The goal of the Be a Good Egg project is to help people learn more about birds like Least Terns, Piping Plovers, and American Oystercatchers that nest and rest on the beaches of New York and New Jersey every spring and summer. From April through August, thousands of birds nest on the bare sand on many of New York and New Jersey’s beaches and inlets. These hardy little birds are threatened by predators, extreme weather conditions, and humans. When a person or dog walks through a nesting area, the adults run or fly off in fear. During the nesting season, this exposes the eggs or chicks to fatally high temperatures and drastically increases the risk of predation. In the spring and fall, many other shorebirds migrate through New York and New Jersey on journeys that can be as long as 9,000 miles, stopping on our beaches to rest and refuel.
Audubon New York and our partners are reaching out to people and asking them to take a pledge to “be a good egg” and share the beach with birds. As part of this project, volunteers are helping us reach out to people at beaches where Audubon is working with the local community to protect hundreds of nesting and migrating birds. We want this message to reach anyone who visits a beach in New York or New Jersey because these birds are found along the entire coastline.
With your help, we can protect New York and New Jersey’s beach-nesting birds and their young.
“Be a Good Egg” is an outreach initiative that strives to reduce human disturbances to beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds. Piloted by Audubon North Carolina, this program was designed to change beach-goers’ behavior through education and social marketing. Audubon New York, New Jersey Audubon, and New York City Audubon worked together to launch the program in New Jersey and New York in 2013. Other Audubon offices and Chapters are conducting similar work in other states. Since then, under the guidance of Audubon New York, the program has expanded in NY to include new partners, including the Four Harbors, Huntington Oyster Bay, North Shore, and South Shore Audubon societies, Group for the East End, and others. Working together allows us to reach a broad audience and make the program as impactful as possible.