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.

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 excited to launch a new series of 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, May 13 and 20, June 17, July 22, August 19, and September 16, 2018, 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 May 13 Audubon Mural Project tour here (SOLD OUT).

Register for the May 20 Audubon Mural Project tour here (SOLD OUT).

Register for the June 17 Audubon Mural Project tour here.

Register for the July 22 Audubon Mural Project tour here.

Register for the August 19 Audubon Mural Project tour here.

Register for the September 16 Audubon Mural Project tour here.

Due to popular demand, we will be adding more Audubon Mural Project tour dates this spring. Check back here and upcoming issues of our monthly email newsletter The eGret for tours to be announced soon.

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 Review: Flight of The Butterflies

By Glenn Phillips

Monarchs in the Sierra Madre.

Flight of the Butterflies is a remarkable film. Even without the awe-inspiring footage presented in IMAX format, the film would be worth watching for its in-depth and vivid portrayal of monarch butterflies and their extraordinary migrations. This film uses a dramatization of Fred Urquhart’s efforts to understand the migratory behavior of monarch butterflies as a frame for telling the life story of one monarch, hatched among the wildflowers of Texas, and her offspring. Along the way, you’ll learn about one of the most amazing citizen science projects ever conducted--and witness the development of a monarch from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult through advanced MRI and micro CT scans. It is nothing less than magical.

Simon de Granville, 3D Stereographer, observes the monarch butterflies surrounding the crew.No need for a spoiler alert, as we all know that Dr. Urquhart eventually discovered that the remote Sierra Madre mountains of Michoacán, Mexico serve as the principal wintering refuge for eastern monarchs. The details of how Dr. Urquhart finally discovered the proof seems like a fictional, Hollywood ending, but the filmmakers tell us that Catalina Aguado, the last surviving member of the discovery team, was present during the filming to ensure that it was portrayed accurately.

It is a shame that none of the local venues (Liberty Science Center and American Museum of Natural History) are showing the film in 3D. The added sense of immersion from the 3D version, almost perfectly captures what it feels like to be physically present in a monarch hibernation colony, without any risk of disturbance to these extraordinary flyers.

Crew in action filming monarchs in a field of bluebonnets in Texas.I left the theater amazed, with a newfound sense of respect for these extraordinary creatures, and grateful that a portion of the movies proceeds will support monarch butterfly conservation so that my children and grandchildren can continue to enjoy the flight of these butterflies. -GP







All images courtesy of Flight of the Butterflies.

NYC Audubon on Governors Island 2018

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

Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-5pm (and Memorial Day)

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


Governors Island Bird Walks[b]Common Tern, Listed as a Threatened Species in New York State, on Pier on Governors Island[/b]

Saturdays May 26, June 2, June 23, 2-3pm
Sundays, May 20, June 10, June 17 and June 24 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

Puffins, Warblers, and Lobster Boats

The Enchanting Coast of Maine

With Gabriel Willow
Saturday, May 26 – Saturday, June 2, 2018

[b]Atlantic Puffins[/b][br]© Steve Nanz[b]Blackburnian Warbler[/b][br]© David Speiser[b]Monhegan Island[/b][br]© Matt Pettengill



Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in the early afternoon at the Portland International Jetport (or by Amtrak, bus, or car if you prefer). Spend the evening in the historic Portland Old Port on Casco Bay and dine at your leisure, either with the group or going solo if you prefer, at one of numerous acclaimed local restaurants (Portland was recently called the "best place to eat in the Northeast" by the Times, and leads the local food movement). Overnight in Portland at the luxurious Portland Regency, a boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic Old Port district on Portland's restored waterfront.

Day 2: Our first stop will be Portland's Back Cove to search for ducks and other waterfowl. From there we will head to Scarborough Marsh, a wonderful example of cord-grass salt marsh habitat, which is home to several hard-to-find species (such as Saltmarsh Sparrow and Nelson's Sparrow) as well as herons and egrets, gulls, terns, willets, and other shorebirds. We will take a guided canoe trip through the marsh with naturalists from Maine Audubon. Time permitting (and if participants are so inclined), we may stop by the famous L.L. Bean outlet store in Freeport on our way east. We will then visit Popham Beach State Park, one of the last sandy beaches before the coast turns rocky, which is home to endangered piping plovers and least terns. We will end the day in the bucolic harbor town of Camden, at the lovely Lord Camden Inn.

Day 3: We will spend this day exploring various facets of mid-coast Maine ecology and birdlife, starting at Weskeag Marsh, which is home to rails, shorebirds, Osprey, and possibly Bald Eagles. We will also visit Clary Hill, a blueberry barren. This is a typical habitat in downeast Maine, where rocky soil provides a good habitat for wild blueberries. Clary Hill is home to Red-shouldered Hawk, Upland Sandpiper, Vesper Sparrow, and other hard-to-find species. We will also visit a local peat bog, home to unique birds and carnivorous plants such as the sundew. Overnight at the Lord Camden Inn.

Days 4-7: We head down to Port Clyde and catch a ferry to Monhegan Island. On the ferry ride out we may spot Bald Eagles, gannet, shearwaters, and other pelagic species, as well as dolphins, seals, and whales. We will stay in a tiny fishing village at Monhegan House Inn, where we will be treated to delicious breakfasts and a home-cooked lobster dinner, with lobster caught that day near the island's working waterfront.

We will spend three days and three nights on this enchanted island, a birder's paradise and legendary muse to artists including Edward Hopper, the Wyeths, and dozens of others. Painters, photographers, and of course birders still flock to this beautiful island, and so do birds; seeing 25 to 30 species of warbler in one day is not uncommon. Though the island is small, it has an astonishing range of habitats, from towering cliffs and primeval spruce forests to a freshwater pond, marsh, and sandy beach. While there are very few roads or vehicles, the island is crisscrossed with numerous trails and footpaths. We will explore the island at a leisurely pace tailored to the desires of the group. Not up for much walking? Stroll the boardwalk by Ice Pond and see dozens of species of migratory songbirds. Want something more challenging? Hike through the mossy spruce forests of Cathedral Woods to towering Burnthead Cliff on the far side of the island. The village where we'll stay also features several art galleries, a museum, and a historic lighthouse.

On Day Five we will take a chartered boat trip further offshore to Eastern Egg Rock, home to Maine's famed Atlantic Puffins, the southernmost nesting population on the East Coast. We will circle the island and get wonderful views of these charming and colorful seabirds. Other species nesting on the island include the rare Roseate Tern, as well as Common and Arctic Tern and several species of gulls. While on the water we will learn more about Audubon's Project Puffin seabird restoration project.

After our final morning on Monhegan, we will return to Portland for our final night at the Portland Regency.

Day 8: The tour concludes this morning in Portland with breakfast and a final stroll through the Old Port or birding along the beach, time permitting.


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