is an exciting effort by the National Audubon Society and Gitler &_____ Gallery to create murals of over 300 birds in the northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights. As all the birds painted are threatened by climate change, the project is designed not only to help us appreciate the beauty of the birds, but also make us aware of the challenges they face. In addition to seeing about 30 murals, we will visit John James Audubon’s impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church Cemetery. Binoculars will be an asset on this walk. Limited to 20. $30 (20)

Register for the September 15 Audubon Mural Project tour here. 

Register for the October 13 Audubon Mural Project tour here.

Register for the November 10 Audubon Mural Project tour here.

Register for the December 8 Audubon Mural Project tour here.


Support for these tours is provided by Audubon New York through the Norman Shapiro Collaborative Grant. This award is given annually to a local New York state chapter in honor of Norman Shapiro, whose leadership for his local chapter Orange County Audubon, the Audubon New York state office, and the Audubon Council of New York personified collaboration and “One Audubon.” New York City Audubon is honored to receive this award and make people aware of the threats from climate change through the mural project.

Film Screenings at Kings County Brewers Collective

Saving Jamaica Bay

Thursday, May 10, 7pm, 2018
With Kings County Brewers Collective
381 Troutman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Join us during spring migration at Kings County Brewers Collective in Bushwick, Brooklyn as we screen Saving Jamaica Bay. The film tells the story of how one community fought government inaction and overcame Hurricane Sandy to clean up and restore the largest open space in New York City. The screening will be followed by a Q + A panel with Saving Jamaica Bay filmmaker Dan Hendrick, NYC Audubon ecologists, and KCBC brewer Pete Lengyel. Ages 21 and up. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Limited to 150. This event is free and open to the public.

More info and a trailer of the film can be found here.

NYC Audubon on Governors Island 2019

Visit NYC Audubon at our pop-up nature center on Governors Island, Nolan Park House #17, right in the heart of New York Harbor.

Activities at Nolan Park House #17 Include: [b]Nolan Park House #17 on Governors Island [/b]

♦    Family-friendly Activities and Book Nook for Kids

♦    Binoculars to Borrow

♦    Opportunities to Meet Avian-inspired Artists at Work

♦    Information on Birds and Habitats throughout NYC's Five Boroughs


[b]Click on Map to Enlarge[/b]Schedule and Directions

September and October: Open Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm 
Please note: We will not be open on Columbus Day (October 14th)

NYC Audubon is located on Governors Island in Nolan Park, House 17. Click here for the updated ferry schedule.


Governors Island Bird Walks[b]NYC Audubon Guide Annie Barry Leading Bird Walk on Governors Island[/b][br]© NYC Audubon

Saturday, October 19, 2-3pm
Guide: NYC Audubon

Meet at Nolan Park House #17. Join us for a bird walk around beautiful and historic Governors Island, which boasts over 192 species recorded on Learn about the island’s fascinating history and search for waterbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and more. Binoculars are available. No registration necessary. No limit. Free



 Nolan Park House #17 Workshops and Special Events



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