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Look at the Legs!

[b]Little Blue Heron Banded on Jamaica Bay's Elders Point East Island[/b][br]© Steve WalterLittle Blue Heron Banded on Jamaica Bay's Elders Point East Island
© Steve Walter

Endangered piping plovers, threatened American oystercatchers, ospreys, and great egrets have returned once more to New York City from wintering grounds far south of us. NYC Audubon is one of many organizations that conducts research using field-readable leg bands and wing-tags to learn more about these species. These identifying bands and tags help us to understand where "our birds" go during migration and the winter season, and what areas are important to their survival. When out birding this spring and summer, make sure to keep a look out for bands on the legs of waterbirds such as double-crested cormorants, great and snowy egrets, and American oystercatchers. You may also see great egrets with numbered wing-tags. Make note of any numbers or letters you can read and the color of the tag or band and contact NYC Audubon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Bands and tags should also be reported to

Adopt a Banded Bird or Crab Today

Support NYC Audubon's research by adopting a banded bird or horseshoe crab today. When you adopt your animal, we'll make sure you get to know your adoptee: You'll receive a beautiful photo, a field update, and the tracking number of the actual banded bird or horseshoe crab you sponsored. Click here to learn more and adopt a banded bird today.

Celebrate Jamaica Bay on World Oceans Day

Think globally and act locally with NYC Audubon and the Wildlife Conservation Society in commemorating World Oceans Day on Wednesday, June 8. Join us at the New York Aquarium for a special screening of the new, award-winning documentary film Saving Jamaica Bay, which celebrates this critical bird sanctuary and the devoted advocates working to protect the Bay's future. $20 admission includes refreshments as well a performance by the Aquarium's famous sea lions. Doors open at 6:30pm; screening begins at 8pm. Purchase tickets at Learn more about the film at

Special Discount on Harbor Herons Ecocruises!

[b]Snowy Egret[/b][br]© François PortmannSnowy Egret
© François Portmann

It's time once again for our Sunset Ecocruises to the Harbor Heron Islands. This year, the ecocruises run Wednesday evenings, June 8-August 17. We'll once again visit three different destinations: the Brother Islands, Hoffman & Swinburne Islands, and Jamaica Bay. As a friend of NYC Audubon, you will receive a special discount of $5 off tickets to Hoffman & Swinburne and Brother Islands Ecocruises, and $8 off our Jamaica Bay Ecocruise.

To receive your special discount, purchase tickets online at and enter one of the discount coupon codes below. Coupon is valid for online purchases only and cannot be combined with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Please note blackout dates may apply. Each voucher is valid for one to four people. Expires 9.31.16.

Brother Islands and Hoffman & Swinburne Ecocruises: To receive $5 off each ticket purchased, enter the code BIRDS in the space labeled "Redeem Discount Coupon."

Jamaica Bay Ecocruise: To receive $8 off each ticket purchased, enter the code JAMAICA in the space labeled "Redeem Discount Coupon."

Visit New York Water Taxi's website for more cruise details and to purchase tickets.

Top Banner Photo Credits: Atlantic puffins © U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service*; group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.

Bottom Photo Credits: Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific © Princeton University Press; Common Tern and Chick © David Speiser

* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, available at

NYC Audubon Annual Meeting and Final Spring Lecture: Listening to a Continent Sing

Lecture by Donald Kroodsma
Monday, June 13, 6:30pm
Central Park Arsenal

Join NYC Audubon for a brief annual meeting and board election, followed by a lecture by birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma. Author of The Singing Life of Birds, Kroodsma will discuss his new book, Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific, which narrates a ten-week, ten-state bicycle journey undertaken by the author and his son. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to learn more.

It’s Your Tern Festival

Saturday, July 16, 10am-4pm
With Waterfront Alliance, Governors Island Alliance, National Park Service, New York Harbor School, Earth Matter NY

Come celebrate Governors Island’s treasures: Common terns and oysters! Common terns, listed as a threatened species in New York State, have nested for several years on three decommissioned piers on Governors Island’s waterfront. The colony has expanded over time and benefited recently from the introduction of oyster shells as a nesting material. Free activities at this year’s festival will include expert bird walks and talks with Gabriel Willow and Annie Barry, displays, and hands-on activities for the whole family. Learn more by clicking here.

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