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Welcome to
Queens County Bird Club
since 1932

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, prefer short trips or birding all day, you will feel at home!

The Queens County Bird Club Inc. is a "Full Service" organization of naturalists:
Monthly Meetings - Noted speakers, vivid presentations
Field Trips - half-day, all-day, weekend
Conservation - projects, advocacy, support


NEXT MEETING is LIVE - Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 7:30 pm.
Please arrive early - the front door must be locked after the meeting starts.

Venue: Alley Pond Environmental Center NEW BUILDING
229-10 Northern Blvd
Douglaston, NY 11362


Presentation - "NYC Plover Project"  by Chris Allieri


Chris Allieri is executive director of the NYC Plover Project, a non-profit organization that he founded in March 2021 to fiercely protect endangered Piping Plovers that nest each year along some of the busiest beaches of our city. 

In less than three years, the organization has connected with thousands of beachgoers and residents in person and tens of thousands more people on social media. Upon founding the organization, what became immediately clear was that most New Yorkers didn’t know about Piping Plovers or the challenges they face, and that their very existence was at risk of extinction. Most didn’t know that fewer than 8,000 remain in the world and just less than 100 come to Queens, NYC each year.

The ultimate underdog, the Piping Plover is a federally-threatened and New York State-endangered species. The threats facing this tiny yet mighty, intrepid shorebird – and other beach-nesting shorebirds like American Oystercatchers, Black Skimmers, Least Terns and Common Terns – are numerous, ranging from human disturbance, to predation of many kinds (much of which comes from increased predators at the beach due to trash left by beachgoers), to intense storms, rising seas, and coastal erosion caused by climate change. The organization soon realized that while working to protect Piping Plovers, they were helping other wildlife and helping steward natural areas in our city as well.

The mission of the NYC Plover Project (
www.nycploverproject.org) is to bring together New Yorkers, from the Rockaway Peninsula and beyond, to protect the endangered Piping Plovers. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Rockaway works with a number of partners, including the National Park Service and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, along with a dedicated volunteer corps of nearly 250+ volunteers to help protect nesting Piping Plovers. Conservation activities include in-person engagement and education of beachgoers, and helping our partners with nest monitoring, increased signage near nesting habitat, and data collection of nesting outcomes. This year, the organizaiton has kicked off expansive community engagement and public school education initiatives. 

The organization was awarded Volunteer Group of the Year for the entire National Park Service in 2022, the Keesee Award from the National Audubon Society in 2023, and will be given the Linnaean Society of New York Natural History Service Award in March. The organization is a member of the Endangered Species Coalition, a nationwide network of 400+ organizations dedicated to our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places. 

Chris will detail the experience of the organization, expound upon the challenges that the Piping Plovers face and outline ways that members can speak up for Plovers and beach-nesting birds in our borough and city. 

For more information, see the NYC Plover Project website link


2024-02 QCBC - Piping Plover edited


Hear a podcast by "It's In Queens" featuring an interview with QCBC President Ian Resnick:
here

December 17, 2023 Christmas Bird Count Results are in!


What a great count! A record 134 species, and more than 60 participants.
For highlights by Queens Count Circle compiler Corey Finger, use this link
here
For a detailed spreadsheet by sector, use this link
here for a PDF, or this link here for to download in Excel format.
You may view previous years' spreadsheets using the "Downloads and Links" tab, select "CBC results".
For more information about the CBC, use the "About Us" tab, select "XMAS Bird Count".


Upcoming field trips - see Calendar link for details and registration info

Due to COVID-19, QCBC is holding field trips with limited registration and social distancing, as per CDC guidelines.

  • Saturday, January 20 - Shawangunk Grasslands
  • Sunday, February 11 - Montauk
  • Saturday, February 17 - New Jersey Shore/Barnegat
  • Sunday, February 25 - Baisley Pond

Past meeting recordings: allow time to download.

  • To view a recording of QCBC's Feb. 18, 2021 presentation of "Snowy Owls: the Ultimate Nomads" by Jean-Francois Therrien of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, use this link: here .
  • To view a recording of QCBC's Mar. 18, 2021 presentation of "New Discoveries on Songbird Migration" by Prof. Bridget Stutchbury, use this link: here .
  • To view a recording of QCBC's Apr. 2, 20211 presentation of "NYS Breeding Bird Atlas: Update after one year" by Brendan Fogarty, use this link: here .
  • To view a recording of Abigail Martin's May 18, 2021 presentation on "Discover the Pantanal Jaguar", use this link here.
  • To view a recording of Paul Sieswerda's Sept 22, 2021 presentation on Gotham Whales, use this link here .
  • To view a recording of Nathan Pieplow's Oct 20, 2021 presentation on "The Language of Birds", use this link here .
  • To view a recording of Michael Brothers' March 16, 2022 presentation on "Pelagic Birding", use this link here.
  • To view a recording of Ron Magill's May 18, 2022 presentation on Panama's Harpy Eagle Project, use this link here.
  • To view a recording of Bob Dieterich and Peter Lopez's Sept 19, 2022 presentation on "India Birds" use this link here.
  • To view a recording of Dr. Tricia Miller and Michael Lanzone's Feb 15, 2023 presentation on "Golden Eagles" use this link here.
  • To view a recording of Shai Mitra's June 21, 2023 presentation on "Birding Long Island's Outer Coast", use this link here.




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