Enjoy Birds While We Stay Inside: Digital Resources & Activities

[b]Prairie Warbler[/b][br]© Jesse Gordon/Audubon Photography AwardsPrairie Warbler
© Jesse Gordon/Audubon Photography Awards
As everyone in the city adheres to New York State on PAUSE and follows social distancing mandates, NYC Audubon is exploring ways to offer alternative programming using remote technology. We are developing digital resources to help you and your family gain a better understanding of our work and the birds in our midst. We have been posting these resources and virtual programs on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages, in our eGret eNews alerts, as well as right here on this webpage. See below for digital resources you can enjoy while staying indoors!

Virtual Jamaica Bay Horseshoe Crab Festival

Virtually celebrate the annual arrival of the 400-million-year-old Atlantic Horseshoe Crab with this information-packed webinar recording. During full and new moons of May and June, female horseshoe crabs lay billions of eggs at the high tide line. At the same time, thousands of migrating shorebirds arrive to feed on the eggs, regaining the body weight they've lost during their long journey north. During this virtual festival, you’ll see experts handle live horseshoe crabs and learn about their important ecological and medicinal values. Hosted by NYC Audubon with the American Littoral Society, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, New York Aquarium, and Gateway National Recreation Area.

Virtual Birding by Ear with Tom Stephenson Ep. 2: American Robin

Tom Stephenson, author of “The Warbler Guide” and creator of the Bird Genie app, spent a few mornings recently in Prospect Park and recorded all the bird songs that could be heard. In episode 2, he examines the vocalizations of the American Robin, one of the more abundant and vocal species in our area. Other birds heard in this episode include White-throated Sparrow, Blue Jay, and Northern Cardinal. Be sure to also check out Episode 1 for an introduction to the terms Tom uses in this series!

Previous Episodes
Episode 1: Intro to Vocalizations

The Masked Birder! Ep. 3: Nelson Apolo

NYC Audubon’s new video series, produced by Lark Song Media, spotlights how people everywhere are turning to birds and nature to find comfort during the Covid-19 pandemic. In our third episode of The Masked Birder, take an armchair journey to Ecuador with professional naturalist and guide Nelson Apolo as he shares the colorful avian biodiversity of his country. With no one to guide during the pandemic, Nelson shares magnificent specialties like the Andean Emerald, Ecuadorian Hillstar, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Ocellated Tapaculo, and Harpy Eagle. To see more of the birds of Ecuador, get to know Nelson and Ecuador Nature Tours on Instagram where he posts highlights of his birding and photography tours. Contact Nelson at +593 95 978 2457 or via Ecuador Nature Tours on Facebook, Instagram: @ecuadornaturetours

Previous Episodes
Episode 1: Don Riepe
Episode 2: Cathy Weiner

Stream Birders: The Central Park Effect with 30-day trial of Music Box Direct

[b]Birders: The Central Park Effect[/b][br]Produced by Jeffrey KimballBirders: The Central Park Effect
Produced by Jeffrey Kimball
There is nothing like being in Central Park during spring migration, but viewing the film Birders: The Central Park Effect may be the next best thing during this time. Directed by NYC Audubon President Jeffrey Kimball, the acclaimed documentary reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds gracing Central Park and the equally colorful birders who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration. Featuring gorgeous footage of our beloved migrants and fascinating interviews with passionate Central Park birders, the film is a great way to visit Central Park virtually and a reminder of the importance of green spaces for our city's birds.

You can view the film, as well as other acclaimed movies and TV series such as the Johnathan Franzen-inspired documentary Emptying the Skies, on Music Box Direct. Music Box Films is offering a special 30-day free trial of the service to NYC Audubon members. Use the coupon code birders (all lower case) when signing up to get the 30-day free trial. Be sure to enter this code in the "coupon" field when inputting your payment information (you will not be billed until after the 30-day trial period and can cancel at any time).

NYC Audubon Staff Recommendations

We are also pleased to share a host of digital resources produced by kindred organizations and friends of NYC Audubon to help you connect with birds and nature. These staff-favorites include videos, bird cams, podcasts, and other activities that hopefully provide you a lift, insights, or just a welcome distraction from a spring migration season that is unexpectedly indoors. We hope you enjoy our suggestions.

​Please stay safe! We look forward to seeing you in the Parks or at a NYC Audubon event when we can safely reconvene together.


Nest Cams & Feeder Cams

55 Water Street: Peregrine Falcon Nest Cam

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: FeederWatch Cam at Sapsucker Woods

Golden Gate Audubon Society: San Francisco Bay Osprey Nest Cam

Tucson Audubon Society: Hummingbird Cam

Explore: Decorah, Iowa Bald Eagles Nest Cam


Explore Jamaica Bay: New York City's Natural Oasis

Birds of North America with Jason Ward

NYC Audubon: 40 Years Protecting New York City's Birds and Habitat

Bird Song Opera

Birding at The Met

And Because We All Need to Laugh

What Birds Do Metal Singers Sound Like?

Conan Goes Birdwatching In Central Park


Games & Activities

New York Breeding Bird Atlas: Breeding Code Quizzes

eBird: "Photo + Sound Quiz: Practice Your Skills. Help Science"

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: "Bird Song Hero"

American Museum of Natural History: "Birdwatching with Theodore Roosevelt"

Audubon for Kids: "Follow a Bird's Migration Story"

Podcast Episodes

BirdNote: "Birds and Glass - Community Science" featuring Project Safe Flight Volunteer Calista McRae

Bar Crawl Radio: "Urban Farms Above: NYC Roofs Going Green" featuring NYC Audubon Ecologist Dustin Partridge

American Birding Podcast: "The Feminist Bird Club Story with Molly Adams"

Science Friday: "SciFri Extra: Bird Nerds Of A Feather Flock Together" featuring NYC Audubon Senior Conservation Biologist Kaitlyn Parkins

BirdCallsRadio: "Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival 2018" with NYC Audubon Executive Director Kathryn Heintz



Saving Jamaica Bay: A Documentary Film
Available for free on Vimeo through May 1

Birders: The Central Park Effect
Available through Music Box Films. Use code birders for free 30-day month of Music Box


More Resources

Cornell Lab of the Ornithology "All About Birds"

National Audubon: "The Joy of Birds"

eBird: "Online Resources to Enjoy Birds from Your Home"

Audubon for Kids

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: I Bird NY

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