New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State

MembershipLast Updated 11/25/16

The Kingbird, quarterly journal
The Kingbird


New York Birders, newsletter

Your NYSOA membership brings you

  • Our beautiful quarterly journal, The Kingbird, documenting the ornithology of New York State and including rare bird photos and regional avian highlights of the previous season.
  • 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 ($25 instead of $42) on a subscription to the online version of The Birds of North America (non-organizational memberships only). For a demo of this exciting online reference, check out The Birds of North America website.  To find out how to activate your discounted subscription, .


Your membership 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.

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

Individual or Family Membership

Joining or renewing is easier than ever! Get it done right here online!
If you prefer to pay by check, download and print our handy membership form.

Click on your membership category below to open the corresponding online application for a one year membership.

    USA    Address Canada or Mexico   Any Other Country  
Individual $30.00 $40.00 $50.00
Family $35.00 $45.00 $55.00
Contributing $50.00 $60.00 $70.00
The Kingbird Club $100.00 $110.00 $120.00
Student   $17.00 $27.00 $37.00

If you prefer to pay by check, download and print our handy membership form.

Already renewed but looking for checklists & decalsClick here to order them.

Give your favorite birder a NYSOA gift membership!
purchase a gift membership online now, or download a mail-in gift form

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


Give your favorite YOUNG birder a NYS Young Birders Club membership!
See below for details.

Club/Organization Membership

Through their membership, NYSOA member clubs/organizations visibly demonstrate their commitment to conserving the birds and birding habitats of New York State. At the same time, these organizations gain visibility and credibility in the birding and ornithological communities. Quarterly bird sighting summaries published in NYSOA's journal, The Kingbird, are built from data submitted by member clubs/organizations. In addition, our member clubs/organizations are part of the large birding & ornithology network listed on the Clubs/Organizations page of this website, with contact information and links to their websites.

Member clubs/organizations receive a copy of the same quarterly publications as individual members do. NYSOA's Annual Meeting is hosted each autumn by a member club/organization that chooses to do so (with assistance from NYSOA). This arrangement provides local groups that wish to do so with an opportunity to deliver their message to, and establish contact with, birders and ornithologists from all over New York State. By volunteering to host and publicize one of the largest birding and ornithology oriented conferences in the state, these organizations achieve broad visibility statewide as well as in their local community. It is well understood and accepted, however, that some member clubs/organizations are simply not in a position to host the Annual Meeting. Read the NYSOA Annual Meeting Overview for Host Clubs.

Bird, conservation, and other nature-oriented organizations based in New York State that are interested in NYSOA membership are asked to . Depending on their size, member clubs/organizations are entitled to send 1 to 5 voting delegates to the annual Council of Delegates meeting.  Annual club/organization dues are based on club/organization membership as follows:

10 to 100 members: $30
101 to 350 members: $50
More than 350 members: $70

New York State Young Birders Club Membership

For the YOUNG BIRDER in your life: What can you give the budding young birder in your life for his or her birthday, or some other gift occasion? 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 NY with expert leaders and like-minded friends. 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 for 2017 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.

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