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[b]"It's Your Tern!" Festival on Governors Island 2018[/b][br]© NYC Audubon

Saturday, July 13, noon-4pm
Parade Ground Southeast Corner, Governors Island
With Trust for Governors Island, Friends of Governors Island, National Park Service, New York Harbor School, Earth Matter NY, Wild Bird Fund, IBEX Puppetry, Swarovski Optik

Come celebrate Governors Island’s treasures: Common Terns and oysters! Common Terns, listed as a threatened species in New York State, have nested for several years on decommissioned piers on Governors Island’s waterfront. The colony has expanded over time and benefited recently from the introduction of oyster shells as a nesting material. Free activities at this year’s festival will include bird walks and talks, as well as hands-on activities for the whole family. Get to the festival by taking the ferry to Governors Island. The festival will take place at the southeast corner of the Parade Ground right across from St. Cornelius Chapel. No limit. Free

Click here for Google Map of the festival location

Click here for the Governors Island ferry schedule

Festival Schedule:

12:00PM - 4:00PM, Main Festival Site - Activities, games, and information, including: Tern masks and Tern coloring, Tern beanbag toss, Tern science, bird advocacy, EarthMatter compost workshop, Wild Bird Fund, and other family fun!

12:00PM - 3:30PM, Lima Pier - Tern Viewing Station with Swarovski Optik and nanotag scanning with NYC Audubon scientists

12:15PM - 1:45PM, Main Site - Bird Walk around Governors Island

12:30PM - 1:00PM, Main Site - IBEX Puppetry PerformanceHarmonious Migrations

2:20PM - 2:30PM, Main Site - Welcoming Remarks

2:30PM - 3:00PM, Main Site - IBEX Puppetry PerformanceHarmonious Migrations

3:15PM - 4:30PM, Main Site - Bird Walk around Governors Island



[b]Lesser Yellowlegs[/b][br]© Debra Kriensky

Saturday, August 17, 8:30am-5:30pm
With American Littoral Society, Gateway National Recreation Area, and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy

During the past 40 years, over 40 species of shorebirds (including rare and accidental vagrants) have been recorded at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East and West Ponds from mid-July through October, with the greatest diversity and abundance in August. Join us for the 14th annual celebration on Saturday, August 17.

Programming includes guided hikes to the East and West Ponds, lectures by shorebird experts, kids activities, and more. Walk leaders include Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe, Lloyd Spitalnik, Gabriel Willow, and Molly Adams. The festival meets at the National Park Service's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Google Map here). The program is free; suggested donations of $20 per adult to NYC Audubon are encouraged to offset festival costs.

Limited free van transportation from Manhattan to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is available for NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Meet at 71 West 23rd Street at 7:30am. Contact NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 to reserve a seat. Limited van shuttle service will be available from the Broad Channel A Train Station to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center until 10:30am. Free connection to the NYC Ferry at Beach 108th Street (early morning and end of the festival only). For more information, contact NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483, American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896, or Don Riepe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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, June 16, July 14, August 11, and September 15, 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 June 16 Audubon Mural Project tour here.

Register for the July 14 Audubon Mural Project tour here. 

Register for the August 11 Audubon Mural Project tour here. 

Register for the September 15 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

June: Open Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
July and August: Open Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm 

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

Saturdays, June 29, July 27, August 10 and August 24, 2-3pm
Sundays, June 30, July 21 and August 18, 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[b]Avian-inspired Workshop by IBEX Puppetry outside Nolan Park House #17, August 25, 2018[br][/b]© NYC Audubon

Saturdays, July 6, August 3, August 31, 12-4pm
Sundays, June 9, June 23, August 18, 12-4pm
With IBEX Puppetry

Stop by Nolan Park House #17 on Governors Island and join the talented folks at IBEX Puppetry all summer long for a rotating selection of nature-based crafts and games, as well as storytelling suitable for all ages.

IBEX Puppetry is devoted to health and healing for the planet by inspiring the next generation of storytellers, change-makers, and eco-champions through artistic spectacle, engagement, and the fine art of puppetry. Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Heather Henson, IBEX believes that the arts can be a powerful tool for sharing wisdom from and about our Mother Earth. IBEX programming offers unique opportunities to explore environmental issues and traditional ecological knowledge through the lens of the fine and performing arts. They use art as a tool to teach about nature and they look to nature to inform and inspire their art. All ages are welcome. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

NATURE PRINTMAKING WITH AUTUMN KIOTI[b]2018 Nature Printmaking Workshop on Governors Island Led by Autumn Kioti[/b][br]© NYC Audubon
Saturdays, June 8, August 10, and September 14, 12-2pm

Join artist Autumn Kioti on Governors Island at Nolan Park House #17 and explore an edgier approach to traditional botanical printmaking. Autumn's workshop employs a combination of DIY kitchenprinting and studio techniques—along with elements of collage, illustration, and monoprinting—to inspire students of all ages to embrace a new perspective on the age-old process of botanical printmaking. Attendees will be encouraged to explore non-traditional combinations of materials, bringing pressed plants and scrap paper from home, using materials provided at the workshop, or working with a combination of both. Methods taught are easily translated into techniques that can be duplicated in your own home without the use of special equipment. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

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