2017 Fall Roost Auction

1        Panama Birding

7 Nights in Darien Province

Courtesy of Canopy Camp

7 nights at the glorious Canopy Camp during GREEN SEASON (April 16 thru December 2017, or same period in 2018).  For one person in luxury tent.  Harpy Eagles, Barred Puffbirds, Rufous-tailed Jacamars, White-headed Wrens, Golden-headed Manakins. Doze off to the calls of owls, potoos, nightjars and a symphony of frogs at night. Located in Central America’s most diverse and least-explored region, the Darién province of Panama is a birder’s paradise.  The butterfly list is mighty impressive, too. Explore the wilderness around the camp as well as great birding locations nearby in the special Birdmobile.  At your own expense you can add a stay at sister location, Canopy Tower, to make the most of your trip to Panama.   

Value: $1,800

                                                 

2        Texas Birding in Port Bolivar   

Courtesy of Victor Emanuel     

If you have undertaken a Victor Emanuel Nature Tour you know that the adventure is memorable and the birds are thrilling. Have you ever wondered where Victor goes when he wants a birding holiday? Stay at Victor Emanuel’s personal home in Port Bolivar, Texas. World-renowned Bolivar Flats are minutes away as well as Rollover Pass, High Island, and the Anahuac NWR.  The house is available upon request between December 1st 2017 - February 28th 2018 and May 1st - December 31st 2018. This offer includes full use of the house for a 5-night stay. Sleeps 6. It does not include roundtrip airfare to Houston, ground transportation, meals, or other expenses. Please contact Victor Emanuel directly to arrange your stay.   

Value: $1,000

                                                 

3        The Eyes Have It: Conquest 8x42 HD Binoculars   

Courtesy of Zeiss 

We hardly knew what to say when our friends at Zeiss offered these Conquest 8x42 HD Binoculars to the Fall Roost. WOW is what we came up with.  Designed for all-around use from early dawn to late dusk with a moderate magnification with a middle-of-the-road objective size makes this optic a practical choice for any application. The HD lens system, Carl Zeiss multi-layer coating and LotuTec coating deliver the high optical standard that the world has come to expect from Zeiss. A steady image, clear color fidelity, lens protection, brilliant close focus and more than 90% light transmission are all made available. Twist-up eyecups affords comfort viewing with and without eye or sunglasses. A large center focusing knob is easily accessed even with gloves. Waterproof to 13' and nitrogen filled to prevent fogging and condensation, this glassworks is a welcome friend in any environment for any use. You can’t miss with these.   

Value: $949

                                                 

4        Antarctic Cruise Voucher         

Courtesy of Rockjumper

Our friends at Rockjumper have offered us this generous gift certificate to be used on their upcoming Antarctic cruise! You’ll take $5000 off the cost of a 2-person cabin on a most unique experience.C’mon – you are dying to go to Antarctica….you can’t miss with this. And you know Rockjumper will make it a trip of a lifetime.      

Value: $5,000

                                                 

5 & 6   Grain to Glass Distillery Tours 

Courtesy of Berkshire Mountain Distillers   

From grain to glass, discover the process of distilling fine spirits. Berkshire Mountain Distillery in Sheffield, MA invites 5 people to tour their distillery where they make an array of award-winning craft gins, vodkas, bourbons, and rums. Tours are every hour on Fridays and Saturdays. You will learn about distilling, handle raw materials, nose the spirits in progress, and taste the finished product.       

Value: $50

                                                                                                   

7        Polo Ponies and Paintings       

Courtesy of Peter Brant  

Don’t worry if chukker and divot are not in your lexicon. You will be an expert spectator after your day at the Greenwich Polo Club.  Art collector Peter Brant is one of the sport’s biggest supporters stateside and an ardent competitor too. He is including 2 bottles of Veuve Clicquot to add an especially festive aspect to your day at polo. You’ll view the events from one of Brant’s private cabanas where you and 11 guests will sip bubbly and watch the action. Before the match take in the incredible Warhol collection at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center where you will receive a tour of the extensive modernist collection. This luxe experience can be yours with the winning bid.       

Value: $1,000

                                                 

8, 9 & 10       The Artful Turkey, Shorebird pairing, Songbird and Nest assemblage

Courtesy of  John Derian

His signed découpage plates, platters, paperweights, coasters and bowls are handmade in his studio in New York City. They have been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle Décor, and New York magazine, among many other publications.

Values: $175, $193, and $194

                                                    

11      Head On, photograph by William Wegman   

Courtesy of  the artist and Christine Burgin 

Chromogenic print, 1998

14 x 11 inches

Edition 8/12 

Value: $2,000

                                                 

12      Bird print by Robert Bateman

Courtesy of Harry Maas  

Robert Bateman’s realistic paintings of wildlife have brought him wide acclaim and yielded enormous funds for environmental causes.  His 1987 exhibition at the Smithsonian yielded the largest crowd ever for a show by a living artist. One gorgeous print will be offered from the collection of NYC Audubon past President Harry Maas.                                                        

                                                                                                   

13 & 14 Wine Crate Birdhouse #1 and #2

Courtesy of Buddy Ryan

Lovingly upcycled birdhouses by the late Buddy Ryan of Warwick, New York

                                                                                                   

15 & 16 Decoupage Birdhouse #1 Large, #2 Small

Courtesy of Deborah Jones      

One-of-a-kind decoupage decorated birdhouse by artist Deborah Jones.  

Values: $175 and $75

                                                                               

17      Natural Selections: Wine Chosen by the NYC Audubon Board and Executive Director

Courtesy of Karen Benfield, Chris Cooper, Sandy Ewing, Kathryn Heintz, Cathy Heller, Alan Steel

8 Bottles of Wine. You knew we knew birds, but did you know we knew wine too? Be the lucky bidder who wins the first-ever NYC Audubon Board of Directors Wine Basket – some specially curated bottles, each with a message from the person who selected it for you. 

Value: $233

                                                 

18      Birds of a Feather: Fine South African Wines Package

Courtesy of Babylonstoren Vineyard

Six bottles from Babylonstoren vineyard in South Africa feature a charming bird on the label and deliver a knockout taste. Package includes a tin of delicious olive oil and a cookbook from their acclaimed restaurant.

Value: $160

                                                 

19      Flights of Wine: 6 Bottles

Courtesy of Stew Leonard’s     

Put down your binoculars and pick up a glass. Our friends at Stew Leonard’s Wine Shop in Farmingdale, NY offer these 6 wines with bird-y labels that are as lovely as the wines themselves   

Value: $122

                                                 

20      Early Birds: Coffee and Pie      

Courtesy of Four and Twenty Blackbirds & Irving Farms Coffee

These Irving Farm coffee beans will jumpstart your Big Day. A $40 gift certificate for pies from Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn will sweeten the deal. And once you are hooked, you can enjoy this autographed cookbook and create your own gorgeous pies.       

                                                 

21      Whoo-Whoo Wants a Mezcal Mule?: Mezcal Package      

Courtesy of El Buho       

Party on with a case of El Buho Mezcal, handcrafted at a traditional artisan distillery in the heart of Oaxaca. An inviting nose of sweet agave, vanilla and delicate smoke leads to a rich, full-flavored palate with herbaceous notes of roasted agave, sweet potato, vanilla and earth. The finish is long, spicy and peppery, enhanced by an elegant touch of smoke.  Mix with the included case of Regatta ginger beer and serve with orange slices for the perfect Mezcal Mule.  This package also includes a charming Owl Cocktail Shaker, limes, Taijin rim salt for those who would rather have a mezcalita. (El Buho Mezcal is now available in the US thanks to Brooklyn-based company, Henry Steele Imports.)

                                                 

22      Safe Flight Beer, Brewery Tour, and Tasting

Courtesy of  Kings County Brewing Collective       

Birds + reflective glass windows = BAD.  Birds + beer = GOOD. Whaaaat? That’s right! Our new friends at Kings County Brewing Cooperative have created this very special IPA, Safe Flight. Every pint spreads the word about bird and building collisions.  Package includes a tour of their Bushwick brewery and tasting for up to 6 people. So make a bid and enjoy. Just don’t drink and migrate. Must be over 21. Redeemable Tuesday thru Friday 5pm to 8pm.  Expires October 18, 2018.

Value: $300

                                                 

23      A Year of Coffee   

Courtesy of Birds and Beans   

What if something you did everyday could help a thrush, oriole, tanager or warbler?  It can if your morning joe comes from farms that protect migratory birds: 2,250 family farms in Latin American certified by independent inspectors to meet rigorous Smithsonian standards. Our friends at Birds and Beans will supply you with a year of shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee, one pound per month, and you can enjoy your daily caffeine-fix while fixing some of the problems our favorite migrants face.   

                                                 

24      Fly the Coop: Birding by Ear    

Courtesy of Chris Cooper         

Take your birding to the next level by learning to use your ears as much as your eyes! NYCA board member and veteran Central Park birder (as seen in the HBO documentary “Birders: The Central Park Effect”) Chris Cooper leads this bird walk, a listening and learning lesson on how to sort the sounds, start learning the songs, and zero in on the birds you really want to see before you’ve even seen them.  For up to 10 people.  On a mutually agreeable morning in the third week in May during spring migration in the Central Park Ramble.

Value: $300

                                                 

25      VIP tour of Jamaica Bay 

Courtesy of Don Riepe   

Jamaica Bay is the most important natural area for birds in New York City and no one knows it better than Don Riepe, longtime manager of the Refuge and a founder of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society. Don will take you on an informative and entertaining two-hour tour of Jamaica Bay marshes aboard the Jamaica Bay Guardian. This up-close view of the Bay’s spectacular wildlife and scenery takes place during spring or fall migration, as early as May 2018.  Up to four guests total.  Date to be arranged by winner, Don Riepe, and the weather gods and goddesses. The lucky winner will also take home Don’s stunning photo of an American Oystercatcher.

Value: $300

                                                 

26      Deep Blue Adventure

Courtesy of John Shemilt         

Ahoy! You and a companion will venture 80 nautical miles offshore with NYC Audubon board member John Shemilt, your guide for a full summer day of pelagic birding and deep-sea fishing aboard John’s boat. Visit the continental shelf and beyond for deep-water fish, pelagic birds and marine surprises.  Date to be arranged by winner and John Shemilt.    

Value: $1,500

                                                 

27      Hear! Hear!

Courtesy of Tom Stephenson, Laura Whitman and Thomas Danziger 

Improve your bird song identification skills with Tom Stephenson. There's nothing more satisfying in birding than being able to recognize the birds singing and calling around you. In this workshop, expert Tom Stephenson covers how to improve your song recognition and learning skills by using memory theory, combined with the understanding of song and phrase structure. You'll also learn an efficient language for describing vocalizations with examples of how objective analysis of songs makes it much easier to separate similar-sounding species. This informative, not-to-be-missed experience will take place in Laura Whitman and Tom Danziger’s beautiful apartment at 72nd and Fifth.  Over coffee and muffins. Maximum 10 people.

Sign up slots: $100

                                                 

28      Join the Pack: VIP Access

Courtesy of Wolf Conservation Center         

You will have a howling good time at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY. This private nonprofit is dedicated to wolf conservation and education, participates in the Species Survival and Recovery Plan for two critically endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf -- among the rarest mammals in North America. You will view and photograph the WCC’s Ambassador Wolves: Atka, Nikai, Alawa, and Zephyr. Guests will also be able to photograph the WCC’s critically-endangered Mexican wolves and red wolves from vantage points not available during the regular visits.

This sign up experience is limited to 10 people at $100 per person and takes place on Saturday, December 2 from 10:00am to noon.

                                                 

29      Tickets to the Bronx Zoo and Souvenir Package    

Courtesy of Nora Benoliel and Wildlife Conservation Society   

Wildlife Conservation Society package includes 6 Total Experience tickets to the Bronx Zoo, 2 parking tickets, turtle plush animal, lovely silver bracelet, 2 carved wooden elephants, and a Bronx Zoo notebook nestled in a woven basket.        

Value: $397

                                                 

30      A Hive of Commerce: Beekeeping and Green Roof tour of the Javits Center Package

Courtesy of Alan Steel and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center     

For so many reasons we think our friends at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center are the bee’s knees. And this year they are offering an experience that is sure to create a lot of buzz. You and 3 friends will venture onto the Javits’s  6.75 acre green roof where you will meet the Javits’s beekeeper and the 300,000 honey bees who call the convention center home. See the hive, learn about urban beekeeping, the secret life of bees and discover the world that one green roof can create.  NYC board member and Javits CEO Alan Steel will give you a unique back-of-house tour, and then he and the Javits Sustainability Manager will whisk you off for a private lunch. And this is such a sweet deal – tonight's winning bidder leaves with a prized limited-edition 3.75 oz. jar of Jacob’s Honey!      

                                                  

31      Natural History Adventure        

Courtesy of Gabriel Willow      

Your tour will take you somewhere in the 5 boroughs, while expert naturalist and possessor of unusual facts, Gabriel Willow, shares his vast knowledge of birds, the ecosystem, and NYC history.  This is that cool experience that you need lined up when friends come to town. Gabriel never disappoints! Mutually agreeable date. Maximum of 3 hours and 6 people. Transportation not included.      

Value: $300

                                                 

32      Birding Tour         

Courtesy of Joe Giunta  

Take a private birding tour with Joe Giunta, renowned NYC Audubon tour leader. You choose a birding spot in NYC or on Long Island and Joe will show you the birds.  Mutually agreeable date. Maximum of three hours and six people. Transportation not provided.     

Value: $300

                                                 

33      Tag Along with Susan and her Birds  

Courtesy of Susan Elbin

Join NYC Audubon Director of Conservation Science, Dr. Susan Elbin for a day in the field and discover the glamour and guano of her job. You’ll ride through NY Harbor in our snazzy Zodiac, visit a nesting bird colony and learn about current bird monitoring and preservation projects. You’ll also take a hands-on role in handling and banding wild birds. This one-of-a-kind adventure is physically rigorous, but holding a fierce baby cormorant will make you feel pretty swell and is sure to leave you with stories to tell for years to come.  This opportunity lasts 5 hours, and is for two people on a weekday in mid-June or early July 2018. Weather permitting.  Oh, and you must like being on a boat and walking amid poop.    

Value: $500

                                                 

34      Birdwatching Confidential Tour

Courtesy of Kellye Rosenheim 

While co-authoring Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island, NYC Audubon Director of Development Kellye Rosenheim discovered the best spots for birding.  On this bespoke birdwalk, she shares them with you in the park or preserve of your choosing within the 5 boroughs, up to 6 people. A signed copy of her book is yours as well, so that you can continue your explorations. Date and location to be arranged by the winner and Kellye Rosenheim.  

Value: $325

                                                 

35      Songs of the City Tour

Courtesy of Tod Winston

Expert guide and former NYC Audubon communications manager Tod Winston will take up to 6 people on a morning birdwalk focusing on birdsong. A transformative experience, this migration adventure takes place in Central Park in April or May 2018, date to be arranged by winner and Tod Winston.        

Value: $300

                                                 

36      Brooklyn Heights: Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Package   

Courtesy of Broadway Stages, Eagle Rooftop Farm        

A tree grows in Brooklyn, but did you know what else is thriving there? With a view of the East River and gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a 6000 square foot organic veggie farm atop a sound stage in Greenpoint.  Tonight’s honoree Broadway Stages owns the farm and support from Gina and Tony Argento make this unique growing space possible. You and 5 guests will enjoy a tour by farm staff, a bottle of wine, and film-worthy sunset views on a mutually agreeable date from late May through September 2018.

                                       

37      One Sweet Tour of the Ornithology Collection at AMNH  

Courtesy of Paul Sweet  

A tour with Paul Sweet, Collections Manager of Vertebrate Zoology - Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History won’t do anything for your Life List, but if extinct species like the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and the Passenger Pigeon are on your Must-See List, Paul is your guy. He will take you and 3 people on a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's world-renowned collection of bird skins and specimens. This visit to the treasure house is limited to 4 and will take place on a mutually agreeable date, Monday through Friday, during regular museum hours.  This special opportunity comes with 4 passes to see the new AMNH film FLIGHT featuring breathtaking, how’d-they-do-that footage of bird flight around the world. 

Value: $340

                                                 

38      Private tour of Wild Bird Fund  

Courtesy of Rita McMahon

A private tour of conservation partner Wild Bird Fund, the only licensed wildlife rehabilitator in New York City.  For up to five, plus a bird release if the fates allow. The prize includes a signed copy of Birds of Central Park.

                             

39      Of Thee I Sing Tickets    

Courtesy of Marcy Boyle and Master Voices

Who sings like a lark and has eagle eyes? Our own NYC Audubon Advisory Council member Marcy Boyle! You and a lucky friend will hear her singing group, MASTER VOICES, as they perform the Gershwin brothers comic musical Of Thee I Sing on November 2, 2017 at Carnegie Hall. Score by George and Ira Gershwin; libretto by Kaufman and Ryskind, written during their famed association with the Marx Brothers. The MasterVoices’ production features Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Richard Kind (Mad About You), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), David Pittu (The Coast of Utopia), and Zach Grenier (The Good Wife), and…….Marcy Boyle!!!!!!  Two tickets, November 2. MasterVoices’ Of Thee I Sing is recommended for ages 8 and up        

Value: $600

                                                 

40      Torch Song Tickets        

Courtesy of Second Stage        

Don’t drag your feet – Torch Song is coming back to Broadway! Directed by Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project, The Trials of Oscar Wilde) and starring Mercedes Ruehl and Michael Urie. 2nd Stage’s production of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-Award winning trilogy is one of Broadway’s hottest tickets this year. This pair of tickets to see Torch Song (September 26 – December 3) can be yours with the winning bid.         

Value: $180

                                                 

41      Tickets to The Dead by James Joyce

Courtesy of Sandy Ewing and Wynn Senning        

May the luck of the Irish rub off on you as you bid on this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime immersive theater experience! This production, based on James Joyce’s famous short story, “The Dead,” takes place at an elegant Upper East Side mansion owned by the American Irish Historical Society.  You and a friend are guests at the holiday party described in the story, and will enjoy a sumptuous Edwardian dinner, including wines and drinks, as the play is performed around you. The production accommodates just 57 people per night. Two tickets for your choice of either Friday, December 1 at 8pm, or Thursday, December 14 at 7pm.       

Value: $600

                                                 

42      A Night of Jazz     

Courtesy of Birdland      

This voucher covers an evening of jazz for two at NYC’s famed club, BIRDLAND.  Just choose the show and artist you most want to hear and contact the club to snag your seats.  Winner must purchase an additional $10 minimum on food or drinks per person.   

Value: $80

                                                 

43      Tour the set of World News Tonight   

Courtesy of John Zucker

On this VIP tour of ABC News, Deputy Chief Counsel for ABC, Inc. John Zucker (husband of NYC board member Karen Benfield), will take you and a friend behind the scenes of the award-winning World News Tonight. You’ll visit the newsroom, control room, and the set and watch the live broadcast from the Control Room. After the broadcast, sit in the anchor’s seat and try your hand at reading the teleprompter.  This tour must take place Monday-Thursday from 5:30pm – 7:15pm. Date to be determined by the winner and John Zucker.

                                                  

44      World of Whiskey with Barrell Bourbon

Courtesy of Will Schragis         

Roll out the barrel with Will Schragis of Barrell Bourbon as he shares his expertise with you in this very special evening of whiskey exploration. As a lecturer at the Culinary Institute of America, Will teaches Introduction to Distillation Science, and is an expert in the nuances of whiskey. You will taste and discuss the nuances of whiskeys from around the world as Will walks you through the practical, cultural, and scientific differences between whiskeys from the 5 major world producers – the USA, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and Japan.  This evening will take place on at the lovely home of NYC Audubon board member Cathy Heller. Includes nibbles. $100 per person. Limited to 12.    

                                                 

45      Museum of the City of New York After Hours         

Courtesy of Whitney Donhauser        

It’s like getting the key to the city. On this unique experience, you and 9 friends will visit the Museum of the City of New York on Fifth Avenue for an after-hours VIP tour. Your visit begins with a welcome from Director Whitney Donhauser and concludes with a 15% off voucher for the MCNY store.

Value: $300 

                                                 

46      Eggleston's Road Trip: Private tour at the Met       

Courtesy of Jeff Rosenheim     

Travels in the American South and West inspired William Eggleston’s photos in this dazzling exhibit of images taken between 1965 and 1974. Join Curator in Charge of Photography Jeff Rosenheim for this private tour of William Eggleston: Los Alamos, opening in February 2018 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Up to 6 people.  Date in February 2018 to be mutually agreed upon. 

Value: $300

                                                 

47      Brooklyn Heights, Part 2: Beer at Kingsland Wildflowers

Courtesy of Kathryn Heintz, Garret Oliver, and Brooklyn Brewery      

Experience the utmost in Brooklyn hip. You and only 7 others will gather on the Kingsland Wildflower green roof for a tour with NYC Audubon Executive Director Kathryn Heintz. Then our friends at Brooklyn Brewery will offer you a rare treat as the sun sets. Taste the never-sold-in-stores MYSTERY BOTTLES from the master brewers at Brooklyn Brewery.  $100 per person. Limited to 8 people over the age of 21.

 

POP-UP STORE

Handmade Dishtowels

All Birds, All the Time

We’ve collected and curated a delightful selection of handmade dishtowels featuring some of the most charming bird illustrations we’ve ever seen! Buy one (or more!) on the spot -- get them while you can. $20 each

Courtesy Etsy vendors: AnnasDrawingRoom, Art Goodies, Banquet Atelier, CrankosaurusPRESS, Bridgetfarmerprintmaker, ColorJoy3, EmmaPyleArt, Fuzzymug, Hatchetmade, Karen Walsh, KeiandMolly, Librarian Artist, Nadine Westcott, North Circle Studio, OhLittleRabbit, SKT Ceramics, Zen Threads, and Kategolding.ca                 

 

RAFFLE!

Charley Harper Glasses and Flask     

Courtesy of Fishs Eddy

                                                 

Denali Roof Prism 8x42 Binocular      

Courtesy of Eagle Optics

                                                 

Bat House

Courtesy of Wendy Ludwig

                                                 

Outdoor Merchandise

Courtesy of Patagonia

                                                 

Gourmet Baskets

Courtesy of Roland Foods

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