9th Annual "It's Your Tern!" Celebration

07/17/2021 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET


  • Free



Saturday, July 17, 12-4pm
Governors Island - Nolan Park #17 and Lima Pier


Come celebrate the terns of Governors Island! Common Terns, listed as a threatened species in New York State, have nested for several years on Governors Island’s waterfront. Learn what makes these little seabirds so special with free activities and bird walks for the whole family. You can join IBEX Puppetry teaching artists to make Tern Kites and learn about other migratory birds in North America, or talk with compost experts EarthMatter. RSVP to let us know you’re coming! No limit. Free


12:15pm - Bird Walk including tern habitat viewing
3:00pm - Tern habitat viewing and tern history tour
Can't make it for a tour? Join one of our experts at Lima Pier throughout the day.
Click here for a map of celebration locations 
Click here for information about the Governors Island ferries.
Click here for information about the NYC Ferry shuttle to Governors Island.

Please Note:
Unfortunately, the nesting colony on Governors Island was not successful this year. While there are many possible causes for the colony's lack of success, we do not have a concrete answer at this time. The NYC Audubon team is working with Governors Island to assess the issue and employ proactive measures that will be sure to protect this important nesting habitat in the future. For the festival, this means that some terns will likely be seen foraging near their old nesting site, and gull chicks should be visible, but a large tern colony with young will not be present.

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