New York Birders Conference 2013

October 14, 2013 by  
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The 66th annual New York Birders Conference offers birders the opportunity to view the fall coastal migration when it is at its peak, the ideal time to spot rare birds. Keynote speaker for the event is James Currie, a renowned birder who has contributed to a number of publications. Other speakers and presenters are Mark E. Hauber Ph.D., John Turner, Sean Mahar, Susan Elbin, and more. Field trips will have birders exploring Jones Beach State Park, Kissena Park, Sunken Meadow State Park, Francis Purcell Preserve and other lovely birding spots. Book your spot today. For more information visit nybirdersconference.wordpress.com

Date: 1-3 November 2013
Venue: Mariott Hotel
City: Uniondale
State: New York
Country: United States

Discover the Birds of The Big Apple

July 16, 2013 by  
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Known as the “city that never sleeps” and “The Big Apple”, New York City is a vibrant bustling metropolis that has more than a few surprises for visitors – and for native New Yorkers – who choose to explore its natural resources. The New York Water Taxi service offers visitors the opportunity to see the city from the harbor and its waterways. Working with the New York City Audubon Society, in the summer months the water taxi service offers a NYC Audubon Summer EcoCruise to highlight the amazing diversity and abundance of birdlife resident on the small islands in New York Harbor.

Lasting around 90 minutes, the cruise makes its way past world-renowned monuments, under iconic city bridges and along the shoreline of islands where visitors can view some of the more than 3,000 herons that have migrated from the south, along with hundreds of cormorants, egrets, ibis and other birds. Ever mindful of the impact humans have on the habitats of birds, the fleet of vessels used by the water taxi service are fitted with low-emission engines and mufflers, while the hulls are designed to cut through the water with as little disturbance as possible. While on the tour, visitors will learn about the ecology of the harbor and the important role its islands play in the conservation of various bird species.

With more than 10,000 members, New York City Audubon has been protecting wildlife habitats and its residents in all five boroughs for more than thirty years, with the goal of improving and conserving the environment for future generations. Wild birds from more than 350 species either live or pass through the city each year – that is almost a third of all species recorded in North America. They depend on the lush, vegetated areas in Jamaica Bay, the islands of New York Harbor and Central Park for their survival. The society collects data relating to birds across New York City, using the information to monitor bird and wildlife populations, and acts as an advocate for wildlife at government policy-making level.

Education programs formulated by the New York City Audubon inform the public, both young and old, about being responsible environmental stewards. The society welcomes new volunteers to work towards the goal of protecting wild birds and natural habitats in New York City, thereby improving the quality of life for all.

Making a Difference with Bird-Safe Buildings

April 23, 2013 by  
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Completed in 2010, the Aqua skyscraper in Chicago has been applauded for its revolutionary design and aesthetic appeal, but what is of particular interest to bird conservation groups is the fact that the building is bird-safe. Garnering the approval of PETA and the American Bird Conservancy, the 86-floor building is designed in such a way as to minimize the risk of birds colliding into its windows – a major cause of bird deaths and injury in metropolitan areas. This is achieved, in part, by the undulating concrete terraces which, along with ceramic in the glass, break reflections off the windows. The building is reportedly being reviewed for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Although the New York City Audubon Society in 2007 published a set of guidelines related to designing bird-safe buildings, research has revealed that these are seldom taken into account even when designing environmentally friendly buildings. Even LEED, which is fast becoming a sought after certification for green buildings, only awards one point for the bird-safe factor of a building and does not make it a stipulated requirement. Toronto and Chicago are among the cities promoting bird-safe building design, but as yet there is no nationally recognized certification or requirement for this.

With more and more birds being forced to adapt to city living as their rural territory is encroached on by development, environmentalists are tallying up the casualties, estimating that throughout North America up to 100 million birds are killed every year as a direct result of colliding with high-rise buildings, and even more than that number are injured. Moreover, in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, some architects attempt to make the most of natural light by installing larger windows, thereby creating even more of a hazard to birds. Some progress has been made in producing window glass or glass coatings to reduce the risk, such as the German-made Ornilux, but for any meaningful change to come about architects need to seriously take the welfare of birds into account when designing new buildings.

Montezuma Muckrace Birding Competition 2012

August 16, 2012 by  
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Taking place on 7-8 September the Montezuma Muckrace is a 24-hour birding event to raise fund for conservation projects within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. As one of New York State’s prime birding destinations, Montezuma offers birders a memorable event as birds are counted within the boundaries of the complex. For more information on this event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and Audubon NY, please visit the Friends of Montezuma Website.

Dates: 7-8 September 2012
Venue: Montezuma Wetlands Complex
State: New York
Country: United States

Birds of New York City Get New Rehab Center

June 19, 2012 by  
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New York City has opened its first wildlife rehabilitation and education center, a much-needed facility in a city that hosts more than 355 bird species on their annual migration along the East Coast flyway, in addition to the multitude of birds that are permanent city residents. The non-profit Wild Bird Fund and its team of dedicated volunteers has been providing emergency care for more than a thousand birds and animals each year in New York City. Working along with Animal General and the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine, licensed rehabilitation volunteers take the injured birds, squirrels, and other small creatures into their own homes to care for them. The new 1300-square-foot rehabilitation center on Columbus Avenue between 87th and 88th street will provide a temporary sanctuary, with the emphasis on rehabilitation for reintroduction into the wild wherever possible.

Rita McMahon and Karen Heidgerd started the non-profit Wild Bird Fund more than a decade ago, and the need continues to grow. Birds crash into windows, become disoriented, dehydrated or fall out of their nests. Others are victims of humans who simply don’t want the birds around. Some people coat their windowsills with sticky glue to discourage the birds, but the glue coats the birds’ feathers and causes them injury.

With the new facilities, the Wild Bird Fund hopes to expand its capacity for assisting injured birds by up to fifty percent. To meet this goal the organization is looking for additional volunteers to feed baby birds and carry out the many duties required to rehabilitate rescued birds. They also need donations to help toward obtaining the equipment and consumable supplies necessary to provide adequate care.

The center already has more than 60 birds and other animals to care for, and now that the first rehabilitation center has been established, McMahon hopes to fulfill her five-year plan of having intake centers in all five boroughs of the city. At the recent Wild Bird Fund gala, author Jonathan Franzen noted that “There are roughly 100 billion birds in the world, but the 7 billion strong human population is making it harder and harder for those birds to survive. Like it or not, we are the stewards of the birds now. We claimed the planet.” Food for thought indeed!

Guided Beginner Bird Walks in Sapsucker Woods

June 1, 2012 by  
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Starting at 7:30 AM and lasting around 1-1.5 hours, Guided Beginner Bird Walks In Sapsucker Woods take place each Saturday from April through to September (weather permitting). Walks are led by Cornell Lab of Ornithology volunteer guides and leave from the Visitor Center at 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY

Date: 17 June 2012
Time: 07:30 AM
Venue: Visitor Center Sapsucker Woods
City: Ithaca
State: New York
Country: USA

Introduction to Birdwatching 2009

September 22, 2009 by  
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For bird lover who have never been brave enough to take on the challenge of bird watching, the Introduction to Birdwatching 2009 is the perfect opportunity to start this hobby. This magnificent informative event will not only explore the natural wonders of the park, but teach those participating, how to look for birds, and share tips and educational information.

The Introduction to Birdwatching 2009 will start at 12:00 pm in the afternoon and take an hour and a half to complete. For more information in regard to the park and future events, kindly visit the website at http://www.prospectpark.org/.

Date: 24 October 2009
Venue: Prospect Park
City: New York
Country: United States of America

The Long Island Parrot Society’s Parrot Expo 2009

July 15, 2009 by  
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Parrot lovers will enjoy The Long Island Parrot Society’s Parrot Expo 2009, as colorful birds such as macaws, lovebirds and budgies will be stealing the show. The expo will be focusing on the care of birds with many avian and veterinarian experts hosting workshops and talks. The Vendor Room will again be filled with stalls featuring the latest products in nutrition, cages, toys and much more. Bird lovers should not miss out on this paradise for parrots.

The Long Island Parrot Society website offers comprehensive information on the society, the expo and future events at www.liparrots.org.

Date: 3 October 2009
Venue: Freeport Recreation Centre
City: Freeport, New York
Country: United States of America

Seaway Trail Has Reputation for Excellence

July 4, 2008 by  
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Situated along the shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River in New York State, the Seaway Trail is a bird watcher’s haven. This is a place where you will find a massive variety of songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds in one relatively small area. Most people are not even aware it exists and are surprised to learn that this bountiful bird refuge is located right on their doorstep.

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Official Migratory Bird Havens Now Available in East End Parks

May 16, 2008 by  
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As part of efforts to boost the success rates of nesting birds in the region, some 2 140 acres of state parkland have been set aside on Long Island’s East End as a conservation area. The protected area will be the 50th such designated zone for birds in New York State and will greatly benefit species such as piping plovers and ospreys.

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