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Tag Archives: Audubon’s Aviary

Baby Pigeons Visited DCHM, Had a Blast!

  The May 4th Meet the Fledglings program was a huge success thanks to the Wild Bird Fund and the 70+ visitors who came out to meet some of NYC’s most notorious residents- baby pigeons! The event began with a fascinating presentation by Rita McMahon of the Wild Bird Fund. First, she spoke about the different birds [...]

Special Event: Sketching in the Gallery

  We had a busy week during school vacation here at the New-York Historical Society. One of the activities was so popular we just HAD to share! Twice each day we had educator-led sketching sessions in Audubon’s Aviary, the exhibition running through May 19. After a little introduction to the life and art of John Audubon, families chose [...]

Blast From the Past: Quaker Parrot of Brooklyn

  There haven’t always been Quaker Parrots in Brooklyn but people began seeing them flying wild there beginning in the 1960s. The most accepted theory is that there were some mass escapes at JFK Airport. In South America, from where this species is originally, the Quaker Parrot became a nuisance. One of the ways to [...]

All About Bird Eggs

  Many of us at the New-York Historical Society have Audubon-mania. Our new exhibition of bird watercolors by John James Audubon, Audubon’s Aviary, has brought a lot of excitement to the museum’s galleries. Exploring the exhibition and seeing so many beautiful paintings of birds made me wonder what their eggs look like. I know that [...]

Blast From the Past: Everyone Needs a Good Assistant

    John James Audubon left a legacy for all of us. He studied and painted hundreds of birds with amazing realistic detail – 435 of them are published in Birds of America (1827-1838) His paintings—and his writings about the bird species — help us understand a lot about bird behavior and their environments. Charles [...]

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