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Participate in the 119th Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Community Science in Action

[b]Great Horned Owl[/b][br]© François Portmann

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the nation's longest-running community-science bird project. New York City Audubon plays its part in this annual bird population survey, which is now conducted across North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Pacific Islands. Birders of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. Beginners too! The data collected by observers 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.

The 119th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will soon be under way nationwide, and in all five boroughs of New York City. 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 each year, a festive event! Bird Counts in New York City begin Saturday, December 15, with Counts occurring across Staten Island and Brooklyn. The Central Park Count will take place on Sunday, December 16. NYC Bird Counts wrap up on Saturday, December 23, with Counts taking place in the Bronx. For more information on how you can participate in any of these Counts across the City's five boroughs, visit our NYC Christmas Bird Count page.

Click here to RSVP for the Central Park Christmas Bird Count on Eventbrite.


Support Local Conservation through our Annual Appeal

[b]Baltimore Oriole[/b][br]Robert Bunch / Audubon Photography Awards

We’ve made great strides to protect birds and promote urban wildlife conservation. But these are perilous times for wildlife and wild places—and for birds in dwindling urban habitat. Glass towers that imperil migrating birds and cast shadows across our parks are rising fast. Precious wetlands are under threat from the siting and encroachment of new warehouses and commercial complexes.

Environmental groups know that to make progress they must do so at the local and state level. NYC Audubon needs your help now to become even more effective. We cannot wait.

Our winter campaign is NYC Audubon’s most important fund-raising drive of the year. Your philanthropy now will determine how much we can accomplish in 2019. We will intensify our advocacy to promote bird-friendly building legislation as we marshal more collision data to strengthen our case. We will grow the ranks of our engaged membership—among all populations—and expand our educational programming to foster a love of birds and nature in younger generations.

Please give as generously as you can. There is so much to be done, and we cannot do this important work without you!

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) with Joseph Mason (1808–1842), Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor), Study for Havell pl. 14, 1821. Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and gouache on paper, laid on card; 18 11/16 x 11 11/16 in.; Snowy Owl © Brian Kushner/Audubon Photography Awards.

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 Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor). Learn more about New-York Historical Society's gallery here.

Take the Pledge and Make 2018 the Year of the Bird

2018 is the year of the bird! In honor of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—the most powerful and important bird protection law ever passed—organizations from around the world are joining forces to celebrate the "Year of the Bird" and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.
Take the pledge and sign up to bird your world at
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