World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day 2022

Learn how you can help limit light pollution's harmful effects on migratory birds and join us for free walks celebrating spring migration!

This May 14, NYC Audubon is a proud participant in World Migratory Bird Day, an educational campaign that celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas—bird migration. This year's theme is “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night,” focusing on the impact of light pollution on migratory birds.

For over two decades, NYC Audubon's Project Safe Flight has studied how artificial light pollution affects nighttime migrating birds and contributes to bird collisions throughout New York City. In 2021, our research was critical to an important step forward: the unanimous passage of Lights Out legislation by the New York City Council. The new regulations require that all nonessential outdoor lights in City-owned buildings be turned off from 11pm to 6am during peak migration periods. But there is still more we can do to limit the damaging effects that artificial lights have on birds migrating through New York City. Learn more about this important issue and what you can do to help migratory birds

While we raise awareness about how we can all help migratory birds, we're also offering an assortment of free World Migratory Bird Day walks across the City, right at the height of spring migration! Birders of all skill levels are welcome. We hope you'll join us in celebrating World Migratory Bird Day on one of the walks below.

World Migratory Bird Day Walks

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8-10am
Guide: Mike Yuan
Meet at the Park House at Seaview Avenue and 88th Street. Enjoy peak songbird migration and summering waterbirds along the Brooklyn coast of Jamaica Bay. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8-10am
Guide: Anthony Ciancimino
Meet in the parking lot at the end of Hylan Blvd, near the visitor’s center. Situated at the southern tip of Staten Island, Conference House Park features diverse habitats that can provide a stopover for a variety of migrating birds, including warblers, vireos, & flycatchers, among many others. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.  
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon
With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. RSVP required. Limited to 20. Free.
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Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:30-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon
With Queens Botanical Garden
Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Registration is currently sold out.
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Saturday, May 14, 2022, 2-3:30pm
Guide: Annie Barry

Meet in front of Nolan Park #17 and see the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. No RSVP is required. Limited to 15. Free