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Join Us This Wednesday Evening — Conserving Our City of Nature: The Artwork of Alan Messer

Presented by New York City Audubon

[b]Crowded House - South Brother Island Colony[/b][br]© Alan Messer[br][br][br][br]Crowded House - South Brother Island Colony
© Alan Messer

Please join us this Wednesday, March 4, at 6pm for the opening reception of this exhibit of the beautiful paintings and drawings of Alan Messer, arranged to depict the conservation work of NYC Audubon. Refreshments will be served. RSVP for the opening reception by emailing Debra Kriensky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Other Exhibit Events
Lecture with NYC Audubon: Wednesday, March 18, 6pm

Artist Talk with Alan Messer: Wednesday, April 8, 6pm

Admission to the Lecture and Artist talk is free, but space is limited. RSVP for the lecture or artist talk by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Exhibit runs Thursday, March 5 through Thursday, April 23. Learn more at

 Heroes of Jamaica Bay Honored —
Senator Charles Schumer Announces
Backing of West Pond Restoration

[b]Sadhana Was One of Three Heroes of Jamaica Bay Honored on February 19[/b][br]© NYC AudubonSadhana Was One of Three Heroes of Jamaica Bay Honored on February 19
© NYC Audubon

On February 19, New York City Audubon and Jamaica Bay Lives held a joint reception to honor three Heroes of Jamaica Bay: Aviator Sports & Events, which is located at Floyd Bennett Field and plays a key role in introducing New Yorkers to Jamaica Bay; Sadhana, a Queens-based community coalition and Tidal Connections partner; and Ronald Bourque, past president of NYC Audubon and longtime advocate for wildlife and conservation in Jamaica Bay, particularly at Floyd Bennett Field.

Senator Charles Schumer, another Hero of Jamaica Bay, gave the keynote address in which he reminisced about his boyhood in the area, his early days representing the neighborhoods surrounding the Bay in the New York State Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives, and his continued use of this beautiful and critically important natural area for recreation. While he has already garnered relief for residents and businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy as well as Gateway National Recreation Area, the audience erupted in cheers when he acknowledged his support for restoring the West Pond to the fresh water habitat that it had been before the storm.

The restoration of West Pond has been a major goal of NYC Audubon, the National Park Service, and many of its conservation partners including the Birders’ Coalition for Gateway, American Littoral Society, and Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers.

The event raised money for NYC Audubon’s ongoing work to protect and restore Jamaica Bay and for Jamaica Bay Lives, the first-ever feature-length documentary film about Jamaica Bay by filmmaker Dan Hendrick. Attendees included Joshua R. Laird, Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor; Gateway Superintendent Jennifer Nersesian, a presenter; and Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder.

Thank you Helena Durst and The Durst Organization for hosting this wonderful event, and thank you to our sponsors for their support: Aviator Sports & Events, NRG Energy, ConEdison, The Williams Companies, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Meritract, the Real Estate Board of New York, Ronald Bourque, Barbara J. Fife, Marcia and Bruce Fowle, and Virginia K. Stowe.

Register Now for Spring Trips!

[b]Rose-breasted Grosbeaks Breed in Manhattan's Inwood Hill Park[/b][br]© Kenneth Cole Schneider**Rose-breasted Grosbeaks Breed in Manhattan's Inwood Hill Park
© Kenneth Cole Schneider**

NYC Audubon's Spring Trips & Classes are now open to registration for all, members and non-members alike! Be sure to take a look at several new additions to our spring programming:

Tuesdays, April 21-May 12: Birding by Ear in Central Park -- Join Tod Winston for this four-week exploration of all of the chips, tweets, trills, and warbles we hear as we wander Strawberry Fields and the Ramble. Learn more and register

Sunday, May 4: Birding Gems of Staten Island: Clay Pitt Ponds State Park Preserve -- Staten Island naturalist and Cliff Hagen will introduce you to the ponds, wetlands, and woods of this ecologically and historically rich 260-acre natural area, rich with migrating and breeding birds, as well as fence lizards, eastern box turtles, Fowler’s toads, and black racer snakes! Learn more and register

Saturday, May 23: The Birds of Inwood Hill Park -- Join Nadir Sourgi to bird the glacial “pot holes,” towering trees, and stunning river views of Inwood Hill Park at the northern tip of Manhattan, as well as Muscota Saltmarsh. Seek out breeding rose-breasted grosbeaks, wood thrushes, and yellow warblers! Learn more and register

Click here to see our full listings of spring trips!

Top Banner Photo Credits: group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.

Bottom Photo Credits: Great-horned Owl © François Portmann

** This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


Be a part of Project Safe Flight by Using Our New Online Database, D-Bird

For more than 15 years, NYC Audubon has been collecting data on bird mortality in New York City in order to understand the threats that birds face from the built environment. This work is a component of Project Safe Flight, part of our broader effort generously supported by the Leon Levy Foundation to make the City a safer place for birds.

If you find a dead or injured bird, you can make a valuable contribution to Project Safe Flight by providing us with information about the bird through our new online database, D-Bird. To learn more and contribute to D-Bird, please click here.


Christmas Bird Count Results Now Available

New York City's 115th annual Christmas Bird Count is a wrap! The Count took place from December 14 to January 5, and final tallies for New York City are now available! Altogether, there were over 189,000 individual birds counted in 157 species, noticeably higher than the 148 species counted last year! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's counts in NYC.

Click here to view full results and interesting highlights from the City's five boroughs.

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