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

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

Audubon Celebrates "Share The Shore" Award Winners
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Audubon Celebrates "Share The Shore" Award Winners

Vulnerable beach-nesting birds don’t just need our help, they need an award-worthy commitment.

Long Island Marsh Site Selected for Urgent Restoration
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Long Island Marsh Site Selected for Urgent Restoration

Sunken Meadow State Park has the potential to support declining Saltmarsh Sparrows, in danger of extinction due to sea level rise.

Salt Marsh Sites in the Long Island Sound Area are Showing Signs of Disruption
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Salt Marsh Sites in the Long Island Sound Area are Showing Signs of Disruption

Big plans are moving forward to protect bird habitat and help local communities withstand stronger storms.

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