NYC Audubon Conservation

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NYC Audubon is a grassroots conservation organization. This slide show describes conservation projects currently underway

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NYC Audubon Conservation

  1. 2. <ul><li>New York City Audubon </li></ul><ul><li>Update from the Field </li></ul>September 18, 2008
  2. 3. Program Areas <ul><li>Project Safe Flight </li></ul><ul><li>Harbor Herons </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative </li></ul>
  3. 4. Project Safe Flight <ul><li>Bird Collision Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training workshops for (10) new volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bird Safe Building Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Lights Out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tribute in Lights (20 volunteers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biggest pulse at 2:15-3:30 (~250 birds) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Project Safe Flight <ul><li>Tribute in Lights </li></ul>
  5. 7. Natural Areas Initiative <ul><li>Stopover Habitat Evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ph.D. student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birds in urban parks have high fat levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More urban than rural migrants (Prospect Park highest) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blood plasma metabolites ~same </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arthropod biomass ~same </li></ul></ul>
  6. 8. Project Safe Flight Migratory Songbird Listening Network <ul><ul><li>10 schools identified; 7 microphones set up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thrushes are on the move! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@ Etna, NY: Sept. 13 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Swainson's Thrush - ~1,263 calls (heaviest between 6:05 and 6:25) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gray-cheeked Thrush - ~223 calls (heaviest between 6:05 and 6:25am) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bicknell's Thrush - possible candidates - 2 (peak frequency around 5.25 kHz) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 10. Passage Through New York
  8. 11. Swainson’s Thrush
  9. 12. Gray-cheeked Thrush
  10. 13. Pressure-zone Microphone
  11. 16. Harbor Herons <ul><li>Annual nest survey completed, report in progress </li></ul><ul><li>Waterbird population study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Double-crested Cormorants (increased 28% in the harbor) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Great Egret foraging study </li></ul><ul><li>PhD student, Charles Clarkson, and collaborators from University of Virginia for nutritional stress study </li></ul>
  12. 17. Great Egret Foraging Study <ul><li>Flight lines (historical data) </li></ul><ul><li>Banded birds </li></ul><ul><li>Radio-tagged birds </li></ul>
  13. 19. <ul><li>Survey locations: </li></ul><ul><li>About 40 sites in </li></ul><ul><li>Meadowlands and </li></ul><ul><li>Raritan Bay areas </li></ul>
  14. 21. 2008 PILOT SEASON: SITE USE
  15. 22. 2008 PILOT SEASON: RESULTS
  16. 23. Natural Areas Initiative <ul><li>Survey and Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Stop-over Habitat Quality </li></ul><ul><li>“ Report Card” for conservation committee action agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Species-based projects </li></ul>
  17. 24. Natural Areas Initiative <ul><li>Survey and Monitoring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Breeding Bird Census </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>38 volunteers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Currently analyzing data </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Preliminary results: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>American Robin!!!!!!! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Productivity Studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MSc. student from Columbia University </li></ul></ul>
  18. 25. Central Park 2008 - Confirmed Breeders (23 species) Natural Areas Initiative Gray Catbird European Starling Eastern Kingbird Downy Woodpecker Common Grackle Chipping Sparrow Cedar Waxwing Blue Jay Barn Swallow Baltimore Oriole American Robin Wood Thrush Warbling Vireo Tufted Titmouse Red-bellied Woodpecker Northern Rough-winged Swallow Northern Flicker Northern Cardinal Mourning Dove Mallard House Wren House Sparrow House Finch
  19. 26. Natural Areas Initiative <ul><li>Stopover Habitat Evaluation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ph.D. student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More urban than rural migrants (Prospect Park highest) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blood plasma metabolites ~same </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arthropod biomass ~same </li></ul></ul>
  20. 27. Species-based Projects <ul><li>Aerial insectivores </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chimney Swift towers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In collaboration with Urban Park Rangers, drafted the Eyes Watch Protocol to be put in place spring 2009 </li></ul>Natural Areas Initiative
  21. 28. Presenting our Research <ul><li>NYS Ornithological Association meeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster: Windows and Vegetation: Primary factor in Manhattan bird collision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral presentation : Status of Double-crested Cormorants in the NY Harbor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Waterbird Society Annual Meeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading a Telemetry symposium </li></ul></ul><ul><li>4 th Harbor Herons Subcommittee Working Group Meeting: December 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Submitting 2 symposia proposals for 2009 AOU meeting in Philadelphia, PA </li></ul>

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