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

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.

Salt Marsh Projects Across Long Island Aim to Create More Resilient Coastline
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Salt Marsh Projects Across Long Island 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.

Best Management Practices for New York's Birds and Bats
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Best Management Practices for New York's Birds and Bats

A new set of guiding principles for offshore wind development focuses on avoiding negative impacts, and addressing information gaps

Share the Love, #ShareTheShore
Coasts

Share the Love, #ShareTheShore

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

Protect Beach-Nesting Birds
Coasts

Protect Beach-Nesting Birds

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

With Monitoring Limited, Someone Drove Through a Snowy Plover Nesting Site
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With Monitoring Limited, Someone Drove Through a Snowy Plover Nesting Site

Due to pandemic-related restrictions, vulnerable shorebirds may have to rely on the kindness of strangers this breeding season.