Coasts

Protecting the vital habitat along New York's coasts where people and birds intersect.

American Oystercatchers Photo: Seren Bagcilar

Coastal areas are a magnet for birds and people. They hold unique importance for many species of birds, offering critical breeding sites as well as rich sources of food for migratory stopovers.  Audubon New York is actively working to ensure the protection of our coasts in Long Island, where the ecosystem is one of the richest veins of biodiversity on the planet. 

COVID-19 Update from the Coast: Plovers and other vulnerable shorebirds have always practiced social distancing – from people and pets, that is. Unfortunately, our beaches are currently seeing increased foot traffic and off-leash animals. Due to current restrictions, stewardship and monitoring activities are slowed, limited, or on hold (depending on the site), so birds may nest in areas that haven’t been posted or fenced by staff and volunteers. We need your help to spread the message to #ShareTheShore!

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Audubon is enlisting a growing number of volunteers to help reduce disturbances to birds and steward nesting habitat in this area where coastal development and recreational use of beaches continues to increase. You can help birds, and other wildlife, by helping us ensure that use of coastal areas is compatible with the need to maintain the vital habitat shorebird species need to feed and nest.

Protect Beach-Nesting Birds
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Protect Beach-Nesting Birds

Together, we can #ShareTheShore to help birds nest and raise their young successfully.

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Share the Love, #ShareTheShore
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Share the Love, #ShareTheShore

It's more than just a hashtag. Use this digital toolkit to make waves for vulnerable birds.

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Building a Stronger, Resilient Coastline
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Building a Stronger, Resilient Coastline

Rising sea levels, stronger storms, and human development are squeezing salt marsh and beach habitats.

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Birds That Depend on Our Coast

Coastal Updates

Why Leashing Dogs Is an Easy Way to Protects Birds and Their Chicks
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Why Leashing Dogs Is an Easy Way to Protects Birds and Their Chicks

Dog owners might not realize it, but ample research shows how unleashed canines can disrupt and harm wildlife.

Long Island Sound Area Conservation Strategy
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Long Island Sound Area Conservation Strategy

A blueprint for protecting and managing 10,000 acres of priority salt marsh, beach, and island habitats.

A Blueprint for a Healthier Coast in New York and Connecticut
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A Blueprint for a Healthier Coast in New York and Connecticut

Audubon’s new conservation strategy will create a resilient future for the Long Island Sound area.

New York's "Canary on the Coastline" Sings a Warning for Long Island
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New York's "Canary on the Coastline" Sings a Warning for Long Island

Fragile Saltmarsh Sparrow populations are the driving force behind a new focus on coastal resilience.

Proposed Mines in The Bahamas Threaten Winter Home of Migratory Shorebirds
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Proposed Mines in The Bahamas Threaten Winter Home of Migratory Shorebirds

Joulter Cays National Park supports birds like Piping Plovers and Red Knots, as well as fishing and ecotourism.

10 Marsh Birds Teaching Us About Wetlands
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10 Marsh Birds Teaching Us About Wetlands

From climate-related flooding to invasive species, marsh birds in New York face many threats.

Meet The Salt Marsh Team
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Meet The Salt Marsh Team

In order to help marshes adapt to sea-level rise, Audubon's team is working with partners to protect marsh migration corridors, restoring marsh, and improving resilience of marsh

Long Island Sound Area Salt Marsh Projects Aim to Create More Resilient Coastline
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Long Island Sound Area Salt Marsh Projects Aim to Create More Resilient Coastline

These work sites are essential to protecting birds and people from increased flooding and more frequent storms.

Building a Stronger, Resilient Coastline
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Building a Stronger, Resilient Coastline

Rising sea levels, stronger storms, and human development are squeezing salt marsh and beach habitats.

A Colorful Way to Help Keep Shorebirds Safe
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A Colorful Way to Help Keep Shorebirds Safe

Calling all young bird lovers in New York! We need your creativity to help beach-nesting birds.