Conservation Programs

Conservation

For the last forty years, NYC Audubon's conservation programs have studied and advocated on behalf of the City's wild birds. NYC Audubon, working with a network of volunteers and scientists, has fought to preserve all bird habitat, from marshlands and nesting islands for herons and egrets to woodland park areas so important to migrating and nesting species.

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A Yellow Warbler in Flight. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/naturelover2007" target="_blank" >Pat Schleiffer</a>
A Yellow Warbler in Flight. Photo: Pat Schleiffer
Project Safe Flight

Migrating birds may mistake a dangerous building for a safe resting place. This can occur in two ways. A building that has plants or trees behind glass can actually attract birds. As they fly around looking for food and perches they can injure themselves or even die by crashing into the glass. A second way a building can be perilous to migrating birds is by presenting highly reflective glass near the greenery found in parks large and small. Again, birds see a safe haven where there isn't one, and will collide with the building.


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Staten Island’s Freshkills Park includes varied types of habitat including grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. Photo: James Dunham/<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/" target="_blank" >CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Staten Island’s Freshkills Park includes varied types of habitat including grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. Photo: James Dunham/CC BY-SA 2.0
Habitat Protection

The greatest global threat to birds is habitat loss and degradation. New York City, the most densely populated major city in the United States, is nevertheless traced by a vast network of viable bird habitat: 30,000 acres of forests, grasslands, wetlands, and islands, and 578 miles of waterfront.

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A parent Red-tailed Hawk flies from its nest over the New York City streets. Photo: François Portmann
A parent Red-tailed Hawk flies from its nest over the New York City streets. Photo: François Portmann
Urban Raptors
New York City: the City that Never Sleeps, the Center of the Universe…and a major raptor hotspot? It comes as a shock to many that in our huge metropolis, birds of prey could find a place to even survive, let alone thrive. Learn about the birds of prey that surprisingly call New York City home. 
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Participants tally their findings during the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Central Park. Photo: Camilla Cerea/National Audubon
Participants tally their findings during the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Central Park. Photo: Camilla Cerea/National Audubon
Community Science Bird Surveys
NYC Audubon’s conservation programs are led by a professional science staff today—but the organization was founded by passionate birders and volunteer conservationists. Many in our community today are highly skilled birders with knowledge gained over years of careful observation in the field. Those skills are needed! Today it is as critical as it ever has been that we document changes in bird populations, as they face increasing pressures from threats such as habitat loss, environmental contamination, and global climate change. 
 
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