Did you know? Bird watching is the fastest growing outdoor recreation in New York! According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, in New York alone 3.8 million people watch birds and other wildlife, generating approximately $1.6 billion in ecotourism revenue annually.
Audubon New York has created business cards that birders can leave behind with local businesses in locations where they bird watch to show that birders are bringing in the bucks! Follow the link below to find out how to get your "Birds Mean Business" cards.
Do you see your lawns as a backyard habitat that can and should support a wide variety of birds and other wildlife? We hope so! A healthy, bird-friendly backyard habitat consists of a diverse range of native plant and grass species, which naturally require less maintenance and care as they are already adapted to the local environment. Learn how to help support a variety of birds and native plantings through our Audubon at Home information.
NYS Creates New Incentives for Saving Grassland Birds
Audubon New York is happy to announce that the 2014-2015 NYS Budget includes funding for protecting grassland birds. Thanks to thousands of calls from the Audubon New York network, Governor Cuomo and Legislative leaders included funding in the EPF for new conservation incentives for private landowners.
Thank you for helping us increase the EPF and for activating our network for success! Follow the "read more" link for the formal statement we released on this agreement.
Audubon New York Network Led the Charge to Protect Snowy Owls
On behalf of all of us at Audubon New York, THANK YOU for your quick action in February to protect Snowy Owls at the JFK International Airport. Your phone calls and our collective advocacy efforts worked! The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey implemented a non-lethal trap, band, and relocate program Snowy Owls, the details of which were announced.