Avian Advocates

Postcards sent by Avian Advocates in support of Int. 1482, the Bird-friendly material bill, in Fall 2019. Photo: NYC Bird Alliance
Postcards sent by Avian Advocates in support of Int. 1482, the Bird-friendly material bill, in Fall 2019. Photo: NYC Bird Alliance

Become an Avian Advocate

Whether it's by meeting with government officials, coordinating public letter-writing campaigns and public comments, or raising consciousness of the dangers facing our birds and their habitats via outreach events, distributed brochures and educational materials, and social media, NYC Bird Alliance advocacy volunteers are integral in pushing this meaningful work forward. Learn what immediate actions you can take to help protect birds and habitats, and how to stay informed about issues. 


Actions You Can Take Right Now to Help Birds

Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl, sits in a tree in Central Park. Photo: @Rhododendrites
Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl, sits in a tree in Central Park. Photo: @Rhododendrites
Ask your Elected Officials to Co-Sponsor the FLACO Act
Introduced in the NY State Senate by State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal (District 47) and the NY State Assembly by State Assemblymember Dr. Anna R. Kelles (District 125), the FLACO Act would amend the public buildings law to incorporate the use of bird-safe features, practices, and strategies to reduce bird fatality resulting from collisions with state-owned or state-leased buildings. The FLACO Act needs your support.
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Lights Out legislation aims to make New York City less attractive, and less hazardous, to night-migrating birds by limiting artificial light at night during peak migration. Photo: Getty Images
Lights Out legislation aims to make New York City less attractive, and less hazardous, to night-migrating birds by limiting artificial light at night during peak migration. Photo: Getty Images
Ask Your Elected Officials to Co-Sponsor the Dark Skies Protection Act
Introduced in the NY State Senate by State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal (District 47) and the NY State Assembly by State Assemblymember Patricia Fahy (District 109), the Dark Skies Protection Act would add a new article to the environmental conservation law, which provides for the control of light pollution in New York State and establishes limits on the use of outdoor lighting. The Dark Skies Protection Act needs your support.
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The pollinator garden atop the Javits Center absorbs rain water and provides stopover habitat for migrating birds. Photo: Javits Center
The pollinator garden atop the Javits Center absorbs rain water and provides stopover habitat for migrating birds. Photo: Javits Center
Ask your NYS Assembly Member to Support NYC Green Roofs
The Green Roof Tax Abatement needs our help to be renewed, or it will permanently expire! The GRTA provides a tax incentive to install green roofs across NYC with a greater incentive for installation in environmentally at-risk community districts. Proposed improvements increase the abatement amount for the program and make it more accessible for New Yorkers. 

The GRTA will make NYC more resilient in the face of a changing climate and is essential for both birds and people. Contact your State Assembly Member, and ask them to support the renewal of the GRTA, proposed in the Assembly by AM Nily Rozic.
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Advocate for Bird-Friendly Materials in Problem Buildings
Have you noticed that the building you live in or that a building you have passed by has windows that cause bird collisions during migration? You can use this template letter and additional outreach resources to let the building owners, board, or management team know that there are solutions to this issue.
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