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NYC Audubon Welcomes
Our New Executive Director, Kathryn Heintz 

We are happy to announce the appointment of Kathryn Heintz as NYC Audubon's new executive director, to lead the organization as we expand our critical initiatives to preserve and protect natural areas in the City for the benefit of wild birds and the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Kathryn commences work on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

For the past two years, Kathryn served as director, principal gifts with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the zoological and global conservation organization headquartered at the Bronx Zoo. From 2001 to 2012 she was director of development at Wave Hill, the public garden and cultural center in the northwest Bronx.

“Kathryn brings exceptional talent, experience, and energy to New York City Audubon,” said NYC Audubon President Harry Maas. “She is passionate about nature and about New York City, and will be an outstanding champion for preserving the natural environment within our urban landscape. On behalf of the board, the staff, and our 10,000 members, I welcome her to her new position and look forward to working with her to bring New York City Audubon to a new level of effectiveness in fulfillment of its vital mission.”

“New York City is the most densely populated urban area in North America. It encompasses hundreds of miles of shoreline and thousands of acres of parks, stream corridors and green spaces that are vital for the survival of wild birds and for the well-being of its human population,” Kathryn said. “Through scientific research, education, public programs, and advocacy work, as well as through grassroots efforts in local communities throughout the five boroughs, we must preserve critical natural areas and be good stewards to provide wild birds with welcoming and healthy habitats and enrich the lives of all New Yorkers. We can also have an impact well beyond our city. What we succeed in doing here is a model for swelling urban centers around the globe. I am eager to get started working with our staff, our volunteers, and our loyal members.”

Ms. Heintz, a native of suburban Washington, DC, learned to love wild birds at the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD. She has built her professional career in New York City. Prior to the Wildlife Conservation Society and Wave Hill, she honed her skills as a fund-raiser with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street YM-YWHA, and National Dance Institute.

You Can Contribute to Project Safe Flight by Using Our New Online Database, D-Bird


NYC Audubon is launching a new research tool, and we need your help to make it great!

For more than 15 years, NYC Audubon has been collecting data on bird mortality in New York City in order to understand the threats that birds face from the built environment. This work is a component of Project Safe Flight, part of our broader effort generously supported by the Leon Levy Foundation to make the City a safer place for birds.

If you find a dead or injured bird, you can make a valuable contribution to Project Safe Flight by providing us with information about the bird through our new online database, D-Bird:

Just click here to visit D-Bird. Once you arrive at the page, follow the instructions in order to provide us with location, species, and observation data about the bird that you have found. Your contributions will enhance our existing body of research and will play an important part in the protection of the birds of the City.

To learn more about D-Bird and see a map of D-Bird results, please click here.

Top Banner Photo Credits: group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.

Bottom Photo Credits: injured warbler from building collision © NYC Audubon

** This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


Buy your Tickets for the Fall Roost

NYC Audubon’s Fall Roost benefit dinner will be held at the newly redesigned, bird-friendly Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Thursday, October 16. Once among the deadliest buildings for birds in New York City, the Center is now a remarkable example of bird-friendly design integrated with sustainable architecture. This year’s benefit will honor the creative team that transformed the Center: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center; the Convention Center Development Corporation; and FXFOWLE Epstein Architects.

Click here to learn more and buy tickets.


Injured Bird Transporters Needed

Help save an injured bird! We often receive calls from individuals who have found injured birds but are unable to transport them to a rehabilitator. We need caring volunteers to transport these birds to licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the area.

A training session will be held at the Wild Bird Fund Center on the Upper West Side on September 9, 6-7pm. If interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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