New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State



POSTED 10/31/15

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

Gateway Coalition comments on Ft. Tilden Shoreline Assessment


 Winter Finch Forecast 
 by Ron Pittaway
Ontario Field
Red Crossbill, photo by Max Kogut, age 12
Red Crossbill
photo by
NYSYBC Youth Member
Max Kogut, age 12


County & State Listing
Deadline for
2015 data is
March 1, 2016

Reporting Form
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

Seatuck Challenge Results 

Seatuck Environmental Association

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 2/5/16 

Spring Weekend at Derby Hill!
April 23-24, 2016

Broad-winged Hawk, photo by Joan Collins

Mark your calendar for a field trip to one of the best spring sites for observing raptor migration in the country! Derby Hill has seen as many as 20,000 Broad-winged Hawks pass overhead in one day. It is easy to drive to and migration is at its peak in mid-April. Gerry Smith, expert birder and Vice President of Onondaga Audubon Society, will serve as guide and share his wealth of knowledge about Derby Hill. David Wheeler, long time monitor at Derby Hill and Kingbird Region 5 Editor, will also be at the site throughout the weekend to provide guidance and assistance. NYSOA is fortunate to have Gerry and David as guides and Derby Hill can be very exciting in April. Stay tuned for details and registration information, coming soon!

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!

Meet Will Yandik

NYSOA Volunteer

Will Yandik, Region 8 Kingbird Editor

Will Yandik has been NYSOA's Reports Editor for Kingbird Region 8 for a whopping 13 years - that means he's written 52 quarterly reports already! What drives him to keep doing this work every three months? Why does he think NYSOA's regional reports are so important? Where does he get the data that he compiles? How long does it take him to do this job? And when he's not writing reports, where does he like to bird? What is his favorite bird species? Learn the answers to all these questions, and more!

NYSOA is a 100% volunteer organization. The people who work for NYSOA do it because they are passionately committed to protecting birds and their habitats, and because they enjoy working with others who share their passion. We've added a new page to our website where you'll have a chance to get to know some of our hard-working volunteers better.

      Read our interview with Will Yandik.           

2015 Annual Meeting in Albany

Reports & Photos

Vischer's Ferry fielt trip, photo by Carena Pooth

The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club hosted the NYS Birders Conference and 68th NYSOA Annual Meeting on October 2-4, 2015 in Albany. The event was a great success and full of enjoyment for the 165 participants.

The conference featured field trips, a Friday night reception and behind-the-scenes NYS Museum tours, workshops, a Saturday banquet, awards, and more!

Read all about it!       


Time to Renew!

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.


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.


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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