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Join Us at the Inaugural Horseshoe Crab Festival at Jamaica Bay

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Don Riepe

Saturday, May 27, 9am–3pm
With American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area

Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and join us for a day of celebrating the annual arrival of the ancient horseshoe crabs to our local shores. During the full and new moons of May and June, these prehistoric animals, which date back approximately 400 million years, come ashore to mate.The females lay billions of eggs at the high tide line each season. At the same time, thousands of migrating shorebirds arrive in the northeast bays to feed on the eggs, regaining the body weight they lost during their long journey north. At the festival you’ll see and hold live horseshoe crabs and learn about their important ecological and medicinal values.

The Horseshoe Crab Festival is a NYC Audubon partnership program with the American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area. Click here to learn more about the Horseshoe Crab Festival.

Learn about the History of Newtown Creek and Tour the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof

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© Mitch Waxman

Presentation by Mitch Waxman, Followed by Green Roof Tour
Saturday, June 3, 5–7pm
520 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Join Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman for a special slideshow presentation exploring one of the key epicenters of the Industrial Revolution: Newtown Creek. A photographer and blogger, Mitch has been documenting the area’s rich history and the environmental issues that plague the largely unknown 3.8-mile-long waterway, found at the center of New York City and recently placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Superfund site list. The presentation will photographically carry viewers from the Newtown Creek's junction with the East River all the way back to the heart of darkness found at its end in East Williamsburg. A tour of the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof will follow the presentation, offering views of this historical site.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on Kingsland Wildflowers and upcoming programming, visit

Funding provided by the office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund

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

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Spring migration is just 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: Governors Island © NYC Audubon; Snowy Egret, Great Egret, and Little Blue Heron © Debra Kriensky.

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

Visit Us on Governors Island This Summer!

Join NYC Audubon for our inaugural season at our new seasonal visitor and education center on Governors Island, Nolan Park House #17, right in the heart of New York Harbor.

Stop by our house on Governors Island this summer for free bird walks, family-friendly activities, a reference library of nature-related books for kids, binoculars to borrow, nature film screenings, information on birds and habitats throughout NYC's five boroughs, and more.

Click here to learn more about 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!

Click here to donate now.

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