Adopt a Banded Bird

Help Support NYC Audubon's Work to Protect Our Birds

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


Endangered piping plovers, threatened American oystercatchers, ospreys, 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.

By donating today, you will not only support valuable research on waterbirds like gulls and cormorants, wading birds like egrets and ibis, snowy owls, and even horseshoe crabs–you will also receive a lovely 5x7” photograph of one of the species NYC Audubon monitors (see below). In addition, you will get a field update during the actual banding season* with the number of an animal we tag or band, and a field photo from the banding day.

*Banding season runs mid-March to July


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.



The most diverse and colorful group of birds that stop over in the City during migration!



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

Leave a Legacy

[b]Black Skimmer and Chick[/b][br]© Lloyd Spitalnik

Thinking of the future? There are many ways to protect the birds you love for generations to come.

Include New York City Audubon in your Will or Irrevocable Trust. Specify “New York City Audubon Society, 71 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010” as a beneficiary. You can change your bequest or designation at any time.

Name “New York City Audubon” as a residual beneficiary, or co-beneficiary, in your Retirement Account, Bank Account, or Insurance Policy. It’s very easy! Many times it can be done online. Retirement plans include IRAs, 401(k) plans, profit-sharing plans, Keogh plans, and 403(b) plans.

Have payments from your Retirement Account made directly to New York City Audubon. You must be 70½ or older. Payments made this way are not included in your gross income.

The tax benefits these options can be very attractive, too! Be sure to speak with your financial advisor about them.

For more information about including NYC Audubon in your estate plans, please call Kellye Rosenheim, director of development, at 646-502-9611 or write to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you have already provided for the birds in your will, let us know!

New York City Audubon was honored to receive the following bequests in 2015-16:

Estate of Anne Howat
Estate of Helen Mattin
Estate of Christina J. Norton

Our Donors

NYC Audubon relies on donations from dedicated individuals, foundations, and corporations to carry out its mission of protecting birds and the natural spaces that support them in New York City. We gratefully acknowledge their support.

NYC Audubon’s conservation programs are made possible with the leadership support of the Leon Levy Foundation.

Please click here to see a list of donors through summer of 2015.

And to all of our members: Thank you!



Protecting Birds in New York City

Monday, October 17, 2016
409 East 59th Street

Thank you for supporting us at the 12th annual Fall Roost on October 17. At this year's benefit honoring longtime NYC Audubon Board Member and Past President Harry Maas, Tribute in Light monitoring partner Michael Ahern Production Services and the late Michael Ahern, and "Volunteer of the Year" Phil Cusimano, NYC Audubon raised more than $150,000 overall--and more than $10,000 towards a summer 2017 residency on Governors Island, an exciting opportunity for outreach, education, and expanded conservation efforts on the Island.

Thank you to all who made this year's Fall Roost another fantastic night for New York City's birds and wildlife. See below for a slideshow of photos taken at the event.



Please donate today

Common Tern and chick

by D. Speiser


In New York City a remarkable – indeed miraculous – 350 species of birds live year round or come to rest or nest during their migrations.

Over thirty years ago, a group of conservationists like you founded New York City Audubon to protect our birds and the land where they forage and nest. Our job has not changed: It is to provide constant vigilance over the city’s 30,000 remaining acres of natural areas and the 578 miles of shoreline that our winged neighbors need to survive.

This is what your donation supports:

  • the research undertaken every year by our science staff
  • our advocacy and testimony before numerous government agencies every year
  • our environmental publications
  • an extensive program of more than 250 guided nature walks, Eco-cruises and rowboat trips annually
  • our educational outreach to schools and neighborhoods that are near important bird areas throughout the city

and, yes, much more.



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.



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