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 Last Updated 4/8/14


Birding Weekend

March 29-30, 2014

Bashakill WMA, photo by Carena PoothSee wrap-up at right

Read the trip report
by Truth Muller


Kingbird Archive
4 issues added -
Volume 61 (2011)
Nos. 1-4


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

 Golden Eagle, photo Delaware-Otsego Audobon Society
photo courtesy Delaware-Otsego Audobon Society

Environmental Reviews:
A Cautionary Tale

by Andy Mason

Grasslands, photo courtesy NSYDEC
photo courtesy NYSDEC

Landowner Incentive Program Update
by Marcelo del Puerto

NYSARC Reports
& Historical Database

1977 - 2011
Gray-hooded Gull, photo by Mark S. Szantyr
Gray-hooded Gull, Coney Island
photo by Mark S. Szantyr

New York State
Young Birders Club

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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4/8/14  Lillian C. Stoner Award for Young People - Nominations due June 20, 2014
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  NYSOA Bashakill Birding Weekend
March 29-30, 2014

The Birch Trail at Bashakill, photo by Carena Pooth

For weeks, many birders looked forward to the NYSOA Bashakill Birding Weekend.
In spite of the somewhat uncooperative weather, it was great! We enjoyed an informative and entertaining presentation Saturday afternoon on Birds of the Bashakill, given by local experts Lance Verderame and John Haas of the Sullivan County Audubon Society. The presentation included beautiful photos of many of the Bashakill's 200 species of birds. We examined the map and learned where the Deli Fields are (across from the Deli, of course).

In the evening we all gathered for a convivial dinner and had a chance to get to know new friends and catch up with old ones. On Sunday morning, we found — to our great surprise and delight — that it was NOT raining, and we all headed over to Haven Road to begin a delightful birding tour at the Bashakill WMA, led by Lance and John.

Truth Muller, a member of NYSOA's New York State Young Birders Club, participated in the field trip on Sunday and sent in his report on the day's happenings. Check it out; we think you'll enjoy it!

NYSOA thanks all who threw caution to the wind and attended in spite of the inauspicious weather forecast. Most of all, we are very grateful to Lance Verderame and John Haas for giving us their time and sharing their knowledge with us. They scouted in advance, taught us about the Bashakill and its birds, took us to some of the best birding spots, and gave us tips for future visits to this birder's paradise.


Save the West Pond at Jamaica Bay

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy changed Jamaica Bay's West Pond from a vibrant freshwater habitat, supporting a great diversity of bird species, to saltwater. Thus the Jamaica Bay ecosystem lost its only significant freshwater habitat.

Last fall, NYSOA joined the Birders' Coalition for Gateway to lend its support to the group's efforts to bring about the restoration of the West Pond, already long overdue. The Coalition has created a petition calling on the Secretary of the Interior and Park Service to restore the West Pond at Jamaica Bay to its pre-hurricane Sandy state.


More information can be found on the petition page. For additional details on conservation activities related to the West Pond's rehabilitation, please visit the Linnaean Society of New York's Conservation page:



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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