An Avian History of New York City

With close to 400 species identified, New York City is a bird magnet.

In this virtual presentation, you will learn about the city’s 500 miles of coastline that attract shorebirds and waterfowl, its forests preserved in thousands of acres of city parks, and on thousands of city streets that attract songbirds, woodpeckers, birds of prey like owls and hawks, and its bridges that attract nesting peregrine falcons, the fastest animal on earth and more abundant here than any other place in the world.

Discover the changing human relationships with birds over the centuries as we look at how New Yorkers, from the native Lenape people to John James Audubon to current day ornithologists and bird lovers, have interacted with them and learned from them.

Inspired since childhood by nature and the vibrancy of her city, Dr. Leslie Day is the author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City, Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City, Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City, and Honeybee Hotel. Passionate about science, she earned a doctorate in science education from Columbia University and worked for decades as a science teacher. Now retired from teaching, Leslie spends her time writing books, teaching plant science at the New York Botanical Garden, and giving Zoom talks for organizations on various natural history subjects.

FREE! Registration is required. Please Note: This is a virtual program via Zoom. Participants will receive a link to the program via email upon completing registration.