February 2018 | News from the Nest

Much to share as we make our way towards the 3rd month of the Year of the Bird!

Dear friend,

This month we have been hard at work, continuing our efforts advancing conservation priorities for birds and people and engaging community members through citizen science and volunteer opportunities. We’ll soon be entering the third month of the Year of the Bird, the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Audubon remains especially committed to building a better world for birds and for people. You can help by taking a simple but meaningful action each month – click here to find out how! February’s call to action was simply to count birds! Over 6,000 species were observed in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count. 

On February 12th, Audubon New York joined partners with the Friends of NY’s Environment Coalition at the State Capitol for EPF Lobby Day, advocating for support of the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) in the NYS Budget and celebrating its 25th year as a source for critical funding to protect our shared natural resources. We want to share a huge thank you to our conservation partners and the lawmakers who remain committed to keeping the EPF where it needs to be for our communities and our wildlife. Read Audubon New York’s full State Budget testimony here and stay tuned for more on how you can help voice your support for our conservation priorities.

Below, you will find more updates from our expansive New York network.


Mike Burger
Director of Conservation & Science





Snowy Owl.
Snowy Owl. Photo: Charlene Yelle/Audubon Photography Awards

“We are fortunate to have rare and beautiful birds spending time in New York during the winter, including the vulnerable Snowy Owl. We hope that birders and photographers will do their part to ensure the safety and success of these species,” says Jillian Liner, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon New York. 
When it comes to watching & photographing, put the birds first.