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 Last Updated 4/17/15


The damaged West Pond, photo by Seth Ausubel
The damaged West Pond
photo by Seth Ausubel

Jamaica Bay's
West Pond:
Restored or Lost?

by Seth Ausubel

Red Knots, photo by Carena Pooth
Red Knots
photo by Carena Pooth

NYSOA Backs Red Knot "Threatened" designation

Golden-winged Warbler, photo by Benjamin Van Doren
Golden-winged Warbler
photo by Benjamin Van Doren

Range Changes for Golden-winged & Blue-winged Warblers
by John Confer

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Updated 3/1/15
1977 - 2012

Grace's Warbler, photo by Lloyd Spitalnik
Grace's Warbler, Point Lookout
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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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2015 NYS Birders Conference / NYSOA Annual Meeting
October 2-4, 2015

The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club is hard at work planning the 2015 NYS Birders Conference and NYSOA Annual Meeting in Albany, New York, October 2-4, 2015.  So far the weekend includes a keynote by Jon Dunn, noted birding tour leader and author, behind the scenes tours of the ornithology collection at the NYS Museum, book signings, field trips, workshops, papers, and more.  Watch this website and NY Birders for details and registration information.


NYSOA Spring Weekend in the Adirondacks
   May 16-17, 2015                         Photos byLarry Master; click each to enlarge.   

Intervale Lowlands Preserve, photo by Larry MasterThe New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) will have a field trip to Intervale Lowlands Preserve ( in Lake Placid the weekend of May 16-17, 2015.  Over 170 species have been observed on the property in the past five years, including 109 species during the third week of May.  Thus, seeing more than 100 species on the May 17 field trip is quite possible if conditions are favorable.  More than 75 bird species nest on the preserve including 17 species of warblers (including Mourning), Black-backed Woodpecker, Lincoln’s Sparrow, American Bittern, Hooded and Common Mergansers, and three pairs of Kestrels.

Mourning Warbler, photo by Larry MasterThe weekend will begin with an optional bird walk at Bloomingdale Bog on the morning of 16 May, where such boreal species as Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, and Boreal Chickadee are often observed.  On the afternoon of May 16, Larry will give an illustrated presentation about the Intervale Lowlands preserve where he will discuss efforts to protect and enhance the preserve for native species and to monitor potential effects of climate change on local species and ecological communities.  He will also discuss the successful construction of a “net zero” LEED Platinum residence and a “net positive” guest house on the property and give a tour of the main residence.  The presentation will be open to the public.  Black-backed Woodpecker feeding young, photo by Larry MasterThe weekend culminates on the morning of 17 May with a guided bird walk on the extensive trail network through the preserve.

After doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, Larry spent 20 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and 6 years with NatureServe, most of that time as Chief Zoologist. NatureServe is an offshoot of the Conservancy and is the umbrella organization for the network of natural heritage programs in every U.S. state and Canadian province as well as in many Latin American countries. Larry lives in Lake Placid.  He has been photographing wildlife and natural history subjects for more than 50 years.

Pre-registration is required for the field trip, and preference is given to NYSOA members and NYS Young Birders Club youth members on a first-come, first-served basis. 20 participants will be accepted.  Please contact MaryBeth Warburton at 315-268-0150 or for more information and to register.  Dinner plans for field trip participants at the Cascade Inn, Lake Placid are being finalized and start times for the various events will be announced after registration begins.  Numerous hotels are available in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Wilmington.  Please make reservations as soon as possible as this weekend can be busy in Lake Placid because of the Canadian Victoria Day holiday.  

The Adirondacks are spectacular in Spring!

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.

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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