New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State



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POSTED 10/31/15

American Oystercatcher, photo by Carena Pooth
American Oystercatcher
photo by Carena Pooth

Gateway Coalition comments on Ft. Tilden Shoreline Assessment


Seatuck Challenge Results 

Seatuck Environmental Association


Winter Finch Forecast 

by Ron Pittaway
Ontario Field


County & State Listing

Form Now Available
for 2015 data

Includes the new PZ
(Pelagic Zone)

Checklist Updates:
What's Changed
and Why

American Tree Sparrow, photo by Aidan Griffiths, age 14
American Tree Sparrow
photo by
NYSYBC Youth Member
Aidan Griffiths, age 14

NYSARC Reports
& Historical Database

1977 - 2012
Grace's Warbler, photo by Lloyd Spitalnik
Grace's Warbler, Point Lookout
photo by Lloyd Spitalnik

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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Last Updated 11/24/15

Winter Field Trips & Presentation in theAdirondacks
January 30-31, 2016

Bohemian Waxwing, photo by Joan Collins

With an excellent food crop on most tree species, it is likely to be a wonderful winter for finches and other northern visitors. Field trips will be offered Saturday (for those who travel up on Friday) as well as Sunday. Joan Collins will give a presentation late Saturday afternoon on Winter Bird Visitors of Northern New York at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb. A group dinner will be held at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake Saturday evening. More details coming in the January issue of New York Birders and on this website.

Checklist of the Birds of New York State
2016 Checklist Booklet Now Available

NYSOA's New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC) has added 6 new species to the official Checklist of the Birds of New York State. The latest AOU changes (56th supplement) have been incorporated. Our pocket-sized, 14-page booklet is suitable for field or reference use and includes Latin species names, breeding notations, NYSARC status, and a handy one-page index inside the back cover. Order yours now!


It's that time of year again! Renew your NYSOA membership now and order your copy of the brand new 2016 edition of our Checklist of the Birds of New York State.

Give the Gift of NYSOA Membership!

Share your passion for birds and introduce a friend or family member to NYSOA! Our online gift purchase option makes it easy! Or download a gift membership form and mail it in with your check.

The lucky recipient of your NYSOA membership gift will receive:

  • Our beautiful quarterly journal, The Kingbird, documenting the ornithology of New York State and including rare bird photos and regional avian highlights of the previous season.
  • Our lively quarterly newsletter, New York Birders, packed with NYSOA news updates, a conservation column, local interest items from NYSOA member clubs, creative writing by birders, and more.
  • A 40% discount on a subscription to the online version of The Birds of North America.

Your membership gift demonstrates your support for the only statewide organization dedicated to documenting the ornithology of New York State, and enables NYSOA to continue to develop unique informational and educational resources for birders and ornithologists alike. Every new member strengthens the voice of NYSOA in its important conservation efforts throughout New York State.
NOTE: Gift memberships for non-USA recipients by paper form & check only.

Also Available:
NYS Young Birders Club Gift Membership
for Birders between the ages of 10 and 19

For the YOUNG BIRDER in your life:
What can you give the budding young birder in your life for the holidays this year? Give a gift membership to the New York State Young Birders Club!   Open up a whole new world of friendship and fun for your grandkids, kids, and others between the ages of 10 and 19!  For only $10, you will give them the chance to go to the best birding spots in the state with expert leaders and other young birders.  They will also get connected in a safe online community where they can share birding stories, questions, photos, and support. The NYS Young Birders Club organizes teams to compete in fun projects like the World Series of Birding. The club's Scholarship Program helps fund great educational experiences like birding camps and other programs for our young members. What a wonderful way to strengthen the next generation of birders and give a boost to a great new club!
Guide for Hawks in the Northeast Out-of-state residents are welcome to join, too!

NYSYBC Youth Members enrolled or renewed by 12/31/15 will receive a BONUS GIFT - North East Hawk Watch's Guide for Hawks in the Northeast. This double-sided reference card has beautiful drawings by Paul Carrier, with emphasis on identification of hawks as seen overhead - when they are toughest to identify! The guide focuses on key features of comparison with concise notes to help you narrow down the ID.

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!

NYSOA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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