The NY Chapter of the American Littoral Society is dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing the estuaries of NYC and helping to make the coast line of NYC hospitable to marine life. They're involved in many projects from planting marshes, cleaning beaches and the coastline, removing derelict boats from the bay and debris from the nesting sites of horseshoe crabs. In addition, they offer a host of educational programs about the wildlife and fauna of the bay. They also have raptor management programs, and band barn owls and osprey's in the bay.
In this video, you get a glimpse of their barn owl banding project in Jamaica Bay, which is just one of many projects. Over the last 50 years, the barn owl has become a species of concern, as their population is dwindling. However, thanks to the nest boxes provided by the American Littoral Society, and the many rodents in the area, the barn owl population in NYC's Jamaica Bay is doing well.
The ongoing project having have banded over 380 young owls in the last 20 years.