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Happy New Year! Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we would like to spend more time together in nature in 2024. From Dr. King’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: “We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.”


Green overlay with white text BIRD ART OPEN STUDIO. Background image is a photo showing bird specimens and illustrations of specimens.

January 15th: Bird Art Open Studio is back! Join Local Nature Lab on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to hang out and to sketch birds. We will exhibit specimens from our education collection (federal and state permitted activity) and provide basic drawing supplies. Please bring your favorite pencils/pens/paints. RSVP by email to receive complete details. Bring a mug—there will be coffee.

February 19th: Save the date for the following events and watch this space for registration information.

February 29th: We are a partner in the 2024 Cherry Blossom Prediction Competition! Submit your predictions for peak cherry bloom in the park. We will share more information in a future newsletter.


A poster announcing "Get ready to be a NYC urban bird explorer in 2024" with city imagery, habitats, and different bird species. Design by Loyan Beausoleil.

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