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Get Your Special Discount on NYC Audubon's Harbor Herons Ecocruises!

[b]Snowy Egret[/b][br]© François PortmannSnowy Egret
© François Portmann

It's time once again for our Sunset Ecocruises to the Harbor Heron Islands. This year, the ecocruises run Wednesday evenings, June 8-August 17. We'll once again visit three different destinations: the Brother Islands, Hoffman & Swinburne Islands, and Jamaica Bay. As a friend of NYC Audubon, you will receive a special discount of $5 off tickets to Hoffman & Swinburne and Brother Islands Ecocruises, and $8 off our Jamaica Bay Ecocruise.

To receive your special discount, purchase tickets online at and enter one of the discount coupon codes below. Coupon is valid for online purchases only and cannot be combined with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Please note blackout dates may apply. Each voucher is valid for one to four people. Expires 9.31.16.

Brother Islands and Hoffman & Swinburne Ecocruises: To receive $5 off each ticket purchased, enter the code BIRDS in the space labeled "Redeem Discount Coupon."

Jamaica Bay Ecocruise: To receive $8 off each ticket purchased, enter the code JAMAICA in the space labeled "Redeem Discount Coupon."

Visit New York Water Taxi's website for more cruise details and to purchase tickets.

"It’s Your Tern" Festival

[b]Common Tern[/b][br]© David SpeiserCommon Tern
© David Speiser

Saturday, July 16, 10am-4pm
With Waterfront Alliance, Governors Island Alliance, National Park Service, New York Harbor School, Earth Matter NY

Come celebrate Governors Island’s treasures: Common terns and oysters! Common terns, listed as a threatened species in New York State, have nested for several years on three decommissioned piers on Governors Island’s waterfront. The colony has expanded over time and benefited recently from the introduction of oyster shells as a nesting material. Free activities at this year’s festival will include expert bird walks and talks with Gabriel Willow and Annie Barry, displays, and hands-on activities for the whole family. Learn more by clicking here.

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

Bottom Photo Credits: Freshkills Park © City of New York, NYC Parks, Freshkills Park; Black-Bellied Plover, Dowitchers © Lloyd Spitalnik

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Freshkills Park Discovery Days

Sundays, June 26 and September 18, 11am-4pm
Guides: NYC Audubon, NYC Parks
With NYC Parks

At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park is almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park to be developed in New York City in over 100 years. It also has a significant history as the site of the former Fresh Kills Landfill. The landfill has been covered with layers of soil and infrastructure, and the site has become a place for wildlife, recreation, science, education, and art. During free-admission Discovery Days on June 26 and September 18, eight miles of trails and paths will offer views of the park’s hills, creeks, and wildlife. Activities includeg uided bird walks with NYC Audubon, hiking, running, bike-riding, and kayaking, free shuttle buses into the park and to the top of a hill offering panoramic views of New York, and educational tours and displays. Click here to learn more.

11th Annual Shorebird Festival

Saturday, August 20, 7:30am-5pm
With Gateway NRA and American Littoral Society

During the past 40 years, over 40 species of shorebirds (including rare and accidental vagrants) have been recorded at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East and West Ponds from mid-July through October, with the greatest diversity and abundance usually occurring in August. We invite you to attend our eleventh annual celebration at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, including walks, talks, and activities for the whole family. Learn more by clicking here.

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