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Islands in the Sky—Growing NYC’s Green Infrastructure

Olivia Liang | June 21, 2024

While some see New York as a collection of skyscrapers and concrete, in truth it is a biodiversity hotspot with growing, vital green space.
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American Kestrel (Falco Sparverius)

Andrew Maas, Director of Marketing and Communications | June 21, 2024

As I sit at my desk during a work-from-home day, I hear the unmistakable call—"klee klee klee!" 
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President's Perch

Mike Yuan, NYC Bird Alliance Board President | June 21, 2024

As I embark on my term as president of the board of directors, I think back on the organization’s presence in my life for the past 15 years.
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Birds are Everywhere: A New York City “Little Year”

Linda Ewing | June 21, 2024

Birds may be everywhere, but birders are not. An uneven distribution of bird observations underlies what Brooklyn birder Nick Dawson is calling his “little year.”
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Review: Ten Birds that Changed the World

Carol Peace Robins | June 21, 2024

British naturalist Stephen Moss’s 10 Birds that Changed the World doesn’t assert that the birds themselves actually changed the world. Rather, it depicts how human interaction with them changed the course of history—often to the pronounced detriment of the birds.
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Riverside Park Conservancy Completes Bird-Friendly Retrofit

NYC Bird Alliance and Riverside Park Conservancy | April 8, 2024

In March 2024, Riverside Park Conservancy completed a bird-friendly retrofit of their Peter Jay Sharp Volunteer House, in partnership with a NYC Bird Alliance consultation.
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President's Perch: A Proud Farewell from Karen Benfield

Karen Benfield, NYC Bird Alliance Board President | March 6, 2024 

With spring comes growth and renewal in our City’s green spaces. As I wind down my four-year term as president, I am awed by the growth and renewal inside our organization as well, and I step down fulfilled by the privilege of being part of such magnificent expansion of urban conservation.
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How Can Weather Forecasts Help Us Save Birds?

Sara Kross, PhD, Katherine Chen (NYC Bird Alliance Community Science and Outreach Manager), and Benjamin Van Doren, PhD | March 6, 2024 

Migration is a particularly dangerous journey, and it’s estimated that collisions with windows kill up to one billion birds across North America annually. NYC Bird Alliance scientists and partners have focused on this problem for decades. Now, new research on weather’s impact can make solutions more effective.
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A Tale of Two Egrets

Don Riepe | March 6, 2024 

For most of my life, I lived happily at Broad Channel, Queens, with the birds outside. Until 15 years ago, when the birds started coming inside. As I sat on my dock in 2009 looking out at Jamaica Bay, a beautiful white Great Egret landed at my house and soon, my new friend Egor the egret would stop by nearly every day for a snack. 
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2023 Christmas Bird Count Soars to New Heights

Carol Peace Robins | March 5, 2024 

The 124th Annual Christmas Bird Count, which took place on December 17, 2023, was a historic one for NYC Bird Alliance. Not only did we have a record 400 registered volunteer counters, but for the first time in the Count's history, a green roof was included in the festivities. Carol Peace Robins recounts the historic day at Hudson Yards. 
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Study Shows How Weather, Migration Intensity Affect Bird Collisions in New York City

Up to a quarter million birds die annually from crashing into New York City’s buildings due to light pollution and reflective or clear glass. A new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that weather forecasts and bird migration intensity data can be used together to predict the days of greatest bird collision risk in New York City. 
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Share Your Feedback on Top Five Name Choices

NYC Bird Alliance will soon choose a new name that is inclusive and represents our focus on bird conservation. We have some exciting news to share with the public about the process! We're down to five possible name choices. 
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2023 Harbor Herons Report: A Q&A

Olivia Liang | January 8, 2024

NYC Bird Alliance’s annual Harbor Herons Nesting Survey has monitored and protected these birds since 1982. To get a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s data collection, NYC Bird Alliance sat down with Tod Winston, our Urban Biodiversity Specialist and creator of the 2023 State of the Harbor Herons, and Dr. Shannon Curley, PhD, our Harbor Herons Nesting Survey Coordinator.
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Syrinx Spotlight: PSF Volunteer, Photographer & High-School Senior Winston Qin

Olivia Liang | December 4, 2023

Winston Qin is a gifted photographer, an aspiring engineer, a lifelong bird enthusiast, a Project Safe Flight volunteer… and a high school senior. Meet this exceptional teenager devoted to protecting our City’s wild birds. 
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NYC Bird Alliance's Birdy Holiday Gift Guide

NYC Bird Alliance Staff | December 1, 2023
The holiday season is here and the NYC Bird Alliance staff has put together our best and birdiest list of gift recommendations! We have 15 amazing recommendations that are sure to win over the cheery cardinals, weird ducks, and even the grumpy grackles of your life. Happy holidays and happy birding! 
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Small Wins. Big Impact.

Olivia Liang | November 10, 2023
"We understand that the New York we’re in today is not the New York we all grew up in. What is our responsibility?"

A Q&A with NYC Bird Alliance’s new Director of Advocacy and Engagement, Saman Mahmood. 
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Raising a Glass to Bird-Safe Glass

Hillarie O'Toole | November 8, 2023
Publications Committee Member Hillarie O'Toole recaps a festive and sustainable night for the City's birds and habitats at the 2023 Fall Roost benefit, which moved across the river to Brooklyn to honor 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge for its commitment to sustainability and bird-friendly design, and Jeff Kimball for his immense contributions to NYC Bird Alliance. 
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Remembering Betty Hamilton

It is with sadness NYC Bird Alliance reports the passing of Betty Hamilton on September 14, 2023, at the age of 99. Betty was a friend, colleague, and active leader with NYC Bird Alliance from the very beginning. We are pleased to share these remembrances of Betty from NYC Bird Alliance’s past organizational leaders. 
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Paper Menagerie on Governors Island

Olivia Liang | October 6, 2023
A fascinating new art exhibit imagines how climate change, habitat loss, and human impact would affect the birds of the future. 
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9/11 Memorial Shines a Spotlight on Risks to Birds

Katherine Chen | October 5, 2023
For over 20 years, NYC Bird Alliance scientists have monitored the 9/11 Tribute in Light. This year was particularly hazardous for birds.
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The Haunting Songs of the Wood Thrush

Don Riepe | September 19, 2023
Thrushes are perhaps the most beautiful songsters of the northeast woods, and the song of the Wood Thrush is memorable and haunting for both birders and poets. Learn more about the Wood Thrush's ethereal, flute-like song, and more about this bird in our latest species profile.  
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Find More Birds: Recipes for Birding Success

Suzanne Charlé | September 19, 2023
Whether you're a newbie or veteran birder, Heather Wolf's Find More Birds: 111 Surprising Ways to Spot Birds Wherever You Are offers a whole world of clues, tips, and tricks. 
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Brooklyn Arcadia: A Lush Book to Inspire Nature and Culture Lovers Alike

Carol Peace Robins | September 19, 2023
Brooklyn Arcadia: Art, History, and Nature at Majestic Green-Wood by Andrew Garn is not just a bird book, but a celebration of a National Historic Landmark.
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Next Big Steps for Lights Out Legislation in New York City

Suzanne Charlé | September 19, 2023
In late 2021, NYC Bird Alliance and the Lights Out Coalition celebrated the passage of Lights Out bills Int. 274 and 271, requiring City-owned and -managed buildings to turn off non-essential outdoor lights at night during peak avian migration periods. NYC Bird Alliance and its partners are encouraging the New York City Council to consider expanding the “Lights Out” program to privately owned commercial and industrial buildings, as well as other buildings such as U.S. post offices, labs, and outpatient clinics.
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Horseshoe Crab Monitoring 2023 Season Recap

Katherine Chen | August 7, 2023
For nearly 15 years, NYC Bird Alliance has been organizing a special opportunity for community scientists of all ages and backgrounds to come out to the beaches of Jamaica Bay in May and June during 12 nights around the full and new moon. The purpose? To monitor and tag Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs. During these special nights, thousands of horseshoe crabs come ashore along Plumb Beach and Big Egg Marsh in Jamaica Bay to spawn. See highlights from this season in our latest blog post.
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