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Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State



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NEW 11/25/16

Winter Finch Forecast 
by Ron Pittaway
Ontario Field
Common Redpoll, photo by Eamon Freiburger, age 15
Common Redpoll
photo by
NYSYBC Youth Member
Eamon Freiburger, age 15

NEW 9/21/16
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Kingbird Regional Editor,
Region 6

NEW 11/25/16

County & State Listing

Form Now Available
for 2016 data

 A New York Perspective on the AOU's 2016
Checklist Updates:

by Angus Wilson

Black Vulture, photo by Carena Pooth
Black Vulture
photo byCarena Pooth

NEW 9/23/16

2016 Waterfowl Count
Data now Online

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
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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 11/25/16


2017 NYS Birders Conference / NYSOA Annual Meeting
November 10-12, 2017

The Buffalo Ornithological Society is hard at work planning the 2017 NYS Birders Conference and NYSOA Annual Meeting. The conference will be held at the new Hilton Hotel right at the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, November 10-12, 2017 (Veterans Day weekend).  Why so late in the year?
Sabine's Gull, photo by Gale VerHague
Sabine's Gull, photo by Gale VerHague
Because the birding is fabulous then (think Sabine's Gull)!
Mark your calendar now and check back here for details in the months ahead.



It's that time of year again! Renew your NYSOA membership now and order your copy of the brand new 2017 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.
  • 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.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to receive a gift card in time for Christmas or Chanukah, please purchase gift memberships online by December 18th.
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! Out-of-state residents are welcome to join, too!

NYSYBC Youth Members enrolled or renewed by 12/31/16 will receive a BONUS GIFT – A copy of NYSOA's official Checklist of the Birds of New York State (brand new 2017 edition including all the latest AOU changes). This pocket-sized, 14-page booklet is suitable for field or reference use. It includes Latin species names, breeding notations, NYSARC (New York State Avian Records Committee) species status, and a handy one-page index inside the back cover.


IMPORTANT: If you wish to receive a gift card in time for Christmas or Chanukah, please purchase gift memberships online by December 18th.


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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