Join the Crowd: Help Us Buy a New Boat!
Help Us Get Closer to Our Goal!
For over 30 years, NYC Audubon has monitored the population status of wading birds (including herons, egrets, and ibis) and other waterbirds (cormorants, gulls, and terns) on islands in New York Harbor and surrounding waterways. This essential research helps NYC Audubon determine what species and habitats are most vulnerable and in need of protection. Our efforts have helped to preserve important harbor heron habitats like the Brother Islands and Staten Island's Arlington Marsh.
This critical work requires travelling to many remote, uninhabited islands throughout New York Harbor. To reach these places we have relied on our "Zodiac" boat. While our Zodiac has served us well for many years, we now need a safer, more reliable vessel, plus a new trailer and gear.
So far, we have raised more than $3,000 towards a new Zodiac. Help us reach our goal of $10,000 to buy a new boat in the new year!
Best Conservation Film The Messenger
Premieres in New York City on December 4
In October, NYC Audubon participated in an engaging Q&A session following a screening of The Messenger, a new documentary addressing threats to migratory songbirds worldwide. This beautiful film was awarded Best Conservation Film at the 2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and is a must-see for people who care about birds. Learn more about the film and see a trailer at http://songbirdsos.com/.
The Messenger will premiere in New York City on Friday, December 4 at Cinema Village in Manhattan. Click here for details and tickets.
Preferred Alternative Plan Released for the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge West Pond
Thank You to All Who Submitted Comments
Thank you to all who joined New York City Audubon in submitting comments on the environmental assessment (EA) prepared for National Park Service (NPS) regarding alternative plans for the West Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The EA was released this past October and the official comment period closed on November 6. We are happy to report that we agree with the NPS Preferred Alternative: to repair the breach, return the pond back to its freshwater state with water levels that can be controlled, and provide wildlife viewing areas for visitors. The restoration will be done in two phases: 1. Repair of the breach and the loop path, and filling of the pond; 2. Habitat restoration, including upland habitat at Terrapin Point, shoreline restoration, salt marsh restoration, and installation of other visitor amenities. Our main concern is the fresh water source: we support either a ground well or municipal water supply and are against the method of waiting for the pond to fill with rain water and runoff. All of these efforts will provide better habitat for Species of Greatest Conservation Need and the people of New York City.
The comment period for the EA closed on November 6. Thank you to all who submitted comments in favor of restoration of a freshwater West Pond.
Top Banner Photo Credits: Group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.
Bottom Photo Credits: Great Horned Owl © François Portmann.
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The 116th Audubon Christmas Bird Count — Citizen Science in ActionCome out for a fun day in the wintry weather and help our city's birds, on the 116th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count!
Anyone can take part in the count tradition. The data collected from this annual citizen-science tradition will be added to an ever-growing database that provides valuable information to scientists who study winter bird populations across North America. NYC Audubon is responsible for reporting data for the Lower Hudson Count Circle, which includes all of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey. And we host Manhattan's Central Park compilation gathering at the Central Park Arsenal on Sunday, December 20, a festive event! Click here for more information on how you can participate in this year’s count.
Beyond Words: What Animals
A Free Lecture by Carl Safina, PhD
Think and Feel
Tuesday, December 15, 6:30pm
Central Park Zoo 4-D Theater
Renowned author Carl Safina will deliver a lecture based on his latest book, Beyond Words. We will go inside animals’ lives and minds, witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought, and emotion, showing why the word “it” is often inappropriate as we discover “who” they really are. Dr. Safina is the founder of the Safina Center at Stony Brook University and host of PBS’s Saving the Ocean. His books include Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross, Voyage of the Turtle, Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue, The View From Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, and A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout.
Free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.
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