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Volunteer in the Field This Spring!

[b]As part of our Project Safe Flight citizen science program, volunteers patrol routes in New York City each week during spring and fall migrations to find dead or injured birds that have collided with windows.[/b] Photo © NYC Audubon.

Spring is just around the corner, and all of NYC Audubon's conservation projects are ready to come out of hibernation. To get involved with any of the conservation projects listed below, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All orientations require registration in advance. All orientations are held at NYC Audubon, 71 West 23rd Street Suite 1523 in Manhattan. You can read more about our conservation programs here.

Project Safe Flight: Light and glass pose major threats to migratory birds as they move through New York City. Help NYC Audubon biologists collect data on building collisions during migration by monitoring designated buildings for collisions. This opportunity requires a time commitment of about one hour one morning a week from April through early June. (Take a peek into the lives and work of our dedicated Project Safe Flight volunteers in a new photo essay by photographer Sophie Butcher). Orientations will be held Thursday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 19, 6-7pm.

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring: Horseshoe crab eggs are an important food source for migratory shorebirds. Collect data on horseshoe crab spawning by helping count horseshoe crabs in Jamaica Bay. We count on 12 nights in May and June, but you don't need to be able to make every count to sign up. Orientations will be held Thursday, April 11, and Tuesday, April 16, 6-7pm.


NYC Audubon Lecture Series 2018/2019

[b]Ofer Tchernichiovski, PhD[/b]

By Ofer Tchernichovski, PhD
Tuesday, March 26, 7pm

How and when does a Zebra Finch learn to sing, and what effects does hearing a song have on its brain? How does sleep affect song learning? How does the learning of birdsong compare to the learning of speech in human infants? Learn the answers to these questions and more from Ofer Tchernichovski, PhD, who studies animal behavior and the dynamics of vocal learning and sound production at the Laboratory of Vocal Learning at Hunter College. The lab aims to uncover the specific physiological and molecular brain processes that underlie song learning. Tchernichovski holds a PhD in zoology from Tel Aviv University and is a doctor of veterinary medicine.

NOTE: This lecture was originally scheduled for March 12 and has been rescheduled for March 26.

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

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), Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura), Study for Havell pl. 17, ca. 1825. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, black chalk, and collage with touches of gouache, scratching out, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 27 3/4 x 19 in.; Project Safe Flight Volunteer Gunda Narang © Sophie Butcher.

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 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

The Volunteers of Project Safe Flight: A Photo Essay

Over the course of last spring, photographer Sophie Butcher accompanied Project Safe Flight (PSF) volunteers as they patrolled routes in New York City looking for dead and injured birds, victims of collisions with windows. The photographs she took offer a revealing look into the lives and work of these dedicated PSF volunteers, who are critical in helping our organization understand the causes of bird collisions in New York City. Her photo essay, "The Volunteers of Project Safe Flight," celebrates the volunteers and also brings awareness to an important environmental issue. View Butcher's photo essay here, and join us at Kings County Brewers Collective this April for an exhibition featuring her work and the illustrations of Annie Novak

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