New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State

Web Links & Discussion GroupsLast Updated 5/23/09

Web Links  5/23/09 Mailing Lists (Listservs)
 

Links to Other Websites

 
NYSDEC Links

NYSOA cooperates with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation on several projects.  Visit the DEC's Animals, Plants, Aquatic Life web page to find information about many topics of interest to birders. Here's a selection:

 
Local Birding Clubs/Organizations

Many of NYSOA's member clubs/organizations have their own websites. Check our Member Clubs/Organizations page for these weblinks.
 

Other Organizations

  • Many NYSOA member clubs/organizations are also chapters of The National Audubon Society of New York State.
  • Partners in Flight is a cooperative effort of government, conservation, professional, academic and industry organizations to address declining bird populations.
  • The Institute for Bird Population Studies (IBP) is a Californian non-profit organization founded in 1989 to foster a global approach to the study of changes in bird populations. IBP is best known for its Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program, a network of over 500 standardized bird-banding stations throughout the continental U.S. and Canada.

 
Banded and Marked Birds

Find out all about banding and report any banded birds you see at the website of the Bird Banding Laboratory at USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

 
Projects & Studies

 
Birding Hotspots in New York

Many of our member clubs/organizations have websites with great information on local birding destinations.

US Fish and Wildlife Service manages several refuges in New York,  all great places to bird!

The National Park Service New York sites include Jamaica Bay, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.  Several of the Historic Sites aren't just for history buffs, but have trails through nice birding habitat.

Many New York State Parks offer wonderful birding opportunities.

NY Chapters of The Nature Conservancy maintain many preserves, protecting habitat and good birding places.

The Hudson Valley Raptor Center, located in Dutchess County, rehabilitates injured hawks and owls and provides a home for those that are not releasable.  Some of their permanent residents participate in education programs.

The Pfeiffer Nature Center, near Olean, NY has a new website.

The Waterman Conservation Education Center, in Apalachin, NY operates four wildlife refuges in south central New York.

The NYSDEC's Wildlife Viewing Guide page has information on a number of superb birding locations across the state. In addition, check out the county-by-county list of Wildlife Management Areas for information about and directions to many great destinations for birders.
 
 
Education

Home Study Course in Bird Biology, second edition - Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Learn about birds at your own pace. A college-level course written for people of varied backgrounds and experience levels. Check out the website using the above link for a course overview, author profiles, FAQs, and a fun bird quiz.
 

Health

To report dead birds, particularly dead crows, contact your local county health department or call toll free at 1-866-537-BIRD.  Visit these sites for more information about West Nile Virus and reporting dead crows.
 
 
Pelagic Trips
 
Pelagic birding and whale watch trips departing from Montauk harbor offer a convenient means for birders to find species such as Cory's Shearwater, Greater Shearwater and Wilson's Storm-petrel in NY waters. The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) runs such trips.

Although CRESLI will not be running any single day whale watch trips in the summer of 2003, there will be three 48-51 hour trips: two trips to the Great South Channel (departing July 20 and August 17) and 1 trip to Hydrographer and Veatch Canyons (departing August 3). For more information check out the CRESLI website or contact CRESLI at 631-244-3352 (new phone number—CRESLI has moved to Dowling College).
Reservations: Reservations are required and should be made via the CRESLI reservations web page.

If you are able go on one of these trips, please send your sightings to the NYCRBA (via Tom Burke or Tony Lauro, 212-979-3070) and the of the Kingbird. Even if the results are not spectacular, the information helps us monitor the seasonal occurrence of seabirds off Long Island.
 

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Mailing Lists (Listservs)

Below you will find signup instructions for some regional mailing lists on birding in New York State. Mailing lists are informal discussion groups that allow information exchange via email. To join such a discussion group, you need to subscribe by sending a specifically formatted email message to a computer that will add you to the distribution list for that group (some groups provide an online subscription form as an alternative to sending an email to sign up). Subsequently, you will receive email notes from other members of the group, and you can send your own notes so that everyone in the group can read them and respond to them.

Help us spread the word about other NYS mailing lists! If you know about local or regional birding listservs in New York State that are not listed below, please with the information.
 

NYSBIRDS-L   5/23/09

NYSBirds-L is an email list focused on birds and birding in New York State. It is not for the discussion of pet birds or falconry, except as far as these topics directly relate to wild birds. The primary purpose of the list is to disseminate information about bird sightings in New York State in a timely manner. Questions and limited discussions on topics such as bird behavior, identification, conservation, and distribution, especially as these subjects relate to birds in New York State, are welcomed and encouraged. The List is not for the discussion of pet birds.

To join the list, send an email to , leave subject line blank, and the body of the message should read:

JOIN firstname lastname

Wherefirstname lastnameis to be replaced by your own first name and your last name.
INCLUDE THE QUOTATION MARKS AROUND YOUR NAME.

The listprocessor is an automated system and will extract your email address from the header of your message.  Since a computer, not a person, will read your message, additional words to make the message more polite are unnecessary and will interfere with the computer's ability to find the information it's looking for.
 
You will receive a confirmation message after you send your email.

For more details, see http://www.northeastbirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME

Cayugabirds-L   

To join the list, send an email to , leave subject line blank, and the body of the message should read:

JOIN CAYUGABIRDS-L

The listprocessor is an automated system and will extract your email address from the header of your message.  Since a computer, not a person, will read your message, additional words to make the message more polite are unnecessary and will interfere with the computer's ability to find the information it's looking for.

More information on using mailing lists hosted at Cornell can be found at http://www.cit.cornell.edu/computer/elist/lyris/.

CVBirds (Chemung Valley)

CVBIRDS is a listserve for nature lovers in the Chemung Valley area of NY State. The primary focus of the list is wild birds, their behavior, actions, sightings, and environment. Other nature topics can be discussed as well.

To join, or to learn more, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CVBIRDS/

eBirdsNYC  9/18/07

eBirdsNYC is primarily for reporting wild bird sightings within NYC and the surrounding areas, defined deliberately vaguely - it might include places like Brigantine and Cape May in migration, the Adirondacks and Catskills during winter etc. Basically anywhere that's a reasonable day-trip for NYC-based birders that has interesting birds.  A long-standing NYC metro general sightings list with over 600 members.

To join, or to learn more, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ebirdsnyc

Geneseebirds-L

This group focuses on birds and birding in western New York. To join the list, visit http://mail.geneseo.edu/mailman/listinfo/geneseebirds-l

HMBirds (Hudson-Mohawk)

This group is mainly for reports of birds in the eleven counties surrounding Albany, NY. Unusual extralimital reports are also welcome.

To join, or to learn more, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hmbirds/

Metro Birding Briefs

Lloyd Spitalnik and the New York City Audubon Society are proud to announce METRO BIRDING BRIEFS, a new e-mail board for the exchange of newsworthy bird sightings in the NY metro area.

The need for this service arises from an increased demand by active field observers for succinct, rapidly available, relevant information which can be acted upon quickly. To state the obvious: rare birds are often present for short periods of time and this service will be set up to provide the most timely information available for interested birders to pursue

Reported sightings should be only those of rarely occurring birds, early arrivals, late lingerers or any other unusual bird one might be willing to chase.

The area of coverage is from Montauk to Cape May and points north. This area should be able to be driven on a round trip basis in one day from NYC.

To join, or to learn more, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/btblue/

MidHudsonBirds

A forum for the discussion, communication, and reporting of wild bird observations in the Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, and Columbia County areas of New York State, including the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains. Related natural history observations within this geographical area, and relevant posts from outside of this area are also welcome.

To join, or to learn more, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidHudsonBirds/

 Northern_NY_Birds

A discussion area for amateur to expert birders to report rare, unusual, or simply interesting bird sightings in Northern NY. This would include the Adirondacks, St. Lawrence, Tug Hill, Eastern Lake Ontario, and Lake Champlain areas. Loosely, anywhere east of Lake Ontario/I-81 and north of I-90. Relevant cross-postings from neighboring groups are also encouraged.

On the website (see below), events and trips relative to the group may be posted and/or placed on the group calendar. Birding-related photos, files, and polls may also be uploaded.

To join Northern_NY_Birds, send an email to Northern_NY_Birds-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Or use the online form http://groups.yahoo.com/group/northern_NY_birds/

Oneidabirds

The mailing list for central New York. To join the list, send the command shown below in the first line of a piece of electronic mail to , leave subject line blank, and the body of the message should read

subscribe Oneidabirds firstname lastname

In the line above, firstname lastname is, of course, your real name. The listprocessor is an automated system and will extract your email address from the header of your message.  Since a computer, not a person, will read your message, additional words to make the message more polite are unnecessary and will interfere with the computer's ability to find the information it's looking for. 

You will be sent back a confirmation message. All you need to do with this is hit reply and you will become a member of the list. More information and archives can be found at http://www.borg.com/~svcselem/kirkland/oneidabirds/.

OSBirds (Otsego-Schoharie)

Bird sightings and discussion about birds for area around Otsego & Schoharie counties of New York; also gets sightings from Delaware and Chenango Counties.

To join, or to learn more, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/osbirds/

SINaturaList 9/18/07

This group is for people interested in bird watching on Staten Island, and all natural science and environmental news relating to Staten Island, NY. We encourage members to post news about Staten Island's environmental issues, meetings, activities and WALKS, as well as bird, and wildlife sighting.

To join, or to learn more, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sinaturalist


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