New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State


NEW 4/1/17

Kingbird Archive
4 issues added -
Volume 64 (2014)
Nos. 1-4

NEW 4/4/17
Bob Spahn
NYSOA Volunteer


Bob Spahn
Bob Spahn
NYSOA Director

NEW 11/25/16

Winter Finch Forecast 
by Ron Pittaway
Ontario Field
Common Redpoll, photo by Eamon Freiburger, age 15
Common Redpoll
photo by
NYSYBC Youth Member
Eamon Freiburger, age 15

 A New York Perspective on the AOU's 2016
Checklist Updates:

by Angus Wilson

Black Vulture, photo by Carena Pooth
Black Vulture
photo byCarena Pooth



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 5/15/17


Mark your calendar!

Summer Weekend at Montezuma
August 26-27, 2017

Saturday: Shorebird Identification Workshop
By Kevin McGowan

Sunday: Field Trip


Check back for details coming soon!

Sabine's Gull, photo by Gale VerHague
Short-billed Dowitcher
photo by young birder
Joseph Hernandez


Highlights: Winter Waterfowl Weekend in Oswego
February 25-26, 2017

Clark's Grebe, photo by Divya Teja 'TASJAR' Saridey Clark's Grebe, photo by
Divya Teja 'TAJSAR' Saridey

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The exciting highlight of the NYSOA Winter Weekend was the first ever Clark’s Grebe to be recorded in NY!  Everyone was able to view the Clark’s Grebe fairly closely as it moved throughout Oswego Harbor during the weekend.  Participants tallied 34 species during the field trip along Oswego Harbor and Lake Ontario.  Special thanks to Paul Richardson for his leadership and Mary Magistro for her daily monitoring of the Clark’s Grebe during the preceding week. 
Thanks also to Dr. Michael Schummer for his fascinating presentation on “The History and Importance of Waterfowl Conservation.” Check back for the full report soon! 


2017 NYS Birders Conference / NYSOA Annual Meeting
November 10-12, 2017

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) is hard at work planning the 2017 NYS Birders Conference and NYSOA Annual Meeting. The conference will be held at the new Hilton Hotel right at the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, November 10-12, 2017 (Veterans Day weekend). 
Sabine's Gull, photo by Gale VerHague
Sabine's Gull, photo by Gale VerHague
Why is this conference so late in the year?
Because Niagara birding is fabulous then (think Sabine's Gull)!

More information now available at the BOS website.



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.




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with links to websites listing local field trips and other activities!

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