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KCBC and NYC Audubon Present: The Messenger Film Screening

Thursday, October 26, 7-10pm
With Kings County Brewers Collective

Safe Flight IPA takes flight! New York City Audubon has collaborated with local craft brewers Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC) on “Safe Flight IPA,” a limited batch brew designed to raise awareness of bird collisions with windows. Join us at KCBC in Bushwick, Brooklyn to learn about the many conservation issues threatening migratory birds as we screen The Messenger, the award-winning documentary exploring our deep-seated connection to birds and the uncertain fate of migratory songbirds. Cans of the Safe Flight IPA will be sold to support NYC Audubon’s Project Safe Flight program. The screening will be followed by a Q + A with KCBC brewer Pete Lengyel, who was inspired to create Safe Flight IPA after learning of the 100 of millions of birds that perish annually in the U.S from striking windows.

Ages 21 and up. For more information, visit our facebook event page or email Niki Jackson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Limited to 150.

Study Measures Light’s Dramatic Impact on Birds

[b]2017 Tribute in Light © Kyle Horton[/b]2017 Tribute in Light © Kyle Horton

Billions of birds undertake migratory journeys each spring and fall. Most of these spectacular movements go unseen, occurring under the cover of darkness. The annual Tribute in Light has provided a rare opportunity to witness and measure the impact of powerful ground-based lights on nocturnally migrating birds.

A new study, co-authored by NYC Audubon Director of Conservation and Science Dr. Susan Elbin and scientists from Cornell Lab of Ornithology and University of Oxford, analyzed the impact of the Tribute's powerful ground-based lights on nocturnally migrating birds. It found, among other discoveries, that densities of birds over lower Manhattan during the Tribute in Light could reach 60 to 150 times the number that would typically be found in the area at that time. Learn how our monitoring of the Tribute in Light has increased our knowledge of migrating bird behavior on our blog, syrinx.

Help Us Learn About Dangers to Our Migrants with D-Bird

[b]Interactive Map of Bird Building Collisions in 2016 Submitted through D-Bird. [/b]Interactive Map of Bird Building Collisions in 2016 Submitted through D-Bird.

Fall migration is underway—and sadly many migrants will run into trouble while attempting to navigate our city's maze of cement and glass. This time of year we receive many calls about birds found injured or perished from building collisions. Learn about the dangers facing birds by visiting our Project Safe Flight page.

If you find an injured or dead bird, there are many ways to help. Our partner, the Wild Bird Fund, offers excellent advice on what to do if you find an injured bird. If you believe the bird needs professional care, contact the Wild Bird Fund at 646-306-2862 or view our list of Animal Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers in New York City to find a place to take the bird.

Just as important, you can make a valuable contribution to Project Safe Flight and contribute to our understanding of bird collisions in New York City by using D-Bird, our crowd-sourced bird mortality data collection tool. You can easily log where and when you found an injured or dead bird by visiting on your smartphone or computer. The more we know about where and when birds are colliding, the more context and guidance we will have to provide better Project Safe Flight monitoring efforts. 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.

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

Bottom Photo Credits: Illustrations on Birds © Annie Novak; Snowy Egret, Great Egret, and Little Blue Heron © Debra Kriensky.

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

Governors Island Endless Summer

Take a trip out to Governors Island and stop by Nolan Park House #17 for free bird walks, family-friendly activities, a reference library of nature-related books for kids, opportunities to meet avian-inspired artists at work, workshops, binoculars to borrow, information on birds and habitats throughout NYC's five boroughs, and more. Our house will be open Friday through Sunday through October 30, 11am–4pm.Click here to learn more about artist installations by Autumn Kioti, Marna Chester, Jeff Mertz, Sabine Meyer, Tristan Spinski, and Andrew Garn, free bird walks, and visiting hours for our inaugural residency on Governors Island this summer.

The Birds Could Really Use a Hand This Year

Now is the moment to exert the power of our conservation networks to assure a voice and future for wild birds in North America. Simply put, we need your help. New York City Audubon is a grassroots community that protects wild birds and their habitats. We may be small, but we are strong. Our five-borough engagement and collective activism make a difference.

NYC Audubon’s work does not happen without its dedicated and loyal members and friends. Now is your opportunity to assure success in the year ahead. Please consider making a financial gift. Every gift of every size matters to every one of us. Your participation matters most. Thank you!

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"The Faces of Audubon" is a three-minute story about volunteer Adriana Palmer,  her growing interest in birds, and her work on Project Safe Flight, featuring our director of citizen science, John Rowden.
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