Hudson River Birds: In Celebration of the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s Voyage
To thematically dovetail with the 400 year celebration of Henry Hudson's historic voyage of discovery, and the exhibition Dutch New York between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery organized in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, five of Audubon's watercolors of birds who perch or live along the Hudson River are displayed. One, the Hudsonian Godwit, is even named after a namesake of the explorer's and is found along the river during migration. Some species are found in New York City, where Audubon himself had an estate ("Minniesland" on the Hudson at West 155th Street), while others are more common to the mid- and upper-regions.
This niche includes one of the most customary denizens of the river, the Common Loon, as well as the Prothonotary Warbler—most easily viewed on boat or by canoe on the Hudson—the Saw-Whet Owl, and the Marsh Hawk. Flowing in a southerly direction for 315 miles, the Hudson River's final 152 miles are a tidal estuary that supports an impressive range of wildlife and birds―resident, breeding, and migratory species―which are a major focus of environmental efforts to restore the natural resources of this legendary waterway.