Hurricane Sandy & the Audubon Network: How You Can Help

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Hurricane Sandy 

Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented devastation across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. Millions were impacted by the storm.

Fortunately, all Audubon staff and volunteers were safe, but the impact to habitat and resources was significant. Several Centers suffered damage from flooding and downed trees. Audubon is working to restore and rebuild in our affected communities across the Atlantic Flyway.

Here is an update on conditions at Audubon Centers that lay in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Unless otherwise noted, Centers are open to the public:

New York

  • Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary: open, though the area experienced minor flooding
  • The Montezuma Audubon Center: no damage
  • Rheinstrom Hill Sanctuary: no damage
  • Ramshorn Livingston: open but suffered minor flooding
  • The Theodore Roosevelt Center on Long Island: The center has reopened. The building is safe and school programs resumed 11/12 though dozens of trees have been downed and much of the trial system remains closed. 


  • The Audubon Center at Greenwich: Has safely reopened though damage has yet to be fully repaired. An estimated 500 trees are down on the property including a 300 year old Red Oak blocking a trail and another tree that took out a trail bridge.
  • The Audubon Center at Bent of the River: no damage
  • The Sharon Audubon Center: no damage

Pennsylvania, North Carolina & South Carolina:

  • The Mill Grove Center in Pennsylvania: open, though with some downed trees
  • Pine Island in North Carolina: open, though suffered some minor flooding
  • Beidler Forest in South Carolina: no damage 

The ferocity of this hurricane was a reminder of why we do what we do. Climate change is real. The science says so. And, extreme weather events like this remind us of the devastating cost to people and communities.

That is why Audubon is committed to taking action - in our homes, in our communities, and in our nation - to advocate for healthy climate solutions and help safeguard our environment for birds, wildlife and our children.

You can help people and birds in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:

Read more about Hurricane Sandy and birds here: 

"After Hurricane Sandy: What Birds Can Tell Us" by Tom Baptist, Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Connecticut, in Greenwich Time.

"Hurricane Disaster Relief for Birds: What to Expect and How to Help." by Melanie Driscoll on The Perch, Audubon Magazine's blog.

"How Hurricane Sandy Affected Birds, and How They'll Fare Now." by Alisa Opar on The Perch, Audubon Magazine's blog. 

"What Caused Hurricane 'Frankenstorm' Sandy? (Was it Climate Change?)" by Julie Leibach on the Perch, Audubon Magazine's blog. 

"How do Hurricanes Affect Birds," a Q&A about birds and hurricanes with bird expert Kenn Kaufman in Audubon Magazine

Hurricane Sandy: Climate Change and Birds