The New York City Audubon Society

The New York City Audubon Society has more members than any of the other Audubon chapters. Below I reproduce their latest newsletter. If you love birds and would like to join, there is a link along the side of this blog.  This is really a beautiful newsletter.  If you live in the New York City area and love nature, the NYC Audubon society offers so many activities as you can see in their Newsletter.

New York City Audubon
Northern Pintail © François Portmann

December and Selected January Local Events

Click here to see ALL Events & Adventures

12/14: Christmas Bird Count: Brooklyn 12/14: Christmas Bird Count: Staten Island12/15: Tweet Birdcall Workshop at Children’s Museum of the Arts

12/15: Christmas Bird Count: Queens

12/15: Christmas Bird Count: Manhattan

12/21: Winter Birds and Survival at Jamaica Bay

12/22: Christmas Bird Count: The Bronx 

1/1: New Year’s Day Beachwalk, Breezy Point, Queens

1/5: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor

1/11: Tweet Birdcall Workshop at Children’s Museum of the Arts

1/12: Photo-Workshop: Winter Waterfowl of Long Beach Island/ Barnegat Light, NJ

1/12: Winter Birding along the Hudson: Wave Hill

1/12: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor

1/18: Snow Birds of Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden, Queens

1/19: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor

1/23: Tweet Birdcall Workshop at Children’s Museum of the Arts

1/26: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor

Ongoing Local Events

Van Cortlandt Bird Walks:  Saturdays, 8-9:30am till December 7

Upcoming Overnight Trips

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Surf Scoter © Omar Runólfsson

MONTAUK WINTER WEEKEND: SEALS, SEA BIRDS AND SANDY BEACHES, LONG ISLAND, NY
Friday, January 10 – Sunday, January 12, 2014
Guides: Mike Bottini, Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe, Tod Winston

Visit the vast dunes, beaches and woods at Montauk during peak sea bird season and hike the beautiful “Walking Dunes,” Hither Woods, Oyster Pond and the “Seal Haul-out” site. Includes double-occupancy lodging at the luxurious Manor House, most meals, guided hikes, evening programs, a star watch, and free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. To register, contact Don Riepe at 917-371-8577 ordonriepe@gmail.com. Limited to 60. $385 ($125 single room supplement)

Keel-Billed Toucan © Brian Gratwicke*

YUCATÁN, MEXICO
Saturday, Februrary 15 –Monday, Februrary 24
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Local Guides

Visit the magical land of the Maya: the Yucatan Peninsula of Southern Mexico. Explore ancient Mayan ruins; swim in the Caribbean and explore coral reefs; and of course, see the amazing bird life of the region: from parrots and toucans to flamingos and trogons, along with many of our wintering neotropical migrants. Includes one pre-trip workshop, lodging, local transportation, most meals, and all park fees. Limited to 12. $2,295 per person (double occupancy, $450 single room supplement).Click here for a full tour description and day-by-day itinerary. Please contact Adriana Palmer atapalmer@nycaudubon.orgor 212-691-7483 x304 to learn more and register.

Resplendent Quetzal © Richard Garrigues

COSTA RICA: MONTEVERDE AND CAÑO NEGRO
Saturday, March 8-Saturday, March 15
Guides: Glenn Phillips, Richard Garrigues
Our 2014 Costa Rica expedition will visit its most famous birding destination: Monteverde. Home to resplendent quetzals, black guans, emerald toucanets, and many more cloud forest species, Monteverde has a well deserved reputation. Other highlights include the Celeste Mountain Lodge, known for its fine French cuisine as well as for rarities such as tody motmot and yellow-eared toucanet; and Caño Negro, where Nicaraguan grackle, lesser yellow-headed vulture, and even jabiru are possible. Includes two pre-trip workshops, lodging, local transportation, most meals, and all park fees. Limited to 12. $1,995 ($300 single room supplement). Click here to see a full tour description and day-by-day itinerary. Please contact Adriana Palmer atapalmer@nycaudubon.orgor 212-691-7483 x304 to learn more and register.

Resplendent Quetzal © Richard Garrigues

COSTA RICA: FAMILY EXPEDITION
Saturday, March 15-Saturday, March 22
Guides: Glenn Phillips
Explore the rain and cloud forests of Costa Rica with Executive Director Glenn Phillips and his family. Perfect for families with children aged 5 and up, this relaxed natural history expedition will explore the lush Pacific lowlands near the beachside town of Jaco. Highlights include a boat ride through a mangrove swamp full of crocodiles and an exciting aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy—but there will also be plenty of time to relax by the pool or play on the beach. Before heading home, we will visit the renowned cloud forest reserve of Monteverde to look for spectacular resplendent quetzals. Includes one pre-trip workshop, lodging, local transportation, most meals, and all park fees. Click here for a full tour description and itinerary. Please contact Adriana Palmer atapalmer@nycaudubon.orgor 212-691-7483 x304 to learn more and register. $4,237 per family (2 adults and 2 children under 12; other packages are available.)


The eGret
December 2013

The “bustling holiday season” has officially arrived… and with it, a city bustling with wintering birds and bird-related activities. (The beautiful male northern pintail at left was photographed recently in Central Park). The Christmas Bird Count is right around the corner, so make sure to sign up for one or more of the counts in all five boroughs. These final days of 2013 are also an important time for one of the City’s most important places: Jamaica Bay and the rest of Gateway National Recreation Area. This month’s lead story describes a recent meeting with the National Park Service to attempt to influence the General Management Plan, soon to be finalized.In other news:  Staten Islanders work to save an urban oasis, Mount Manresa; a Jamaica Bay-hatched great egret is spotted in Cape May; the results of 16 years’ ofProject Safe Flight monitoring; winter escapes to theYucatán and Costa Rica; our new NYC Audubon KIDS membership program; Winter Seals and WaterbirdsEcocruises start up in January; a meeting on whelk and crab regulations; and our January 8 lecture.  Happy December!
 

American Bittern © Chuq Von Rospach (Creative Commons Attribution License)
The Secretive American Bittern Is among the Species that Depend on Freshwater Habitat in Jamaica Bay. Photo © Chuq Von Rospach*

Advocating for Gateway’s Future: NYC Audubon and Allies Meet with the National Park Service

Since the release of the draft General Management Plan (GMP) for Gateway National Recreation Area in early August, New York City Audubon has been working to pressure the National Park Service to change elements of the plan that will be harmful to the wildlife, habitats, and other natural resources of Gateway. On Tuesday, November 26, NYC Audubon President Harry Maas and Executive Director Glenn Phillips, along with a coalition of representatives from allied organizations, met with local National Park Service leadership staff to discuss the GMP and other concerns about Gateway. Collectively, this group is known as the Birders’ Coalition for Gateway.  Click here to read the full story.

 

Tagged Egret at Cape May Point © Sam Galick
This Great Egret, Tagged “E12” by NYC Audubon, Was Photographed at Cape May Point on November 25. Photo © Sam Gallick 

Tagged Egret “E12” Spotted in Cape May

On November 25, 2013, Sam Galick photographed the great egret seen above from the hawk watch platform at Cape May Point, NJ. We previously had tagged this bird on July 8, 2013 at Elder’s Marsh, Jamaica Bay, right before it fledged. E12 was also seen on August 19 along the Hudson River, approximately one mile south of Schuylerville. We wonder if he’s heading to Cuba!

Visit our Facebook page to see this and other posts and stay up to the minute on happenings at NYC Audubon!

 

Mount Manresa Forest © Save Mount Manresa

Mount Manresa’s 15 Acres of Green Space are Threatened by Immediate Development. Photo © Save Mount Manresa

Mount Manresa: Staten Island Group Fights to Preserve an Endangered Green Oasis

A Staten Island conservation group is fighting the immediate development of Mount Manresa, a 15-acre green oasis and property of historic value in densely populated northeastern Staten Island, near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The group recently lost a court fight to keep the property from being sold, and needs your support. Click here to learn more and contribute to this local group’s fight to preserve precious green space in New York City. 

 

Common Yellowthroats Are among the Most Frequent Collision Victims. Photo © Steve Nanz

Common Yellowthroats Are among the Most Frequent Window Collision Victims in New York City. Photo © Steve Nanz

16 Years of Project Safe
Flight Data

Research Assistant Kaitlyn Parkins reports on the poster she presented at this November’s New York Birders Conference:

This past November, NYC Audubon presented a poster summarizing 16 years’ worth of Project Safe Flight bird collision data at the New York Birders Conference and 66th annual meeting of the New York State Ornithological Association. Between 1997 and the spring of 2013, volunteers collected over 6,000 birds of 126 different species. The top two species, the white-throated sparrow and common yellowthroat, make up 23% of all collisions. Click here to view the rest of Kaitlyn’s post on our blog, Syrinx. 
 
 

New York DEC Public Meeting on Proposed Whelk, Crab, and Horseshoe Crab Regulations

The New York Department of Environment Conservation is holding a public meeting on Monday, December 16, at6:30pm at the Marine Resources Headquarters at 205 Belle Mead Road in East Satauket. At this meeting the DEC seeks to gather input from the marine fishing community on important regulations in development that will help protect whelks, horseshoe crabs, and crabs.You can read more about the proposed regulations here. Please consider attending, in order to contribute some conservation-minded voices to the discussion.

Owls Are Among the Most Sought-After Prizes on the Christmas Bird Count. Photo © Francois Portmann
Owls Are Among the Most Sought-After Prizes on the Christmas Bird Count. Photo © François Portmann

NYC Christmas Bird Counts Begin December 14 

The 114th annual Christmas Bird Count will soon be under way nationwide. Data generated by the Count has been invaluable to scientists, allowing researchers to investigate the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.

Christmas Bird Counts throughout the five boroughs will take place between December 14 and 22 this year, and all are welcome to participate! NYC Audubon will once again host Manhattan’s Central Park compilation gathering at the Central Park Arsenal on Sunday, December 15, a festive event! Click here to visit our Christmas Bird Count page to learn more about the upcoming counts and how to register for them.

American Flamingos © AlphaTangoBravo/Adam Baker*

American Flamingos © AlphaTangoBravo/Adam Baker*

Yucatán: Cozumel Island, Río Lagartos, and the Ancient Mayan Ruins

Saturday, February 15 – Monday, February 24, 2014
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Local Guides

Visit the magical land of the Maya: the Yucátan Peninsula of Southern Mexico. Explore ancient Mayan ruins; swim in the Caribbean and explore coral reefs; and of course, see the amazing bird life of the region: from parrots and toucans to flamingos and trogons, along with many of our wintering neotropical migrants. Click here for a full tour description, trip itinerary and information on how to register.

Osprey © François Portmann
Osprey © François Portmann

Do You Know a Potential NYC Audubon KIDS Member?

NYC Audubon isn’t just for grown-up birders. We are now offering free KIDS memberships for kids ages 8-12. KIDS Members will receive our children’s magazine, Look Around New York City, invitations to special KIDS bird walks, a 10% discount on most local family expeditions, and more! To become a NYC Audubon KIDS Member, parents should email KIDS@nycaudubon.org.  Click here to view our KIDS Membership webpage for more info. 

Harbor Seal. Photo Courtesy of NY Water Taxi
Harbor Seals Are Often Seen on the Rocky Shores of Governor’s, Hoffman, and Swinburne Islands. Photo Courtesy of NY Water Taxi.

Winter Adventure: NYC Audubon Winter Seals and Waterbirds Ecocruises

Step aboard the NYC Audubon Winter Ecocruises for a winter adventure in New York Harbor! Learn about the surprising diversity of NYC wildlife as we travel past Governor’s island and the remote Hoffman and Swinburne Islands to find harbor seals, ducks, geese, loons, and purple sandpipers. Cruises start up January 5 and continue to run on Sundays from 2-4pm through March 9. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.  

Blue-Crowned Motmot © Jerry Kirkhart*

Blue-Crowned Motmot © Jerry Kirkhart*

Explore the Cloud Forests
of Costa Rica

Sunday, March 8–Saturday, March 15 AND Saturday, March 15–Saturday, March 22 (Family Expedition)
Guides: Glenn Phillips, Richard Garrigues (March 15-22 tour only)
Explore some of Costa Rica’s richest wildlife areas and visit its most famous birding destination: Monteverde! Home to resplendent quetzals, black guans, emerald toucanets, and many more cloud forest species, Monteverde has a well deserved reputation.We are offering two distinct trips to this splendid destination. The first one, March 8-15, is a trip geared toward those interested in serious birding, while the second one, March 15-22, is a more relaxed expedition perfect for families with children. Click here to learn more about our traditional trip and click here to learn about our family-oriented trip.

Bobolink © Lloyd Spitalnik

Bobolink © Lloyd Spitalnik

Upcoming Lectures

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held at The Arsenal, Central Park, 5th Ave. at 64th St., 3rd Floor Gallery. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch and Patagonia.

CONSERVING GRASSLAND BIRDS ON MILITARY LANDS
By Nellie Tsipoura

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 6pm
In the Northeast, once extensive grassland habitats have been lost, fragmented, or degraded. Lands managed through state or federal landowner incentive programs and large grasslands associated with airports have become increasingly important for the conservation of declining grassland birds. Nellie Tsipoura, senior research scientist and director of citizen science at New Jersey Audubon, will discuss her chapter’s work with both landowner programs and airports, and share some of the research and lessons learned.

Dark-Eyed Junco © Laura Meyers
Dark-Eyed Junco © Laura Meyers

Top and Sidebar Photos:  great egret © Steve Nanz; northern pintail © François portmann; surf scoters © Ómar Runólfsson*; keel-billed toucan © Brian Gratwicke*; resplendent quetzal, roseate spoonbill © Richard Garrigues.

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

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