New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State 

 Last Updated 8/18/14

The damaged West Pond, photo by Seth Ausubel
The damaged West Pond
photo by Seth Ausubel

Jamaica Bay's
West Pond:
Restored or Lost?

by Seth Ausubel

Red Knots, photo by Carena Pooth
Red Knots
photo by Carena Pooth

NYSOA Backs Red Knot "Threatened" designation

Golden-winged Warbler, photo by Benjamin Van Doren
Golden-winged Warbler
photo by Benjamin Van Doren

Range Changes for Golden-winged & Blue-winged Warblers
by John Confer

Golden Eagle, photo Delaware-Otsego Audobon Society
photo courtesy Delaware-Otsego Audobon Society
Environmental Reviews:
A Cautionary Tale

by Andy Mason

Birding Weekend

March 29-30, 2014

Bashakill WMA, photo by Carena Pooth

Read the trip report
by Truth Muller

NYSARC Reports
& Historical Database

1977 - 2011
Gray-hooded Gull, photo by Mark S. Szantyr
Gray-hooded Gull, Coney Island
photo by Mark S. Szantyr

New York State
Young Birders Club

Looking for the White-eyed Vireo at Muttontown Preserve, photo by Carena Pooth
Spotting a White-eyed Vireo
at Muttontown Preserve
photo by Carena Pooth

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NYSOA 67th Annual Meeting and New State York Birders Conference
News Flash!
Ramada room rate discount EXTENDED through August 25th!
See below for more information.

Jamaica Bay's West Pond

The deadline for comments to the National Park Service on alternatives for the breached West Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge was July 30th, but you can still sign the petition urging restoration of this critical habitat. Learn more.

NYSOA Fall Birding Weekend
September 27-28, 2014

Hold these dates for a special field trip for NYSOA members to several of Long Island's fall migration hot spots. Destinations may include Jones Beach State Park, Robert Moses State Park, Kissena Corridor Park, Riverhead sod fields for "grasspipers", and Jamaica Bay for shorebirds. The itinerary will be flexible to take advantage of conditions that may result in a coastal land bird flight, as well as up to date bird reports. Bring boots for Jamaica Bay. Please contact to register.
A block of rooms is reserved for the nights of September 26-27 at the Long Island Marriott, Uniondale, NY. The rate is $149.00 per night plus tax. Call (516) 794- 3800 by September 5 to reserve. Ask for the "birding group" room block. Or use the following link: Book your group rate: Birding Group Room Block

NYSOA and the Cayuga Bird Club are pleased to announce this year's

NYSOA Annual Meeting 2013

NYSOA 67th Annual Meeting
and New State York Birders Conference
Hosted by Cayuga Bird Club
September 19-21, 2014
Ramada Inn, 2310 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

See the Visit Ithaca website for additional lodging and camping options.

All birders and guests are welcome.


  • Friday evening reception & events at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Saturday evening banquet featuring a program by Dr. Bridget Stutchbury of York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her presentation will be Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Bird Migration. Dr. Stutchbury's research involves using geo-locators that use light levels to track individual songbirds to and from their tropical wintering grounds. 
  • Saturday and Sunday field trips with top birders to great local destinations.
  • Poster and paper presentations.
  • NYSOA award presentations.
  • NYSOA's Annual Business Meeting
  • Plenty of time to catch up with old friends and make new ones!

    Read more details about the conference
    View the weekend's program/schedule
    Register online
    Complete/print registration form for mailing

Fall in the Finger Lakes is both beautiful and busy,
so make your reservations now!


Visit Cayuga Bird Club's website

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The objectives of the New York State Ornithological Association are to document the ornithology of New York State; to foster interest in and appreciation of birds; and to protect birds and their habitats.

Individuals as well as clubs/organizations are welcome to join and will enjoy the benefits of membership, including subscriptions to NYSOA's quarterly journal, The Kingbird, and its newsletter, New York Birders.  NYSOA also offers its individual members a discounted rate of $25 annually (40% off the regular rate of $42) for a subscription to the online version of the The Birds of North America

Are you looking for information about birding in New York State?
Check out our directory of member organizations
with links to websites listing local field trips and other activities!


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