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Register for the Second Annual NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance Conference

[b]Director of Conservation and Science Dr. Susan Elbin and Research Associate Debra Kriensky Monitoring the Javits Center Green Roof[/b][br]© Diane CimineDirector of Conservation and Science Dr. Susan Elbin and Research Associate Debra Kriensky Monitoring the Javits Center Green Roof
© Diane Cimine

Friday, September 27, 9:30am-4pm
At the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
With the Green Roof Researchers Alliance

Join the Green Roof Researchers Alliance for a day of discussions, workshops, and green roof visits! Learn about green roof policy, biodiversity, environmental benefits, and curriculum. Meet leading green roof scientists and educators and find out about cutting-edge research being conducted in New York City.

Highlights of the conference include a panel of local scientists discussing green roof wildlife, an analysis of the actual benefits of green roofs, tours of the Javits green roof, a workshop on using green roofs for education, a hands-on field sampling workshop, and discussion with policymakers of the recently updated and improved green roof tax abatement. All workshops are included in the price of admission. Learn more about the conference and register on Eventbrite. No limit. $30 ($15 for students)

The NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance is supported by The New York Community Trust. You can view their 2018 Annual Report at


Recapping Our Night-long Monitoring of the Tribute in Light

[b]Community Science Volunteers Counting Birds Circling in the Tribute in Light 2019[/b][br]© NYC AudubonCommunity Science Volunteers Counting Birds Circling in the Tribute in Light 2019
© NYC Audubon

NYC Audubon once again was on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage in partnership with National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Michael Ahern Production Services to ensure this year's Tribute in Light was safe for birds. The Tribute in Light is a stirring and fitting reminder of the tragic events of 9/11, but it can also be a hazard for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds that travel through the city under the cover of darkness during their fall migrations. Birds are attracted to light, and can end up trapped in the Tribute’s powerful beams—circling, calling, and wasting precious body fat that fuels their migratory flight.

Since 2002, NYC Audubon has monitored the Tribute in Light to look for birds that have become caught in the beams. An agreement was put in place in 2005 with the Tribute producers to turn off the lights for a brief period if need be to allow any trapped birds to disperse. The agreement allows this important tribute to continue honoring the lives lost on 9/11 while minimizing its impact of nocturnally migrating birds. The agreement has also allowed us to gain important scientific insights into artificial light's effects on migrating birds.

Learn about our efforts to monitor this year's Tribute in Light from dusk to dawn with the help of terrific volunteers and Dr. Andrew Farnsworth's BirdCast team from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in our latest Syrinx blog post.


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, Orchard Jewelry by J. Mavec 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


Drop in and Bird with Us During Fall Migration

[b]Cedar Waxwing[/b][br]© John Larson/Audubon Photography AwardsCedar Waxwing
© John Larson/Audubon Photography Awards

This fall, discover the surprising amount and variety of birds that can be found in our city at one of our many free walks. Over the past year, we have expanded our offerings of free outings, partnering with organizations such as The Battery Conservancy, Pelham Bay Park, and others to provide birding tours that are more laid-back and welcoming to birders of all skill levels and experiences. These walks are ideal for those just getting into birding, or even an experienced birder looking to discover a birding community in their own backyard. These walks require no advance registration, so you can simply drop in and enjoy the wonders of fall migration with us!


Drop in and Bird: Morning Bird Walks in Central Park
Tuesdays, August 20-September 24, 7:30-9am

Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, August 24, September 8 and 24, 2-3pm
Sundays, August 25 and September 28, 2-3pm

Fall Migration Bird Walks at the Battery, Manhattan
Tuesday, September 3-October 8, 8-9am

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Saturdays, September 7-November 23, 9-10:30am

Pelham Bay Park Bird Walks, The Bronx
Sundays, September 8-December 8, 9-10:30am

Birding at Wave Hill, The Bronx
Sundays, September 8 and October 13, 9:30-11:30am

Birding Tours of Bryant Park
Mondays, September 9-October 14, 8-9am
Thursdays, September 12-October 17, 5-6pm

Birding Tours of the North Woods, Central Park
Mondays, September 9-23, 5:30-7pm
Wednesdays, September 11-25, 5:30-7pm
Fridays, September 13-27, 5:30-7pm

There are many more walks, including those in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Queens Botanical Garden, Riverside Park, and Freshkills Park, listed on our ongoing free events page. See more information about all of our free fall migration programming there and we hope to see you drop in on a bird walk!


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), Purple Martin (Progne subis), Study for Havell pl. 22, 1822. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and black chalk with selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 22 13/16 x 18 3/16 in.; Governors Island © NYC Audubon.

Audubon's Birds of America Gallery Now Open 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 Purple Martin (Progne subis). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

Visit Us on Governors Island!

NYC Audubon returns to Governors Island for a third season of programming at our pop-up nature center at Nolan Park House 17. Visit our house all this summer for displays on conservation, a children’s room with books and activities, bird-inspired artwork, and studio space showcasing artists creating work inspired by Governors Island and its variety of avian residents. Guests can borrow binoculars and participate in one of our free guided bird walks, or strike out on their own to discover the bright and bustling bird life all over the island. Continue to check for updates on house hours, bird walks, and special events at our house all summer long.

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Birding by Subway Map

Learn about all of the great NYC birding hotspots and how to visit them by public transit using our interactive "Birding by Subway" Map.


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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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