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NYC Audubon Lecture Series 2018/2019

By Stephen Sautner
Tuesday, February 26, 7pm

Join us for a discussion with author Stephen Sautner inspired by his new book, A Cast in the Woods. Sautner’s cabin in the Catskills provides the backdrop for this exciting new work, which explores his passion for the natural world and its stewardship, along with forays into other topics such as fishing and fracking. Stephen Sautner has contributed to various publications including The New York Times “Outdoors” column and is the director of communications for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo. He is a lover of fly-fishing, birding, and nature.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch. Lectures are held at Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, located on Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th streets in Manhattan.

See our entire 2018/2019 NYC Audubon Lecture Series schedule here.

Recapping the 119th Annual Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count

[b]The Barred Owl, photographed here in Central Park on November 4, 2018, was one of three owl species counted at the 2018 Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count.[/b][br]Photo © Ellen MichaelsThe Barred Owl, photographed here in Central Park on November 4, 2018, was one of three owl species counted at the 2018 Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
Photo © Ellen Michaels

On Sunday, December 16, 59 intrepid birders braved heavy winds and pouring rain to participate in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the New Jersey-Lower Hudson (NJLH) count circle. The NJLH count circle is centered in the Hudson River, and its 15-mile radius includes Manhattan, Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey, and a portion of Queens. The data collected by observers at count circles in New York City and across the nation over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. View the full history of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the compiled nationwide data here.

New York City Audubon organized the 119th annual Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count, along with our partners NYC Parks, the Urban Park Rangers, and the Central Park Conservancy. This annual community science project welcomes birders of all skill levels. Through foggy binoculars, participants recorded 5,323 birds of 57 species.

Click here for a full recap of the 119th Central Park Audubon Christmas Bird Count, including a list of all species seen, on our blog, Syrinx.

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), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Study for Havell pl. 16, 1820–ca. 1823. Watercolor, pastel, collage, graphite, and black ink with touches of gouache and selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 24 1/4 x 37 7/16 in.; Northern Cardinal © Michelle Black/Great Backyard Bird Count.

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 Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

22nd Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, February 15-Monday, February 18

Begun in 1998 as a joint effort of National Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada, the goal of the Great Backyard Bird Count is to capture a snapshot of bird numbers in a short period of time. Citizen scientists are asked every February to spend at least 15 minutes counting birds in their backyards—or anywhere else. (New Yorkers without backyards are not excused.) Submit a separate checklist for each new day and location, or the same location if you counted at a different time of day. With eBird, it’s easier than ever to submit your data. The 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count takes place Friday, February 15, to Monday, February 18, 2019. For more information on how to participate, go to

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