New York City Audubon champions nature in the city’s five boroughs through engaging programs, and innovative conservation initiatives. Through its efforts, NYC Audubon protects the millions of wild birds that live in or pass through New York City.
NYC Audubon is a grassroots community that works for the protection of wild birds and habitat in the five boroughs, improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
More than 300 species of wild birds live in or pass through New York City each year. Our home may be best known as a thriving metropolis, but it is also a vitally important habitat for these amazing creatures. Millions of birds flock to Jamaica Bay, Central Park, and New York Harbor, while others rely on the hundreds of pockets of unexpected wilderness that dot our landscape. New York City Audubon protects our city’s wild birds and the unique urban niches or fragile natural areas where they live.
NYC Audubon works on the front lines of conservation, trying to prevent dozens of bird species from going extinct during our lifetime, or from being driven from the city by climate change and urban development.
Our conservationists have mustered an enthusiastic corps of citizen scientists to survey and monitor wild birds all over the city. We have accumulated more than 20 years of data on their breeding, foraging, and nesting behavior. This research helps NYC Audubon determine what species or habitats are most in need of protection.
When the city’s birds or natural areas are threatened by poorly-planned policies or development projects, we reach out to government officials and local leaders to voice our opposition and give them the information they need to make better decisions. Through our tireless advocacy, NYC Audubon has helped to preserve important habitats like the Brother Islands and Arlington Marsh, and to encourage “dark skies” legislation for night-flying migrants.
Each year we reach out to more than 20,000 children and adults, educating them about the importance of our local habitat through trips, classes, and school programs. We help future environmental stewards take flight.
Our most important work takes place on the ground, though. NYC Audubon encourages New Yorkers of all ages to back up their good intentions with grassroots action. Our dedicated volunteers restore degraded habitat by cleaning parks and beaches, removing invasive vegetation, and planting native trees and shrubs that will help wild birds thrive.
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