4th Annual It’s Your Tern! Festival

Jul 8, 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
South Battery

Come celebrate Governors Island’s treasures: Common terns! Common terns, listed as a threatened species in New York State, have nested for several years on decommissioned piers on Governors Island’s waterfront. The colony has benefited recently from the introduction of oyster shells as a nesting material and are flourishing on Tango Pier. Free activities at this year’s festival will include bird walks and talks, displays, and hands-on activities for the whole family.


Full Schedule:

Activities and Information Booths, 12 – 4 PM, South Battery. Games, crafts, activities, and information provided by New York City Audubon, Wild Bird Fund, Earth Matter and Waterfront Alliance.

Island-wide scavenger hunt, 12 - 3:30 PM, South Battery. Enter for a chance to a prize (drawing at 3:30pm)!

Opening remarks, 12:30 PM, South Battery. Information about the Terns of Governors Island

Common tern viewing, 12:30 – 3:30 PM, Tango Pier. See the nesting terns through a spotting scope and learn more about the colony.

Tern and Hammock Grove Bird Tour, 1:00-2:15 PM, meet at South Battery. Led by NPS Volunteer and ace birder Annie Barry.

Bird Tour, 2:30-3:30 PM, meet at South Battery. Led by NYC Audubon Board Member Kellie Quinones.

Getting There
4 Minutes from Soissons Landing 6 Minutes from Yankee Pier
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier