New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State

Last Updated 11/15/17

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NEW 10/29/17

from NYSARC:
Six new species
added to the NYS
checklist since 2012


Elegant Tern, photo by Angus Wilson Elegant Tern
Added to the
NYS checklist
photo by Angus Wilson

 UPDATED 10/23/17
NYSARC Review List

plus new review code PZ
for certain species seen outside the Pelagic Zone

NEW 10/16/17
Mary Beth Waburton
NYSOA Volunteer


Mary Beth Warburton
Mary Beth Warburton
NYSOA past director &
recording secretary;

current field trips coordinator

Printable trifold
NYS field checklist

 Includes AOS 2017
changes and
NYSARC 2017 additions

Printable field checklist

NEW 7/20/17

Conservation Issues:
Footraces in May
Hudson River Anchorages


Hooded Warbler, photo by Eamon Freiburger
Hooded Warbler
photo by
NYSYBC Youth Member
Eamon Freiburger


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Successful Montezuma Weekend!

About 30 birders participated in NYSOA’s Sunday field trip at the Montezuma wetlands complex on August 27. The outing, led by Kevin McGowan, capped off our shorebird weekend, which included an ID workshop Saturday at the Montezuma Audubon Center and dinner in Seneca Falls.
                   For more details and some photos, check out our facebook page.


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What a great weekend it was!

NYSOA 70th Annual Meeting
and New State York Birders Conference
Hosted by the Buffalo Ornithological Society
Niagara Falls, NY - November 10-12, 2017

The conference was chock full of great birding and educational activities, along with opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Highlights included:

  • Friday evening buffet and program with Paul Guris of See Life Paulagics, who gave a lively and informative presentation highlighting the birds of New York’s pelagic zone waters.
  • Saturday evening banquet featuring a program by Neil Hayward, author of Lost Among the Birds, a memoir of his 2013 "accidental" big year (in which he netted 749 species and set a new ABA Big Year record). His engaging and often humorous talk touched on exotic birds, remote places, volcanoes, polar bears, Aleutian plumbing and more!
  • Fridsay, Saturday, and Sunday field trips with top birders to great local destinations.
  • Paper presentations Saturday afternoon.
  • NYSOA award presentations.
  • NYSOA's Annual Business Meeting


Check back for a full report, coming soon!

NYSOA Objectives

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.

Code of Birding Ethics

NYSOA endorses the Code of Birding Ethics developed and promoted by the American Birding Association.


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.





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with links to websites listing local field trips and other activities!

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



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