New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State



POSTED 3/18/16

Lesser Yellowlegs, photo by Carena Pooth
Lesser Yellowlegs
photo by Carena Pooth


Jamaica Bay West Pond Environmental Assessment Sets Stage For Restoration of this Important Bird Habitat

NEW 3/18/16

Kingbird Archive
4 issues added -
Volume 63 (2013)
Nos. 1-4

 Winter Finch Forecast 
 by Ron Pittaway
Ontario Field
Red Crossbill, photo by Max Kogut, age 12
Red Crossbill
photo by
NYSYBC Youth Member
Max Kogut, age 12


Checklist Updates:
What's Changed
and Why

American Tree Sparrow, photo by Aidan Griffiths, age 14
American Tree Sparrow
photo by
NYSYBC Youth Member
Aidan Griffiths, age 14

Seatuck Challenge Results 

Seatuck Environmental Association

NYSARC Reports
& Historical Database

1977 - 2012
Grace's Warbler, photo by Lloyd Spitalnik
Grace's Warbler, Point Lookout
photo by Lloyd Spitalnik

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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Last Updated 5/10/16

 Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills
June 10-12, 2016
At the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY

The Catskill Center has combined the best of a birding conference with a birding festival, and have invented an event that is rich with presenters you will want to hear, speaking on topics you will want to learn about.    Learn all the details.

Meet Andy Mason

NYSOA Volunteer

NEW 3/18/16

Andy Mason, NYSOA Volunteer
Andy has been a volunteer at NYSOA for more than thirty years, holding many positions including that of president. His passion for conservation has benefited NYSOA as he has provided strong leadership of the organization's efforts to advocate for wild birds and the habitats they require. In 2014, Andy was the recipient of NYSOA's Gordon M. Meade Distinguished Service Award..

      Read our interview with Andy Mason              


Checklist of the Birds of New York State
2016 Checklist Booklet Now Available

NYSOA's New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC) has added 6 new species to the official Checklist of the Birds of New York State. The latest AOU changes (56th supplement) have been incorporated. Our pocket-sized, 14-page booklet is suitable for field or reference use and includes Latin species names, breeding notations, NYSARC status, and a handy one-page index inside the back cover. Order yours now!


2015 Annual Meeting in Albany

Reports & Photos

Vischer's Ferry fielt trip, photo by Carena Pooth

The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club hosted the NYS Birders Conference and 68th NYSOA Annual Meeting on October 2-4, 2015 in Albany. The event was a great success and full of enjoyment for the 165 participants.

The conference featured field trips, a Friday night reception and behind-the-scenes NYS Museum tours, workshops, a Saturday banquet, awards, and more!

Read all about it!       


Time to Renew!

It's that time of year again! Renew your NYSOA membership now and order your copy of the brand new 2016 edition of our Checklist of the Birds of New York State.


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.

Code of Birding Ethics

NYSOA endorses the Code of Birding Ethics developed and promoted by the American Birding Association.


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.


Are you looking for information about birding in New York State?
Check out our directory of member organizations
with links to websites listing local field trips and other activities!

NYSOA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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