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Celebrating 40 Years of Bird Conservation

NYC Audubon’s history was joyously celebrated at this year’s Fall Roost benefit—and memorialized with two commemorative pieces created especially to trace the organization’s path of conservation accomplishments over the past four decades. The pieces depict the fierce determination that NYC Audubon activists have felt over these past 40 years, as they’ve battled to protect our city’s birds and their habitat. View NYC Audubon: 40 Years Protecting New York City's Birds and Habitat, a video created by Karen Benfield and Lark Song Media, above. Read the 40th Anniversary commemorative issue of our Urban Audubon newsletter here (PDF).

Looking back on our four decades of conservation accomplishments, we are inspired by the foresight of early NYC Audubon activists in addressing threats to the City’s birds and their habitat. As our organization has grown from a grassroots organization run by volunteers to a larger organization with a professional staff, we look to the future with our Strategic Plan 2020–2025. This document serves as a roadmap for all of our efforts in preserving habitats throughout the five boroughs, making our vast city safer for birds, and illuminating the wonders of nature for all New Yorkers. And the plan provides a reckoning with how we can be more inclusive of the great diversity in our community. Read our Strategic Plan here.

Our Strategic Plan 2020–2025: A Vision for the Future creates a map to guide us forward. To begin, we are committed to raising $1,040,000 in our anniversary year. Help us help our birds.


Join Us for a Discussion about the Audubon Mural Project

[b]Townsend’s Warbler Mural by Artist ATM[/b][br]© Gail Albert HalabanTownsend’s Warbler Mural by Artist ATM
© Gail Albert Halaban

Presentation by Gail Albert Halaban, George Boorujy, and Avi Gitler, featuring moderator Cathie Behrend
Monday, March 2, 7-8pm

Join us for an evening’s exploration of the Audubon Mural Project, a public art initiative of the National Audubon Society executed in partnership with Gitler &_____ Gallery. Inspired by the legacy of John James Audubon, the project commissions artists to paint murals of birds threatened by climate change in hopes of calling attention to their plight. This “conversation” will feature three unique perspectives: Gail Albert Halaban is a photographer whose quest to document the murals recently culminated in an exhibit at the Aperture Foundation. George Boorujy is an artist who has been an integral part of the project and whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Avi Gitler is the owner of Gitler &_____ Gallery and the driving force behind the project. Cathie Behrend, Founder of VenturesinVision public art tours and former Deputy Director of the New York City’s Percent for Art program will moderate the discussion.


Purchase a Special Edition Great Horned Owl Necklace to Support NYC Audubon!

[b]"Bubo the Owl" Pendant Necklace[/b][br]Created by Janet Mavec"Bubo the Owl" Pendant Necklace
Created by Janet Mavec

In honor of our 40th Anniversary, Janet Mavec Jewelry created this limited edition Great Horned Owl pendant necklace. Janet Mavec grew so fond of him that she named him Bubo after his scientific name, Bubo virginianus. Bubo is sure to fly off the shelves, so get yours today! Ten percent of sales will go towards supporting NYC Audubon’s bird conservation and habitat protection programs. Learn more and purchase this striking pendant necklace at


Top Banner Photo Credits: Great Egret Nesting Colony © NYC Audubon; Group of Birders © Kati Solomon; All Others © François Portmann.

Bottom Photo Credits: John James Audubon (1785–1851) with Joseph Mason (1808–1842), Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius), Study for Havell pl. 28, 1822. Watercolor, graphite, gouache, pastel, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 19 3/16 x 11 13/16 in.; Prairie Warbler © Leticia de Mello Bueno.

Audubon's Birds of America Gallery at New-York Historical Society

Audubon's stunning watercolors have a permanent home! Check out New-York Historical Society's Audubon’s Birds of America Focus Gallery, where you can view rotating watercolor models by John James Audubon with their corresponding plates from the double-elephant-folio series, engraved by Robert Havell Jr.—never on view together before!—bird calls, and a Bird-of-the-Month.

The Bird-of-the Month centerpiece currently is the Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

Read Audubon's Survival by Degrees Climate Change Report

National Audubon’s newest study, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, illustrates in extraordinary detail the future of North American birds under a changing climate. Using the same climate models as 80 countries plus 140 million bird records—including observational data from bird lovers nationwide—their report reveals the effects a warming climate will have on more than 600 bird species through the end of the century. The report includes a first-of-its-kind zip code-based climate tool, Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer, which shows you how climate change will impact local birds and your community—and ways you can help. Learn more and read the report here

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Our Video

Karen Benfield and Lark Song Media spent a year documenting our work and produced a terrific video that captures our commitment to the birds and bird-lovers of New York City. See our varied outreach and conservation programs in action by viewing "NYC Audubon Highlights and Achievements 2018."
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