New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State 

 Last Updated 11/20/14


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

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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New Checklist Booklets Now Available

NYSOA's official Checklist of the Birds of New York State has once again been updated with the latest AOU changes, documented in the 55th Supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union's Check-list of North American Birds. Our pocket-sized, 14-page booklet is suitable for field or reference use and includes Latin species names, breeding notations, NYSARC (New York State Avian Records Committee) status, and a handy one-page index inside the back cover. Order yours now!



It's that time of year again! Renew your NYSOA membership now and order your copy of the brand new 2015 edition of our Checklist of the Birds of New York State, incorporating all the changes announced in the AOU's 55th supplement, published July 2014.

Give the Gift of NYSOA Membership!

Share your passion for birds and introduce a friend or family member to NYSOA! Our online gift purchase option makes it easy! Or download a gift membership form and mail it in with your check.

The lucky recipient of your NYSOA membership gift will receive:

  • 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 on a subscription to the online version of The Birds of North America.

Your membership gift 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.
NOTE: Gift memberships for non-USA recipients by paper form & check only.

Also Available:
NYS Young Birders Club Gift Membership
for Birders between the ages of 10 and 19

For the YOUNG BIRDER in your life:
What can you give the budding young birder in your life? 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 the state with expert leaders and other young birders.  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 and give a boost to a great new club!
Out-of-state residents are welcome to join, too!

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

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!

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