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7th Annual "It's Your Tern" Festival - Online!

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Saturday, July 18, 10-11:30am

This year, NYC Audubon's annual tern celebration goes virtual! Explore all the different tern species that share our coastlines and discover what makes this little seabird so special. Take a trip to the beach with live footage of NYC tern colones, get your hands dirty with a DIY tern printmaking workshop, or learn a few fascinating facts from our scientists. Be sure to sign up and secure your spot—we think it'll tern out to be our best festival yet!

Click here to register. Free. Webinar details will be emailed to registrants prior to the program.

Use #TernFest2020 to get in on the fun!

"It's Your Tern" Festival Events Include:

Livestream from tern colonies around NYC
Printmaking with Autumn Kioti
Ask a scientist Q+A
Test your tern knowledge
And more to come!


NYC Audubon's Commitment to Fighting Racism

A letter from Executive Director Kathryn Heintz
June 8, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

The news over the past few weeks has been extraordinarily difficult to process. As our community planned its emergence from the pandemic, we were stunned by the racist attack on our board member Christian Cooper in Central Park. It was a shocking example of racism right in our midst, and we were thankful that Chris came to no harm. We learned later that same day about the horrifying death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has prompted spontaneous protests across the world demanding justice and equality for Black people in this country. It is clear that we have reached a crucial point of reckoning and self-reflection as a nation, and as a city. This moment is so much bigger than us. And yet we take our responsibility to rise to meet it as fundamental, and as central to NYC Audubon’s mission.

In the opening of the summer Urban Audubon, recently published online, I mused about a possible silver lining from this time of crisis—a time that, during unfathomable tragedy, has seen so many people notice birds and discover the transcendence of nature in our city’s green spaces. I felt sure, then, of NYC Audubon’s readiness to help these burgeoning birders make the leap from discovery and enjoyment to engagement and conservation. But current events shed a different light: Many of these new birders are Black. If such opportunistic, weaponized racism as that encountered by Chris Cooper is the reception a Black person can expect when advocating for or even just watching birds, how do we encourage birdwatching and conservation advocacy as safe activities for all New Yorkers? And how do we responsibly continue to strive towards our vision: an NYC Audubon community that better reflects the face of our diverse city, one that engages the entire city in our fight for bird conservation?

We listen. We challenge ourselves. We act. And we change.

We must invite and heed the perspectives of our members and neighbors who are Black and people of color. We must organize forums and programs around the topics of race and equity. We must advocate for safe and equitable access to our city’s green spaces. (Read more....)


The Summer Urban Audubon Is Live!

These very unusual times call for unusual methods: our summer Urban Audubon is “virtual,” available as a downloadable PDF. Whether or not you have been able to get out and bird during this trying time, this 20-page issue includes lots of ways to connect to NYC’s birds: Read the personal stories of fellow members, detailing how they've been coping—and managing to see birds—during the pandemic. Get updates on NYC Audubon’s ongoing conservation work, Avian Advocacy actions you can take from home, and a report on the thriving Breeding Bird Atlas. Take a visual tour of “Birds of The Battery,” and learn about the curious Chimney Swift. And, find out lots of ways to “bird virtually”—including original video series created by NYC Audubon and our recent online Jamaica Bay Horseshoe Crab Festival.

View an easily loadable PDF of the summer Urban Audubon.
View and download a high-resolution PDF with better photo quality, suitable for printing.

(Note: If you download this summer issue and view it with Adobe Acrobat on a desktop, laptop, or tablet, you may wish to select "View /Page Display /Two Page View" to see the issue in magazine spread format. Select "Show Cover Page in Two Page View.")

View our recent Virtual Jamaica Bay Horseshoe Crab Festival directly.


NYC Audubon Activities and COVID-19

NYC Audubon prides itself on connecting people to nature and conservation through engaging programming that brings together individuals united by a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are approaching our mission to connect and unite with one another through an adjusted lens. All in-person programming remains suspended in accordance with the NY State PAUSE order, and for the safety of our participants, guides, and staff. We are following state and federal government guidance, are in touch with city agencies, and continue to monitor the situation closely. We look forward to seeing our members and friends, and birding and working together once more, when it is again safe to do so.

Read more about modified events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And enjoy NYC Audubon's new virtual programming, below!


Enjoy Birds from Home: "Virtual Birding"

NYC Audubon has been creating a variety of virtual programming to connect you with the City’s birds and their conservation. Explore the wonders of the ancient horseshoe crab and its importance to our shorebirds at the Virtual Jamaica Bay Horseshoe Crab Festival. Or watch episodes of our two original, ongoing video series. Virtual Birding by Ear with The Warbler Guide author Tom Stephenson analyzes birdsong recorded in Prospect Park. And The Masked Birder! spotlights how people everywhere are turning to birds and nature to find comfort during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can also view a host of digital resources produced by kindred organizations and friends of NYC Audubon to help you connect with birds and nature. These staff-favorites include videos, bird cams, podcasts, and other activities that hopefully provide you a lift, insights, and a welcome distraction.

See all our virtual birding resources here!

We will continue to post new programming here on our website; on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; and in The eGret eNews alerts (sign up!).


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.


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

John James Audubon (1785–1851) with Joseph Mason (1808–1842), Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), Study for Havell pl. 29, 1822. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 18 7/8 x 11 11/16 in.; Prairie Warbler © Leticia de Mello Bueno.
*This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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 Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus). 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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