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. 

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE FROM SAND TO SKY

More than 23 million people live within a 50-mile radius of Long Island Sound, making this landscape one of the most densely populated regions in the United States. It’s also a critically important area for vulnerable birds like the Piping Plover, Roseate Tern, American Oystercatcher, and Saltmarsh Sparrow.

To help at-risk species, our conservation staff, volunteers, and partners are protecting and restoring the places birds need to safely rest during migration and raise their young.

In doing so, we can also help communities prepare for and feel less of an impact from extreme coastal events.

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

Join the effort to protect shore-nesting birds! Together, we can make waves for safer beaches.

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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

Meet Our "Be a Good Egg" Interns
Be A Good Egg

Meet Our "Be a Good Egg" Interns

A new internship program helps Long Island students get started in the conservation field.

How to Know If a Shorebird Is Being Disturbed
Be A Good Egg

How to Know If a Shorebird Is Being Disturbed

Learn the signs of bird disturbance and what you can do to help beach-nesting birds.

Opportunity to Gain 20,000 Protected Coastal Acres
Advocacy

Opportunity to Gain 20,000 Protected Coastal Acres

An update to the Coastal Barrier Resources Act would impact birds that depend on our shoreline, wetlands, and estuaries.

Passed! Historic Wetlands Protections Included in New York State Budget
Press Room

Passed! Historic Wetlands Protections Included in New York State Budget

Critical reforms will protect more than 1 million acres of freshwater wetlands, and millions of migratory and nesting birds.

Salt marsh restoration at Sunken Meadow State Park, Long Island
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Salt marsh restoration at Sunken Meadow State Park, Long Island

Healthier habitat will benefit birds, fish, insects, and native plants.

Marsh Restoration Benefits Threatened Long Island Community
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Marsh Restoration Benefits Threatened Long Island Community

Healthy marsh at Mastic Beach will provide new habitat for birds and help protect the community during storm events.

[PRESS RELEASE] Town of Hempstead Wins Audubon’s First-Ever Share the Shore Award
News

[PRESS RELEASE] Town of Hempstead Wins Audubon’s First-Ever Share the Shore Award

This Long Island community's dedication to beach stewardship has made a haven for birds and local people.

How Town of Hempstead Made an Award-Winning Beach for Birds
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How Town of Hempstead Made an Award-Winning Beach for Birds

For nearly five decades, this Long Island town has made their entire shoreline a haven for birds.

Share the Shore "Take Action Toolkit" for Local Communities
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Share the Shore "Take Action Toolkit" for Local Communities

Launch award-worthy programs and projects for birds and people.