New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State

Calendar of EventsLast Updated 8/18/16

Field Trips

Boreal Owl, Amherst Island, Ont by Gary ZylkuskiNYSOA conducts field trips to great birding hotspots around New York State. Watch our home page for announcements. In most cases we offer a workshop on Saturday followed by a field trip on Sunday. Workshops are open to the public. The number of participants for each field trip is limited and individual/family members of NYSOA are given priority. Be sure to register early - most field trips fill up quickly!


Bicknell's Thrush, Whiteface Mountain - July 8, 2012
photo by Tommy Kirby, age 15   


Our field trips have included the following, each Sunday outing preceded by a Saturday workshop focusing on the trip's target species:


Winter Weekend in Oswego with Paul Richardson and Dr. Michael Schummer - February 2017   NEW 7/1/17

Spring Weekend in the Adirondacks with Lewis Lolya and Larry Master - May 2015
Fall Birding Weekend with Seth Ausubel and Mary Normandia - September 2014
Bashakill Birding Weekend with Lance Verderame and John Haas - March 2014
Jefferson County Birding Weekend
 with Jeff Bolsinger - May 2013 
North Country Winter Bird Workshop & Field Trip with Joan Collins - January 2013 
Adirondack Boreal Bird Workshop & Whiteface Mountain Field Trip with John & Pat Thaxton - July 2012
Niagara River Gull ID Workshop & Field Trip
with Willie D'Anna - Jan 2012
Montezuma Shorebird ID Workshop & Field Trip
with Kevin McGowan - Sept 2011 
Adirondack Warbler Workshop & Massawepee Mire Walk
with Joan Collins - May 2011
Pelagic ID Workshop & Trip - LI with Angus Wilson - Feb & Mar 2011
Whiskey Hollow with Joe Brin - May 2003
Cape Ann / Plum Island
, Feb 2003
Hudson Canyon, Dec 2002
Niagara River with Bill Lee - Nov 2002
Adirondacks (Spring Pond Bog) with Brian McAllister and Sean O'Brien - Jun 2002
Niagara Falls with Bill Lee - Dec 2000
Adirondack Weekend - Whiteface Mtn. / Massawepee Mire, Jun 2000


Note:  Many member clubs/organizations around the state offer exciting field trips regularly. For information on additional trips in the areas that interest you, take a look at our Member Clubs/Organizations page, where you will find a map of New York State and a list of bird clubs/organizations in each region, along with contact information and links to individual club/organization websites.


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 71st Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Rochester Birding Association and the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club the weekend of October 5-7, 2018 in Rochester.

Past Annual Meetings 

     - Our 70th Annual Meeting was hosted by theBuffalo Ornithological Society the weekend of November 10-12, 2017 in Niagara Falls (in the very birdy extreme west of the state).
Coming soon:
Check our facebook page for photos and read the report accessible from the Past Annual Meeting Reports & Photos drop-down menu below! 



Other Events

3rd Annual Seatuck Birding Challenge - Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 5am to 5pm    NEW 8/18/16

Enjoy the excitement of a Big Day of birding at the 3rd Annual Seatuck Birding Challenge! Help promote bird watching and conservation across Long Island. All levels of birders welcome, from novice to expert. The fall migration promises large numbers of birds and a great diversity of species. Register as a team or join one of Seatuck's! Special family and student categories! Dinner at the famous Scully Estate included!

Details available at

For more information contact Lisa Smith at (631) 581-6908 or

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