Project Safe Flight Volunteer Annie Novak. Photo: Sophie Butcher
Whether you're volunteering to clean up NYC beaches, sending postcards to urge local leaders to stand up for the birds of New York City, making your home safer for birds by treating your windows, or recording bird collisions with dBird or through Project Safe Flight, you are a vital part of the New York City Audubon community.
Every person and every action matters, and each member of our community is instrumental in effecting positive change, protecting the birds and habitats of our city, and advocating to make New York City a greener and more welcoming place for birds.
There are many ways you can be a part of NYC Audubon’s conservation and advocacy work and we invite you to explore what actions you can take to help our city's birds.
Avian Advocate volunteers at bird-friendly buildings postcard-writing party in support of the bird friendly material bill, Int. 1482. Photo: NYC Audubon
Become an Avian Advocate
NYC Audubon advocacy volunteers are integral in giving our birds a voice at the local, state, or federal levels of government. We call upon Avian Advocate volunteers to meet with government officials, coordinate public letter-writing campaigns and public comments, and raise consciousness of the dangers facing our birds and their habitats via outreach events, distributed brochures and educational materials, and social media. To keep informed on what you can do to help, become an Avian Advocate!
Horseshoe crab monitoring at Plumb Beach. Photo: NYC Audubon
Volunteer in the Field
Volunteers are the lifeblood of NYC Audubon, essential to carrying out our mission of protecting the birds and habitats of New York City. Whether you are an experienced birder looking to help with bird surveys, or have little-to-no experience and are just passionate about the environment, there are many ways to get involved in the field with NYC Audubon.
Bird Tape by CollidEscape applied to a window. Photo: American Bird Conservancy
Help Make NYC Bird Friendly
Wild birds face many threats to survival in our city, from collisions with our buildings’ windows to predation from cats. Our organization works to protect birds and their habitats in NYC with coordinated and collaborative community science programs, advocacy campaigns, and habitat restoration events and cleanups, but there are also many actions you can take on your own to make your community and residence a safer place for birds.
This Northern Parula was found stunned in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Senior Conservation Biologist Kaitlyn Parkins helped it safely recover at the office before releasing it back into the wild in Madison Square Park, pictured here. Photo: NYC Audubon
Help a Bird in Trouble
Densely packed with concrete and glass and sparse in high-quality habitat, our city presents unique challenges to migrating and nesting birds. It is sadly far too common to find a dead or injured bird that has collided with one of our city’s many buildings. In addition to collision victims, you may come across young birds—especially during nesting season in spring and summer. Learn more about what to do if you find a wild bird in New York City.