New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State

About NYSOA Last Updated 7/23/17

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NYSOA is New York State's ornithological society. The objectives of NYSOA are to document the ornithology of New York State; to foster interest in and appreciation of birds; and to protect birds and their habitats.

Winter Wren, photo by Tim Baird
Winter Wren
Allegany State Park, October 200


NYSOA has two types of members: Member Clubs/Organizations and Individual Members.

  • Member Clubs/Organizations include 44 bird clubs, Audubon Societies, and nature organizations in New York State who have joined forces, pooling their efforts, skills and influence in order to carry out large statewide projects, such as a state bird book and a state Atlas project, publishing a quarterly state bird journal and newsletter, and maintaining an official state bird list through a state records committee. The Member Clubs/Organizations send delegates to an annual meeting to make decisions on NYSOA matters and to reach consensus on statewide conservation issues.

  • Individual Members are those who want to receive their own copies of NYSOA publications The Kingbird and New York Birders, to support the aims and activities of NYSOA, and to strengthen the voice of NYSOA for bird conservation.  Individual members may also take advantage of NYSOA's special discount on subscriptions to Birds of North America Online.  NYSOA members pay only $25 per year — 40% off the regular subscription rate of $42.

NYSOA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Beyond the first $30/year, NYSOA membership dues are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.



Purchase Decals & Official Checklists

 Window Decal
3.5" x 4.5"
$2.00 each

Advertise your support for our organization. Window decals displaying the NYSOA logo are available. At $2 each, these attractive decals are a great buy.

The official Checklist of Birds of New York State is also available for $2 per checklist or $15 for a pack of ten. The checklist includes all bird species recorded in New York State and accepted by the New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC).

of the Birds of
New York State

(2017 ed.)
1-9 copies $2.00 each
10-packs $15.00 ea.

Order checklists and decals safely online from this website!

Alternatively, you may order them by sending a note with a check (payable to NYSOA Inc.) to:

P.O. Box 296
Somers, NY 10589


NYSOA Annual Meeting

NYSOA's annual business meeting is held during a weekend conference that is open to the public and hosted by a NYSOA member club. This annual event brings together birders from across the state and beyond who come to develop new birding friendships, renew old ones, hear excellent speakers, and explore birding opportunities away from their home turf. The weekend offers attendees a variety of social, educational, and birding activities. The business meeting segment of the weekend is attended by delegates of member clubs/organizations and includes elections and new club/organization membership approvals, as well as committee reports and other matters.


Looking ahead


Our 70th Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Buffalo Ornithological Society the weekend of November 10-12, 2017 (Veterans Day weekend) in Niagara Falls (in the very birdy extreme west of the state). The conference will be held at the new Hilton Hotel right at the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park.

Past Annual Meetings 

     - Our 69th Annual Meeting was hosted by the Chemung Valley Audubon Society the     weekend of September 9-11, 2016 in Elmira. See our facebook page for photos and read the
   report accessible from the Past Annual Meeting Reports & Photos drop-down menu below! 

- Report & photos from Albany - the 68th Annual Meeting, 2015


- NEW 11/18/16 69th Annual Meeting Draft Minutes, 2016 (to be approved at the 2017 annual meeting)




Among the activities of NYSOA are a number of awards given in recognition of service, accomplishment and assistance in furthering the goals of NYSOA and ornithology in NY State.

  Gordon M. Meade Distinguished Service Award for service to NYSOA
  John J. Elliott Award for the best Kingbird article of the year
     Lillian C. Stoner Award to help selected students attend the NYSOA Annual Meeting/Conference
  Certificates of Appreciation
  Member Club/Organization Grants for support of small projects

Read the details of the awards available, nomination rules, contact information, and the latest winners.

Please consider nominating or suggestiong suitable individuals for these awards and help us recognize and show our appreciation for those who support NYSOA and NY’s birds.  The deadline for nominations for all awards to be given at the 2017 Annual Meeting is June 20, 2017.

People at NYSOA: Our Volunteers

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 section to our website to recognize all who have generously given, or who currently give, of their time and talents to help NYSOA carry out its important mission. Learn more about People at NYSOA.


Did you know NYSOA is more than 60 years old?  For a summary chronology and interesting excerpts about NYSOA's origins and evolution from the 1998 Golden Anniversary issue of The Kingbird, check out our History page.

NYSOA Archives    

The NYSOA Archives are housed at Cornell University Library in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections under the title Federation of New York State Bird Clubs which was the original name of NYSOA.

The archives are a collection of materials relating to the organization's history and ongoing business, including minutes of meetings, membership rosters, announcements, and programs of annual meetings, photographs, news clippings, New York Birders from 1971, The Kingbird from 1950, correspondence and special projects such as the New York State Avian Records Committee, and the New York State Bird Book Committee.

The online Finding aid to the collection is available at The guide will let you see what documents are in the collection, and give you the box and folder numbers helping to you to access the items you need when visiting the library. It is best to go prepared. Staff will bring the requested folders to you, rather than you being able to browse the collection.

Speaker's Bureau

As a service to our members, NYSOA publishes a list of speakers willing to do programs for groups. If you would like to be included on the Speaker’s Bureau list, please contact of our newsletter, NY Birders, as soon as possible to provide information about the program(s) that you would like to present, whether you charge a fee, how far you are willing to travel, and what arrangements you might need for accommodations. Please include a contact address, phone number, and e-mail (if applicable). Participants in the Speaker’s Bureau are presented in the January issue of NYSOA's newsletter, New York Birders.


President Joan Collins
Vice President Seth Ausubel  
Recording Secretary John Kent
Treasurer Andy Mason
Read Minutes of
Board Meetings

4/8/17 added 7/23/17

Note:  Following each meeting, summary notes are published in NY Birders.  Official Minutes for each meeting are posted here following review and final approval by the board.
    For Annual Meeting minutes, see above.



Term Expires

Peter Capainolo   
Doug Futuyma 
Rich Guthrie
Greg Lawrence
Dawn O'Neal  
Carena Pooth  
Kathy Schneider
Shirley Shaw
Bob Spahn

    Board Meeting Schedule - 2017

February 4 (Conference Call)
April 8 (Montezuma Audubon Center, Savannah)
July 22 (Beaver Lake, Baldwinsville) CHANGED 4/20/17
November 11 Annual Meeting (Niagara Falls)
November 18 (Olana - Hudson)


Contact Us
The Kingbird
NY Birders
(Young Birders Club)



P.O. Box 296
Somers, NY 10589

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